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What is fat transfer surgery?
Fat transfer surgery, also known as fat grafting, is the process of transferring a patient’s own fat cells to enhance and rejuvenate other parts of the body.
Fat transfer surgery can:
Fat can be transferred from most parts of the body where there is an excess of fat cells.
Many patients prefer the idea of fat transfer to synthetic implants or fillers as it is a natural alternative, removing the risk of immune rejection. As the process utilises the body’s own fat cells, this also removes the risk of allergic reactions so some patients feel it is safer.
Once the fat has been transferred, it provides long lasting results and a boost in circulation to this part of the body.
The fat transfer process
Excess fat cells are withdrawn from designated areas of the body, using syringes. The fat is then properly cleaned so all impurities are eliminated, before being injected into the area that is being treated.
This process is performed using a local or general anaesthetic – this is wholly dependent on your own individual circumstances and requirements. Your consultant will advise you of the best course of action for your treatment. However, most patients are able to leave the hospital on the same day as their fat transfer procedure.
Fat transfer surgery can often take several sessions to get the expected results. This is because there are limitations on the amount of fat that can be injected into an area of the body in one session.
After fat transfer surgery
Expect a degree of redness, soreness and possibly some swelling and bruising in the areas affected by your fat transfer surgery. This seldom lasts longer than a week but it is important to avoid physical exertions for the first few weeks following surgery.
Any scars that may occur from the process will be very small and tend to be placed in areas easily covered such as natural creases in the skin.