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 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 no scarring and the effects are immediate.

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. A dressing may then be placed over the injection site.

  • Is it right for me?

    Patients who benefit from fat grafting are people who desire augmentation or filling of volume-deficient areas. The most commonly grafted areas include the hands, face (including the lips), and depressions in the skin contour such as those that have developed following liposuction and scarring.

    Fat injection or grafting is a technique that is growing in popularity. 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 safe. 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 6 weeks prior and after surgery), and have adequate fat tissue for harvesting,  you may be a suitable candidate for Fat Graft injections.

  • Will I need anaesthesia?

    Fat graft injections are generally done as a day procedure under either local anaesthesia, twilight sedation or even general anaesthesia depending on the areas that are targeted.

    Modern anaesthesia is safe and effective, but does have some risks.   Ask Dr Vlad and your Anaesthetist for more information.  You can be assured that Dr Vlad will engage the services of a qualified Anaesthetist who is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and NZ College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) to perform your sedation or general anaesthesia.   An Anaesthetist is not required for procedures performed under a local anaesthetic.  Dr Vlad will discuss the anaesthetic options available for your procedure.

    Dr Vlad and/or anaesthetist will ask you about all the medications you are taking or have taken, and any allergies you may have. Please make sure you have an up-to-date list before the surgery.

  • Where will the surgery take place?

    Depending upon your general health and the extent of the procedure, Fat Grafting is typically performed as a day procedure, unless it is combined with another procedure that requires an overnight stay such as an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck).   Dr Vlad will only perform your Face Implant surgery in safe, accredited operating facilities where sedation or a general anaesthetic is required. You can read more here.

    Fat grafting under a local anaesthetic can be performed at an accredited surgical facility such as a day surgery centre, or where appropriate, as office based surgery.

  • What are the costs?

    Cost is always a consideration in elective surgery, but it should not be the only consideration. You have the right to be informed about the costs you can expect, before you have your surgery.  This is called ‘informed financial consent’.

    Costs associated with the procedure may include:

    • Dr Vlad’s surgical  fee
    • Accredited hospital or surgical facility costs
    • Anaesthesia fees
    • Prescriptions for medication
    • Post-surgery garments
    • Medical tests

    After your initial consultation with Dr Vlad, you will receive a written estimate of fees and an information pack to read before your second pre-surgery appointment.  The second appointment is free of charge.   Once you book your surgery, you will also see our Practice Nurse who will take your pre-operative photos.

    We welcome any questions you may have regarding fees.

    Please note: Your satisfaction involves more than a fee.  When choosing a surgeon for cosmetic facial surgery, remember that factors such as the surgeon’s training, qualifications, experience and your comfort with him/ her are just as important as the final cost of the surgery.

    What is the recovery period?

    Swelling and bruising may be visible at the injection sites, but this should go down between 2-3 weeks.