Fat transfer is a surgical procedure that serves a dual purpose: it removes unwanted fat and then uses that same fat to enhance the volume and contour of the desired area. This procedure is also referred to as fat grafting or fat injection.
Treatment Time 60 mins
Duration of Results 18-24 months
Results 1 treatment recommended
Fat grafting, a specialised cosmetic procedure, is designed to restore volume, enhance collagen and elastin levels, reduce sagging, and rejuvenate skin, particularly on the face and neck. This procedure is classified as minimally invasive.
Stem cells are the main nuclear cells in the body and can be transformed into specific cells such as collagen fibres, muscle cells, bone cells and skin cells when required in the body. The more advanced version of fat transfer surgery involves removing the fat and adding another step to the process.
The removed body fat is carefully processed and filtered through a closed, sterile device to allow regenerative cells to be used for face fat transfer and facial rejuvenation. This version of fat transfer surgery ultimately aims to regenerate facial tissue, resulting in a more youthful appearance.
The ageing process is complex and mainly involves volume loss and sagging. Patients tend to lose fat from the facial area. If you want the best anti-ageing treatment, it will aim to target both skin volume loss and sagging.
Bulking agents such as dermal fillers and toxins such as Botox have their limitations, and lasers and other mechanical systems are ineffective at improving both volume loss and sagging and are not as long-lived.
The mesenchymal stem cell resides primarily in cartilage, bone, and adipose tissue in adults. Therefore, your adipose tissue can be an excellent source of regenerative cells that can be used to regenerate damaged cells in specific areas. Stem cell-rich fat is one of the best injectable substances to correct volume loss and improve sagging while rejuvenating and repairing cells from the inside out.
Lipocube is a UK-based medical device manufacturer. The single-use sterile device they provide us at the clinic allows for processing the removed fat tissue. The fat transfer process then follows using the processed fat cells. The Lipocube system is known for its non-invasive fat reduction capabilities, specifically targeting and eliminating excess fat cells from specific areas of the body.
Transferring fat from one bodily area to another, also called fat grafting surgery or fat graft injection, enhances volume and contour by transferring fat. Usually, fat cells are harvested from a donor site by liposuction and carefully injected into the desired area, such as the breasts, bum, or face.
Lipocube uses cryolipolysis and ultrasound technology to reduce fat cells to a more transferable state but doesn’t provide the necessary components or functionality to process and inject transferred fat cells. For fat transfer cells to survive and integrate, specialised equipment, techniques, and expert fat transfer surgeons are required.
Consultations are carried out with our qualified plastic surgeon Dr Deniz Kanliada. Derma Revive Skin Clinic has the most effective techniques and equipment if you are considering a fat transfer procedure. Dr Deniz will guide you through the entire fat transfer procedure, treatment and recovery process and discuss the most suitable options for achieving your desired outcomes.
Dr Deniz will discuss ongoing treatment aftercare to enable you to get the absolutely optimal results from the fat transfer.
Fat grafting, non-surgical fat transfer, or autologous fat grafting, is a procedure in which your own fat cells are harvested from one body area and injected into another area to enhance volume or contour. Here are some benefits of non-surgical fat transfers.
Fat transfer and grafting are performed under local anaesthetic.
A local anaesthetic is injected into the face. Fat is removed (usually from the thigh area) using a syringe and a small cannula.
The fat is then filtered to separate blood and fat cells. It is then injected to increase volume in specific areas such as cheeks, jawline, temples and chin to restore natural facial volume.
Since only cells collected from your own body are used, there is no risk of allergic reactions, and the results are natural and beautiful.
If you also want skin rejuvenation, the fat obtained is micro-filtered through a special filter system called a NanoCube or LipoCube, to obtain stem cell-rich micro-fat and nano-fat, which is then injected into the skin’s surface.
It can rejuvenate the skin, rejuvenate dark circles under the eyes, and improve the skin on the face, neck, and any body part. The surgeon’s skill will dictate the amount of fat removal and the amount of fat transfer, as too much fat or too little will not give the optimum results.
Fat transfer involves removing or harvesting the fat through a small incision on the side of the thigh. The incision sites are subsequently closed with sterile adhesive strips.
