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 a 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 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 and so needs to be done in a Hospital’s Operating Theatre either under General Anaesthesia or Intravenous Sedation depending on the extent of the procedure. Whichever is used, you can go home shortly afterwards.
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 a quotation at your initial consultation. Being a cosmetic procedure, it is not eligible for a Medicare rebate.
In recent times, Breast Augmentation by Fat Transfer has seen a revival for those women either not wishing to have implants or being unsuitable for implants.
We DO NOT offer this procedure as a primary option because of the following disadvantages:
The DISADVANTAGES of Breast Augmentation by Fat Transfer are:
This has become a popularly requested procedure worldwide in recent years.
However, we DO NOT offer this procedure because of the high risk of serious, potentially fatal complications made possible by the intricate vascular anatomy of the buttocks.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.