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Body Fat Transfer

Fat transfer is a very useful adjunctive procedure for volumisation and contouring in cosmetic surgery and it is gaining increasing popularity as the regenerative benefits are also being recognised. Fat removed by surgeons at the time of liposuction operations may be injected into other sites to improve body contour and silhouette (including the legs and buttocks, as well as the hips, calves, stomach and abdomen). 

The technique was originally popularised by Sydney Coleman in New York (also called lipo-filling or lipostructure) for use in the face but then other doctors explored its use for breast reconstruction for improving asymmetry and for cosmetic breast enhancement. Later in the States various doctors then explored the use of fat to augment the buttocks.

The down-time for this fat transfer procedure is generally short and most people on average can return to work anywhere between one to seven days later depending on the amount of work performed and the size of the donor site harvesting. Light activities can be resumed according to patient comfort. Normal activities can be resumed after a couple days.

BODY FAT TRANSFER, STEM CELLS & REGENERATIVE MEDICINE

Fat transfer the body is becoming very popular but is also associated with some controversy Regardless, one of the main advances in fat transfer over recent years is the improved ability to harvest and process the fat thereby improving graft ‘take’ rates. Mr Banwell prefers to use the PureGraft system which is an advanced system to help purify and prepare fat cells in an optimum way prior to re-injection back into the body.

FAT TRANSFER TO CORRECT LIPOSUCTION DEFECTS

It is possible to harvest fat from donor sites areas such as the abdomen and thighs and then transfer this fat to other areas of the body to improve contours in the hips, trunks and legs. In particular, this can be used to correct small defects or contour irregularities that a patient may be concerned about but it can also be used to help improve any contour irregularity from previous liposuction surgery.

FAT TRANSFER FOR BUTTOCKS (BRAZILIAN BUTT LIFT – BBL)

Fat transfer to the buttock is certainly in vogue and has been given huge exposure with a host of celebrities undergoing this procedure around the world. The Brazilian butt lift or fat transfer to the bottom / buttocks was popularised by a gynaecological surgeon in the United States who began performing large volume liposuction cases and then started to re-inject the fat into the buttock area. The desire to have curvaceous buttocks is very popular in Central America and South America and hence the popularity for this procedure has increased exponentially.  However, currently fat transfer to the buttocks/ bottom – Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) – is also considered very controversial as the death rates from this procedure globally is very high (many have also been performed by non specialist surgeons with little training). As a result of the potential for fat embolism (fat cells can be mistakenly injected into the large vessels around the buttock muscle leading to death), the main aesthetic plastic surgery association in the UK (BAAPS), currently recommends their members do not perform this procedure. Mr Banwell is experienced in this technique and has had no complications but as a member of BAAPS he needs to observe this current recommendation. Whilst this operation can achieve some excellent results, sadly this recommendation means only non British-qualified surgeons can offer this currently – so please do your research prior to proceeding and think very carefully. Mr Banwell would be happy to discuss this further if this is a procedure you are interested in and he would be happy to recommend excellent colleagues in Europe.

FAT TRANSFER FOR HAIR RESTORATION

The indications for fat transfer are growing and one of the exciting areas of research and development is the role of fat transfer in hair restoration in early hair loss patients as an alternative treatment to hair transplant. Relatively recent research has shown that the injection of fat into the scalp may stimulate the hair follicles and new hair growth.There are various commercially available machines that can help purify fat and indeed adipocyte derived stem cells (ADSCs) and various protocols have demonstrated benefits for hair growth. Mr Banwell was one of the first surgeons in the country trained in this technique.

FAT TRANSFER FOR SCAR TREATMENT & FOR LABIA MAJORA ENHANCEMENT (LABIAL PUFF)

Fat transfer can also be used for other indications too including scar management and scar revision and for labia major enhancement so please feel free to ask Mr Banwell or his team for further information on these indications.

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Body Fat Transfer
At a Glance

1.5 - 2.5 hours

SURGERY TIME

Body Fat Transfer
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Daycase/Inpatient 1 night

HOSPITAL STAY

Body Fat Transfer
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No

ANAESTHETIC ASSESSMENT

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No

PRE ADMISSION TESTS

Body Fat Transfer
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Sleeping on back recommended for 4 weeks.

SLEEPING POSITION

Body Fat Transfer
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Immediately

REASONABLY MOBILE

Body Fat Transfer
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Shower after 1 day. Bath after 2 weeks.

WASHING

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1 week

DRIVING

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8 weeks

EXERCISE INCLUDING GYM

Body Fat Transfer
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Restricted activity after 4 weeks

SEXUAL ACTIVITY

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2 weeks

FULL RECOVERY

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None

TIME OFF WORK

Body Fat Transfer
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Sports bra worn for 8 weeks. Wired bra after 2 months.

BRAS & GARMENTS

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.

  • Surgical fees
  • Hospital fees
  • Specialist anaesthetist fee
  • Specialist surgical garments
  • Specialist post-operative massage and manual lymphatic drainage

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