Fat grafting (fat transfer) surgery is ideal for restoring volume to the ageing, stressed or worn out face. If the patient has recently lost weight and the face has paid the price, this procedure is also a great way to restore volume to the face.
Fat grafting is considered by patients who have hollow, sunken or creased areas of the face or body they would like corrected with a permanent solution. Fat grafting is also useful for patients who may have scars, burns or other bodily depressions to be corrected.
Fat transfer surgery involves the removal of fat from areas of the body that have excess weight, such as the hips, stomach and thighs. After the fat has been removed and prepared, a small amount is injected into the areas needing treatment. The fat is harvested, purified and then re-injected into the treatment area. The treatment area is numbed with anaesthetic while the fat is taken. The surgeon takes the fat by making a small incision, inserting a cannula with a syringe attached to the end, the fat is effectively ‘sucked’ out through the cannula by the syringe. This is repeated until enough fat is collected. The fat is then purified using a filtration process to ensure any impurities are removed. The fat is then injected into the treatment area by needle or a small incision and cannula.
The area in which the fat was removed as well as the areas the fat was injected may feel uncomfortable and tender, pain medication may assist alleviate the discomfort. Allow the body time to recuperate. Swelling and bruising may result from the procedures, however it will fade over the weeks following the procedure.
The results may be evident following the procedure however allow time for the body to adjust to the changes and settle in order to completely appreciate the results. The incision areas may result in small scarring, which will fade over time.