What is fat transfer?
Fat transfer can be used for cosmetic purposes, skin deformities, reconstruction and for traumatic defects. Common areas to have a fat transfer include face, breast and buttocks though it is also suitable for a range of other areas.
Fat transfer involves extracting fat cells from a patient’s abdomen, thighs, buttocks or areas where there is an excess; then re-injecting them into another place on the body where there is a contour defect or where more volume is needed. It has the added benefits of rejuvenating skin and bringing in a new, healthy blood supply
The techniques of transferring fat have evolved and are constantly being developed.
Why have fat transfer?
Fat transfer offers several major benefits, including the fact that it’s your own cells simply moved from one area to another. It is the ultimate in green surgery – recycling of fat. It is not from animals or synthetic products and therefore has no risk of allergy or immune rejection. Once the fat has been taken it will remain in the area it has been placed forever.
Your fat transfer operation
The procedure is performed under general or local anaesthetic depending on the amount of fat required. The fat is harvested into syringes and cleansed to remove impurities before injecting it into the areas to be treated.
Only a certain amount of fat can be injected into an area at one time to ensure the tissue is not over saturated. Some of this fat (approximately 30%) is expected to reabsorb. Thus depending on the volumes you are looking to achieve several sessions may be required.
You should be able to go home on the same day that you have your treatment, although this will depend on the extent of the procedure and your individual circumstances. Where possible, any scaring is usually hidden in the natural crease of your body. There is often bruising, redness and/or swelling which usually resolve after a week. We would advise you to avoid any strenuous activity for a few weeks; your consultant will advise you on this.
There’s nothing worse than unexpected charges that you don’t find out about until after the event, and that’s why we make sure you know the full cost of your surgery before you make the decision to proceed. Our inclusive packages cover all the hospital charges for your stay, your consultant’s fees for the operation and one-follow-up consultation.