If you have considered undergoing a facial rejuvenation procedure, breast augmentation or buttock implantations but don’t think you’re ready for a face lift or other forms of plastic surgery, then Autologous Fat Transfer might just be the solution for you.
Autologous Fat Transfer (AFT), also known as Fat Grafting or Microlipoinjection, is an out-patient procedure in which an individual’s own body fat is used to plump up areas of the face (such as in the cheeks, chin, nasolabial folds, under eye, forehead, lips), or to add volume to the breasts or buttocks.
Autologous Fat Transfer can be used for the following areas:
As a relatively new procedure, there are no large clinical studies with long-term follow-up. As is the case with all cosmetic treatments, fat transfer carries risks along with benefits, although they are rare:
Considering getting an Autologous Fat Transfer in Singapore? Learn all about the procedures and the things to take note.
An Autologous Fat Transfer treatment is a cosmetic procedure where excess fat from one part of the body is harvested, and then re-injected into another part of the face or body to either enhance or replace the lost volume.
The word “autologous” simply refers to the use of one’s own tissues or fat. Because the patient’s own fat is used, Autologous Fat Transfer generally requires three steps.
Step 1 – Fat Removal via Liposuction
Excess fat is removed using a small-gauge hypodermic needle or special cannula through a very-low-suction liposuction. This is so that damage to fat cells is minimised.
Donor sites can include: abdomen, buttocks, hips, “saddle bags” or thighs.
Step 2 – Isolating Fat Cells
Once an adequate amount of fat has been collected, it is spun at a high-speed centrifuge to remove any damaged fat cells. Only whole, undamaged, and cleansed fat cells are used for the transfer.
Step 3 – Re-injection of Fat
The fat transfer procedure is completed with the doctor injecting the fat cells into the target site(s).
At SL Aesthetic Clinic, Autologous Fat Transfer is performed under Tumescent Anaesthesia, which also removes bleeding associated with traditional surgery.
Fat transfer risks are few and minimal. But as is the case with all cosmetic treatments, fat transfer carries risks:
Most patients see results one month post-procedure, after the swelling has subsided. Final results can take up to four months to realise as the body also absorbs some of the injected fat. For optimal results, several fat grafting sessions may be required.
The time taken for a Fat Transfer procedure will depend on the area(s) involved. On average, a Fat Transfer can take 2 – 4 hours to complete.
Upon consultation and assessment at our clinic, the procedure proper is fixed at a later date and time.
There is no definite length to the amount of time that the benefits of a fat transfer will last. Over the course of a few months or a year, a portion of the injected fat will be reabsorbed and dispersed by the body. An approximate one third or more of the original volume will remain.
At SL Aesthetic Clinic, Autologous Fat Transfer is performed under Tumescent Anaesthesia, a technique for delivery of local anaesthesia. This means you will be awake for the entire procedure, but not feel any pain. Post-procedure discomfort should only be short-term and can usually be managed with oral pain medication.
Recover after the fat transfer will depend on the individual. Incisions are kept to a minimum as much as possible. Most patients can move about and engage in normal activities on the same day of the injections. However, it is advisable to avoid stressful and strenuous activities for at least 4 – 6 weeks. In some cases, patients may experience some swelling and bruise at the injection site(s).
Autologous Fat Transfer is safe for most healthy adults. It is also especially beneficial for patients who have experienced lipoatrophy (loss of the fat layer in the face), and patients wanting a breast reconstruction after a mastectomy due to breast cancer.
As with all medical procedures, you should be sure to disclose all of your medical history and current habits such as smoking and use of blood-thinners, medications, birth control pills, or supplements.
Autologous Fat Transfer is unsuitable in the following circumstances:
Pre-care: Ensure that you’re in a good state of health and not recovering from a bacterial or viral infection. Avoid the use of blood thinners such as ibuprofen and aspirin for two weeks before the procedure.
Post-care: Compression garments can be worn for the first 2-3 days post-treatment to help reduce any swelling, but is not required. Strenuous activities should be avoided for at least 4 – 6 weeks post-procedure.
|Fat Transfer to the Face||From $8000|
|Fat Transfer to the Breasts||From $10000|
[26 Mar 2019] Written by Dr. Kelvin Chua
Dr Kelvin Chua started his surgical training in Australia, teaching for several years in the hospitals, and spent time in dermatology and surgical rotations.
Over the course of 15 years, Kelvin has since performed more than 1,000 successful cases of liposuction procedures and Botox and filler treatments under his belt. With a keen interest in non-invasive facial contouring and lifting techniques as well as liposuction for body contouring procedures, he also performs HIFU, Thermage FLX, Fractional CO2 laser, Radiofrequency, hair loss management & treatment, as well as moles and lumps removal.
With a strong passion for inspiring others through teaching, Kelvin is a motivational speaker at Republic Polytechnic, an appointed trainer for aesthetic institutions and cosmeceutical companies, and is a mentor to aspiring aesthetic doctors.
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