What does the fat grafting procedure entail?
The fat grafting procedure is routinely performed under general anaesthesia, although it may be performed under local anaesthesia in suitable candidates. The procedure entails obtaining fat from other body regions (e.g., abdomen, hips, thighs) using fine cannulas. The fat is then prepared in such a way that unnecessary oils and fluids are removed. This allows the concentrated fat to be then deposited in the relevant facial areas requiring correction or augmentation. The fat is typically deposited using fine 1mm blunt tip cannulas. The results are often immediately apparent with the majority of swelling typically resolving with in the first one to two weeks. It is thought that the stem cell component of the deposited fat may also lead to an improvement in overall skin quality in the treated areas.
How long is my hospital stay?
Dr Reddy will check up on you, and talk to you after you have woken up from your fat grafting surgery to ensure that you are comfortable and well prepared for your recovery period. The surgery is typically performed as a day surgery procedure. A specific post-operative instruction plan together with 24 hour contact details will be given to you at the time of your discharge from hospital to ensure that you are completely at ease during your recovery period at home.
What does my aftercare involve?
Dr Reddy will see you throughout your recovery period. You will be able to attend to your self-care needs shortly after surgery and you will be able to shower the day after your fat grafting procedure. Following discharge from hospital, you will be reviewed again in our North Shore or Norwest plastic surgery clinic approximately 5-10 days later. The fine steristrips (surgical tape) that would have been applied at the time of your surgery will be removed at this visit. Providing you have a referral letter from your general practitioner, all subsequent follow-ups are included in your surgical fee and you will continue to be reviewed until both Dr Reddy and you are completely satisfied with your results and progress
What is the down time?
Discomfort is usually mild after a fat transfer procedure. Generally allow up to one week down time from your work place, although you may return sooner if your work is relatively sedentary.
When can I see the final results?
The results of your fat grafting procedure are immediately apparent. Bruising and some degree of swelling will still however be present at this stage. By two weeks, generally all of the bruising will have resolved. Most of the swelling will have resolved during the first week, although the final result and contour will not be apparent until you have reached the two to three month post-operative mark. The major advantage of fat grafting over traditional ‘fillers’ is that the results are considered to be long lasting.
Learn More about Facial Fat Grafting
If you would like to learn more about the benefits of facial fat grafting, available through our North Shore and Norwest plastic surgery clinics, please contact The Plastic Surgery Clinic & Medispa today. We proudly provide facial fat grafting along with other facial plastic surgery procedures of exceptional quality, including rhinoplasty, brow lift, and facial implants, to Sydney, Newcastle, and other interstate patients.
Every patient is unique and results may vary. Surgery and all health regulated services carry risks which need to be discussed with your doctor to ensure you are fully informed and realistic outcomes have been explained.