How common is Calcification after fat transfer? Should I be concerned?
Doctor Answers (3)
Fat Transfer to the face
For the face the fat is harvested through a small cannula, 2-3 mm. fat cleaned and centrifuged to get the pure fat. The fat in injected using a blunt cannula to minimize the risk of injecting into a blood vessel. one of that fat will not take and may form micro calcifications, in rare cases a major calcification. That depends on the technique used. These micro calcifications will not cause problems in the face, major calcifications cause hard lumps. The use of cannula for injection of fat , and to that fact all fillers, with side opening decreases the risk of injecting into a blood vessel and that can cause disastrous complications.
Fat transfer is an art and a science, and require understanding of the fat compartments of the face and the complex anatomy of the face.
Samir Shureih MD. FACS
Allow your body to heal. 3-4 months after surgery is when you should have a good idea regarding the final results.