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Fat grafting does wonders for our appearance and produces one of the most natural results. For many, fat grafting is their go-to, holy grail procedure for maintaining their youth.
What’s better than having your fat removed from a problematic area and having them injected into another body part to bring out the best in you?
For many, the aversion to having foreign objects implanted into our bodies is one of the prime reasons for not opting for cosmetic procedures. Fat grafting is a procedure you never have to shun as it will put your mind at ease when it comes to all things au naturale.
Just what can we expect from this procedure called fat grafting, and what are some of the information you will need to know before you embark on this life-changing experience?
What is fat grafting, and how is it done?
Fat transfer, also known as autologous fat grafting, is a procedure where fat is harvested from the body via a liposuction procedure. The harvested fat is then placed in a centrifuge to separate the fat and nonfat cells. The extracted fat tissues are then re-injected into areas of the body where needed for the purpose of enhancement, rejuvenation or correction.
What are the common areas of fat grafting?
Areas that will benefit from fat grafting include the face, hands, buttocks and hands. Additionally, fat grafting is also used in corrective surgery - to correct botched liposuction procedures, improve acne scars, etc.
What kind of results can I expect from fat grafting?
Fat grafting results are long-lasting.
What is the recovery period for a fat grafting procedure?
You will likely experience bruising and swelling in the areas where fat tissues are extracted for a few days to a week. Soreness can last for approximately one to two weeks after the surgery. You may be able to return to work in a few days.
Is fat grafting safe?
As the treatment utilises your body fat, it is safe with no risk of rejection often associated with implants or foreign materials such as dermal fillers.
Why is Fat Grafting preferred over implants?
Breast implants in a nutshell, involves the introduction of a foreign object (the implant) into the body. This can pose issues for some patients. One potential side effect is known as “"breast implant illness” (BII). Possible symptoms include:
- FatigueJoint discomfort
- Mental fog
- Dry eyes
There is no recognised medical diagnosis for the condition and so this lack of knowledge may actually hide the true number of people suffering from the condition. Additionally, incorrect diagnosis may result in the wrong intervention treatment.
Fat grafting is preferred as it utilises and transfers excess fat from the patient’s own body, which among other things, has no risks of tissue rejection.
How much does fat grafting cost?
Costs of fat grafting procedures vary between different practices. Everyone's body, personal needs and goals vary. As such, the price can only be determined in person with a clinical assessment and consultation with the doctor.
How to choose a doctor for fat grafting?
It is extremely important to choose a doctor with extensive experience in fat grafting procedures as he or she will not only be able to provide you with the experience and surgical maturity but are also able to direct you while adjusting to your wants.
It is also crucial to choose a doctor you are comfortable with, and who understands your fat grafting objectives.
Introducing Amaris B. Clinic – Liposuction and body sculpting doctor: Dr Ivan Puah
If you are considering a fat grafting procedure, your choice of doctor will definitely affect your surgery's success. The technical and surgical approach undertaken by the doctor will determine your end results.
Dr Ivan Puah has years of liposuction experience and is the Chairman of the Lipo Peer Review Committee. He was amongst the first few doctors in Singapore to offer fat grafting to the body and face back in 2008. He has received surgical training and guidance in syringe liposculpture, fat grafting and thread lift by French plastic surgeon, Dr Pierre François Fournier.