An elastic bandage may be applied for several days, depending on your lifestyle. The injection site on the face and neck may be bruised and swollen for up to 2-3 days, after which it heals well.
Patients can go home after surgery but cannot shower for two days. The healing and scarring process is usually very good with these types of treatments.
The cost of Fat Transfer (Lipocube) at Derma Revive Skin Clinic starts from £5000. The final price varies based on individual needs, the extent of the procedure, and any additional treatments required. During a consultation, patients receive a detailed cost breakdown and can expect the highest quality care from the clinic’s expert team throughout the process.
Dr Deniz is a highly experienced plastic surgeon in facial fat transfer and both invasive and minimally invasive treatment processes.
Award-winning ENT & Facial Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon based in various locations such as Harley St and Liverpool St Clinic at Premier Laser & Skin.
Dr Deniz Kanliada has over 14 years of experience in the aesthetics and surgery industry and has operated more than 2000 surgeries in Istanbul, UK and Cyprus.
Known as the “Nose King” by his clients & the media, he values consistent and excellent results in facial appearance. Dr Deniz has been featured in press and TV, such as Channel 4 and Channel 5.
Cosmetic/Plastic Surgeon of the Year 2019 Highly Commended Surgeon Award Winner! (Safety in Beauty Diamond Awards) – known as Nose King 👑
Fat transfer patients must have a thorough physical examination, and factors such as your blood pressure and previous surgery are discussed. An assessment of your medical history is taken prior to the fat transfer treatment.
The doctor will harvest fat through a small incision on the side of the thigh and close it with sterile adhesive strips. An elastic bandage may be applied for several days, depending on the patient’s lifestyle.
The injection site on the face and neck may be bruised and swollen for up to 2-3 days, after which it heals well. Patients can go home after surgery but cannot shower for two days.
We strongly advise that patients stop smoking before the procedure to give their body’s natural healing processes the best possible chance. Reducing alcohol intake is also recommended, as is avoiding strenuous exercise. Antibiotics may be required for a period of three days.
Dr Deniz will advise you when normal activities can be resumed.
The fat transfer results of micro-fat and nano-fat injections are rich in regenerative cells, and post-treatment effects can last for a long time, depending on the local blood supply and lifestyle factors.
As much as 50-70% of the fat transferred as fat cells remains as fat in the new place. The transferred cells relocate to different body areas and continue to regenerate and rejuvenate the skin.
This procedure will improve the condition of your face and neck skin for years to come. The aim is to provide continuous, gradual improvements over a prolonged period of time.
The fat transfer treatment procedure is known to have many advantages over traditional treatments such as dermal filler injections or other synthetic fillers when it comes to one of the main aims; To add volume.
At Derma Revive, we feel we have the most comprehensive methods of fat transfer London has to offer. Book a consultation today to see how our fat transfer procedures can rejuvenate your appearance. More questions? Feel free to get in touch through our contact us form or simply just give us a call.
What is the downtime associated with facial fat grafting?
The downtime for facial fat grafting is minimal. Patients may experience light bruising and swelling post-procedure, with minimal scarring expected at the fat harvesting site.
Is the fat transfer process painful?
The fat transfer process is generally not painful, as local anaesthetic options are provided before the procedure.
How long does fat transfer surgery take?
Fat transfer surgery typically takes between 1 to 3 hours, depending on the treated areas and the amount of fat harvested and injected.
What percentage of fat cells survive after transfer the transfer process?
After the transfer process, typically 50% to 70% of the fat cells survive and remain permanently in the injected areas.
What are the risks of fat transfer procedures?
Risks of fat transfer procedures include infection, bleeding, asymmetry, lumpiness, and visible signs of fat transfer. These risks can be minimised with careful pre-planning, proper patient care, technique, and aftercare.
How long does fat transfer last?
The results of fat transfer can last for many years, with patients retaining about 70% of the transferred fat for 3 to 5 years, depending on lifestyle and metabolism factors.
What areas can undergo fat transfer?
Fat transfer can augment various body areas, including the face, breasts, buttocks, and hands. Common fat donor sites include the thigh, abdomen, and back.
What are the benefits of breast fat transfer over breast implants?
Benefits of breast fat transfer over breast implants include the longevity of the transferred fat compared to implant materials, and the elimination of the need for further changes or adjustments post-procedure.
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