Fat Transfer- Volume restoration for reconstruction and Aesthetic enhancement
Fat transfer takes (harvests) fat cells from one area of the body (usually tummy or thighs) to another location. It can be used to fill in wrinkles, scars, and other imperfections as well as to plump up the lips or cheeks.
Fat transfer is also widely used to correct body defects and indentations which result from injuries and complications of surgery. Surgery for cancer can leave defects on the face or body. Cosmetic surgery procedures like liposuction, laser liposuction, vaser liposuction, removal of lumps and removal of male breasts (gynaecomastia ) can also leave indentations or uneven results. Lipo filling (fat transfer) has become the main stay of treatment for such defects. There is no chance of rejection with this procedure.
The technique used by us is one developed and perfected by Dr Coleman of New York city. We have been using this technique for the last 12 years in increasing number of patients with pleasing results. Types of defects corrected include breast defects following lump removals, contour defects following cosmetic surgery and after trauma. It is also a popular method used for cosmetic improvements on the face with or with out a facelift (cheek augmentation, brow filling, improvements of periorbital (eyelids)area, restoration of lost volume, lip augmentation), hand volume restoration etc.
Donor sites may include the abdomen, buttocks, hips, and other areas where fat cells are available. Fat transfer or fat grafting uses living cells from your own body.
Fat grafting procedure starts with harvesting the required amount of fat from a donor area, using metal tubes which are specially made for this pupose. The fat is then prepared and centrefuged to separate out other fluids from fat and injected using special cannulae into the desired area using tiny incisions. Fat grafting, to be succesful, depends on the skill and exxperince of the surgeon. The survival of the fat graft and results are higly technique dependent
In most cases, between 50-70% of the transfered fat can be expected to survive the tranfer for the long term. Depending on the type and size of the defect to be filled, more then one procedure may have to be done to achieve the desired result.
The time spent with your surgeon before any procedure is as important as the surgery itself. This is very true for fat transfer. It is critical to understand the desired expectations and wishes as well as the limitation of what can be achieved. The consultant plastic surgeon who carries out the majority of fat tansfer procedures in Liverpool is credited with bringing this technique to the northwest, UK and has performed over a 1000 such procedures.