Fat Injection Procedure in Norwalk, Connecticut

Dr. Laurence Kirwan is one of the most experienced Board Certified Plastic Surgeons. He was listed as the Top 20 Plastic Surgeons worldwide by the Vogue magazine. He is a recognized international leader in Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. He offers a superior level of knowledge, care and understanding to help you achieve the look you desire.

Key Highlights

  • Fat injection is the harvesting of fat and injection of the processed fat into other parts of the face, breast or body. 
  • Procedure is performed under local anesthesia, with or without conscious sedation.
  • Fat is harvested using low-pressure suction or a syringe. The fat is then cleaned to remove fluids and free fat.
  • For facial fat injection, the fat is filtered so that it can be injected through small cannulas or even a needle to give precise results.
  • Access ports to harvest and inject the fat are needle size or slightly bigger and heal without stitches.
  • Volume of fat injected depends on the area. 
  • Facial fat injections are usually 5 to 15 cc (one to three teaspoons). 
  • Buttock augmentation requires 100 to 300 cc per side. 
  • Breast enhancement uses at least 100 cc per side, depending on whether fat is the only source of enlargement, or whether it is combined with breast auto-augmentation, or a breast implant. 
  • The amount of fat required to fill depressions from previous liposuction or buttock dimples, depends on the size of the depressions or the number of dimples.

Conveniently Located: Every patient is a VIP. For your fat injection appointment, you will see Dr. Kirwan himself at every single appointment. Our Norwalk, CT location is conveniently located in between Manhattan, New York and New Haven, Connecticut. Patients regularly visit from across Connecticut (Stamford, Greenwich, Stratford, Fairfield, Westport, Bridgeport, Darien, New Canaan, Trumbull), New York ( Manhattan, NYC, Larchmont, Mamaroneck, New Rochelle, Port Chester, White Plains, Harrison), New Jersey and other neighboring cities/towns for fat injection procedure. Our office is close to all of the New York Airports for patients who are coming from out-of-state or other countries.

Where Did Your Fat Go?

With age and weight loss, fat is lost in the face and often the buttocks. Previous liposuction may result in irregularities and depressions.  

When to Consider Fat Injection Surgery

Fat Injection is a cosmetic procedure, meaning it is typically done for aesthetic enhancement. This is a highly personal decision. Fat Injection in the face can plump up the lips, cheeks, chin, and around the eyes.

Fat injection in the breast is an alternative to breast augmentation. It can be combined with a breast auto-augmentation after removal of a breast implant, or with a small implant breast augmentation.

Information for Kirwan Plastic Surgery Patients

The best decisions are informed decisions. Dr. Kirwan can help you learn more about Fat Injection. Dr. Kirwan can also discuss other treatment options and provide more personalized answers based on your individual needs. You can schedule a consultation for various types of cosmetic surgery in Norwalk with Dr. Kirwan.

After previous liposuction, there may be visible depressions. These can be filled with harvested fat. Buttock dimples can be released with deep tissue release and then filled with fat.

Preparing for the Procedure

After making your decision and choosing Dr. Kirwan, the next step is a consultation. Be prepared to discuss:

  • Your reasons, goals, and expectations for surgery
  • Your medical history – including illnesses, conditions, allergies, treatments, previous procedures, and other risk factors that could affect the outcome of your procedure
  • Use of any medications, vitamins, supplements, alcohol, tobacco, and drugs
  • Any questions or concerns about the procedure – come prepared with a written list
  • Plastic surgery risks and potential complications

During your consultation, Dr. Kirwan will examine you. He may take two-dimensional and three-dimensional 360-degree photos to review with you, and to help you understand the possible benefits of surgery. These photos will also document your visible and measurable improvements after surgery. Dr. Kirwan will also show you examples of before and after results of his own patients.

What Happens During Fat Injection Surgery

Surgery is normally performed under conscious sedation with local infiltration anesthesia. Dr. Kirwan will perform the surgery as discussed in your consultation.

Fat Injection Procedure Options

Dr. Kirwan may perform one of several techniques, such as:

Fat Injection alone

  • Suitable for facial fat injection cases.
  • Ideal for patients who have no other associated problems.
  • Surgery is done under local anesthesia, with or without conscious sedation. 
  • Fat is suctioned through small access incisions from the tummy or another available area.
  • Fat is processed, filtered, and loaded into syringes for reinjection.
  • Fat is then reinjected into lips, cheeks or other areas.
  • Outcome: volume enhancement of lips, cheeks, or other areas.
  • Length: 1 to 2 hours.

Fat injection combined with another procedure

  • Suitable for patients considering additional surgery such as an upper lip lift, chin augmentation, facelift, brow lift or eyelid surgery.
  • Breast surgery patients having removal of implants with an auto-augmentation, small implant augmentation, or breast augmentation with fat alone.
  • Surgery is done under local anesthesia with conscious sedation or general anesthesia. 
  • Outcome: volume enhancement depending on the area treated.
  • Length: varies depending on the additional procedures.

Fat Injection Results and Recovery

It may take some time to fully recover and see your results. However, many patients can return to work or their daily activities in 7 to 10 days and resume other activities like playing sports and working out, in approximately three weeks. A special garment is worn after BBL. This is worn for two weeks, day and night and then during the day for two more weeks.

After surgery, there is swelling and bruising. There are no drains and no stitches after surgery. You will see changes soon after surgery, but it can take at last 6 months to see the final result. Be sure to follow your instructions provided by Dr. Kirwan and his staff before and after your fat injection surgery to ensure a smooth procedure and recovery.


Before & After Photos