Fat transfer is a procedure which was perfected by Dr Sydney Coleman from Tribeca, New York.
The fat is harvested using a small cannula attached to a syringe. The fat is then either left to settle or placed in a centrifuge to spin off both the oil layer at the top and the debris at the bottom of the column of fat. The central purified fat is then re injected.
Coleman Fat Transfer is frequently used as an adjunct to many other facial procedures, most notably a facelift.
It is frequently placed in to the perioral region.
Even though a facelift may soften the depth of the nasolabial folds and the marionette lines, these areas remain after a facelift. Fat injections can be safely performed at the same time as a facelift and this will produce a shallowing of these of the nasolabial folds and marionette lines and will be a useful adjunct to a facelift.
Fat can also be placed in to the lip and philtral columns as well as to the malar (cheek) regions. It is also a procedure that can be performed as a stand alone procedure in patients who are concerned regarding these specific areas due to ageing or weight loss.
Complications and Risks
All Procedures have potential complications and risks. These can be divided into general complications and those specific to each procedure. The latter are listed in the FAQs below.
General complications include:
- Wound complications - bleeding, bruising, collections under the skin of blood (haematoma), pus (abscess), serous fluid (seroma), infection, wound breakdown, suture extrusion, sensory loss;
- Aesthetic complications - poor scars, stretched scars, raised scars (keloid or hypertrophic), contour irregularities, need for revisional procedure;
- Anaesthetic complications