Fat Grafting | Treatments
A surgical procedure to transfer fat from one area in the body to another, sculpting the old place and adding volume and shape to the new location.
FAT TRANSFER (FAT INJECTIONS)
Fat Transfer, also known as fat grafting or fat injection, is a procedure that transfers fat from areas in which you have an excess of, such as the outer thighs, to areas that may be lacking in volume such as your face, hands, breasts or buttocks.
The procedure consists of three steps or phases:
1. Harvesting: You, along with our Plastic Surgeon will select a site for fat removal and he will inject it with a local anaesthetic. Doctor will then create a small incision in the area for fat removal and, using a sterile technique, insert a cannula connected to a syringe to carefully extract fat (liposuction).
2. Purification and transfer: Once enough fat is obtained from the donor area, Dr Pillay will process it to prepare the fat cells for transfer to small syringes that will be used for fat injection. Purification may require the use of a centrifuge to spin the fat or a filtration process to remove impurities.
3. Placement: The area designated to receive the graft will then be prepared. Doctor will insert a needle or cannula into the incision point of the site being augmented. The injection needle is usually passed in and out of the areas to be augmented multiple times. Each time the needle or cannula is withdrawn, a line of fatty tissue parcels is carefully deposited in natural tissue planes.
The goal for our in-house Plastic Surgeon, is to help you achieve the most beautiful and natural-looking results, while making your surgical experience as easy and comfortable as possible.
WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Yes. It’s a safe, long-lasting, well-tolerated procedure that produces youthful and natural-looking results.
During the grafting procedure, the steps used to extract, process and inject the fat is repeated until the desired results are achieved, but unfortunately it does sometimes happen that some of the fat cells die off. Some patients might have to return for another session, but once the fat cells ‘take’ the results are permanent.
After surgery, you and your caregiver will receive detailed instructions about your postsurgical care.
Week 1: The swelling and bruising during the first week are significant, and you will not be ready to see others socially or professionally.
Week 2: In the second week the bruising resolves, but you will still have swelling. There is a great improvement in most cases between the seventh and tenth days, but you may still not be ready to go out in public.
Week 3: By the third week, you will begin to look more like yourself. Careful application of makeup can help camouflage any residual signs of swelling or bruising. Once the swelling recedes, you will be able to appreciate the changes, but subtle swelling may persist for weeks.
It’s important to return to your plastic surgeon’s office for a follow-up evaluation.
Most people who have very little time off from work and will take one week off, including two flanking weekends. Those who can afford two weeks or more off are generally better positioned to return to work.