Fat Transfer

How the fat in your thighs can rejuvenate your face

Fat Transfer Procedure and Fat Grafting Surgery

Did you know it’s possible to literally take the fat from your thighs and put it in your face? If you are someone looking for long-term cosmetic results to contour your face or body, then a surgical fat transfer could be an option to consider.

What is fat transfer?

A fat transfer procedure involves the removal or ‘harvesting’ of fat tissue from other parts of your body such as your thighs, stomach and buttocks through liposuction. It is then processed via the ‘perfusion process’ into liquid and reinjected into another area of the body that is lacking in volume, such as your face, hands, breasts or buttocks.

Fat grafting, autologous fat transfer, lipofilling or fat injections are other names to describe the same procedure. It’s sometimes seen as an alternative to dermal fillers as many fillers also have the ability to volumise certain areas of the face, however they are often not as long-lasting as fat transfer.

Sometimes the fat transfer is slightly altered to become a stem cell procedure, which involves extracting adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells from the fat tissue and reinjecting these into the areas that require treatment.

What are the benefits of fat transfer?

Fat can be transferred to almost any bodily area! It’s commonly used for skin rejuvenation on the face and hands, as well as for breast reconstruction. It is also the procedure used for the controversial Brazilian Buttock Lift.

Fat transfer can help enhance areas that are losing volume due to ageing, they can help improve contours, revise scars, fill sunken body areas and depressions, and rejuvenate your body.

The procedure uses your own body’s tissue instead of an external product such as a dermal filler or an implant, which many people see as a positive for having this treatment. It also has a more permanent correction when compared to non-surgical procedures, with results lasting years depending on the area and amount injected.

Another positive is that the procedure also removes fat from an unwanted area, so you get two benefits in one treatment!

Considerations

This is a surgical procedure that is either carried out under general or local anaesthetic.

The complication rates are low, and a highly-experienced surgeon will be well versed in reducing your chances of having a complication.

The potential complications that can occur in association with the liposuction procedure are minimal, but include: bruising, swelling, bleeding, paraesthesia (tingling or prickling) or donor-site pain. It’s also possible to have infection, scarring, contour irregularities, and damage to the underlying structures.

When it comes to the reinjecting of the fat, like liposuction, the area may become sore and present with bruising and swelling. Infection, the death of the fat in the area, cyst formation, calcification and blockage of blood vessels are also possible, but the majority of procedures are performed without any major problems.

It’s also important to note that the injected fat may be reabsorbed by the body over time and the area may lose its volume. Surgeons may initially add more fat than needed into the area to account for this, or they may do the procedure over several different sessions.

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