Autologous Fat Transfer has recently become more popular in cosmetic surgery for several reasons. This surgical procedure involves the removal and transfer of unwanted fat from one region of the body to another, while simultaneously increasing the volume of other regions, such as the face, buttocks, thighs and breasts. Because the procedure involves the use of the patient’s own fat tissue, the procedure is safer and recovery time is considerably quicker than with other surgical alternatives that yield similar results.
What happens during surgery?
The procedure is typically performed under local anesthesia or general anesthesia with sedation and takes anywhere from two to four hours to complete. Fat transfer involves the use liposuction to eliminate fat from the donor site, which is typically the buttocks, stomach or thighs. Once the fat is removed and purified, it is then carefully transferred into the treatment region. There are many regions of the body to which fat can be transferred, including: the face, buttocks, calves and breasts.
Fat transfer into the face is comparable to dermal fillers, adding volume to hollowing regions and restoring contour to your facial profile. Many patients consider fat transfer as an alternative to synthetic implants and fillers because the process does not involve any foreign materials, but only your own fat. For this reason, the injected fat tissue stimulates circulation to the treated area, which grants a quicker recovery time and more long lasting results. .
What happens after surgery?
You should expect to feel a level of soreness, redness, and even some swelling and wounding in areas involves in the procedure. You are also advised to avoid stressful activities for 4-6 weeks after the surgery, but most patients are capable of performing their regular daily activities after 2-3 weeks.
During your complimentary consultation, your surgeon will provide you with a professional approach to achieving the results you are looking for.