Autologous fat injections (facial fat grafting) - autologous means cells and tissues that are harvested from the same person. In essence, that is what fat grafting is. Fat grafting using one's own fat is a safe method that produces desired results for individuals who are seeking to improve their facial appearance. The fat is often injected into areas where it is needed to add volume for a more youthful and healthier appearance.
Fat grafting for the forehead is a popular procedure among Asians. It lends a softer and feminine appearance .
Dark eye circles are often caused by fat loss around the eyes and sagginess in the upper cheeks. Fat grafting is able to plump the affected area for a healthier and more youthful appearance .
Fat grafting is also used in face lifts such as for the cheeks. It adds volume to the area for a youthful appearance .
Breast enhancement via fat grafting is a less risky option compared to implants. The fat used is the patient’s own and this reduces the risk of tissue rejection .
Hand rejuvenation treatment has seen quite a rise recently. This is not surprising as the hands can be a tell-tale sign of aging. Fat grafting can restore a more youthful appearance to the hands .
As with breast enhancement, fat grafting for buttocks reduces the risk of complications. It is used in combination with liposuction to lend desired results .
Breast implantation procedure image for educational purpose.
Breast-enhancement via Fat Grafting uses fat from other parts of the body. This way, excess fat is removed from one part resulting in fat loss in that area and transferred to the breast resulting in an enhancement. It can be considered a 2-in-1 procedure that gives double the results.
Silicone and saline may be considered safe but they are not as safe as fat from one's own body.
Fat grafting, unlike implants, results in a more natural appearance and also to the touch.
Implants carry the risk of rupture and leakage. They would need to be changed over a patient’s lifespan and are not a permanent solution. Fat grafting eliminates these risks and the fat used is the patient’s own.
Implants, particularly if they are too big, carry the risk of visibility and rippling.
In breast implants there is a risk of the scar tissue hardening and this can result in implant hardening and distortion.
Stretch marks are also a concern when it comes to implants. This is because the skin needs to be stretched to accommodate them.
Dr. Viktor Czerny transferred a lipoma to the breast to establish symmetry following a unilateral partial mastectomy .
Fat grafting had trouble gaining acceptance during the next 100 years due to the many complications that routinely accompanied the procedure .
Dr. Sydney Coleman began publishing papers describing standardised techniques for fat extraction, processing, and injection .
Research showed adipose tissue is a much more prolific source of mesenchymal stem cells than bone marrow .
Fat is first extracted from other parts of the body after which, concentrated fat is then separated before being filled into syringes. These are then injected into the area where it is needed.
Depending on the body and how well it responds to the procedure, results can last for years. Some patients require only a one-time treatment. This will be discussed with the doctor during consultation.
Common areas where the fat is extracted from are the thighs and buttcoks. These areas are known to have a high density of fat.
The injections are done through tiny incisions that have been strategically placed on areas to be treated. One this is done, these will be stitched up. Take note that in facial fat grafting, no stitching is needed.
Fat grafting is suitable for most parts of the body and they respond well in terms of immediate results. The lips and laugh lines may require more than one session for results to show.
Fat grafting uses a patient’s own fat. Aside from reducing complications, it is also able to aid in better recovery as the chance of tissue rejection is lower. Fat cells are delicate in nature but when they are injected into the body, their chances of survival are high as new blood supply is able to grow back into them.
The amount of fat that will be needed is dependent on the area being treated. It is also dependent on the amount of fat that a person’s body has. If your body does not have enough, the doctor may suggest other alternative solutions.
Fat grafting procedure lasts between ONE to TWO hours depending on the area where fat is being extracted from and grafted into.
Recovery is expected to take between TWO days to TWO weeks. This is dependent on the area being treated and responsiveness of the body to the treatment.
During consultation, you will be given a list of instructions and you are advised to follow them. For those who smoke, it is advised that they cease to do so at least SIX weeks before the procedure. This will reduce risk of complications and it will also help promote quicker recovery and less scarring. It is also advisable to stop taking aspirins and medications that can increase bleeding. Do also remember to arrange for transport to and from the clinic on the day of the procedure.
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