A fat transfer procedure is used to move fat from areas of the body where you might have it in excess, to areas that may be lacking in volume, for example, fat can be moved from the outer thighs to the face, back of hands, breasts, buttocks (BBL) or penis.
This is a safe procedure that yields natural results for both men and women, and can be used to create desired shape or structure to certain areas of the body.
Why Fat Transfer?
Fat transfer is a good option:
To correct facial areas that seem sunken and volume depleted
To create a longer lasting result when compared with using temporary fillers
To sculpt and contour the body as desired, reduce the appearance of scars, revitalise the hands and face, enlarge breast, buttocks and penis.
The fat used is from your own body, so the risk of adverse reactions is greatly reduced
The results are natural and long lasting, but often more than one session is required to achieve the desired result as usually 50% of the transferred fat is lost after each session.
Fat Transfer Options
Facial Fat Transfer
To correct facial creases (laugh lines, smile lines, crow’s feet, etc), scars (e.g. acne) or areas of the face lacking in volume, fat can be taken from your abdomen, thighs, or other areas and be injected into your face.
When treating delicate facial areas, the fat is refined and thinned by being passed through filters with various size in order to reduce the risk of lumpiness. This type of fat transfer is called micro fat transfer.
Fat cells are very rich in growth factors which help rejuvenate the skin by promoting new collagen and elastin formation. Nanofat is produced by passing the fat cells through very tiny filters which effectively squashed the fat cell and makes it release its growth factors. This type of fat is called Nanofat.
Nanofat can’t be used for fat transfer but nanofat contains growth factors so when injected into the skin can greatly improve the skin texture and quality, so as such has great value.
The procedure can also be used to achieve a modest increase in breast size, for those who already have a good shape and tone in that area. Fat Transfer cannot be used to create large changes in breast size.
Breast implants and fat grafting
Fat Transfer can, however, be used in addition to a breast enhancement procedure in order to create a more natural and desirable shape, in addition to the implants. If you experience breast irregularities following a breast enlargement procedure, a fat transfer procedure can help to achieve a smooth, toned and visually appealing breast shape.
Breast reconstruction and fat grafting
Fat Transfer can be used to reconstruct irregularities in the breasts as a result of a lumpectomy for breast cancer, or for complete breast reconstruction following a mastectomy.
Buttock augmentation and fat grafting
Fat transfer can be a good option for creating a fuller and more toned buttock area without having to resort to implants. Used in conjunction with liposuction, this method can be highly effective in creative a sculpted silhouette.
Hand rejuvenation and fat grafting
Hands often give away our age, and so increasing the volume of the hands or ironing out wrinkled areas, as well as concealing underlying vessels and tendons is another result that can be achieved through a fat transfer procedure.
How is a fat transfer procedure performed?
A Fat Transfer procedure is achieved by collecting fat from one area of the body, washing purifying it, and then carefully injecting it (using specialist needles) into the target body areas. Usually the fat transfer procedure will need to be repeated a few times to achieve the optimal result as only about 50% of the transferred fat survives after each session.
Will I have any scarring?
The only scars you may get would be the result from liposuction, which is used to harvest your fat from the donor site. However, liposuction incisions are tiny, resulting in tiny scars that are strategically placed in hidden areas. The degree of scarring depends on the harvesting technique used and your surgeon will be able to discuss this with you in more detail at your consultation.