What is fat grafting
Fat grafting, also known as fat transfer, is a surgical process where fat is transferred from one body part to another area of the body. The surgical goal of fat grafting is to improve or augment the body part where extra fat is injected. Fat grafting involves extracting fat using liposuction, processing the fat, and reinjecting the purified fat into the desired body area.
Who performs fat grafting
Fat grafting is performed by certified plastic surgeons or professionals in the aesthetic industry. As liposuction is the primary component during fat grafting, only certified medical professionals can perform fat grafting. In any complications during or after the fat grafting procedure, certified medical professionals are also better equipped to handle the complications and provide the standard of care to the patient.
Here are some fat grafting services to consider:
Allure Plastic Surgery
|Address||435 Orchard Rd, #22-04 Wisma Atria, Singapore 238877|
|Operating Hours||Monday Friday, 10:00 AM 6:00 PM|
Dr Hong Soo Wan
|Address||820 Thomson Road #06-68 Singapore 574623|
|Telephone||+65 6432 8248|
|Operating Hours||Mon Fri: 9am 1pm, 2pm 5pm |
Sunday & Holiday: Closed
|Address||Winsland House 1, #09-08, 3 Killiney Road, Singapore, Singapore 239519|
|Telephone||+65 6904 4488|
|Operating Hours||Monday Friday, 9:30 AM 6:30 PM|
|Address||1 Farrer Park Station Rd, #16-08 to 10 Connexion, Singapore 217562 |
6A Napier Rd, #08-08 Singapore 258499, Singapore 258499
|Telephone||+65 6600 6868|
|Operating Hours||Monday Friday, 9:00 AM 6:00 PM|
|Address||38 Irrawaddy Road, Mount Elizabeth, #06-48, Singapore 329563|
|Telephone||+65 6778 8648|
|Operating Hours||Monday Friday, 9:00 AM 6:00 PM|
Dr Leo Plastic Surgery Clinic
|Address||3 Mount Elizabeth, #06-10 Medical Centre, Singapore 228510|
+65 6733 3895
|Operating Hours||Monday Saturday, 8:30 AM 5:00 PM|
|Address||501 Orchard Road #05-12 Wheelock Place, 238880|
|Telephone||+65 9656 5464|
|Operating Hours||Monday to Friday: 11 AM to 8 PM |
Saturday: 11 AM to 4 PM
Dream Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery
|Address||290 Orchard Road Paragon |
Singapore 238859 #17-03/04
|Telephone||+65 6871 8888|
|Operating Hours||Weekdays – 0900 to 1800 |
Saturday – 0900 to 1200
Sunday & Public Holiday – Closed
Colin Tham Plastic Surgery
|Address||304 Orchard Rd, #05-06 Lucky Plaza, Singapore 238863|
|Telephone||+65 6235 8411|
|Operating Hours||Monday to Friday: 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM |
Saturday: 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
MH Plastic Surgery
|Address||290 Orchard Rd, #20-01 Paragon, Singapore 238859|
|Telephone||+65 6733 3372|
|Operating Hours||Monday to Friday: 9 AM to 6 PM |
Saturday: 9 AM to 1 PM
|Address||38 Irrawaddy Road Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre, #10-26/27, 329563|
|Telephone||+65 6464 8075|
|Operating Hours||Monday to Friday: 10 AM to 6 PM |
Saturday and Sunday: Closed
The process of fat grafting
The fat grafting process includes three main steps: extracting fat from a body part using liposuction, processing the fat, and reinjection of the purified fat into the body part that needs enhancement.
The first step
The first step involves using liposuction techniques to extract fat from one body part. The results are best achieved by manual methods such as thin liposuction cannulas with small holes. Other liposuction methods such as laser and ultrasonic liposuction should be avoided because they may destroy fat cells.
The second step
The fat cells are washed with saline solution to remove fat cells which did not survive in the fat grafting. These fat cells may even pose problems to the fat cells in the new transferred area.
