Fat transfer uses tissue taken from other parts of your body to restore the shape of areas that have thinned and flattened over the years. This uses your own fat cells, which means that it’s biocompatible and may help eliminate the risk of allergic reaction or rejection. Also, a body fat transfer feels and looks more natural than a body implant.
Body fat transfers are performed by one of our Specialist registered Plastic Surgeons in a Care Quality Commission registered hospital. The procedure may take up to two hours and is often performed under “twilight sedation,” which combines a number of medications that leave you sleepy and numb but awake. The procedure may also require general anaesthesia, especially if it is being combined with other cosmetic procedures.
This procedure varies depending upon the technique used by the surgeon and the area being treated. The procedure can be described in three easy steps:
Antiseptic and a topical anaesthetic are applied to the main areas: the location where the fat will be removed and the treated area where the fat will be injected. This is typically the abdomen or thigh area.
The fat cells are harvested from are to be taken from through one of several types of liposuction.
The fat cells are processed and purified by the Surgeon before they are injected into the treated area. In some cases, the Surgeon will use a technique that spins the fat cells before they are injected beneath the skin.
It takes 3 to 4 days for the first tiny blood vessels (capillaries) to reach and supply the newly-transplanted fat cells with a blood supply. During this time, up to 50 percent of the transferred fat cells may die. For this reason, surgeons will usually overfill the treated area. More than one treatment may be required to achieve the best results. Each time the procedure is repeated, more fat accumulates in the treated area. This tends to offer longer-lasting results
After the procedure, you will need someone to drive you home. You may also need someone to help you with daily activities during your recovery from fat transfer surgery. Your doctor should provide you with specific post-op instructions including taking it easy for 2 to 3 weeks after the procedure. Within two to three days after the procedure, your surgeon will remove your dressing and you will be able to shower again.
The treated area may be red for the first 48 hours following your procedure. There is typically some swelling for several weeks; however, any bruising should subside within a few days. Scabs may also form at the injection site. Oral pain medications can help treat any discomfort. Your surgeon will discuss appropriate over-the-counter medications with you. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen and naproxen may increase your risk of bleeding and should not be used unless your doctor advises otherwise. You should notice a marked improvement in your appearance after the procedure, although final results may not be evident for several months or more.