What is fat grafting?
WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT?
HOW DO I PLAN FOR MY FAT GRAFTING SURGERY?
Before you decide on whether or not to go ahead with the procedure, you should feel free to ask your surgeon any questions or discuss any fears or anxiety relating to the surgery.
What is the procedure for fat grafting?
In the next stage, the fat is separated from blood, dead fat cells and other excess fluids. Then a needle and syringe are used to inject small droplets of fat into the subcutaneous tissue treatment area. This is done without the need for any incisions.
The length of the procedure depends on the size of the area being treated and the amount of fat being transferred. It usually lasts a couple of hours, but if the fat graft is performed over a larger area, the procedure may be performed over several sessions.
How should I prepare for a fat grafting?
You will have to have a blood test before surgery is performed.
You should stop taking certain medication, like aspirin and some anti-inflammatory drugs. Avoid recreational drugs, and disclose to your surgeon any other medication you’re taking, since you may need to adjust these.
Be sure to arrange for transport to and from the clinic, since you will not be able to drive yourself after the procedure.
WHERE WILL MY SURGERY BE PERFORMED?
WHAT ANAESTHETIC WILL BE USED FOR MY fat grafting?
How do I recover from the surgery?
After a fat graft, but you may experience some pain which accompanies the bruising and swelling, but medication will be prescribed for relief.
Remember that you will need to arrange for someone to drive you home after the procedure.
What can I expect after a surgical fat transfer?
When can I return to normal activities?
Your body may reabsorb some of the injected fat in the months following the procedure, so the full and final effect of the surgical fat transfer may take several months.
What risks are involved in fat grafting?
A surgical fat transfer is usually not a risky procedure, but the risks that do exist include fat embolism (a blockage in a blood vessel), obvious scarring, haematoma (bleeding beneath the skin), fat necrosis (the death of fat tissue) and pneumothorax (air leaked between the lungs and the chest wall). There is also a chance that after this procedure, you may be unsatisfied with the final result, and may need further treatment.
The surgeon will explain these risks and complications in more detail.