03 Jan Fat Transfer: What You Need to Know
Fat transfer has become a popular cosmetic treatment as more people in Australia realise the double benefit of sculpting fat from one area of the body and using it to augment another. Whether you want to add natural fullness to the breasts or buttocks or simply want to shave a few years off your appearance, fat transfer may be the right option. Before you schedule this procedure with Dr Morris Ritz, there are a few essential facts about the process you need to know.
Two Steps, Superior Results
Fat transfer is done in two distinct steps, which can be completed in a single treatment session. First, Dr Ritz removes fat from one area of the body via a liposuction technique that eliminates stubborn fat cells that have not responded to diet and exercise. This is an excellent option for getting rid of those tenacious bulges and put the finishing touch on your weight loss efforts.
The second step in the fat transfer process is the harvesting and injecting of fat into the area where you want to smooth away wrinkles or add fullness and volume. Removed fat cells go through a process that sterilises them and prepares them for injection back into the body. The injections are placed strategically throughout the treatment area to ensure a balanced, natural result.
Where’s the Fat?
Dr Ritz can remove fat from nearly any area of the body, but when the purpose of the procedure is the transfer of fat to another area of the body, more is typically better. To have sufficient amounts for augmentation, a fat transfer must be performed in an area of the body that will have ample fat for grafting, such as the abdomen. A combination of areas can also be sculpted, including the thighs, buttocks and hips.
Dr Ritz uses the tumescent liposuction technique, which begins with the injection of a tumescent fluid into the treatment area to loosen fat cells for easier removal. He then inserts a narrow tube called a cannula into the area via a tiny incision, which suctions unwanted fat from the body. In many cases, liposuction can be performed as a day surgery, although an overnight stay in the hospital can be arranged for patients that would prefer nursing care during those first hours of recovery.
The Harvesting and Injecting Process
While you are resting after your liposuction procedure, we will be preparing your harvested fat cells for the injection process. This step does not require additional anaesthesia and does not involve any incisions that might leave scarring behind. The injections are done similarly to other types of fillers, whether they are placed in the breasts, buttocks or areas of the face in need of augmentation. Injections points are strategically determined to achieve a natural, symmetrical result and may involve numerous needle pricks to achieve satisfactory augmentation results.
Benefits of Fat Grafting
When performed by an experienced surgeon like Dr Ritz, fat transfer offers numerous benefits to the right patient:
- The ability to sculpt one problem area of the body by removing stubborn fat
- Can be used to address different areas, including the midsection, hips and thighs
- Fat can be transferred to areas of the face or body
- Because the fat is from the patient’s own body, there is no risk of rejection or allergic reaction
- Fat that is transferred usually provides long-lasting augmentation benefits
- Entire procedure can be customised to the precise needs of each patient
While fat grafting provides a variety of advantages, it is not the right procedure for everyone. Dr Ritz and his staff will assess your situation, concerns and desired outcome to determine whether a fat transfer is the best choice for you. If fat transfer will not help you reach your goals, Dr Ritz offers other surgical procedures that may be a better fit for your needs.
Schedule Your Consultation
If you are still thinking about a fat transfer, the next step is to schedule an individual consultation so that you can receive a personalised evaluation of your needs and aesthetic goals. Dr Ritz will collect a complete medical history as well to ensure the treatment will be safe for you. To schedule that appointment today, contact Dr Ritz’s office on 03 9508 9503.