Autologous Fat Transfer


What do you mean by Autologous Fat Transfer treatment?

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 body to either enhance or replace the lost volume.

Benefits of having Autologous Fat Transfer

fat transferAn Autologous fat transfer allows two aesthetic enhancement procedures at the one time. An autologous fat transfer sheds excess fat from one part of the body, whilst using the same fat cells to augment and enhance other parts of the body. Additional benefits include risk free foreign body reactions or allergies, plus the results may be permanent.

An autologous fat transfer to breast procedure allows women (with under-sized breasts or loss of breast volume due to breastfeeding) to have a sustain naturally fuller, more sensuous looking breasts. A fat transfer to breast augmentation procedure is a relatively safer option compared with breast implants as, the procedure uses your own fat cells ruling out any allergic foreign body reaction.

Unlike breast implants (which can be felt and sometimes even seen beneath the skin), an autologous fat transfer to breast augmentation procedure leaves a smooth natural feel and undetectable appearance to the eye. A fat transfer to breast procedure can incorporate the natural changes that a woman’s breasts undergo with age. Similarly, these same benefits can be achieved whilst applying an autologous fat transfer to the face, chest, hands and buttocks.

How does Autologous Fat Transfer work?

An Autologous Fat Transfer involves using fat cells collected from areas containing excess fat, and then injecting those same fat cells into areas of the body that require an enhancement. An autologous fat transfer procedure is performed under tumescent anaesthesia or with a mild sedation.

At Skin Notion, we use the latest fat harvesting technology called Vaser® LipoSelection. The Vaser® LipoSelection technique minimises tissue trauma to the donor sites and improves the quality of the harvested fat cells. The result is less bruising at the donor sites and a better up-take of the transferred fat cells creating a fuller and smoother result. A gentle liposuction treatment is used after the Vaser® LipoSelection procedure has removed the fat cells from the usual donor areas, e.g., tummy, thighs and buttocks. The extracted fat cells are filtered and purified. The purified cells are then injected into the body part/s to be treated using cannulas through a small incision into the skin. With regard to an autologous fat transfer to breast treatment visible results are instant. Although, the final result is visible usually after a few weeks once the swelling has reduced. For optimal results several fat grafting sessions may be required.

What areas can be treated?

Almost every part of the body can be treated using a fat transfer procedure. The most common areas are:

  • Breasts: an autologous fat transfer breast or fat grafting breast augmentation to give fuller and uplifted looking breasts;
  • Buttocks: an autologous fat transfer for buttock augmentation to achieve the Brazilian butt lift;
  • Face: to fill in the hollowness of the temples, cheeks, brows and folds to create a more youthful appearance;
  • Hands: to restore subcutaneous fat loss on the back of the hands; and
  • Scars: an autologous fat is injected beneath the skin surface to elevate depressed surgical and acne scars.

How long will the results last?

The duration of the results of autologous fat transfer procedure differs from person to person. The body reabsorbs the injected fat over a period of time but more than 50% of the injected volume remains in place permanently. Repeat sessions help to maintain the desired volume.

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Autologous Fat Transfer Prices

The cost of autologous transfer procedure depends upon the body part to be treated.

  • Face: from $3500 (Full face package includes fat harvesting, Vaser mini-liposuction, fat purification and enhanced, fat injection to forehead, temples, eyebrows, eyelids, tear roughs, nasolabial folds, lips, corners of the mouth and chin)
  • Breasts: $3500;
  • Buttocks: $3500;
  • Back of the hands: $2500

What to know more about Autologous Fat Transfer Treatment in Sydney?
Contact Skin Notion now on 1300 128 128.

Pre-Op Care

A thorough test will be conducted in order to determine whether you are fit enough to undergo an autologous fat transfer procedure. It is important to inform the treating doctor of any medical conditions, medications you are currently taking particularly, blood thinners.

For an autologous fat transfer to breast augmentation, you might be asked to wear a special suction bra, for several hours during the day for a month prior to the procedure. This helps expand the breast tissues making them ready to accommodate the extra volume transfer of fat.

Post-Op Care

To help with any bruising, swelling or the experience of any discomfort you can use cold compresses. However, most people don’t find the need. If ice is necessary, please take care not to apply the ice directly onto the skin as it can cause the skin to burn. Instead, place the ice or ice-pack inside a damp cloth and apply to the treatment areas for 5-10 minutes a few times daily.

