Fat Transfer

Rejuvenating the face and creating a more youthful appearance.

The most common would be in the form of a surgical face lift or from injections of certain substances into the face to iron out wrinkles. However another and increasingly popular way of providing volume to parts of the face or various other body parts is through the use of autologous fat transfer. This process can increase the volume of fats in certain parts of the body where there were visually low levels previously.

What is fat transfer and how is it performed?

The process becomes a lot easier to understand when it is pointed out that autologous simply refers to the fat being taken from other parts of your body. Autologous fat transfer is therefore the process of taking fat from one part of your body and then using it to rejuvenate an area that has been lacking. Usually the fat is removed from areas where there are extra storages of fat in the first place (such as the thighs, for example). The fat is removed through the use of small syringes and the fat is then purified before being inserted into the relevant area.

Depending on the area in which the procedure is taking place (as well as the size), either a local or a general anaesthetic will be administered beforehand to provide as much comfort to the patient as possible. General anaesthetic is usually used when bigger areas are being treated and when it involves the use of multiple surgical operations. Overall, the patient should not expect any pain.

What areas can be treated by fat transfer?

Autologous fat transfer is often used to restore volume to areas of the face, which means that it is often used as an alternative to a face lift procedure. Specific areas can include such facial areas like the cheeks. As the treatment uses the patient’s own fat cells, it means that the body will not break it down like it would with artificial substances like facial filler used in other procedures. However, some of the fat will still break down over time therefore a larger amount of fat will be taken from another part of the body to make up for this during the initial procedure. However in some cases the patient may need to return for follow up procedures. This will not happen in all cases and the case varies from person to person.

Are there any side effects to a fat transfer?

Infections or misshapen appearances could be side effects but they are usually caused by too much fat being transferred in the first place, meaning that it will not affect everyone. However there is likely to be some swelling which will disappear with time. The nature of the procedure means there are unlikely to be scars.