Fat Transfer Specialist

PureMD

Med Spa located in Metro Area, Beavercreek, OH & Liberty Township, OH

Fat grafting, also referred to as fat transfer or fat injections, is the surgical process by which fat is transferred from one area of the body to another area. The surgical goal is to improve or augment the area where the fat is injected. The technique involves extracting adipose fat by liposuction, processing the fat, and then injecting purified fat into the area needing improvement. Since the 1990's Plastic Surgeons have reliably used fat grafting as a way to improve and enhance the cosmetic appearance of the face, breast, hands, feet, hips, and buttocks. However, more recently, clinicians have documented the therapeutic benefits of fat grafting in the healing of wounds and scars, as well as fat's ability to repair damage to breast tissue following radiation treatment.

Fat Transfer Q & A

What does fat transfer entails?

  1. Extraction of the fat from the desired area with liposuction

  2. Decanting, centrifugation, and processing of the fat

  3. Reinjection of the purified fat into the area needing improvement

Fat grafts have increasingly captivated the attention of Plastic Surgeons not only due to their aesthetic capabilities, but also because of their regenerative properties. The regenerative properties are due to the high concentration of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) resident in the fat tissue.

In the first step, fat is extracted from a donor area using liposuction techniques. This is best accomplished by using advanced smart-lipo devices, choosing the proper liposuction cannulas for the areas where the fat is going to be removed from . At PureMD MedSpa, the doctors are not using laser, radiofrequency or ultrasonic liposuction before the fat transfer and that's because these might destroy the fat cells. In order to have long lasting or permanent results the fat needs to be preserved in its highest quality level.

The next step is processing the fat - this means just decanting and centrifugation to separate debris, excess fluid, and dead cells from the viable adipose fat cells. An alternate method is to wash the fat with a sterile saline solution. The fat that is discarded are the fat cells which will likely not survive in the graft and they can even create problems for the good cells.

In the final step, the fat is injected in small droplets throughout the subcutaneous tissue of the recipient area. This is to ensure good blood supply to every fat droplet so that the fat graft can survive.

At PureMD MedSpa, the doctors are overfilling the areas where the fat in transferred to and that's because about 30% of the transferred fat will die, this way the patients will have the final desired results.

When to Consider Fat Transfer

  • If you have facial areas that appear creased and sunken
  • If you desire more permanent correction than is provided by temporary fillers
  • If you wish to improve your body contour, revise scars, fill bodily depressions and rejuvenate your hands and face
  • If you are looking for a more natural alternative for breast augmentation
  • If you are looking for a nice curve or a lift of you buttocks . This became lately a very popular procedure nicknamed BBL (Brazilian Butt Lift)
  • To fill in contour irregularities or hide obvious signs

How will I look and feel after a fat transfer?

After Fat Transfer there is a detailed instruction about your postsurgical care, including information about:

  • Drains, if they have been placed
  • Normal symptoms you will experience
  • Any potential signs of complications


Your doctor will advise you how to care for the sites from which fat was extracted. Recovery from fat injections is variable and perception of that recovery is even more highly variable. Here is some general recovery information related to fat tranfer procedures:

  • Some swelling and some bruising during the first week
  • In the second week the bruising resolves, but you will still have swelling.
  • There is great improvement in most cases between the seventh and tenth days
  • By the third week you will begin to look better and better
  • Once the swelling recedes, you will be able to appreciate the changes

 


How long will the results last?

You can expect the areas to which the fat was transferred to appear softer and fuller, giving you a refreshed and rejuvenated appearance. You may even notice an improvement in skin texture.

  • The survival of the fat and longevity of the results depend on your metabolism, the quality of your fat, how your body accept  the change, how the fat was harvested and purified, and how and where it was injected. To be performed successfully, fat grafting requires a doctor with highly developed skills based on experience and knowledge of the technique.
  • A process called microfat grafting, although labor intensive, is the best way to ensure that the highest percentage of grafted fat will take.
  • When done successfully, the injected fat establishes a new blood supply from your body and receives the nourishment it needs for survival. When this happens, results can and often are permanent; however, there may be a percentage of fat that does not take, which is why the doctors are overfilling the areas.