Azim j Khan
April 1, 2013 - 12:12am
What is the fat transfer?
We can take fat out from where it is not needed like the bulging abdomen and can put it where it is needed like a depressed wrinkle, hollow cheeks or depressed cheek bones to make cheek bones higher. Since fat comes free of cost and is natural from your own body it is cheep and safe.
As we age, our muscles and skin lose some of their elasticity, and the cushion of fat, which provide the foundation for smooth and creaseless skin, dissipates.
The resulting facial creases and depressions can be corrected by implanting some material to take the place of the lost fatty cushion. When one's own fat is used for implanting, the possibility of allergic reaction or rejection is eliminated.
Fat transfer is an effective procedure in minimizing creases and grooves. It also can be used to augment lips, cheeks, the chin or earlobes (to help minimize tearing from wearing large earrings), recontour the face, and even adjust some body contours.
Fat transfer is performed in our outpatient surgery center by our skilled doctors. A donor site is chosen based upon patient preference. The hips, buttocks, thighs or lower abdomen are areas in women where fat can easily be harvested. In men, the donor area is often the flank area above the hips. During the procedure, both the donor site and the recipient site (site where the fat will be transferred to) are treated with local anesthesia, to minimize discomfort. The duration of the procedure depends on the number and size of the locations being treated. A small amount of bruising may occur. Patients usually resume normal activities immediately or within a day, and return to strenuous sports or activities within a week.
Where can the fat transfer be used?
It can be used at any area which is depressed and needs to be filled. It can be deep laugh lines on the face or a depressed scar of an accident, low cheek bones or small breast. It can also be used to rejuvenate the hands and feet where emptiness can give them an aged look.
How long will the fat last in new location?
Once transferred about 50-70% of the fat is absorbed by the body and 30-50% will stay for a long time and maybe for life. It means that additional procedure may keep on adding volume to the pre-existing fat.
Is fat transfer a safe procedure?
Absolutely yes. It is as safe as it can get, because it is your own fat being transferred from one place to another. Since no foreign material is used, no reactions are seen.