FTX Fat Transfer
Procedure Fat transfer (=lipofilling / liposculpture / liposculpting / lipomodelling) uses enriched own body fat to enlarge areas such as cheeks, lips, outer labia or breasts (a preoperative mammogram or ultrasound is recommended). Furthermore, fat transfer can improve tight scars. Fat aspiration from thighs or abdomen and injection is done through tiny cuts. Because 30-50% of the fat is reabsorbed, the procedure is often overcorrected or repeated. After 4 months the remaining fat stays permanently.
Scars 5mm
Operation time 2 hours
Anaesthesia General or Local
Hospital Stay Day Surgery
Benefits Aesthetic, Psychological, Functional, Symptomatic
Risks Bleeding, Infection, Scar problems (stretched, thick, abnormal pigmentation, red, retracted etc.), Skin discoloration, Friction or thermal burns, Wound separation, Slough, Necrosis, Pain, Nerve injury (Numbness, weakness, paralysis), Bruising, Swelling, Overcorrection, Undercorrection, Asymmetry, Aesthetic imperfections, Seroma, Organ injury, Functional problems, Contour irregularities, Need for further surgery, Fluid shift with heart / kidney problems with large amounts of fat transfer, Fat embolism, Blindness (facial injections), Donor morbidity, Unpredictable fat graft take- need for top-ups, Allergic reaction, (General anaesthetic: Chest infection, Heart attack, Stroke, Blood clots in legs & lungs). N.B. Most complications are unlikely. Serious risks or death are rare
Risk factors Smoking / contraception / flights within 6 weeks of surgery, overweight, high blood pressure, bleeding tendency (Stop herbal products or supplements for two weeks before surgery), diabetes
Optimising factors Diet rich in Vitamin C and protein, plenty of fluids, fresh air, scar massage, sun protection, support garments
Discomfort 1 - 2 weeks
Bruising 2 - 3 weeks
Recovery Light activities 1 week, Driving 1 - 2 weeks, Physical work & sports 4 weeks
Acceptable appearance 2 - 4 weeks for most patients (This is subjective)
Final result 6 - 18 months
Alternatives No Surgery, Bra enhancers, Make-up, Fillers, Implants

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