The fat is harvested using a small cannula attached to a syringe. The fat is then either left to settle or put in a centrifuge to spin off the oil layer. The purified fat is then reinjected.
The reinjected fat remains permanently. It is a useful technique for filling depressed areas, e.g. cleft lip deformities, Romberg’s disease, deformities after excessive liposuction, or deep skin wrinkles.
Increased fullness to certain areas of the face can produce a lifting and rejuvenating effect. It is a useful adjunct to procedures such as facelift, blepharoplasty and brow lift.
There is emerging scientific evidence that the Coleman Fat Transfer produces multiple tissue mediators and may also enhance skin rejuvenation as well as bringing in fresh stem cells to the area in which the fat is placed.
Coleman fat transfer is a permanent procedure and the fat that is left will last forever. However, the percentage of graft take is unpredictable.
Fat injections are frequently employed in facial rejuvenation surgery, body contour surgery and to improve contour irregularities after all forms of breast reconstruction.
At present in Australia, the use of fat injections in to native breast tissue is being investigated and is considered an unsafe procedure at the current time.
This procedure to native breast tissue is, however, routinely performed in many countries around the world.
What are the costs involved?Please contact Dr Belt’s staff on 07-3852 6800 and a personalised quote and further information will be provided.
What are the potential risks involved?The specific risks are those of over or under correction, migration of the transferred fat, infection and loss of the transferred fat. The placement and harvesting incisions are small and strategically placed so as to be largely concealed in natural skin crease lines.
Occasionally some patients may experience bruising and swelling but this will only take a week or two to subside and can be reduced by using ice packs.
What happens after the procedure?The effects of fat transfer are immediate. There is a degree of swelling which takes some weeks to settle down. Any bruising can be helped with cold packs for a period of up to 48 hours.
What happens before the procedure?
A useful technique is to use Hyaluronic acid as a temporary filler first. This will give the patient a realistic idea of the degree of correction that can be obtained. This product lasts for 3 - 12 months. Most patients find that the effect is good for an average of nine months.
It is also possible to inject sterile physiological saline (salt water) to see an immediate effect which will last approximately 12 hours. This can be a useful guide to see if the desired effect can be achieved.
The areas of depression are carefully marked pre operatively. The amount of fat and its precise redistribution is carefully calculated.