Fat transfer is a useful adjunctive procedure used with liposuction and liposculpture. The natural fat removed by surgeons at the time of these operations may be harvested and injected into other sites to improve body contour (including the face, legs and buttocks, as well as having fat transferred to the hips, calves, stomach and abdomen. There are also facial transfers made through injections to the cheeks, lips and round the eyes). However, it may also be used in isolation (without primary liposuction) for these specific anatomical sites.
The down time for this transferring procedure is generally short and most people on average can return to work anywhere between one to seven days. Light activities can be resumed according to patient comfort. Normal activities can be resumed after a couple. One week following the procedure you can commence massaging the affected areas. Mr Banwell recommends this is performed professionally (using manual lymphatic drainage techniques or ultrasound) on a regular basis.
Mr Banwell recommends that the majority of this kind of surgery is best performed under a general anaesthetic undertaken by a specialist anaesthetist. However, smaller areas, if suitable, can be performed under local anaesthetic without a problem.
Usually the operation is performed as a day case. Most people report that pain, discomfort and stiffness of the first few days are minor effects. Paracetamol is usually sufficient. It is necessary to take things easy for the first few days. A tight fitting elastic garment will be provided and this reduces the swelling of the treated transferred areas as well as providing shaping of the area treated. Additional taping may also be required to aid this process and will need to be replaced in the outpatient clinic.
There are both general and specific risks and Mr Banwell will talk to you in detail regarding the risks and where they stem from. General risks include bruising and swelling, bleeding, wound infection, problems with general anaesthetics, abnormal scarring and keloid scarring and blood clots in the legs and lungs. Specific risks include uneven or asymmetrical results, including much rippling, lumpiness and dimpling, skin discolouration, loss of sensation (temporary loss of sensation almost always occurs and recovers after some months) and the need for repeat procedures.
Please contact Mr Banwell's office on 01342 330302 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
1.5 - 2.5 hours
Daycase/Inpatient 1 night
PRE ADMISSION TESTS
Sleeping on back recommended for 4 weeks.
Shower after 1 day. Bath after 2 weeks.
EXERCISE INCLUDING GYM
Restricted activity after 4 weeks
TIME OFF WORK
BRAS & GARMENTS
Sports bra worn for 8 weeks. Wired bra after 2 months.