Fat Transfer The Woodlands
What Is Fat Transfer?
Fat transfer is also known as fat grafting.
Who Benefits From Fat Transfer Surgery
Clients that can benefit from this fat transfer surgery are those that need to add permanent volume to certain areas (face, lips, breasts, buttocks). Volume loss in these areas can be a normal part of aging. Fat transfers can also be used in breast reconstruction and breast augmentation clients where some added volume might be needed to cover up implant visibility issues. Fat transfer to the buttocks is performed in our Brazilian butt lift (see that link for details).
Fat Transfer Surgery
Smokers should stop at least two months before the operation. All medications that can cause bleeding should be stopped at least two weeks prior to the fat transfer surgery if approved to do so by the doctor that prescribed them.
Liposuction is first performed (see liposuction link for details). The fat is then prepared for injection. After the fat is prepared, very small incisions are made in the areas to be fat grafted. These incisions are very small and well hidden. After the appropriate amount of fat has been added to the areas, the small incisions are all closed.
The fat transfer operation is usually performed in an outpatient surgery center and the client will go home the same day. The fat transfer operation can be done under general anesthesia or sometimes under IV sedation. The operation can take from two to four hours depending on how much liposuction and fat grafting is being performed.
Fat Transfer Post-Operative Care
You will be wearing a compression garment when you wake up from your operation. This will typically be worn for six weeks in order to prevent fluid accumulation in the areas that that had liposuction. A prescription for narcotic pain medication will be given to you for post-operative pain control. On occasion, a prescription for an antibiotic may be given. The incisions where the liposuction took place can leak fluid for the first several days and this is considered normal. Swelling and bruising is to be expected. The first follow-up appointment will be between five and seven days. Sutures typically do not need to be removed. Clients can typically return to light duty/work in one week however some swelling may remain. You should be able to return to full activity and exercise in six weeks.
Fat Transfer Surgery Potential Complications
Complications can include post-op bleeding, infection, or the development of seromas (fluid collection) that may need to be drained in the office. Patients can also develop blood clots in the legs and these can lead to pulmonary embolisms (life threatening). Another rare but potential complication is a fat embolism (again, can be life threatening).
In the fat grafted areas, under correction or over correction can occur. Fat grafting is considered permanent. However, it is well known and well documented in the literature that not all of the fat will survive in its new location (usually about 70% will survive but this number will vary from patient to patient). Sometimes, multiple sessions of fat transfer are needed to arrive at the desired aesthetic effect.
Jeffrey G. Lind II, MD and The Lind Institute of Plastic Surgery extend, to their clients, body enhancing fat transfer/fat grafting operations in The Woodlands and Houston, Texas area.