This procedure is always performed in conjunction with liposuction: the surgical removal of unwanted fat deposits from different areas of the body by suctioning them away. In some cases, this fat can be saved and injected into another area of the body. This is known as “fat grafting.” Areas commonly grafted include the face, breasts, and/or buttocks, and is often performed in combination with breast lift (Mastopexy) or face/neck lift surgeries.
Though rare, post-operative complications from any procedure are possible. These may include bleeding (hematoma), blood clots (PE or DVT), infection, asymmetry, contour abnormalities/dimpling, delayed healing, loss of fat graft and/or inability to predict percentage of fat graft survival, and/or unsatisfactory scarring. Altered sensations (numbness, tingling, and/or hypersensitivity) are to be expected while you are healing, and can persist for several weeks or months. Our health care team follows you closely to recognize and treat any complications, should they arise.
Consultation for this procedure includes a full exam of the proposed surgical area(s), review of patient goals, education on the procedure(s), and explanation of potential risks, complications, and benefits.
Anesthesia: General Anesthetic or Monitored Sedation
Length: Varies, determined by patient needs; often 1-3 hours
Prior to booking, you should ensure you have a responsible adult available to care for and assist you after surgery. This includes making meals, caring for your animals/children, cleaning, assisting with postoperative care, etc. You cannot be alone for 24 hours after your procedure. You must be prepared to pay a 15% deposit to secure your surgical date, and the remaining balance four weeks prior to your procedure.
Patients and their caregivers will be instructed on postoperative care and management before leaving the clinic. You may be discharged with a supportive garment in place. You will be seen in office for postoperative care with our nurses, typically about 10-12 days after surgery, and subsequently as needed. Mild to moderate bruising, swelling, and discomfort should be expected. You may notice a small amount of drainage from your incisions. Patients can remove dressings and shower after 48 hours.
Light activity is encouraged (eg: walking) while you are healing, but you must refrain from strenuous physical activity (elevating your heart rate) for approximately 4-6 weeks. Most patients return to physical jobs and start to reincorporate physical activity around four weeks post-op and gradually work up to their preoperative activity level. Supportive garments must be worn for at least six weeks. Direct pressure, compression, and ice to fat grafting sites should be avoided during the first six weeks after surgery.
As with any surgery, results cannot be guaranteed. The goal of cosmetic plastic surgery is improvement, and perfection is not attainable. Final results depend on many factors and healing can vary from patient to patient. It is important to remember to have patience during convalescence to allow your body time to recuperate and settle.
Patients will be seen in office by the surgeon approximately 6-12 months after surgery for assessment and postoperative photographs.