VOLUME ENHANCEMENT USING FAT

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INTRODUCTION

Lipofilling (fat transfer) is now an established technique which uses the patients’ own fat as a permanent filler to add volume to soft tissues. In addition to adding volume, lipofilling reduces scarring and has also been observed to imported the quality and elasticity of the overlying skin.

Fat Transfer can be used on the face to revolumise areas such as the cheeks which have lost volume through ageing or severe weight loss. The technique can also be used to balance and enhance facial proportions and symmetry.

VOLUME ENHANCEMENT PROCEDURE

Operation time

0.5 - 1 hrs

Anaesthesia

local

Nights in hospital

day case

Risks - common

bruising, swelling, temporary numbness, temporary skin irregularity

Risks - uncommon

infection, excessive scarring, asymmetry, bleeding, permanent numbness

Pain and discomfort

1 day

Follow-up after surgery

1 week, 3 months

Time off work

1 day

Sports

next day

Result

immediate
lasts 6-9 months

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FEES

Volume Enhancement using Fat Transfer

£1,700

Each additional area

£600

AUTOLOGOUS FAT INJECTION

POST-OPERATIVE INSTRUCTIONS

Instructions on discharge

  • The treated area will be swollen and bruised for 7-14 days depending on how large the treated area is.
  • Cold compresses can be used for short periods of time for the first few days, this will help with bruising and swelling. Do not use ice directly on the skin as it can burn, wrap it in a clean cloth first.
  • Do not press firmly or rub the affected area.
  • Clean area very gently with a mild cleanser, if the lips have been treated, lubricate lips with Vaseline.
  • Discharge with standard painkillers.
  • The donor site (where the fat was taken from) can be washed gently and then pat dry.

Dressing clinic

  • Appointment approximately 1 week after surgery when the dressing will be changedto a lighter dressing.
  • Usually one or two dressings after this when the wound will still need to be kept dry.

Activities

  • No restrictions but avoid strenuous activities for the first 2 weeks.
  • Sleep with head slightly elevated on a few pillows for the first week and avoid bending head down.

Wound Care

  • Moisturise scar after first 3 months.

IF YOU EXPERIENCE ANY PROBLEMS OR HAVE ANY QUERIES FOLLOWING YOUR SURGERY PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO CONTACT THE WARD.