Fat grafting at Precision Medical & Plastic Surgery is a technique used to transfer fat from one area to another. It can be utilized to increase the volume that has been lost in the face and lips over time. Common areas treated by fat grafting are the nasolabial folds, marionette lines, and cheeks. It can also be used to correct depressed scars or contour abnormalities after surgery or injury.
During fat grafting, the patient's own fat cells are transferred from elsewhere on the body, such as the abdomen or thigh. This technique is favoured by many Precision Medical patients because it is all-natural, compared to similar techniques which use silicone implants or synthetic injections to achieve a similar result.
Fat grafting may be right for you if you'd like to fill in facial depressions or deep wrinkles resulting from the aging process. This technique can also be used to enhance the contours of body areas such as the lips, cheeks, breasts, or buttocks. Ideal candidates are at or near a healthy weight but have some excess body fat available for transfer.
This technique tends to be a little more involved than similar body contouring techniques because it requires a second surgical site where the fat is removed from the body. Still, the entire procedure is usually performed in two hours or less, and can be accomplished with local anesthesia. The first step to the fat grafting procedure is obtaining the fat from the patient's body via a thin needle or liposuction, depending on the volume of fat required. Common donor sites include the abdomen, thighs, or hips. Next, the fat cells are purified. Finally, they are re-injected through a thin needle into the targeted area.
Fat grafting with local anaesthetic has a minimal recovery process. A bandage may be required on the donor site, the injection site, or both, depending on the extent of fat transferred. Some mild bruising, swelling, or tenderness may be experienced.
Fat grafting with general anaesthetic presents swelling which typically persists for at least 1-2 weeks after the procedure. The patient is not able to apply ice to the area because cold temperature will decrease the chances of the fat surviving.
Fat grafting with local anaesthetic sees most patients back to work within a day or two at the most. In the first 24 hours, avoid sun exposure and do not wear makeup over either of the body areas involved in the treatment. Eventually, the body does re-absorb the injected fat cells, and the area returns to its previous appearance. The rate of re-absorption varies greatly from patient to patient; some begin to notice this as early as six months after treatment, while others notice visible results for seven years or longer.
Most patients who recieve a fat grafting procedure with general anaesthetic are able to appear in public 2 weeks with a little cover-up makeup. Depending on how quickly you recover, you may expect to resume light activity within a week to 10 days and start enjoying your new look within approximately 10-14 days. If you have a special event planned, the Precision Medical team advises that you allow at least 3-4 weeks of recovery before the event.