Ever since facial rejuvenation became popular through the use of ‘filling agents’ to correct facial lines, furrows, hollows, and depressions, there has been a never-ending search to find the ‘PERFECT filling agent.
Ideally, this perfect filling agent should be safe, inexpensive, produce long-lasting if not permanent correction, be bio-compatible with the tissues and have a low risk of adverse reactions.
Over the last 30 years many filling agents have appeared on the market. Some have stood the test of time and established themselves as safe and effective treatments. Others disappeared within a relatively short time as large-scale use began uncovering adverse side-effects.
Yet, in spite of the search for the ideal filling agent, we have yet to find that ‘PERFECT filler. All currently-available fillers do have some drawbacks. However, because one’s own fat has many of the properties needed for the ‘ideal filler’, surgeons have regularly attempted to improve Fat Transfer techniques in a quest to enable them to deliver longer-lasting if not permanent corrections.
Unfortunately, Fat Transfer does have its disadvantages, the main ones being:
For these reasons along with the availability of so many alternative facial filling agents, we do not recommend Fat Transfers to the face as the first option. Rather, unless a patient specifically requests Fat Transfer to the face, we reserve Fat Transfers for:
Fat Transfer, also called Autologous Fat Transfer or Fat Auto-Grafting, involves removing fat cells from one part of your body and transferring them to another area that needs to be filled.
Donor sites can be anywhere where there is ample or excess fat. Commonly the outer thighs, buttocks or abdomen are used. The fat is first removed very gently with a special syringe in order to avoid traumatising the fat cells, the fat is then processed to remove its oils and body fluids, and finally the fat is transferred to special syringes for injection into the area needing to be filled.
Naturally, as Fat Transfer is a surgical procedure, it must be performed as a sterile procedure in order to avoid a risk of infection. However, hospital admission may not be necessary. Minor Fat Transfers can be performed using a sterile technique in our Clinic’s own Operating Theatre under Local Anaesthesia with/without Sedation and you can go home shortly afterwards.
In contrast, Breast Augmentation by Fat Transfer would be more comfortably performed in hospital under General Anaesthesia.
In recent times, Breast Augmentation by Fat Transfer has seen a revival for those women either not wanting implants or being unsuitable for implants.
The ADVANTAGES of Breast Augmentation by Fat Transfer are:
The DISADVANTAGES of Breast Augmentation by Fat Transfer are:
Unless your Fat Transfer it is being done as part of a general liposuction procedure, or you are having Breast Augmentation by Fat Transfer, all other Fat Transfers are usually carried out in our own Clinic’s Operating Theatre as a sterile technique under Local Anaesthesia with/without Mild Sedation.
This has always been, and still is, the big question!
The hope is always that with one or two Fat Transfers, the correction will prove to be permanent. However, inability to guarantee permanency of correction has always been the major drawback of Fat Transfers. Over the years, reports on the duration of correction have varied from a few months to permanent.
Essentially, fat cell survival depends on:
As a Fat Transfer uses your own body fat as the donor material, the risks are very few. The main ones specific to this procedure include:
The cost will depend on the size and number of areas to be corrected. Our Surgeon will give you an itemised quotation at your initial consultation. Being a cosmetic procedure, it is not eligible for a Medicare rebate.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.