Fat transfer is a cosmetic medical procedure also known as ‘Fat Grafting’, ‘Lipo Filling’, and ‘Lipostructure’, that involves the removal of fat from areas of excess (abdomen/thigh) via liposuction. Removed fat is prepared, then fat and stem cells are re-injected to attenuate certain wrinkles (nasolabial fold), as well as to rejuvenate and enhance all areas of the face. This includes the lips, cheeks around the eyes, chin, nose, neck, jawline, marionette lines, brow, upper eyelids, temples, correcting hollows and defects.
It’s important to remember that every individual is unique and so too are their needs and desired outcomes for cosmetic surgery. If you’re considering a procedure, it’s essential to have a comprehensive consultation with one of our experienced surgeons. They can help you understand whether you’re a suitable candidate and what you can realistically expect from the surgery. The information provided here is meant to help guide you, but it’s not a replacement for professional medical advice. Always organise a consultation for personalised advice.
If you are concerned about the way you look or are thinking about cosmetic surgery for confidence reasons, there are alternatives. Talking to a or may help you overcome your concerns about your appearance.
The initial step in the fat transfer and fat grafting process is a detailed consultation with our experienced surgeon. During this meeting, your aesthetic goals, medical history, and current body shape will be evaluated. The surgeon will assess your skin elasticity, fat distribution, and the areas where augmentation is desired. This consultation is an ideal opportunity for you to voice any concerns or ask any questions you may have about the procedure.
Once you and the surgeon have agreed on the surgical plan, you will receive specific instructions on how to prepare for your fat transfer and fat grafting surgery. These may include dietary guidelines, advice on smoking and alcohol consumption, specific instructions about medications or supplements, and skincare recommendations.
Fat transfer and fat grafting surgery usually takes two to four hours and is typically performed under general anesthesia. The procedure involves two main stages: liposuction and fat grafting. During liposuction, fat is harvested from areas of your body with excess fat, such as the abdomen, hips, or thighs. This harvested fat is then purified and prepared for transfer. In the fat grafting stage, the purified fat is meticulously injected into the desired areas to enhance volume and shape.
After the surgery, you’ll be monitored in a recovery room for a short period. Most patients can go home the same day, though an overnight hospital stay may occasionally be recommended. Swelling, bruising, and mild discomfort are normal but will begin to subside after a few days.
Most patients feel ready to return to non-strenuous daily activities within a week or two, while more vigorous activities should be avoided for about two to four weeks. Regular follow-up appointments will be scheduled to monitor your progress and ensure a smooth recovery.
The final results of your fat transfer and fat grafting surgery will be noticeable within a few weeks once the swelling has completely subsided, but the full effect may not be apparent for several months as the treated areas continue to heal and settle into their new contour.
While we aim to provide accurate information about the different surgical procedures available, it’s important to understand that the content provided here serves as a general guide only. The specifics of each surgery, including the procedure detailed above, can and will vary significantly from person to person, depending on their unique circumstances and physical characteristics.
Undergoing cosmetic surgery is a serious decision that requires ample thought, careful consideration, and meticulous planning. It should never be taken lightly or treated trivially, as it can have profound impacts on one’s lifestyle and wellbeing.
Recovery from cosmetic surgery, too, requires time, support, and proper aftercare. We strive to present realistic and transparent information about the recovery process, but individual experiences may vary. It is typical for recovery to involve certain services or requirements, such as the use of compression garments or receiving therapeutic massages. It also often necessitates significant lifestyle changes, which may include a period of absence from employment and temporary restrictions on certain activities.
In light of these considerations, we strongly encourage potential patients to engage in comprehensive discussions with their GP and our surgeons. The goal is to fully understand the implications, requirements, and likely outcomes of any chosen procedure, and to make informed decisions about their health and aesthetics.
For more information on preparing for cosmetic surgery visit health.gov.au/cosmeticsurgery
Your personalised quote will be prepared following an in-depth evaluation by our expert surgeon. This includes a thorough assessment of your individual needs, detailed explanation of the procedure, and a tailored approach to best achieve the desired outcomes. The quote considers various elements including surgical supplies, hospital requirements, and the specifics of the surgery itself.
Potential rebates might be available if the procedure is deemed medically necessary by relevant health authorities. Conditions for this include providing evidence supporting the medical necessity of the surgery and a referral from a healthcare professional. Your private health insurance may also provide coverage, so it’s essential to discuss this with your provider.