With this method it is possible to transfer fat from unwanted areas such as the thighs or stomach to other areas either for the purpose of augmentation such as the breast or buttocks areas or to correct contour irregularities that exist due to weight loss or scarring from previous injuries. It is also commonly used to correct deep wrinkles or contour problems in the face.
The results look and feel natural and are therefore superior to temporary injectable substances. Fat grafting is a two-stage procedure that is performed on the same day: First of all, the fat is harvested from an unwanted area. After that it is injected into the desired location. The concept here is that the transferred fat will receive blood supply from the local tissues and remain in place as natural fat tissue in the body.
The time it takes to perform a fat transfer depends on the amount of fat that needs to be transferred. For augmentation purposes this technique takes much longer than traditional augmentation with implants because the fat must be harvested in a delicate manner and also injection of the fat is performed meticulously in small volumes to achieve a perfect result.
Before you consider undergoing any surgical procedure, a physical examination and consultation will take place with our surgical expert. Because each patient is unique, both physically and with regards to aesthetic desires an individually tailored treatment plan is formulated based on detailed discussions of the most up to date surgical options available. Photographs are taken and diagrams used to explain the procedure in a step-by-step manner including limitations and possible risks.
The main goal is to provide you with realistic expectations. The transferred fat is a natural substance, and consists of live cells that can change with weight loss or weight gain. During weight gain the fat cells become larger in size, while weight loss makes the cells shrink in size. Therefore any extremes of weight alterations after the procedure can affect the outcome. Fat transfer can often be combined with other lifting procedures which can tighten the contours by removing saggy skin.
An additional fat transfer can restore volume loss to give a more youthful contour.
Advantages Of Fat Transfer
- The harvested fat is a natural substance and comes from your own body, therefore, the resultants are long lasting with a very natural feel and appearance.
- This method results in very minimal scarring because the fat is both harvested and injected through very tiny incisions.
- Fat is injected gradually and in small quantities, making it a very precise method to correct deep wrinkles, contour deformities or asymmetries.
- Body sculpting to an area of unwanted fat can be accomplished at the same time.
We employ the most up to date concepts in our surgical techniques. This surgery is indicated in patients who are suitable candidates to have a fat transfer procedure for the purposes of correcting a contour irregularity or an augmentation procedure. Generally fat transfer is performed under general anaesthesia, however the transfer of very small volumes may also be performed under local anesthesia or IV-sedation. Accurate preoperative planning is made to suite each individual patient targeting the area that needs to be addressed. An example would be to remove the fat from the abdominal area and then this fat is re-injected gradually to the buttocks to give a fuller and rounder contour of the backside. Meticulous attention to detail is applied to ensure even contours and the best possible aesthetic result.
Post Operative Care
The wounds are covered with plasters and wearing of compression garments may be needed depending on the procedure performed. Mobilization after the surgery is possible and even encouraged. However strenuous physical activities and heavy lifting should be avoided for several weeks.