Fat Transfer (Autologous Fat Transfer)

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At Doctors Makeover, our cosmetic surgery clinic, we use the Body Water-jet liposuction technique to obtain your own body fat (harvesting) and prepare it for re-injection (transfer) to other parts of your body such as face (filled wrinkles and rejuvenation), breasts (enlargement), buttocks (re-shaping and enlargement), lips (enhancement), hands (rejuvenate aged hands) and any other body abnormalities (after breast cancer surgeries, lipodystrophy in HIV). The procedure is a combination of liposuction and fat transfer, liposuction is a secondary benefit. The effects of the transferred fat cells are long-lasting and natural without risk of allergic reaction.p>

  • What is the evidence on the safety and effectiveness of the autologous fat transfer?

    The first fat transfer was by Franz Neuber, a German doctor in 1893 but since the mid-90s, Dr Coleman's method of micro-fat grafting has been gaining popularity and is now being used worldwide for the correction of tissue deficits in the facial area. It was not long before the use of autologous fat for breast enhancement as an alternative to silicone implants was also being discussed. In March 2007, Coleman presented the results of a study on breast augmentation with autologous fat (1); Zocchi and Delay, from Italy and France, published additional findings. Since then, autologous fat transfer has been generally accepted as a safe surgical option for breast enlargement. Fat removal with the Water-jet assisted liposuction (WAL) or the Body Water jet lipo represents an especially gentle form of liposuction, as has since been substantiated in various publications, e.g. by Stutz, Araco and Myers (2) Furthermore, the results of autologous fat transfer for breast augmentation on more than 30 patients who have undergone the autologous fat transfer since October 2007 in Germany are very promising. They have been conducting a prospective controlled study on breast augmentation. These results are being examined using various tests, including imaging procedures such as MRI, both prior to the autologous breast fat transfer and six months after the procedure.

  • What are the advantages of the Water-jet assisted liposuction (WAL) or the Body Water-jet lipo method over previous used methods of autologous fat transfer?

    What are the advantages of the Water-jet assisted liposuction (WAL) or the Body Water-jet lipo method over previous used methods of autologous fat transfer? In the previous used methods of autologous fat grafting, there were several intermediate steps such as centrifugation which were associated with long surgery times and were time-consuming. Whereas fat cells that have been aspirated from tissues using the Water-jet assisted liposuction (WAL) or the Body Water-jet lipo are already washed and the blood content of the aspirate is negligible. In studies conducted at the birthplace of the Water-jet assisted liposuction (WAL) or the Body Water-jet lipo, Germany, they have been able to prove that the aspirated fat contains the same number of vital fat cells and fat stem cells (preadipocytes) as the fat harvested using previous methods.
    The Water-jet assisted liposuction (WAL) or the Body Water-jet lipo is the first method for fat harvesting which significantly decreasing the overall procedure time.

  • How did breast autologous fat transfer by using the Water-jet assisted liposuction (WAL) or the Body Water-jet lipo develop?

    The Water-jet assisted liposuction (WAL) or the Body Water-jet system has been successfully used for autologous breast fat transfer in Germany since 2004.
    The Water-jet assisted liposuction (WAL) or the Body Water-jet breast fat transfer success led to the idea of constructing a special collection system with additional filter function for the sterile collection of fat. This idea was successfully implemented and thanks to the cooperation of human med AG the German manufacturer of the Water-jet assisted liposuction (WAL) or the Body Water-jet and other interested parties. The development of the filtered AquaShape© LipoCollectionTM which is used in combination with the Water jet assisted liposuction (WAL) or the Body Water-jet lipo able to wash aspirated fat cells without the need to be centrifuged any longer. The washed fat can be used for reinjection without further preparation.
    There are other advantages with the use of the Water-jet assisted liposuction (WAL) or the Body Water-jet lipo because the washed fat cells can be harvested through very thin lumina with openings of 0.9 mm and fat cells can be transferred and distributed more finely in the tissues. The use of appropriately thin cannulae for re-injection and transfer of fat cells reduces the risk of fat necrosis and calcification after autologous breast fat transfer.

  • Who is suitable for the autologous fat grafting?

    During the fat transfer procedure fat cells are collected (harvested) from the excess of fat deposits of the body and then the fat cells are purified and prepared and placed them in another part of the body where an additional bulk is needed for mainly for cosmetic and aesthetic purposes. Fat can be transferred to any part of the body, for xample:
    Breasts; basically three groups of patients benefit from the autologous fat transfer by using the Water-jet assisted liposuction (WAL) or the Body Water-jet: The main group of patients are those with primarily cosmetic desires for breast enlargement but autologous fat transfer is also very appropriate for filling defects and correcting breast and other part of the body asymmetries. Apart from these groups, there are cases where the patient cannot tolerate silicone implants in the long-term and the implants needs to be removed. The final group covers very important area of application in breast reconstruction following breast cancer surgery. Fat transfer can be also used for breast nipple inversion and correction of deformities around the breast implants.
    Face; in young individuals cheek, chin and lip enhancement can be carried out by fat transfer but in older patients, beep wrinkles, cheek; lines beside the nose (nasolabial fold), filling the area around the eyes and forehead.
    Buttock; enlargement, re-shaping and change of outlook and curvatures.
    Hands, filling up and smoothing out the signs of aging
    Fat transfer has used to rejuvenate genital areas in both sexes (vagina and increase the penile girth in men.
    Defects in the body can be repaired by fat transfer.

  • What is 'fat regeneration' after autologous fat grafting?

    Study results reveals that following fat transfer, there is some reabsorption of the transferred fat followed by an increase in the volume because of the presents of some cells in the grafted fat cells which have the potential for regeneration and increase the size on the recipient organ such as breast or buttock. However, it is important to realise that fat transfer often needs to be repeated to have desire effects.

