Fat transfer (autologous fat grafting or lipofilling) refers to the method in which the body’s own fat is injected into the body areas lacking volume or showing particular aging signs.
The principle of the treatment is that the body’s own fatty tissue is carefully removed from an inconspicuous place(not easily seen) and transplanted at the desired location. The transplantation of autologous fat can be performed in the subcutaneous tissue(hypodermis) in any region of the body like face, breasts, buttocks, hands or vaginal area.
Table of Contents
- 1 What are the Treatment Goals?
- 2 Who is a Suitable Candidate?
- 3 Pre-Treatment Instructions
- 4 Fat Transfer Treatment Procedure
- 5 Most common areas for fat transfer
- 6 Aftercare
- 7 Results of Fat Grafting/Transfer
- 8 Risks of Fat Transfer Treatment
- 9 What is the fat injection cost in Dubai?
- 10 Fat Transfer FAQs
- 11 Our Surgeons
- 12 Consultation
What are the Treatment Goals?
Fat transfer addresses several issues and offers numerous benefits for the body’s appearance and aesthetics.
For instance, it can rejuvenate your face by treating the following
- Under-eye circles or sagginess
- Deep nasolabial folds
- Wrinkles on the cheek
- Lack of volume on the cheeks
Autologous fat grafting helps enhance the volume and contour of various body areas, making them more prominent. Procedures that can benefit from fat transfer in this regard include
- Breast Augmentation
Buttock Augmentation (Brazilian Butt Lift)
Who is a Suitable Candidate?
Some candidacy criteria must be met before a patient can undergo autologous fat transfer in dubai. For instance
- The candidate must be in good health, with their weight within a healthy range.
- You should have an adequate amount of fat in the donor region for the transfer to be feasible.
- You must have realistic expectations of the procedure.
A few necessary things must be kept in mind before undergoing a fat transfer procedure, for example
- Quit smoking: It is recommended that you stop smoking at least six weeks before and continue to abstain for six weeks after autologous fat grafting. Smoking can undermine the body’s ability to heal, affecting the outcome.
- Avoid blood-thinning medications: It’s important to avoid blood-thinning medications for a period before the surgery as advised by your doctor, to reduce the risk of excessive bleeding during and after the procedure.
Fat Transfer Treatment Procedure
The areas of the body to be corrected are discussed with the patient.
The treatment is divided into three stages:
Harvesting / Liposuction:
Liposuction is typically performed under local anesthesia, but general anesthesia may be used depending on the extent of the procedure. Tubing is attached to the suctioned area to ensure adequate drainage of the wound. A highly absorbent bandage is also applied.
Purification/ Processing of the fat:
The extracted fat is sent to the lab, where it is processed and prepared for transplantation.
Fat purification is performed using the following techniques
Sedimentation: Fat-filled syringes are kept upright for several minutes to allow gravity to isolate different components of the extracted fat.
Centrifugation: Extracted fat is typically centrifuged for a specific duration to separate different components, helping to isolate purified adipocytes for transfer.
Washing and filtering: A strainer or gauze may be used to clean and refine the harvested fat.
Lipofilling(autologous fat injection) is also carried out under local anesthesia. A specific amount of autologous fat is carefully injected into the targeted area using a fine needle, ensuring a natural and even distribution. It is a minimally invasive procedure that usually doesn’t require stitches afterward.
Most common areas for fat transfer
Care must be taken to ensure proper wound care, which includes keeping the incision site clean and dry, monitoring for signs of infection, and ensuring adequate compression after the suction. Adequate pain therapy should also be ensured. You may be prescribed anti-inflammatory medication and antibiotics for five days to reduce swelling and prevent infection. However, patients are generally advised to rest for one to two days. Patients can walk around without any problems but should avoid physical activity for about 2-4 weeks.
Some discoloration may occur in the liposuction-treated area but usually subsides in one week. You may also feel mild numbness in the area for 1 to 3 months.
Patients should contact their healthcare provider if they experience severe pain, excessive swelling, or signs of infection
It is generally advised to avoid compressing the recipient site for at least four weeks.
Results of Fat Grafting/Transfer
Fat transfer often delivers results that are longer-lasting compared to non-permanent fillers like hyaluronic acid, but individual results may vary. However, these results require maintenance with occasional follow-up sessions.
The transplanted fatty tissue contains stem cells that have a regenerative effect on the overlying skin, which can thicken the skin and enhance elastic fibers. This effect may take 6-12 weeks to deliver noticeable results. Results vary from person to person.
Risks of Fat Transfer Treatment
While fat transfer in Dubai is a safe technique, it does carry some risks, such as
- Hematoma: Accumulation of blood under the skin, which may require drainage.
- Death of fat tissues (fat necrosis).
- Fat embolism – Fat embolism is a rare but serious complication of fat transfer, where fat cells enter the bloodstream and potentially block blood vessels.
- Puncturing of the lungs, which can lead to the accumulation of air inside or around the lungs (pneumothorax) – a rare complication.
What is the fat injection cost in Dubai?
The average starting price of fat injections is AED 15000. The cost varies from patient to patient because it depends on the size and location of the targeted area, the surgeon’s expertise, and the location of the clinic. In addition to this, the cost also includes anesthesia fee and hospital charges. Therefore, it is recommended to consult with an expert to know the exact cost.
Fat Transfer FAQs
How long does fat transfer take?
It entirely depends on the size of the area to be contoured. Minor facial contouring may take only half an hour, while a larger body area e.g. buttocks and legs may require up to two hours.
For how long you need to take off from work?
It varies from no time to about one week, depending upon the size of the area to be treated. Minor contouring of the cheek area can be a walk-in procedure. On the other hand, a major fat transfer to a large body area may require a few days for recovery.
Does fat transfer/ fat injection produce permanent results?
Fat transfer Dubai or Fat injections provide permanent results under the right circumstances because transferred fat is a living substance. Typically, the body may absorb a portion of the injected fat within the first few weeks. The remaining fat that successfully integrates tends to provide long-lasting results.
Is Fat Transfer Painful?
A minor correction is practically pain-free, but a major transfer will involve some degree of pain, for which local anesthesia is used to numb the targeted area.
Dubai Cosmetic Surgery Clinic offers autologous fat transfer in Dubai through its top-rated surgeons and state-of-the-art equipment. Book a consultation today to start your journey toward getting in shape. Call us at +971 4 348 5575 or fill out the form below.
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