Essential Information About the Fat Transfer
Essential Information About the Fat Transfer
While fat has gotten a bad reputation among those who want the perfect physique, fat can be useful when it comes to rejuvenation and even altering the size and shape of certain parts of the body, which means it also has some applications in reconstructive surgery. Treatments like this fall under the umbrella of the fat transfer, where fat is harvested from one part of the body and reinjected into the treatment area. To learn more about this revolutionary treatment, please read the fat transfer information below.
How Is Fat Used for Rejuvenation?
The natural ageing process causes us to lose volume in most parts of the body. The most evident places are the face and hands, which could lead to a more aged and overall tired appearance. By reintroducing fat tissue in those areas, patients can obtain a more rejuvenated appearance.
How Are Fat Cells Used for Body Sculpting?
Certain parts of the body can be increased in size or reshaped by strategic fat infections. A prime example of such a procedure is the breast augmentation, during which fat is introduced to increase the breast size of the patient. Of course, fat transfer like this are also possible on the buttocks and other areas of the body.
In general, the fat transfer can be used to tackle a volume loss in certain parts of the body; this due to the natural ageing process. Aside from dermal fillers, procedures such as the the fat transfer and the blepharoplasty can fall under face lift procedures. It is also one of the cosmetic procedures that can be used to alter the shape of a certain body part, for example the Brazilian butt lift. A fat transfer procedure can also be an alternative to breast implants, especially for patients who do not want to get a breast enhancement with breast implants or extensive breast surgery.
Where Does the Fat Come from?
The patient’s own body is where the autologous fat for the fat transfer is obtained from; this technique is also known as fat grafting. The selected area for fat harvest will be referred to as the donor site. The body fat is harvested during a small liposuction procedure that removes excess fat with a small cannula, after which the fat is treated before it is reintroduced in the body.
To execute a liposuction procedure, the cosmetic surgeon will have to use general anaesthesia or local anaesthesia. The choice between full sedation or a local anaesthetic depends on a number of variables and is decided upon by the cosmetic surgeon and the patient. If general anaesthesia is used, the procedure will take place with an anaesthetist.
There are various locations that can be used to harvest fat. Common locations include the abdomen, thighs, and the hips. However, other areas where there is a good accumulation of fat could be good harvesting locations too.
Once the procedure is executed, the patient will have to implement proper liposuction aftercare. Whether you had liposuction of the outer thighs or the abdomen, the area should always be kept clean to prevent complications. Patients should also avoid strenuous activity in order to prevent complications and stick to some light walking during liposculpture recovery.
We urge patients to ask a lot of questions during their initial consultation, especially where it pertains to liposuction recovery. Of course, any additional questions that arise during your recovery can be asked during your follow-up or simply by calling your chosen cosmetic clinic.
Do I Have to Have Both Procedures at Once?
Before you can have an injectable fat transfer, fat must be harvested from the body first through a minor surgical procedure. However, patients do not need to have these procedures at the same time, since fat can be stored to be used at a later date.
The Dr Lanzer Clinic is one of the few cosmetic surgery clinics that has its own fat bank. A fat bank is a location where harvested fat is stored under the right conditions. So, when a patient requires a fat transfer some months or years down the line, they can obtain the fat from the fat bank when they require it.
Dr Lanzer’s fat bank was one of the first fat banks in Australia. It is still run and managed by the Dr Lanzer Clinic and many patients have benefited from this service. For more information about our fat bank, please consult the information pages on our website.
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How Can I Be Sure the Reintroduced Fat Is Mine?
Even though this is not a common question we receive at the Dr Lanzer Clinic, it is one that is asked, especially by patients who have their fat stored at our fat bank. Patients can rest assured though, because all fat that is stored in our fat bank is marked with a barcode specific for that patient. So, when a patient requires his or her fat for a transfer, the Dr Lanzer Clinic can obtain the right fat from the bank without any problems.
What Do You Mean with the Fat Is Treated?
Fat harvested from the body will contain some impurities; this is one of the reasons why fat is treated before it is reinjected into the patient’s body. The purification process of fat involves concentrating and filtering the fat, leaving the patient with a purer fat with the impurities removed.
Is the Fat Transfer Safe?
A fat transfer is a relatively safe procedure, but there are some risks involved; this is the case with all types of cosmetic surgery. Patients must also be aware that the risks can vary depending on the procedure. For example, the risks accompanying liposuction will be different than those of the fat injection. Common side-effects that may occur after liposuction procedure include bruising and swelling. Therefore, patients must incorporate recovery time for each procedure. However, patients must also be on the lookout for possible complications.
Before a patient has a procedure at the Dr Lanzer Clinic, all risks and side-effects are thoroughly explained before the procedure starts. The patient is also required to sign a consent form, which states the patient has knowledge of these risks and side-effects and understood them.
Patients who struggle to understand some of the risks and side-effects accompanying the procedure are more than welcome to contact the Dr Lanzer Clinic for more information. Understanding risks and side-effects is important, not only to make an informed decision, but also to spot any unusual symptoms during your recovery process in the rare instance they should occur.
How Can I Book an Appointment for a Fat Transfer?
To book an appointment for a fat transfer, patients will need a consultation with Dr Lanzer. To book your appointment, simply contact our friendly team of receptionists via email, telephone, or the website contact form. We will be more than happy to assist.