It is no secret that as we age the elasticity of our skin becomes reduced. This can happen anywhere on the body, but normally it is most noticeable on the face. Faces that used to look plump and fresh end up looking tired. They essentially lose its volume it once had. Cheeks can appear flattened and chins can seem much sharper, we basically start to show our age.
In the past, fat grafting (or fat transfer) has had issues with variable results. As the medical word has grown more sophisticated with technology, so has cosmetic surgery. Surgeons are now able to provide a gradual and more controlled way to restore the skin.
This new technique that surgeons are applying makes it easier for them to predict the long term result. This is because the grafting method has more opportunity of being successful. The fat cells which have survived after the grafting process will start to have a lasting presence.
What To Expect
Depending on the area which is being treated, fat grafting can be performed under general and local anaesthetic. Do keep in mind that if it you opt for local anaesthetic, the area which the fat cells are being taken out of, and the area that is to receive the cells should be numbed.
A thin needle called a cannula is used for the surgery; its job is to harvest cells from a heavily fat enriched area of the body. This procedure is very similar to liposuction. Following on from this, the cells are then centrifuged to other intact cells that have been damaged. The fat cells (which are live) will then be injected to the area which is being treated. This is achieved by using a very fine cannula and several passes for every millilitre of graft. The fat cells are carefully placed into tiny pockets that surround the tissue being treated. These cells need to be supplied with enough blood, enabling the correct atmosphere to be created. This will make sure that the graft will “take”. This is what occurs when a graft of skin is placed on a fresh wound. If the graft is taken it will be stable.
The technique is most commonly used for the facial area. Saying this it has been successful in areas such as; the back of the hands, buttocks and most recently the breasts.
Cosmetic surgery in Birmingham, London and Wales will supply their patients with antibiotics and in some cases antiviral medication. For a speedy recovery it is imperative that this medication is taken.