Fat grafting is a procedure that harvests small amounts of your own fat from areas, such as the buttocks, abdomen, and inner thighs, and transfers the cleaned and minimally processed fat into other areas, such as the face and hands, to smooth out wrinkles and lines. The incisions are made with a blunt needle and therefore there is little visible scarring and the effects are noticeable almost immediately. Dr Vlad Milovic, our specialist plastic surgeon, uses this innovative technique to help patients address a wide range of concerns on the face, hands, breasts, and body.
What Concerns Can Fat Grafting Treat?
Fat injections can be used almost anywhere on the face and body to add volume and smooth lines and creases. One of the most exciting areas of exploration relating to fat transfer is in its applications in minimising the appearance of wrinkles in the face and hands.
Previously, dermal fillers made from animal collagen or hyaluronic acid were the preferred tool to help fill in wrinkles, but fat transfer offers a different solution. Fat transfer facial and hand rejuvenation procedures can give you a fresher and more youthful appearance, all without the introduction of fillers, which some patients remain sensitive to.
Similarly, fat grafting is useful for addressing sunken and creased areas present after liposuction. Often after the removal of large quantities of fat the skin over the treated area can appear wrinkled and deflated. Targeted reintroduction of fat can help to alleviate this. A small amount of the same fat that was removed from your body as part of the initial slimming procedure can be cleaned and carefully reinjected into the body, helping to achieve a more natural contour while still preserving the overall benefits associated with liposuction.
Plastic surgeons have begun exploring the possibility of using larger quantities of transferred fat as part of cosmetic and reconstructive breast surgery, and the results are encouraging. Asymmetry between breasts – as well as simple enhancement – can be addressed using the body’s own fat stores, offering the patient a larger, softer, and more naturally-contoured breast suitable for those unwilling or unable to use implants.
Fat grafting can be used to enhance the:
- Face (for signs of aging as well as scars)
As well as other areas. Dr Milovic will review your options and determine if fat grafting is right for you during your initial consultation.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Fat Transfer?
Patients who benefit from fat grafting are people who desire augmentation or filling of volume-deficient areas.
Fat is one of most well-tolerated fillers available to plastic surgeons, and thus has broad applications. It is natural-appearing, lasts a long time, and is considered to be one of the safest techniques. It is an effective filler used for changing body contour, revising scars, filling depressions created by liposuction, and rejuvenating the hands and face.
If you are in good health and you are a non-smoker (or you are prepared to give up smoking for at least six weeks prior to and after surgery) and have adequate fat tissue for harvesting, you may be a suitable candidate for fat graft injections.
How Is Fat Transfer Performed?
Fat is harvested using a special suction cannula using sterile technique. Once enough fat is obtained from the donor area, it is then purified. This often requires the use of a centrifuge which spins the fat and removes impurities. The fat is then placed into the areas requiring augmentation. The injection needle is usually passed in and out of the areas to be augmented multiple times. This creates a ‘grid’ of threads of fat graft. The areas that were injected may then be massaged to create a satisfactory contour. Then a dressing is often placed over the injection site.
Fat graft injections are generally done as a day procedure under either local anaesthesia, twilight sedation, or general anaesthesia, depending on the areas that are targeted.
What Is the 24K Fat Transfer System?
Dr Milovic has extensive experience in fat grafting and has successfully deployed this technique to achieve a range of goals for diverse patients. It is a more natural alternative to dermal fillers.
Dr Milovic is the first to use the next generation in fat transfer technology in Australia, the 24K Fat Transfer system. It’s designed to be pure and natural using your own fat, which is harvested through liposuction from areas such as the stomach, love handles, thighs, or wherever excess fat is located on your body.
What can the 24k Fat Transfer System offer?
- Natural alternative to synthetic fillers and implants using your own fat
- Dramatic and long-lasting results
- Often less bruising and swelling
- Pure, golden fat enriched with stem cells from your own body
How Long Does Fat Transfer Last?
One of the many benefits of fat transfer is the long-lasting result. While some fatty tissue will naturally be reabsorbed by the body, an effect Dr Milovic takes into account when planning your cosmetic program, the fat that remains once healed should not require retreatment. Some patients do need multiple fat transfer sessions to achieve their desired look, but once this fat integrates with the surrounding tissues, it should remain there for good. Weight loss and gain over time may alter your body or facial contours, however, which is why we recommend maintaining a healthy diet and exercise regimen to preserve your outcome.
Have additional questions about fat transfer and how it can help you obtain the youthful look and contour you’ve always wanted? Contact our practice to schedule a consultation and learn more about this revolutionary technique.