Fat grafting is a cosmetic procedure where excess fat from one part of the body is harvested, and then re-injected into another part of the body to either enhance or replace the lost volume.
How is it done?
Fat grafting, or Autologous Fat Transfer, involves using fat cells collected from areas containing excess fat, and then injecting those same fat cells into areas of the body that require an enhancement. It is performed under local anaesthesia or with a mild sedation.
A gentle liposuction treatment is used to collect the fat from the donor area e.g., tummy, thighs and buttocks. The extracted fat cells are filtered and purified. The purified cells are then injected into the body part/s to be treated using cannulas through a small incision into the skin. The final result is visible usually after a few weeks once the swelling has reduced. For optimal results several fat grafting sessions may be required.
Why is it done?
An Autologous fat transfer allows two aesthetic enhancement procedures at the one time. An autologous fat transfer sheds excess fat from one part of the body, whilst using the same fat cells to augment and enhance other parts of the body. Additional benefits include risk free foreign body reactions or allergies, plus the results may be permanent.
An autologous fat transfer to breast procedure allows women (with under-sized breasts or loss of breast volume due to breastfeeding) to have a sustain naturally fuller, more sensuous looking breasts.
Fat grafting either alone or in combination with breast augmentation procedure leaves a smooth natural feel and undetectable appearance to the eye. A fat transfer to breast procedure can incorporate the natural changes that a woman’s breasts undergo with age. Similarly, these same benefits can be achieved whilst applying an autologous fat transfer to the face, chest, hands and buttocks.
What should I do before?
A thorough test will be conducted in order to determine whether you are fit enough to undergo an autologous fat transfer procedure. It is important to inform you doctor of any medical conditions, medications you are currently taking particularly, blood thinners.
Have a clear idea of the areas that you would like to address. Be sure to mention these to your doctor during your consultation. Try to take advantage of our natural therapy packages to maximise the benefits of your treatment and reduce any unwanted side-effects.
What should I expect after?
To help with any bruising, swelling or the experience of any discomfort you can use cold compresses. However, most people don’t find the need. If ice is necessary, please take care not to apply the ice directly onto the skin as it can cause the skin to burn. Instead, place the ice or ice-pack inside a damp cloth and apply to the treatment areas for 5-10 minutes a few times daily.
Please refrain from touching any treatment areas with unclean hands, and do not rub or firmly press at the treatment areas. During the first twenty-four hours, you should not expose any treatment areas to extreme heat or cold. Do not touch the area or apply make up. For the first two days you should completely rest. For the two weeks following the treatment avoid any strenuous physical exercises. You may be asked to wear a special bra for about a week after an autologous fat transfer breast procedure. As prescribed, please take any oral antibiotics and/or apply antibiotic ointment.
What are possible complications?
Fat grafting has minimal risks. The treatment area could become either over corrected, remain under corrected or uneven. In general, about 40% of the injected fat may be absorbed within the first year. Fat survival and absorption are unpredictable depending on many factors. In some cases though, the transferred fat does not survive at all and is absorbed leaving no correction. Results cannot be guaranteed and repeated fat injections may be necessary. The formation of tissue lumps or cysts, damage to the surrounding tissues including nerves, scarring, bleeding and infection are rare.
Normal expected outcomes of an autologous fat transfer procedure could be temporary soreness, redness, bruising and swelling. Change in nipple sensation after an autologous fat transfer breast procedure may persist for a few months.
How much will it cost?
The cost depends on the amount of fat transfer required, the number of sites that require treatment, and the number of sessions required to achieve the desired outcome. The only accurate way to give you a reasonable estimate is to assess your needs when you visit us.
How much time off work will I need?
The duration depends upon the area treated, the nature of your work and varies from person to person. Normally you would need to take three to seven days off work.