November 18, 2021
In recent years, fat grafting therapeutic benefits have also been documented in the healing of wounds and scars and its ability to repair damage to (breast) tissues as a result of radiation treatment.
Fat grafting involves transplanting excess fat from one body area to another, such as the face, hands, breasts, and buttock, to correct, remodel, volumise, and rejuvenate.
The beauty of this customised treatment is that it also removes excess fat from other parts of the body (donor site) such as the abdomen, love handles, thighs or buttocks.
In recent years, fat grafting therapeutic benefits have also been documented in the healing of wounds and scars and its ability to repair damage to (breast) tissues due to radiation treatment. As it uses a patient’s own fat, the chances of tissue rejection are significantly decreased, which is one of its enticing and convincing factors.
According to Dr. Ivan Puah, ADR-C Breast Enhancement is a popular option at the clinic for post-breastfeeding mothers with saggy, droopy, and “empty” breast issues. It is also popular among women with smaller breasts seeking to increase their cup size without going through the breast implants route. In Singapore, there is a reported 20% increase in women who chose to increase their cup via fat grafting instead of implant procedures. Women love fat grafting for their natural and long-lasting results and associated safety. Another significant benefit of fat grafting, according to Dr. Ivan Puah is that you won’t need to remove or replace the fat, unlike breast implants, where it is advised to change every 10 years or so.
The advantages of fat grafting for breasts include:
● Increasing the volume and breast size.
● The ability to correct breast asymmetry
● Correcting scar deformities from lumpectomy or breast reconstruction
● To repair radiation tissue damage.
The current pandemic has raised the awareness of staying healthy, and fitness activity has seen a rise in both men and women. Buttock enhancement is now more sought after than ever as people want to look good while exercising and showing off the results. Who doesn’t want to look good in the latest athleisure wear that’s been the rage recently?
Fat grafting to the buttocks is suitable for those who have a substantial amount of excess fat elsewhere on the body that is available for harvesting, who desire fuller and rounder buttocks without the use of implants. Fat grafting to the buttocks provides a more natural look. Compared to buttock implants, there is a lesser chance of complications such as fluid collection, implant displacement or capsular contracture.
Hands are also getting the fat grafting treatment. Ageing causes skin laxity and fat loss to the body, and this includes the hands. Not many know that the hands are giveaways to a person’s age, and neglecting to care for them can lead to a “skeletal” and “translucent” appearance.
Fat grafting to hands significantly improves skin quality, covers visible blood vessels and provides “padding” to plump up wrinkled areas.
The face is arguably the most well taken care of in our appearance. The signs of ageing, daily “wear and tear” due to factors like the environment and others are clearly visible on the face. Therefore, it’s not hard to understand why facial fat grafting is popular - everyone wants to put their best face forward.
Facial fat grafting is an excellent option for those who desire a more youthful appearance but is hampered by traditional facelift costs and recovery time. It is done under local anaesthesia rather than general anaesthesia. Compared to dermal fillers, fat grafting results are longer lasting and less likely to cause an allergic reaction.
The other benefits of facial fat grafting also include:
• It helps to restore a more youthful appearance by adding volume to hollowed-out or wrinkled areas such as below the eye, temples and forehead
• It helps in repairing scars
• It adds volume to the cheeks to create the appearance of higher cheekbones
• It also helps to improve skin’s texture and appearance, such as acne scars and acne pits.
A doctor who has a good understanding of facial anatomy and years of experience. The liposuction and fat grafting doctor should also have an appreciation and keen eye for aesthetics that a patient should ideally seek when it comes to fat grafting.
Dr. Puah believes that fat grafting, like all other body sculpting treatments, combines art and science. An experienced doctor knows the needs of his patients and thus understands the amount of fat that needs to be removed, where it should be removed from and most importantly, the technique to attain desirable results.
There are THREE steps in fat grafting.
• Fat extraction - Done via liposculpture or liposuction from the donor area, which is the area on the body where excess fat is present.
• Fat processing - The fat is then placed in a centrifuge to separate the fat and non-fat cells.
• Fat reinjection - The fat is then reinjected into areas where it is needed using tiny needles and cannulas.
Fat grafting is generally safe, but there are some things to be aware of. Some of its side-effects include (but are not limited to):
• Minor bruising and swelling
• Small scars which usually fade through time or with over-the-counter products
• Temporary numbness
• A certain percentage of fat resorption from the treatment area
A doctor’s skill and experience play a role in his understanding of fat survival rate. When performed correctly, fat grafting is highly effective and also long-lasting.
Some factors when it comes to the longevity of results are:
• A doctor’s experience and skill - This includes how the fat was harvested, purified and injected. A skilled doctor with a comprehensive understanding of the applicable technique can determine the longevity of the fat grafting results.
• How your body responds and adapts to the transferred fat is also a factor. To survive, injected fat must first establish a new blood supply to tap on the nourishment it needs. If this is successfully achieved, the results of fat grafting are often long-lasting. Still, there are instances where a certain percentage of fat fails to do so, and when this happens, a secondary procedure may be necessary.
• Unhealthy lifestyle choices like smoking and excessive alcohol consumption also impact the longevity of results. So do bear in mind to make subtle changes when needed.