Introduction to Fat transfer for Body
Fat transfer involves taking fat from one area of the body and injecting it into another area in order to smooth out bumps, dents or skin surfaces. A relatively safe procedure, the highly skilled team at Sthetix have been performing fat transfer for decades with great results.
Who is suitable?
Many of our patients come to us for fat transfer to correct existing dents, lumps or uneven skin after accidents or surgery. We also have patients who come to us to correct existing skin defects but most commonly, our patients have just undergone cosmetic procedures (laser liposuction, Vaser liposuction and gynaecomastia surgery) and would like dents or lumps to be corrected. We have also used fat injection techniques to correct dents on breasts after cancer surgery, as well as to restore symmetry. Fat transfer can only be performed if you have an area from which enough fat can be taken to fill the defect. Please note if you lose weight after the procedure, the fat will diminish alongside your weight loss.
Before fat transfer surgery
Before surgery, there are several things we require so that your procedure goes as smoothly as possible.
One of the most important things is to stop smoking as smoke introduces toxins into the blood that can increase the risk of healing problems, skin loss and complications. We also ask that smokers stop at least 6 weeks before their surgery date and don’t start again until wounds have completely healed.
We also ask patients who are undergoing this procedure to stop taking oral contraceptive pills (alternative methods are fine), aspirin or anti-inflammatory drugs. This is because some of those pills can increase the risk of bleeding. And finally, we ask that patients do not take off-the-shelf herbal medicines or nutritional supplements.
To ensure that you are fully prepared for the surgery, we will ask you to attend a medical examination at a pre-operative assessment clinic where certain tests may be carried out to ensure your safety during anaesthesia and surgery.
The procedure and risks
The procedure involves taking fat from one part of the body, processing it and injecting it into the area of skin that needs attention. In some cases, multiple (usually 2) procedures are needed to significantly correct the post-trauma or post-surgery defect. Fat injection can be done either under local anaesthetic or general anaesthetic and the procedure can last from 30 minutes to 3 hours, depending on the size of the area involved.
Risks associated with fat transfer to the body are relatively rare but may include: swelling, redness, bruising, lumps of fat under the skin, unevenness, infection, abscess, excessive bleeding and scarring. If you have fat injected into two or more areas, asymmetry is also a risk.
As your wellbeing is our number one priority we offer a comprehensive and personalised aftercare package, all included in your treatment.
After you are discharged, we will provide you with post-operative care instructions and you will have 24-hour access to trained staff that will be on hand to advise you should you have any questions or concerns.
After the surgery, we will arrange appointments for follow-up examinations with your surgeon to monitor your progress and check that you are recovering well (it usually takes 2-3 weeks to recover and heal from this procedure).
2 weeks after surgery, one of our trained staff will see you and check your wounds. Your surgeon will see you after 6 weeks for a follow-up and (if necessary) for subsequent appointments until you are fully recovered. These follow-ups are standard and will be provided at no extra cost.
In the unlikely event of a problem, we’ll immediately make arrangements for you to be seen by trained staff and (if needed), by the surgeon who performed the procedure. As the Sthetix surgeons live and work locally, you can always see your surgeon at relatively short notice. After performing the surgery our surgeons don’t leave the country or the local area. Very rarely, a surgeon may leave the local area for other commitments but if this happens, we will ensure that there is another trained plastic surgeon from our team available to provide you with comprehensive care.
In the unlikely event of a complication directly related to your surgery, we would provide or arrange further surgery and/or treatment at no extra cost for up to 1 year.
How long will the recovery period take?
The recovery period varies from person to person, but for most patients it takes around 2 weeks.
When will I see results?
You will see results immediately but the final results will only be clear once everything has settled (from 6-12 months).
When can I go back to work?
Depending on the size of the area, you may find you can return to work immediately but we recommend avoiding strenuous activity in the affected area.