What is Fat grafting / Fat Transfer?

Fat grafting is also known as Fat transfer. In simple terms fat is removed from one part of the body using liposuction, and then transferred  to another part of the body via injection.

Various areas of the body can be treated with some of the most popular areas being face, breast and buttocks. Areas treated are enhanced to fill hollowing  that has occurred due to weight loss or ageing.

Liposuction technology is used to vacuum fat cells out of the body during fat removal. Doctor Jeffery uses cutting-edge liposuction technology that safely and effectively eliminates fat without harming  the surrounding tissue.

For Fat grafting or transfer, this Fat is isolated from blood and other liposuction fluids and injected into other regions of the body, assisting in the creation of volume to the treated areas.

How is fat transfer performed?

Doctor Jeffery performs this procedure with the combination of  local anaesthesia and twilight sedation.
We classify 2  treatment sites  for this procedure:
  • Donor site is where the fat is removed
  • Recipient site is where fat is reinjected

Both  sites are thoroughly  cleansed and sterilized  before the procedure and numbed with a local anaesthetic. If required, you may be put under twilight sedation. A syringe with a small cannula is then used to extract the fat through a small incision in the donor site.

Once the fat is removed, it is separated from any fluid and re-injected into the recipient site. A pressure dressing is applied to the donor site after the procedure.

When Should I consider a Fat Transfer?

• If you have experienced facial loss of volume and have sunken areas
• If you want an alternate to Dermal fillers and a more long lasting result
• If you want a more youthful appearance.

Is this procedure safe?

This procedure is fairly safe when performed by a qualified Doctor. The most common complications from this procedure are Fat embolism and necrosis.  You should have all your questions answered by your treating physician before your procedure.

Is Fat removal through liposuction permanent?

In short the good news is yes…. your old Fat  cells that have been removed will not grow back. However, if you gain weight in the future any remaining Fat cells can enlarge themselves. It is highly recommended to keep a healthy weight after your procedure to maximise results.

What happens to the transferred Fat? Will it stay there forever and how long do results last?

Results are usually visible after 6-12 weeks. Any Fat that survives the transfer to the recipient site 6 months post surgery is permanent.
Please remember Fat cells can increase or decrease  with weight gain or weight loss.

Some of the transferred Fat may not survive. Success rates  can vary and it is important to follow post procedure instructions give to you such as maintaining a healthy diet and refraining from smoking .

What to expect after a Fat transfer?

Most commonly you can expect bruising and swelling to treated areas. The areas treated may also feel tender to touch and feel sensitive. Your nerve sensation may also feel unusual as your skin tissue is regenerating, but in due course everything goes back to normal. You may also be required to wear compression garments for about  6 weeks after surgery. Avoid any strenuous exercise  for 6 weeks including spa baths or  submerging the operative sites in public pools  to reduce the risk of infection.

*Any Surgical or Invasive procedure comes with risks. Before proceeding with such procedure, you should consult or seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health professional*