A fat grafting procedure involves transferring fat from areas in which there is excess fat, such as the outer thighs, and injects it into areas that may be lacking in volume, such as your face, hands, breasts or buttocks.
It is performed under Local Anaesthesia.
Fat is harvested from one part of your body, washed and purified, and then carefully reinjected with specially designed needles into the areas that need augmentation. It may be necessary to repeat the fat grafting procedure several times to achieve the desired result.
Fat grafting is a three-stage process:
- Harvesting: Using thin cannulas, fat is harvested from the hip, inner or outer thigh, lower back, or lower abdomen. These areas are called the 'donor sites'.
- Processing & Centrifugation of fat: fat is then decanted and processed in a special centrifuge.
- Re-injection of fat: It is then injected into the desired area. The area where the fat is re-injected is called the “recipient site”.
During the first 48 hours following surgery, patients experience varying degrees of bruising, swelling and discomfort.