Fat Grafting / Liposculpture

Fat Grafting / Liposculpture2021-05-06T16:02:09+02:00

What is fat grafting?

Fat grafting, also know as liposculpture, is a surgical procedure to remove unwanted fat from one part of the body and then to inject the fat back into another area that has lost volume. Liposuction is used to suck out fat, usually from the belly or buttocks, process it and then inject it back into the area needing plumping.

This loss of volume could be because of:

  • Wounds & scarring;
  • Weight loss;
  • Ageing; or
  • Tissue damage.

This procedure is becoming a popular alternative to breast augmentation resulting in a more natural feel. But this option is only used for relatively small breast enhancements.

The purpose of this procedure is to augment or plump up any area that has lost volume and to restore a natural shape. This procedure can also even skin texture and improve the appearance in areas of the face, buttock, hip, breast, etc.

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FAQ

How to plan for fat grafting?2021-04-15T12:08:57+02:00

When you plan tfor fat grafting, your first step should be to make a consultation to see whether this surgery is suitable for you. During this consultation, we will discuss your expectations and ensure you have realistic goals. I will examine you, take photos, and will want to know your medical history.

What is the procedure for fat grafting?2021-04-14T15:28:40+02:00

The procedure for fat grafting begins with an injection, containing a special fluid mix, into the liposuction area. Then, small incisions are made in the area where the liposuction will be performed. Liposuction involves sucking out small quantities of fat at a time using a cannula (thin metal tube).

Next, the fat is separated from the blood, dead fat cells, and other excess fluids. What’s left are small droplets of “clean” fat. This fat is then transferred to the treatment area via fat injections. No incisions are needed in this area.

How long is the fat grafting procedure?

That will depend on the size of the area being treated and the amount of fat being transferred. Sometimes a second or even a third procedure is needed for maximum fat volume. The reason for this is that not all the fat develops a blood supply and is therefore lost in the transfer.

How to prepare for fat grafting surgery?2021-04-15T12:13:10+02:00

To prepare for fat grafting surgery, you may be asked to stop smoking for 2 – 4 weeks prior to the procedure. Nicotine retards the healing process, and quitting for as long as possible before surgery helps improve blood flow.

You might also have to have a blood test before surgery is performed.

During the consultation be sure to disclose what medication, vitamins, and supplements you are taking. I may need to adjust this leading up to surgery. You should avoid certain medications like aspirin and some anti-inflammatory drugs. You may also need to stop taking some vitamins and supplements. Avoid any recreational drugs.

Be sure to arrange for transport to and from the clinic. You will not be able to drive yourself after the procedure.

What can I expect after fat grafting?2021-04-15T12:14:33+02:00

After fat grafting, you can expect some bruising and swelling in the treated areas for up to 2 weeks. During this healing time you may want to take some time off work to recover. Return to normal activities once the discomfort has gone.

Some common side effects after a surgical fat transfer are bruising, swelling, and numbness. These side effects should all be temporary. You will have small scars in the suction area which are permanent but will fade over time.

Your body may reabsorb some of the injected fat in the months following the procedure. Therefore, the full and final effect of the fat grafting may take several months. Sometimes further fat grafting might be necessary.

What are the risks of fat grafting?2021-04-15T12:13:56+02:00

The risks of fat grafting are low. However, as with any surgery, there is always a risk of post-operative infection, bleeding, and swelling.

While this is not normally a risky procedure, there are some risks of fat grafting, for example:

  • Fat embolism (a blockage in a blood vessel);
  • Obvious scarring;
  • Haematoma (bleeding beneath the skin); and
  • Fat necrosis (the death of fat tissue).

There is also a chance that after this procedure, you may be unsatisfied with the final result, and may need further treatment.

Risks and complications will be discussed in detail during a consultation.

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