Fat grafting- for padding of the connective tissue
A consequence of aging is the loss of elasticity of the skin and the loss of volume of the connective tissue. The logical consequence of this development are wrinkles that are particularly visible on the face. This loss of volume is clearly visible in the area of the eyes, corner of the mouth and cheek region. But also a lack of volume in the breast area leads to a high level of suffering.
Although this process of volume loss is a natural phenomenon of aging, many people are anxious to counteract it. There are a number of artificially manufactured skin care products that promise to repair volume defects and deep wrinkles through the use of the latest technologies, but only volume replacement will help.
For those who prefer a more natural look, their autologous fat offers an excellent opportunity to be used as a “natural filler”. This soft and natural fat is particularly suitable for narrow lips, sunken cheeks or the temple region. The treatment is almost painless and can usually be performed on an outpatient basis.
Wrinkle treatment with autologous fat
This method is best suited for narrow lips, sunken cheeks or temples. The transplantation of autologous fat helps to regain more fullness in certain parts of the body. The treatment is almost painless and can usually be performed on an outpatient basis.
How does a fat grafting actually work?
During a fat grafting, subcutaneous fat tissue is taken from areas of the body such as the lower abdomen, thighs or butt. After processing the fat tissue, it is injected into a desired area of the body with the help of the finest cannulas. Through the injection, it is possible that you appear naturally more youthful and vital.
Why fat and no fillers?
The results achieved by transplanting autologous fat are permanently durable compared to other “fillers”. The advantage of this treatment is that a large proportion of the body’s autologous fat cells are not rejected by your body. To increase the part which remains I use a “special enrichment method” with your own platelets (PRP).
If you are interested in a fat grafting, I would be happy to provide you with detailed information on this subject.
What happens after the treatment?
I usually carry out fat graftings under sedation and on an outpatient basis. As soon as you feel comfortable you may leave the outpatient surgery. Since the transplanted fat cells are living cells and must rest, especially within the first 2 weeks, I recommend avoiding jumping and bouncing sports. During the first 24-48 hours you will notice moderate swelling, bruising (especially at the site of withdrawal), slight pain and minimal discomfort. It is normal that you will need weak painkillers. Most patients rest on the first day after the operation, read, watch television and go for short walks. After 48 hours you will be able to shower normally with “waterproof bandages”.
If you have a job where you do not have to do heavy physical work, you can probably start working again from the third or fourth day after the operation.
After about one month, the majority of patients feel “normal” again. Slight bruising and possible swelling will have largely disappeared. Your breast will still take its “final” position in the coming months and will lose that last bit of swelling, but after a month most women report feeling “normal” again. In week 6-8 you may resume all your usual sports activities, with the exception of competitive sportswomen where the chest muscles are used more intensively. Of course, these times are only an approximate experience and not a must. Your body will take as much time as it needs.
The control after 3 months shows how much fat your body can “heal” and how much is broken down. If you are satisfied with the volume, the treatment is completed, if the volume is still too small, you are welcome to make a second appointment.
If you decide to undergo surgery it is important that you are well informed. Even if surgery is a frequently routine in my office I am aware that my patients might undergo surgery only once a lifetime. I will inform you in detail about necessary precautions before your planned surgery and all pros and cons. You will have the possibility to see before and after pictures similar procedures to let you know what to expect. During the examination and documentation you can communicate your ideas and wishes so we can find a perfect solution.
Frequently asked questions
How much of the fat remains in the injected area?
Fat grafting ensures very natural results. However, not all of the transplanted fat remains in place. A part is broken down and digested by your body in the first 3 months. So it is possible that during this time the desired volume is reduced a little bit. To prevent this I use a special method of “enrichment”. Here I add a part of your previously drawn blood (PRP), after processing the fat. This enrichment with PRP allows me to achieve a significantly higher healing rate of the fat to be transplanted.
Where is the fat taken from?
Autologous fat can be taken from all parts of the body where there is enough. As a rule, the inner thighs or the lower abdomen are very well suited for this.
How much fat is taken?
For an autologous fat therapy in the facial area one needs little fat, so that the area from which we take does not really become slimmer. Breast augmentation with autologous fat requires a “relatively” large amount of fat per side, so that operations are comparable to aesthetic liposuction. This means that two operations are performed simultaneously, liposuction and fat grafting.
When can I do sports again?
After fat grafting, the fat needs some rest. Jumping sports or a lot of pressure should be avoided, especially in the first 2 weeks after the operation.