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Purpose (indications)

  • reduces the appearance of facial lines and wrinkles

What It Does

  • smooths facial lines, wrinkles, and scars and enhances the appearance of the lip border in one treatment
  • replenishes the skin's natural collagen support layer


  • usually injected around the mouth, perioral and/or buccolabial folds

Recovery Time

  • healing time varies, many people can return to work the same day

Recovery Instructions

  • apply ice compresses overnight
  • maximize movement to the area for next 24-48 hours

How Long It Lasts

  • immediate, lasts up to 6 months

Microlipo injection is an advent of body liposuction. Fat cells are extracted and re-implanted in other areas of the body. Fat cells are very fragile and the "take rate" is approximately 60%. For facial microlipo injection, a topical anesthetic cream is applied over the stomach or thigh area, one to two hours prior to the procedure. Local anesthesia is injected [tumescent technique]. Following this a syringe is used to remove fatty tissue by an aspiration method which is then washed and reinjected into the buccolabial fold or the lip area. A dressing is applied and removed the next day, individuals need to apply ice compresses to the area overnight and minimize the amount of movement to the area for the next 24-48 hours after the procedure. At 6 to 8 weeks, the area is re-evaluated and may be able to be additionally improved by a second procedure at that time. This is due to the fact that the first procedure stimulates increased blood flow into the area, which facilitates "take" at the second procedure.

Additional techniques, which have been used for augmentation or to fill in the buccolabial folds, have been to use injectable collagen and dermal graphs. Dermal graphs are obtained by removing the epidermis from excised tissue such as tissue excised with the facelift procedure. This can easily be done with the carbon dioxide laser. The dermis is then implanted in the sub-dermal tissues. The take rates have varied between 30% and 60% in various studies. The problem has been the fact that the oil glands and hair follicles lie deep in the dermis and are not removed. For that reason, cysts can develop in the dermal implant resulting in localized infection and a poor "take rate."