  • How many times does autologous fat grafting need to be repeated after initial fat transfer?

    As the most cases of fat transfer are carried out for cosmetic breast enlargement, one or two fat grafting would be sufficient to obtain the desired size. However, after the first initial breast fat transfer one can decide if further treatment is necessary. It is known that up to 30% of transferred autologous fat cells to the breast may be diminished and do not survive after fat transfer to the breast, this means about 70% of the grafted fat to the breast does survive and become a part of the breast. Research suggests that provided the transferred fat survives for about 3 months after the autologous fat transfer to the breast and in fact any other part of the body then the transferred fat becomes a part of the breast or the organ which has been transferred/grafted into and survives in the long term. The 30% absorption of water and fatty materials of autologous fat transfer in not unique to the Water-jet assisted liposuction (WAL) or the Body Water-jet but it does also cover other techniques of fat transfer to the body. Indeed studies in Germany suggests that autologous fat transfer by the Water-jet assisted liposuction (WAL) or the Body Water-jet has better survival proportion compared with the others.

  • Can autologous fat transfer help the victims of breast cancer?

    Autologous fat transfer to the breast by using the Water-jet assisted liposuction (WAL) or the Body Water-jet opens another avenue for breast cancer suffers. The breast can be reconstructed almost to its original shape and size by autologous fat transfer following tumour resection. However, the autologous breast fat transfer might need to be repeated four to five or even more times. It is thought that this method is much less traumatic for the patient than other methods such as a tissue transfer for example, from the abdomen.

  • How long do the autologous fat transplanted cells remain in the tissue?

    There is some evidence that the integrated cells will remain in the tissue permanently, provided that they survive for approximately six weeks after autologous fat transfer. It is known that a proportion of autologous transfer fat absorbed after grafting. This proportion is thought to be in the region of 30% of the volume of transferred autologous fat. Therefore, 6 weeks or more after autologous fat transfer about 50% - 70% of the transplanted cells have been integrated into the recipient tissues.

  • Are there any problems with diagnosis of breast cancer after autologous fat transfer?

     

    No, this issue has been debated widely and there have been numerous reports published on this topic since the issue was first raised. Now, there is a general consensus that the autologous fat transfer to the breast does not interfere with the diagnoses of breast cancer. In the past there was some concern among experts that the autologous breast fat transfer might be associated with mimicking of possible tumour tissue on imaging techniques such as mammogram and might even mask the breast cancer. However, more detailed studies revealed that autologous breast fat transfer is very safe.

  • What are the advantages of autologous fat transfer by using the Water-jet assisted liposuction (WAL) or the Body Water-jet?

    There are several advantages for using the Water-jet assisted liposuction (WAL) or the Body Water-jet to harvest fat from one part of the body and transfer it to the other area of the body such as face, breast and buttock. The advantages of autologous fat transfer lies in the fact that fat can be gently harvested (liposuction) and at the same time it could be transferred (fat grafting) during the same procedure. The use of the Water-jet assisted liposuction (WAL) or the Body Water-jet to harvest and the entire procedure takes about three hours. Furthermore, the overall survival and vitality of transferred autologous fat cells and their subsequent integration rate of the fat cells harvested using the Water-jet assisted liposuction (WAL) or the Body Water-jet gentle procedure are very good.

  • Does autologous fat transfer need a general anaesthesia?

    Using the Water-jet assisted liposuction (WAL) or the Body Water-jet for autologous fat transfer is a relatively safe and simple procedure that can be performed on an outpatient basis. At Doctors Makeover, our cosmetic surgery clinic, we carry out the entire surgery can be carried out under local anaesthesia with light sedation.

  • How much does it cost to have autologous fat transfer?

    In deciding on cosmetic surgery, the price should not be the only factor for choosing a cosmetic surgeon because the surgeon's skill and associated factors such as clinic/hospital cleanliness and hygiene level could play an important role in your on the whole recovery from the procedure and satisfaction of the result. Fat transfer can address two problems at the same time, liposuction of any area(s) of the body and re-injection of your own fat cells into other area(s) of your body. Therefore, at your initial consultation your surgeon will assess your requirement and we will inform you about costs. Our prices for fat transfer to a small area starts from 500 Pounds, for general information on our price policy please click here.

  • Why we use the Water-jet assisted liposuction (WAL) or the Body Water-jet lipo as a new fat transplantation method?

    At Doctors Makeover, our cosmetic surgery clinic, we use the latest technology of Body Water-jet to carry out liposuction and harvest the fat. During the collection process by Body Water-jet the fat cells are separated and washed and prepared before the fat cells being injected into the patient's recipient site. We also use other devices, for example, we use a special cannula attached to a syringe to collect fat which can be used for fat transfer to a small area. However, research reveals that the method by which the fat cells are collected and the technique which is used for injecting the fat cell into the recipient's site are playing crucial role in the final outcome of the fat transfer.

  • What are the main side-effects of autologous fat transfer?

    Fat transfer is a safe procedure. However, there are two groups of side effects. Like any other minimally invasive surgery, some degree of discomfort, pain, bruising and swelling are common. The bruising after fat transfer can last for several days. There is also rare risk of infection and haematoma (bleeding into the tissues under the skin) formation. There are also chances of seroma formation after fat transfer to some parts of the body.

  • How do compare autologous fat transfer with dermal fillers such as Macrolane, Restylane, Aquemid ....?

    Your own fat is a free and natural resource but dermal fillers are foreign materials which might cause allergic and other subtle reactions. Fat transfer could last forever but dermal fillers effects disappear after a few months to few years. The skin rejuvenation could be evident with fat transfer.

     

 

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