Fat transfer, also known as autologous fat transfer, fat grafting, fat injections, or lipofilling, is a surgical procedure that involves the removal of excess fat from one part of your body and its injection into another area to enhance your appearance.
How is a fat transfer procedure performed?
A fat transfer procedure typically involves three stages: harvesting, purification and transfer, and placement.
- Site Selection: You and your surgeon will decide on the area for fat removal.
- Anesthesia: Your surgeon will use local anesthesia in the fat removal area.
- Incision: A small incision is made in the fat removal area.
- Fat Extraction: Using a cannula connected to a syringe, your surgeon carefully extracts fat.
Purification and Transfer:
- Processing Fat: The harvested fat is processed to prepare it for transfer.
- Purification: Fat cells may be purified using techniques like centrifugation or filtration to remove impurities.
- Syringes: Processed fat cells are placed in syringes for injection.
- Preparation: The recipient area is prepared.
- Injection: A needle or cannula is inserted into the site for augmentation.
- Fat Injection: Your surgeon passes the injection needle in and out of the areas, depositing small parcels of fatty tissue in natural tissue planes.
- Repetition: The process is repeated until the desired results are achieved, creating a grid of grafted fat.
- Contouring: Some surgeons may massage the grafted areas to create the desired contour.
- Dressing: A dressing or bandage is typically applied over the grafted area.
What happens after fat transfer surgery?
After surgery, you may experience side effects such as bruising, swelling, tenderness, and soreness in both the donor and treated areas. Wearing a compression garment may be necessary for optimal healing.
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