Please refrain from touching any treatment areas with unclean hands, and do not rub or firmly press at the treatment areas. During the first twenty-four hours, you should not expose any treatment areas to extreme heat or cold. Do not touch the area or apply make up. For the first two days you should completely rest. For the two weeks following the treatment avoid any strenuous physical exercises. You may be asked to wear a special bra for about a week after an autologous fat transfer breast procedure. As prescribed, please take any oral antibiotics and/or apply antibiotic ointment.

FAQs

Are there any risks involved?
An autologous fat transfer procedure has minimal risks. The treatment area could become either over corrected, remain under corrected or uneven. In general, about 40% of the injected fat may be absorbed within the first year. Fat survival and absorption are unpredictable depending on many factors. In some cases though, the transferred fat does not survive at all and is absorbed leaving no correction. Results cannot be guaranteed and repeated fat injections may be necessary. The formation of tissue lumps or cysts, damage to the surrounding tissues including nerves, scarring, bleeding and infection are rare.
Are there side effects?
Normal expected outcomes of an autologous fat transfer procedure could be temporary soreness, redness, bruising and swelling. Change in nipple sensation after an autologous fat transfer breast procedure may persist for a few months.
Is hospitalisation required?
An autologous fat transfer breast treatment is an outpatient procedure and does not need hospitalisation.
Is there an age limit for this procedure?


No, there is no age limit for this procedure.
Is it painful?
The autologous fat transfer procedure is performed under tumescent anesthesia; a special local anaesthetic solution help to numb the treatment area and aid the liposuction process. You may experience some minor discomfort whilst the local anaesthetic is being injected. You may also experience some pain after the effects of local anaesthesia wears off (usually between 4 to 6 hours) which can be eased with given oral analgesia.
How long does it take?
An autologous fat transfer breast augmentation, autologous fat transfer buttock augmentation and a Brazilian Butt Lift may take around 3-4 hours.
An autologous fat transfer face and hand may take around 2-3 hours.
Are there complications?
Autologous fat transfer procedures have minimal risks. The treatment area could become either over corrected, under corrected or uneven. In general, about 40% of the injected fat may be absorbed within the first year. Fat survival and absorption is unpredictable depending on many factors. In some cases, the transferred fat does not survive at all and is absorbed leaving no correction. Results cannot be guaranteed therefore repeated fat injections may be necessary. Formation of tissue lumps or cysts, damage to the surrounding tissues including nerves, scarring, bleeding and infection are rare.
Will I get skin irregularities?
Skin irregularities may develop at the donor and recipient sites for the first few weeks before they even themselves out.
Will there be bruising or swelling?
There will be bruising or swelling which may take up to 2 weeks to dissipate, which is part of this type of procedure.
Are bandages applied?
Thin strips of bandages or sutures will be applied at the points of incision at donor area which will be removed in 5 days.
Do I need time off work?
Yes you would need to take time off work after your autologous fat transfer procedure. The duration depends upon the area treated, the nature of your work and varies from person to person. Normally you would need to take three to seven days off work.
When can I do exercises?
You should avoid strenuous exercise for two weeks after undergoing the procedure.
When can I go out in the sun again?
You should avoid exposing the affected areas to the harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun and sun beds for about six weeks after an autologous fat transfer procedure.
Should I follow a special diet?
There is no need to follow a special diet however, a reduction in your intake of sodium and carbohydrates is recommended.
Are the results permanent?
The results of an autologous fat transfer to breast augmentation are not permanent as the injected fat cells are consumed by the body. You will require periodic treatments between one and three years.
Will scarring occur?
There could be scarring at the incision point, however, this is rare as the incision is a clean cut and usually very small. Please advise our doctor if, you are prone to scarring or keloids (an area of excessive irregular fibrous tissue that forms at the site of a scar or injury).
Can I drive home after the procedure?
It is not advisable for you to drive home after the procedure, as you could still be experiencing the effects of any administered anaesthesia and sedation.
Will I have to return for post-operative care?
You will have to return a week after an autologous fat transfer procedure in order for your treating doctor to monitor your progress. In the meantime, please contact our office if you have any concerns.

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