Fat Transfer Melbourne

What is Fat Transfer?

Fat transfer is a procedure that takes fat from one part of the body such as abdomen or thighs and transfers it to another. Many different areas may be treated with Fat Transfer, including;

  • Face – especially the hollows in the cheeks and temples, and just under the eyes (tear troughs).
  • Buttocks – also known as the Brazlian Butt lift, fat can be transfered to certain areas of the buttocks to lift and to create a more rounded appearance. Particularly desired by those with flat or small buttocks, or those that would like a buttock lift.
  • Backs of hands – also a popular location for fat transfer to help the problem of thin skin that shows the tendons and veins
  • Any other areas that require volume such as post accidents or surgery with tissue loss, or areas that may be lumpy or uneven after previous surgery or liposuction.

Who is a candidate for fat transfer?

A wide range of people may benefit from fat transfer. Obviously you must have enough fat to transfer to your desired areas.

What is the fat transfer procedure like?

The procedure is performed under local anaesthetic (sedation may also be used if desired by the patient). The area from which the fat is extracted is referred to as the donor area and the area into which the fat is injected is called the target area.

  • The skin over the donor area is cleansed with antiseptic
  • Local anaesthetic is infused into the donor area.
  • The fat is harvested into syringes and cleansed to remove impurities.
  • The fat is used immediately in the target area.

The fat harvesting procedure may be performed in a small area if small volumes are required, or as part of Vaser Liposculpture if larger volumes are desired (for  buttocks).

  • The skin over the target area is cleased with antiseptic
  • Local anaesthetic is injected into the target area.
  • The harvested fat is carefully injected into the target area in very small amounts.

What are the advantages for fat transfer?

The main advantage is that the fat is your own, natural material. It is known as the best possible natural filler. As such, there is no chance of allergic reaction and it also feels much more natural. Furthermore, the effects are long lasting, unlike implants (breast, buttock, cheek) which generally have a life of 10 years before they are recommended to be replaced.

How long is the recovery time for fat transfer?

Most patients have swelling in the area (especially the face) for 7-14 days but can usually return to work after 5 to 7 days. Antibiotics are taken to reduce the chances of infection.Pain is usually minimal and controlled with simple pain medication (Panadeine type).

How long do the results of fat transfer last?

TSome of the fat is re-absorbed by the body. The amount that remains varies between individuals but on average about two thirds to three quarters of the injected fat remains in the long term and is permanent. If more volume is required then the procedure can be repeated as often as required (usually spaced 3 to 6 months apart). Because the amount of fat retained by the body varies, some people need 2 or 3 treatment sessions to get the effect they desire.

Are there visible scars of fat transfer?

No! This is one of the main advantages of this procedure. The fat is injected through very small incisions (approx 5 mm) and these heal very well and are barely visible after a few months. There are no large incisions and scars as can be required for implants (buttock augmentation).

What does it cost?

Fat transfer is very affordable and costs only $2000 for the hands or similar smaller areas such as lips, or $4000 for fat transfer to the full face.Fat transfer to buttocks is $4000 plus the cost of the liposuction for donor areas as higher volumes of fat are required to be harvested (ie from $2500). The advantage of this is that both procedures are performed together, with the loss of fat from one (or more) areas via liposuction, and the augmentation of the buttocks as well!

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.