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.
How does Fat transfer surgery differ from fat removal?
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?
- 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?
What happens to the transferred Fat? Will it stay there forever and how long do results last?
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.
Fat transfer, or grafting, from one’s own body to another site on the body, has been used in aesthetic and rejuvenative surgery for decades.
In recent years, however, a new form of bioregenerative medicine, known as nanofat grafting, has been gaining popularity.
In this technique, pioneered by Belgium plastic surgeon Dr Patrick Tonnard, fat cells, usually from the abdomen or thighs, are harvested using thin microcannulas and are then mechanically emulsified and filtered by passing through a 500-micrometre filter.
This liquefied fat, known as nanofat, has high levels of mesenchymal stem cells, growth factors and stromal vascular fraction which have been shown to promote endothelial proliferation, collagen creation and new cell creation and differentiation.
This fluid is centrifuged to maximise the fat concentration and is then reinjected along the hairline to stimulate the hair follicles and promote hair regrowth.
There are over 100 published peer reviewed scientific articles on the use of nanofat transfers. A 2018 study published in the Journal of Aesthetic Surgery showed that nanofat grafting had beneficial effects on the treatment of scars, wrinkles, and skin discolouration.
And a recently published article in the same journal showed that 91 per cent of patients experienced improvements in facial scars that were treated with nanofat.
Oolala Cosmetic & Laser Clinic Director & Cosmetic Doctor Mark Jeffery says that the benefit of nanofat is that it’s your own regenerative material that you’re putting back into your scalp. “The advantage of nanofat compared to PRP treatments is that you generally only need to have one treatment to have quite a long-lasting effect. Whereas with PRP you need to come in regularly to have treatments,” Dr Jeffery said.
“Once we have aspirated the fat cells, we then put that tissue through a series of mechanical disaggregation, so in other words what we do is we break down the fat cells. And between the fat cells are what we call stromal cells, and they line the connective tissue between the fat cells and when we mechanically disaggregate those cells, what we end up doing is getting a very rich regenerative tissue transplant to put back into someone’s hair loss areas.”
The SEFFILLER® technique originates from the SEFFI technique (Superficial Enhanced Fluid Fat Injection). This very delicate medical-aesthetic treatment aims to regenerate the skin, the subcutaneous and mucosal tissues using the most natural, compatible and safe existing substance: the cells of your body, i.e. the stromal vascular fraction (SVF) and the mesenchymal stem cells (ADSCs) present in your adipose tissue. This treatment can improve the looks of your skin and the nourishment of subcutaneous and mucosal tissues thanks to the regenerative action of the grafted cells. This technique is used in particular in the facial region to improve the appearance and tone of the skin and mucous membranes and can also be used in other parts of the body with the same goal. This method can be associated with other medical procedures such as fillers, traction threads, needling, laser, peeling, botulinum toxin, etc. This autologous tissue graft first involves a modest harvesting of adipose tissue from one area of the body through a small cannula connected to a syringe, and subsequently the implantation of this tissue, by means of injections, into the face (or other areas of the body) to regenerate
tissues. Seffiller treats skin tissues in a natural way through regeneration and microcirculation . The regenerative treatment can be performed under local anesthesia and it lasts about 40 minutes. The grafted cells will follow their normal life cycle so, in order to maintain, prolong and support the regenerative action, you will be advised to repeat the treatment over 12, 6 or 4 months, depending on your general conditions.
How does the treatment work?
This treatment involves a modest extraction of adiposetissue from an area of the body, through a small cannula connected to a syringe. the tissue is then engrafted – by means of injections- in the fce (or other areas of the body) to favour natural tissue regenration.
Is this procedure safe?
As this procedure involves grafting your own tissue containing adipocytes, the vascular stromal fraction and mesenchymal stem cells, makes this treatment very safe and effective as it is natural.
Please find below some informative videos on how Seffiller is done:
*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*