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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

An 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.

 

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 Skinnotion, 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, 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:

  • 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)
  • Buttocks: $3500;
  • Back of the hands: $2500

Want to know more about Autologous Fat Transfer Treatment in Sydney?
Contact Skinnotion now on 02 4655 6638.

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.

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. As prescribed, please take any oral antibiotics and/or apply antibiotic ointment.

FAQs

[expand title=”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.[/expand] [expand title=”Is there an age limit for this procedure?”]No, there is no age limit for this procedure.[/expand] [expand title=”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.[/expand] [expand title=”How long does it take?”]An 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.[/expand] [expand title=”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.[/expand] [expand title=”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.[/expand] [expand title=”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.[/expand] [expand title=”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.[/expand] [expand title=”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.[/expand] [expand title=”When can I do exercises?”]You should avoid strenuous exercise for two weeks after undergoing the procedure.[/expand] [expand title=”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.[/expand] [expand title=”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.[/expand] [expand title=”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).[/expand] [expand title=”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.[/expand] [expand title=”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.[/expand]

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The content provided on this website is for informational purposes only and in no way intended to substitute the professional medical advice given by a physician during an in-office consultation and examination. Any photographs/illustrations on this website cannot be copied and reprinted in any way without written permission from Skinnotion.

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