Fat transfer is a natural, minimally invasive treatment for replacing lost volume and/or subtly smoothly out wrinkles. This volume-enhancing treatment has been around for several years but it is the skills and expertise of the doctor that allow for long-lasting, youthful results.
What Do I Need to Know?
The terms fat injection and fat transfer refer to the process of taking or “harvesting” fat from your lower abdomen, lower back, hip, inner or outer thigh and injecting the extracted fat tissue into another area of the body. The goal of the procedure is to add fullness to the face, lips or buttocks. Fat injections can be done under local or sedation anesthesia. Using syringes, fat is harvested from the area and then prepared and processed in a special centrifuge to purify and separate the healthy fat cells from the damaged ones, and is then injected into the desired area.
Fat Transfer is a very popular procedure because it’s can correct wrinkles and creases and pump up areas that have lost volume. This surgery is unique because the fat that is used comes from the patient themselves so there is no risk for rejection of the transplanted fat cells.
How Will I Look and Feel Afterwards?
There is usually very little pain or discomfort associated with fat injections. However, there will be some swelling, bruising or redness that will occur during the healing phase in both the donor and recipient sites. When overfilling is necessary, the treated areas may appear puffy or swollen which can last as much as several weeks.
Although you can return to most activities within a day, if a large area was treated, it is advised to restrict activity for a short time.
How Long Will the Results Last?
Fat injections are significantly different with each patient. Some patients will have more absorption than others. Results can last up to 10 years and because the source of the filler is already in your body, it is perfectly tolerated in the long term. Secondary injections are not uncommon and may be necessary to obtain the result you want to achieve.
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1. If you are a smoker, you should stop completely. This will help to avoid respiratory complications and to improve circulation to the surgical areas.
2. Abstain from taking aspirin, aspirin containing products, or any non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents for at least 2 weeks prior to surgery.
3. Avoid alcoholic beverages for at least 24 hours prior to your surgery.
4. Do not eat or drink after midnight the day of your surgery. If you must take medications on the day of surgery, you may take them with a small sip of water.
5. You will not be allowed to drive yourself home after surgery. Please make arrangements for a family member or friend to pick you up.
6. Do not apply any body lotions, creams, antiperspirants, hair treatments, or make up on the day of surgery.
Immediately after the surgery, you will be transferred to the Post Anesthesia Care Unit where you will be monitored closely for approximately 1-2 hours. Pain medications and breathing treatments will be administered as needed. It is normal to feel a little nauseous after waking up from surgery. This is an effect of the anesthesia. Simply inform your nurse and he/she will treat your nausea with medications ordered by your anesthesia provider.
Once you arrive home, you may begin with light soup. If you are not nauseated, you may slowly advance your diet to thicker and heavier foods as you can tolerate. Be sure to drink plenty of fluids and keep yourself warm and well hydrated.
Begin taking your medications on your first day. Your surgeon will typically prescribe an antibiotic, pain medications, and an anti-nausea medication. Take these medications as directed and do your best to not miss a dose.
For any emergencies, please dial 9-1-1.
You and your family (or the responsible adult accompanying you) will be provided with detailed written instructions on how to care for yourself once you get home. These instructions will be reviewed with you prior to your discharge from the surgery center. Your surgeon will also provide you with his or her direct cell phone number for you call for any questions, as well as the number to the facility.
You will receive an appointment card with your first post-op appointment (typically 1-2 days after surgery) prior to your discharge. It is important that you attend your post-op appointment because the surgeon will examine your incisions and ensure that you are recovering well. During this appointment your surgeon will also instruct you on how and when to shower, how to care for your incisions, and when you can resume to normal activities.
Lastly, you can expect to receive a phone call from the surgery center within 24 hours after your surgery to see how are you are doing. Please ensure that the contact information you provide us is current and up to date.