Fat transfer is a good option for restoring fullness to the face and hands and contouring breasts and buttocks.
Continue reading to find out if this procedure is suitable for you.
What is fat transfer, and how does it work?
Fat transfer is a surgical procedure that involves extracting fat from one or more “donor” areas of the body, purifying the fat, and injecting it into another area that requires augmentation.
The surgeon extracts the fat through a tiny incision using a small cannula placed under the skin while moving it back and forth to break up fat cells. A vacuum device will be hooked to the bottom of the cannula to collect the removed fat.
Which areas can be used for fat transfer?
The hips, abdomen, and thighs are typical targets for fat removal. Many people prefer to remove fat from these areas as they usually store excess fat.
The removed fat can be used in different body parts, such as the hands, face, breasts, and buttocks.
Facial fat transfer, for example, can help shape and contour the cheeks around the eyes, jawline, and temples. Hand rejuvenation involves harvesting fat from a specific body area and transferring it to the hands to recover the lost volume and improve the appearance of visible veins and joints.
Who is a good candidate for fat transfer?
This procedure is ideal for those who want to improve the contours of their bodies and restore lost volume while maintaining a natural look.
You may be a good candidate if you:
- Are in good health condition.
- Have no history of irregular bleeding.
- Have enough fat tissues.
- Have good skin flexibility to prevent cellulite or lumpy skin.
Will I Lose Weight After Liposuction?
No. Liposuction is not a weight-loss procedure, despite widespread assumption. It is more of a body contouring technique designed to target areas with excess fat that is not responding well to dieting and exercising.
The amount of fat removed during a fat transfer can vary depending on the area that requires improvement.
How long does the result last?
Fat transfer is not a permanent solution, but it can last several years depending on your age, lifestyle, and how your body responds to the harvested fat.
How to prepare for the fat transfer procedure?
The plastic surgeon will provide you with some guidelines to follow in the days preceding your surgery, including the following:
- Ask a friend or a family member to accompany you and drive you home after the procedure.
- Stop taking blood thinners for a few days before the surgery.
- Stop smoking and drinking.
- Stop consuming food or drinks for about 12 hours before surgery.
How long will the procedure take?
Fat transfer can take from one to five hours, depending on the treatment area and the amount of fat that needs to be removed. If you’re having fat transferred to your face, it may just take about an hour, whereas transferring fat to your breasts or buttocks may take four to five hours.
What to expect during recovery?
The treatment area will be swollen and sore, so you may be required to wear a compression bandage around the treated area to reduce swelling and help your body adapt to the new changes. Moreover, your doctor might advise you to participate in light physical exercises to maintain healthy blood circulation.
Most patients can resume their routine activities and go back to work in 2-4 weeks.
How will the result of a fat transfer look?
You will be surprised by how natural your results will look after you’ve had fat transfer surgery in Novomed. We can tailor fat transfer to suit your needs and provide you with natural-looking, long-term results.
If you are interested in this procedure, book your appointment today, and our plastic surgeons will help you choose the best treatment for you!