Fat transfer, also known as fat grafting or fat injection, is a cosmetic procedure that transfers fat from areas of the body in which you have excess fat, such as the outer thighs, and injects it into areas that may be lacking in volume, such as your face, hands, breasts or buttocks. It may be performed under local or general anesthesia, depending on the volume of graft that is needed. The treatment that best fits your needs and expectations can be further discussed with your surgeon during your consultation.
- Improve symmetry and contour
- Restore tissue depressions from surgery or injury
- Improve scars
- Provide more youthful appearance in face, hands, breast or body
Fat transfer is a good option for patients who wish to improve their shape, volume or appearance of their face or other body areas, are in good health and have realistic expectations. Patients who smoke, have high blood pressure that is not under control, have blood disorders or take blood thinners, such as Aspirin, Coumadin or Plavix, may experience higher risk of healing problems.
Most patients tolerate the procedure well and are able to go home the same day. Medications for pain and nausea to be taken by mouth are routinely prescribed with an occasional short course of antibiotics. Some bruising and swelling are expected, but are generally well tolerated and improve over several days. Using extra pillows while you sleep will help reduce swelling. Strenuous exercises and lifting heavy objects should be avoided for few weeks.
All patients considering elective surgery should abstain from smoking, including secondhand smoke and avoid any nicotine containing products, both before and after surgery. Dr. Ziakas strongly advises all his patients to quit smoking for good. The sutures used in fat transfer are absorbable and dissolve over time. The majority of patients are able to return to their routine activities in about a month.
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