What is fat grafting?
Fat grafting is a surgical procedure where a person’s own fat cells are harvested from one part of the body and grafted to another area, such as the face and buttocks.
Fat grafting restores facial contours, making it fuller and more lifted.
These days, fat grafting is increasingly being done along with other cosmetic procedures such as face lifts, neck lifts and blepharoplasty for a complete surgical makeover.
How is fat grafting different to other soft tissue fillers?
In cosmetic surgery, fat has long been considered the perfect soft tissue filler. It is natural to one’s own body hence there is no risk of allergic reaction, we are able to inject relatively larger volumes making it more cost effective and the results last much longer than other forms of dermal fillers. Fat cells are also rich in stem cell factors, which have added anti-aging properties.
Stem cells and Fat grafting. Whats the connection?
In recent years, scientific studies have shown that fat tissue contains stem cells known as Adipose-derived Stem Cells (ADSCc). The ADSCs have immense tissue regenerative properties and scientific institutions worldwide are attempting to understand the exact mechanism behind these regenerative properties of grafted fat.
How is the procedure performed?
At Medaesthetics® in Perth we employ a “micro-fat grafting” technique. The procedure involves three steps. First, fat is removed from the donor site on the body with a specially designed suction cannula. This is usually the lower abdomen, flanks or thighs. This fat is then injected into the targeted area using a fine cannula. Procedure is performed under local anaesthesia . An average procedure requires around 90–120 minutes.
Recovery from facial fat graft surgery
Immediately following the procedure, the face is usually quite swollen. Recovery from this procedure is from three to seven days in most patients. Oral painkillers are prescribed for a few days. There may be some bruising which can be covered with makeup. Most patients are able to resume normal activities after about five days. We advise against undertaking heavy physical activity for at least four weeks post procedure.
What are the potential adverse effects?
Fat grafting is generally a very safe procedure. Common complications include post procedural swelling and bruising. This is transient and should not last more than a few days. Some patients may require a “top-up” following initial surgery. This is because the body reabsorbs some of the newly grafted fat. There are a few very rare side effects, which will be discussed with you at the time of consultation.
Preparation for fat grafting
Preparation for fat grafting (and any surgery) involves:
Avoiding blood-thinning medication like Nurofen, aspirin (unless for medical reasons), St John’s Wart, fish oil etc. for at least two weeks prior to the surgery. This prevents excess bleeding during the procedure and reduces post-surgical swelling and bruising.
Taking a herbal medication called Arnica for reducing post procedural bruising and recovery time. We recommend that it should be taken daily for at least five days before your treatment day. It is available over the counter through most pharmacies and herbal food stores.
No alcohol being consumed a day before surgery as it increases the risk of procedural bleeding and hence any bruising and swelling. Alcohol and cigarettes also interfere with the normal healing process, increase the risk of potential complications and prolong the recovery time.
How much does it cost?
Fat grafting costs depend upon the area being treated and the time it takes to perform the procedure. Facial volume restoration with fat grafting starts from $3500. Results usually last for up t0 5 years and longer.
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Why choose Medaesthetics® for your fat grafting surgery?
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