Applications of Fat Grafting In Body Contouring
Fat grafting procedures can be used in the face and in the body, with applications similar to those of injectable fillers where the fat harvested from liposuction can be used in fat grafting procedures. However, fat graft has the advantage of being a “natural filler” from one’s own cells and as a living tissue, can last a very long time. It is being recognized that these fat cells have a rejuvenating effect on the overlying skin, creating a healthier glow after a fat grafting procedure.
In the body, the most common application is for breast augmentation, buttock lifts and correction after liposuction procedures. For fat grafting of the face, it is possible for this to be in the clinic procedure room as the volumes involved are small.
Fat grafting is done under local anaesthesia and takes 30 to 60 minutes. Depending on the area treated, the downtime can be 2-7 days. For fat grafting of the body, larger volumes are needed and these are usually done as day surgeries under intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. These take 1-2 hours and downtime can range from 7-21 days depending on the area treated.
Dr Andrew Khoo is a consultant plastic surgeon practicing at the Aesthetic & Reconstructive Centre in Singapore. He is dedicated to providing professional aesthetic care in a relaxed and private setting.
Aesthetic Surgeon Dr Khoo was awarded the Master of Medicine in Surgery in Singapore and obtained fellowships from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. He received further training in craniofacial and aesthetic surgery during his time at the Institute of Craniofacial and Reconstructive Surgery in Southfield.