Fat transfer. What is it and how is it done?

Fat transfer. What is it and how is it done?

The million dollar question.

People ask me can fat be removed from one part of my body and injected into another part? This is fat transfer. This is something that is happening in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery today.

Fat transfer involves removing fat from one part of the body and grafting it to another part. Areas fat is transferred to are the face, breasts and buttocks (the Brazilian butt lift, BBL). Fat can be used to provide symmetry and volume in almost any part of the body.

Actual in operating room photograph

Fat transfer is known as lipo-filling, fat grafting, autologous fat transfer, cosmetic fat transfer and permanent fat transfer.

Am I a good candidate for fat transfer?

I believe that fat transfer is best performed in someone whose weight is stable and preferably who is at a healthy weight. The reason is so the fat grafting can remain even if someone were to gain weight. If you are significantly overweight and fat is removed from the tummy to the breast and you lose weight then the fat grafted behaves like the fat it was taken from and you will lose the volume.

Patients often asked me should I put on weight for the fat transfer? In most cases, it is usually not a good idea to do so. The best lifestyle choices involve a healthy diet and regular exercise.

How do I perform fat transfer?

This procedure is performed under local anaesthetic or general anaesthetic. This depends on the amount of fat removed and injected and on your medical conditions. Healthy people can have small amounts of liposuction and lipo-filling under local anaesthetic.

I remove fat in a gentle fashion and treat it in a way to purify the good fat and stem cells. I then inject the fat into the area of interest in a certain way to promote growth and viability. Care is taken to inject the fat in the appropriate way that is safe and likely to give the most take.

If you would like to know more about this procedure or have the procedure, call the Sydney office in Stanmore on 1300 707 007 or email info@drrizk.com

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