Fat transfer procedures have been gaining popularity since 2015, providing patients with a safer and more natural way to restore volume to their buttocks, faces, hands and breasts.
Fat transfer explained
Fat transfer, which is also known as fat grafting, requires three steps and can take up to four hours.
Local anaesthetic is applied in order to remove excess fat from areas such as the abdomen, back, arms and thighs using liposuction. Thereafter, the patient’s fat is processed and purified using a centrifuge. Lastly, the surgeon will transfer the fat into the relevant area, massaging it in order to contour it and achieve the desired result.
Fat transfer procedure techniques have been revised and improved over the last few years, which has increased patient satisfaction levels by a large percentage.
Am I an ideal candidate for fat transfer?
Fat transfer patients will be in good general health and have realistic expectations about their surgery. It’s also ideal if you have a healthy circulatory system and don’t have any bleeding disorders. There are also different requirements for different fat transfer procedures:
Facial augmentation: If you’re looking to reverse signs of ageing, including crow’s feet, wrinkles, sunken cheeks and acne scars, you could be an ideal candidate for fat transfer.
Breast augmentation: Breast augmentation patients have good skin tone and are only looking to moderately increase the size of their breasts. If your breasts have lost some volume due to weight loss, pregnancy or ageing, fat transfer could be the best way to restore what’s been lost.
Hand rejuvenation: If you have visible blood vessels and a significant amount of wrinkles on your hands, you could be an ideal candidate for a hand rejuvenation procedure that uses a fat transfer.
Butt augmentation: Patients who are looking to enhance their buttocks need to be at least 5 – 10kgs heavier than their ideal weight in order to have enough fat to harvest and transplant. For more details on the fat transfer to buttocks procedure, visit this FAQs page.
Fat transfer benefits
One of the main reasons why fat grafting is such a popular plastic surgery procedure is because it’s safe and provides the most natural, long-lasting results. Unlike implants, this procedure uses the patient’s own fat, which means there is a much lower risk of complications and allergic reactions.
When compared to some of the more traditional cosmetic surgeries, fat transfer is far less expensive and doesn’t require as much downtime. It also only requires a local anaesthetic instead of general.
Another major benefit is that because this is a minimally invasive procedure that uses microinjections, patients don’t need to worry about any scarring.
Lastly, fat grafting is a great way to correct deformities, helping restore the quality of damaged tissue.
If you are considering a fat transfer procedure, make sure that you’re consulting with a board-certified surgeon who has experience with and is qualified to perform this procedure for the safest, most satisfactory results.