… long lasting rejuvenation from the most natural of all fillers!
Fat Transfer, also known as Fat Grafting or Fat Auto-Grafting, owes its popularity to it being a safe, long-lasting and natural method of filling face and body areas that have lost volume or are simply in need of enhancement. Being your own tissue, fat delivers soft, supple natural-looking results without the risk of an allergic reaction that is always a possibility with artificial dermal fillers.
The Benefits of Fat Transfer Include:
- Soft, natural looking results.
- No risk of an allergic reaction to your own tissue.
- Long-lasting, possibly permanent, results.
- Two problems fixed at the same time: Fat is removed from a part of your body where you don’t want it, and then transferred to where you wish to gain volume.
- An increasingly popular procedure for breast augmentation in those who don’t wish to have implants.
PLEASE NOTE: WE DO NOT RECOMMEND ‘BRAZILIAN BUTT LIFTS’ (BBL). Unfortunately, the popularity of BBL’s has skyrocketed in recent years despite repeated warnings from medical experts as to its risks. The risk of dying as a result of a BBL has been estimated to be 1 in 3,000 – an astoundingly high rate. In fact, it has the highest death rate of any cosmetic procedure!
‘Brazilian Butt Lifts’ owe their high death rate to the rich network of veins in the buttocks. Most of the reported deaths to date have been due to fat entering the buttock veins and travelling to the lungs – a deadly complication known as Fat Embolism.
Popular Uses of Fat Transfer
- Filling Body Defects caused by age, trauma or excessive liposuction.
- Cheek & Chin Augmentation.
- Hand Rejuvenation to replace volume lost on the back of the hands as a result of ageing.
- Breast Augmentation for patients who do not want implants. (see below)
- Correction of Breast Deformities or Asymmetry – either naturally-occurring or after implants.
The Shortcomings of Fat Transfers
Understandably, every procedure does have its pros and cons and Fat Transfer is no exception. Accordingly, you need to take both its benefits and the following facts into account when considering the procedure.
- It requires a sterile, surgical technique to extract your fat from its donor site – and that usually means a Hospital Operating Theatre.
- Only a variable percentage of the transferred fat cells will survive the procedure.
- Accordingly, the procedure may need to be repeated a number of times until the desired level of correction is achieved.
- Although the final results should be long-lasting, they may not be permanent.
How and where is Fat Transfer done?
In the best interests of patient comfort and safety, we perform all Fat Transfers in a Licensed Hospital under either General or Twilight Anaesthesia depending on the extent of the procedure.
After first infiltrating a Tumescent Solution into the donor area, fat is removed though tiny incisions using a special syringe. After processing the fat to remove unwanted fluids and oils, the fat is injected into the recipient areas. Finally, each tiny donor site incision is closed with a fine suture.
Hospital stay is not necessary and you can go home shortly after the procedure. However, you cannot go home alone. You must be accompanied by a responsible adult and also have someone at home with you for the first 24 hours.
Large volume Fat Transfers have less chances of fat cell survival owing to the greater difficulty of the recipient site keeping the transplanted fat cells alive. Accordingly, if you have a large volume defect to be filled, you should consider serial transfers of small fat volumes rather than one large transfer in order to maximise the chances of fat cell survival.
Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation
Breast Augmentation by Fat Transfer is becoming an increasingly popular alternative for women wishing to enhance the size of their breasts without implants.
Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation is considered a safe procedure and one that has been practised for some time. Over the years, the technical aspects of Fat Transfers have been progressively improved and refined to the point where it is now considered a worthwhile alternative in primary Breast Augmentation as well as a treatment for various breast conditions.
Breast Conditions Suitable For Fat Transfer
- Breast Augmentation in women who do not want breast implants, provided they:
- are happy with only a moderate increase in breast size of 1-1½ cups; and
- have adequate fat stores for harvesting; and
- are realistic about the outcomes of Fat Transfer and the possibility that serial transfers may be required to eventually achieve their desired increase in size.
- To improve cleavage by reducing the space between the breasts.
- To fill loose skin in women who have had their breast implants removed.
- To correct breast asymmetries – either naturally-occurring or as a result of implants.
- To correct shape deformities – either naturally-occurring or as a result of implants.
- To correct ‘double bubble’ deformity after breast implant surgery.
How Is Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation Done?
Breast Augmentation by Fat Transfer basically involves 3 steps:
1. Harvesting of fat from one or more donor areas such as the abdomen, thighs, hips and flanks.
The fat is removed using traditional tumescent liposuction techniques under low suction pressure to avoid damaging the fat cells. Most importantly, the harvesting of fat should not be carried out by Vaser Liposuction as the cells could easily be damaged by the Vaser’s ultrasound energy which would then lead to less cell survival.
2. Processing of the fat.
The fat collected then needs to be purified to remove unwanted oils, tissue fluids and any traces of blood before it can be injected. This can be achieved by various means such as washing or “spinning” the fat in a centrifuge. Whatever the process, this step then produces an amount of ‘pure’ fat cells for injection.
3. Injection of the Fat.
The purified fat is then injected into each breast in a careful and planned manner to achieve the desired result. Most importantly, the fat needs to be deposited as ‘lines’ in different tissue planes and NOT in large clumps which can cause abnormalities of shape and even Fat Necrosis. Fat Necrosis occurs when the fat cells fail to survive.
The Advantages of Breast Augmentation by Fat Transfer
- Breasts that look and feel ‘natural’
Breast augmentation completed using fat transfer results in breasts that look and feel natural.
- Easy acceptance by your body
Using you own body fat means that your body will accept the fat and not reject it, or react to it in adverse ways as it can with breast implants.
- No Risk of ‘Capsular Contracture’
As every breast implant inserted is ‘foreign’ to the body, the body forms a fibrous envelope around it known as a ‘capsule’. This fibrous capsule is not harmful but, in some women, this capsule can shrink like ‘shrink wrap’ and compress the implant enough to make the breast feel firm and look out of shape. This complication is known as Capsular Contracture and it is the commonest reason for repeat surgery after breast implants. In contrast, ‘capsules’ DO NOT form around transferred fat.
- It avoids many of the other potential complications of breast implants
Although most breast augmentations with implants proceed uneventfully and deliver high satisfaction rates for patients, potential complications do exist that could require repeat surgery. Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation avoids these.
- Fat Transfers to breasts are generally considered long-lasting or permanent
As the fat transferred is your own tissue, it will not be rejected. A variable percentage will always fail to survive and require repeat transfer(s) but once your final size is reached, no further treatments should be necessary. In contrast, breast implants are not life-long devices and most women with implants will need some form of repeat surgery at a future time.
- Enlarge your breasts whilst slimming the donor areas!
Fat for breast augmentation can be harvested from such areas as the abdomen, thighs, hips and buttocks. By removing fat from these areas, patients can enjoy the additional benefit of a size reduction in those donor areas.
- No visible scars
The Limitations of Breast Augmentation by Fat Transfer
- The donor sites need to contain enough fat
Donor areas for Fat Transfer need to contain enough fat. Typically, the amount of fat that is available for transfer after it has been processed is only around 50% of the amount harvested.
- The increase in breast size is limited
Breast Augmentation by Fat Transfer is limited to around 1 cup size for every 250-400cc of fat injected. If a greater breast size is sought, repeat Fat Transfers will be required until the desired size increase is reached.
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