Your Fat Transfer Procedure
The basic steps of fat transfer involve preparing the donor and recipient sites on your body for the procedure and administering medications for your comfort. You may be given a general (deep sleep) anesthesia or a combination of intravenous sedation and anesthesia depending on the area being treated and the extent of the procedure. Most fat transfer procedures are done on an outpatient basis in our state-licensed surgery center. An overnight hospital stay is not typically necessary.
Once the donor site is prepared, Dr. Sajan makes a micro incision into the site, inserts a fine tube called a cannula, and using a liposuction procedure, extracts the fat grafts/cells from the site. The grafts are placed in a centrifuge system to extract excess fluids from the fat grafts.
The graft site of your body also has been prepped and a micro-incision is made. The purified fat graft is injected through another cannula into the recipient site and the injection steps are repeated until the desired results are achieved.
Once the injection process is done, the micro-incisions will be closed and bandaged. Time required for a procedure depends on the treatment area. A butt lift fat transfer requires a large volume of fat grafts whereas filling in the glabella lines (the deep frown lines on a patient's face) will require significantly less volume.
The results of a fat transfer procedure are often nearly immediate although the healing times may vary radically depending on the procedure(s) done. Dr. Sajan and his team will take you carefully through the pre- and post-procedure and recovery steps. You may be given topical and oral medications to help you manage any resultant swelling and discomfort. You will be shown how to take care of your donor and recipient incisions. In some instances, you may be asked to wear a compression garment for a period of time to help reduce swelling and support the treated area through its healing stages.
It will be very important for you to carefully follow all instructions related to the medication, care, recovery, and follow-up appointments. The set of instructions Dr. Sajan provides to you are to help you recover comfortably and quickly, and to facilitate the best possible outcome of your procedure.