Learn more about specific conditions where microlipoinjection can be used
What is microlipoinjection?
Microlipoinjection is the transfer or recycling of fat from one body area to another.
What should first be done before considering microlipoinjection?
Before the procedure, an ASDS dermatologist will review the patient’s medical history. This is the time for the doctor and patient to discuss expectations, potential risks and outcomes of the procedure. Patients also will be required to:
Avoid aspirin, ibuprofen, blood thinners and Vitamin E for up to 10 days prior to treatment.
Avoid alcohol for 48 hours before treatment.
Wash hair the night before treatment.
Start a prescribed antibiotic as directed the night before treatment.
Arrange for a ride home following treatment.
When is microlipoinjection appropriate?
The procedure is appropriate for the following conditions:
Who is not a candidate for microlipoinjection?
People who are not in good overall physical, mental and emotional health may not be good candidates for the procedure.
Is microlipoinjection painful?
Most patients describe the pain as mild. A local anesthetic is sometimes used.
What are the potential complications of microlipoinjection?
- Temporary numbness
What can I expect after having had microlipoinjection?
Most patients can immediately return to work after treatment. Minimal pain may occur after a few hours. Ice packs are applied at 10 minute intervals for several hours following the procedure. Pain relievers are sometimes prescribed should pain become significant. Patients may be required to take antibiotics following the procedure. Some postoperative drainage can be expected, as well as bruising and swelling in the treatment area. A follow-up appointment will be necessary to monitor progress and to determine if additional treatments are necessary.
For more information and referrals
For more information on skin conditions and treatments, along with a list of ASDS members in your state, please visit the find a dermatologic surgeon section of our website.