The third step
The fat is reinjected in tiny droplets throughout the area of treatment. The amount of fat injected varies according to each patient’s specifics and the body part of the treatment area.
Post fat grafting care
Fat grafting is a day surgery procedure, and you will be able to return home on the same day of the surgery. After you gain consciousness after the surgery, you will begin to experience a mild discomfort and aching over the fat donor body part. This can be quickly resolved with prescribed painkillers. There might also be swelling and bruising at the donor body part. However, this is usually resolved after two weeks post-surgery. Patients should avoid exertion and raise the donor body part upright to 30 degrees for the fastest recovery. Patients should also avoid exerting pressure over the fat grafted area to ensure maximum fat cells survival.
Types of anaesthesia used during fat grafting
There is a wide variety of anaesthesia used for different body parts of fat grafting. The anaesthesia used depends on the volume of fat extracted from the excess fat body part using liposuction. Local anaesthesia is used to extract a small volume of fat as there is not much pain involved. The larger volume of fat (more than 500cc) always require patients to be sedated under general or IV anaesthesia.
Advantages of fat grafting
It kills two birds with one stone
Using your body fats from one body part to another, you can reduce excess fats from other parts of the body and restore the body area you are getting treated on. Additionally, the harvested fats are scientifically compatible with your fats, reducing any risks or complications that might occur from the body rejecting these tissues.
The results of fat grafting are permanent as long as patients maintain their current weight. The healthy fat cells which are transferred via fat grafting are living substance. During the first six weeks after the fat grafting session, a small portion of fat will be naturally absorbed by the body, while the fat cells that survive will live and thrive in their new location. The key to maintaining the fat grafting results is living a healthy lifestyle and staying active.
Common areas of fat grafting
The most common body part for fat grafting is women’s breasts. There is usually a 25cc to 400cc volume of fat that can be injected into each breast. The patient can expect the breast to increase its size by one or two cup size. Some of the reasons why fat grafting to breasts is common are as follows:
- Corrects breast asymmetry and improves the shape of sagging breast
- Repairs radiation tissue damage and treats breast implant capsular contractures
- Correct scar deformities from lumpectomy or breast reconstruction
- An alternative to breast augmentation using a breast implant
The purpose of fat grafting to the scar is to improve the scar’s skin texture and fill up the volume deficit for the sunken scar. Scars can be better covered after a fat grafting session.
The face is also a common area of fat grafting among patients. Fat grafting can rejuvenate facial skin, giving more volume to deflated skin with natural-looking results. Fat grafting can help patients eliminate their laugh lines around the mouth, reduce the appearance of fine lines around the eye area, and plump up their cheeks or lips.
The back of the hands is the most common sign of ageing. As individuals grow older, the padding at the back of the hand becomes thinner. Fat grafting is a more natural way to give the patient’s hands a more youthful appearance and rejuvenated look than fat filler injections.
What is the survival rate of fat cells after fat grafting
When proper liposuction techniques are used, at least 60% of the injected fat cells will survive in the injected area. This would mean permanent results. There are several ways to improve the fat survival rate, such as:
- Using low suction power to aspirate fat cells by hand, carefully
- Use centrifugation to separate the fat cells from the unwanted fluid
- Inject the fat cells in multiple layers carefully
- Avoid over injection of fat cells, which will prevent the increase in tissue pressure and blood flow
Is fat grafting suitable for everyone
Unfortunately, fat grafting is not suitable for everyone. An eligible candidate for fat grafting needs to have sufficient fats to be harvested from the donor body parts: abdomen, knees, buttocks, thighs, and flanks.
As fat grafting is not suitable for everyone and can be a costly procedure, people interested in fat grafting should check for their eligibility. While fat grafting is a permanent solution, the results of fat grafting would still need to maintained by the individual, such as living a healthy lifestyle and getting plenty of exercises.
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