Fat grafting | Fat transfer | autologous fat transfer

Fat transfer also known as Fat Grafting is a natural technique using your own cells. It is a powerful tool to replace areas where fat is needed. Fat transfer has a dual benefit, both improving the donor site, and transplanting the fat to where it is needed. Fat take survives long term, studies show a retention rate long term of 50-80%. The most popular areas for fat augmentation are the cheek areas, the nasolabial folds and marionette lines. These fill out hollowing and replace fat pockets that have been depleted. Rather than cheek implants, which may become infected or age unnaturally, fat replaces what is lost where it is needed.

Fat can be harvested from the donor site of your choice, these include

  • Lower abdomen or tummy area
  • Upper abdomen or tummy area
  • The flank area or the love handles
  • Inside of thighs
  • Inside of thighs
  • Outside of thighs

Fat can be transferred to:

  • The temples
  • The lower eyelid trough area
  • The cheeks
  • The nasolabials
  • The marionettes
  • The Chin
  • The bridge of nose

How is Fat transfer done?

The fat is removed using a thin cannula using a 2mm incision. The fat is gently suctioned out without using heat, ultrasound or laser as these can damage the delicate cells. The fat is then processed to allow maximum cell survival and maximal graft take The fat is then infused as microribbons to the areas where you need it the most. These microribbons distributed as a net improves the contact of each fat cell to a source of blood supply. The fat “takes” by it establishing a blood supply through a process of blood vessel ingrowth and integration. This allows the fat to survive long term

The Swan Clinic offers Fat Grafting  to other areas of the body, Check out our other pages: Natural Breast Augmentation (NBA) , Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) , Fat Grafting to the Labia Majora

The benefits of fat transfer include

  • It is natural, using your own tissues
  • It includes plasma (PRP)
  • It includes stem cells which may repopulate the area with new cells
  • Is in plentiful supply once harvested
  • Has a retention rate long term of 50-80%
  • Improved appearance of donor site
  • It can be repeated if needed

Sculpting the Face

At The Swan Clinic, we believe that each face is unique and each person is unique. Each patient will receive a treatment plan tailored to their needs. Contact us today to ask about our facial rejuvenation package. Assessment includes a thorough workup, standard and 3D photography. Your package may include a combination of skin treatment, fat grafting, fillers and surgery depending on your needs.

How can I prepare for Fat grafting/transfer ?
You will need to see Dr Hadi twice. The first consult takes you through the operation as well as expected results. The second consult is at no extra cost to you and runs through things again. All risks and benefits will be discussed with you and treatment will be tailored to your needs and your body shape. When you decide to proceed, there are a few things you can do to prepare.

  1. Eat healthily by avoid excessively fatty foods and foods high in sugar.
  2. Stop smoking as this significantly increases complications rates. You cannot smoke for 6 weeks prior and 12 weeks after surgery.
  3. Stop all blood thinners unless previously discussed with Dr Hadi. Please stop any over the counter medications that might thin the blood.
  4. Shower the night before or the morning of surgery with a medicated soap.These reduce the bacterial living on the skin and there is evidence it reduces chance of infection.
  5. Fast (do not eat anything) at least 6 hours prior to surgery.
  6. Obtain compression garment as discussed below.
How long will the Fat transfer procedure take?
You will need to be fasted at least six hours before the Fat transfer procedure. The operation usually takes around 4 hours and a recovery time of around one to two weeks
How long will I stay in hospital?
Surgery is usually day surgery. You will be given antibiotic tablets and pain relief tablets to take home so that you can be comfortable. You will be given Dr Hadi’s number to contact her if you have any concerns or questions post operatively.
What about exercise?
You will need to avoid heavy exercise for around one month.
When can I shower ?
You can shower from the next dry. The dressings can get wet, please blow dry them if needed after showering.
When can I drive?
You can drive as soon as it is comfortable to do so. This is generally around one week.
When can I go back to work?
You will need one to two weeks off work depending on how physically demanding your work is.
Do I need a compression garment?
You will need a compression garment to the donor area (if tummy or thighs, tight compression shorts will do). This should be worn for a week after surgery.
What about scar management?
These wounds are very small. Avoid exposing the area to the sun for at least one year after the procedure. If in the sun, please wear sunscreen and a hat.
Best outcomes after procedure
Your part in the operation is essential. You can help achieve the best possible outcome by:

  • Doing deep breathing exercises to prevent pneumonia.
  • Take tablet antibiotics as prescribed to avoid infection
  • Wear a compression garment to the donor area (if tummy or thighs, tight compression shorts will do).
  • Do not smoke for at least 12 weeks after surgery as this can affect fat survival.
  • Come back for regular review as detailed in the next section to ensure your healing is progressing at each stage.
Healing stages
  • Bruising can occur for 2-3 days post procedure
  • Swelling can last for up to 12 weeks until the final result is reached
What about post-operative follow-ups?
As a minimum, you will be seen by Dr Hadi after surgery, the next week, at six weeks and twelve months after surgery. This is so that you can have the best possible outcome. Please call the Swan Clinic on 9526-6885 following your surgery to ensure we have booked all your follow up appointments. As our patient at The Swan Clinic, you will be well looked after and can always count on our honesty as we always have your wellbeing in mind. Please feel free to contact us if you have further questions.