Moving of own fat, also known as lipofilling, lipotransfer or more commonly Fat Grafting has been using a long time to correct "sticking" areas of the face, thinning of the skin back of the hands and for giving fullness to cheeks and lips.
Lipofilling is also frequently used after mastectomy, usually in conjunction with either implant or reconstruction with your own tissues for contouring and improve the overall aesthetic result.
Since the 80-ies of the twentieth century American plastic surgeon from NewYorkCity Sydney Coleman has developed procedures for careful grafting and injection of adipose tissue. His work laid the Foundation for further research on successful transfering adipose tissue. Nowdays, lipofilling is a standard, popular and an integral part of the Arsenal of plastic surgery.
KEY POINTS OF THE OPERATION
- Lipofilling usually performed under general anesthesia, or in the case of small amounts surgery under local anesthesia.
- Duration of surgery: 1-2 hours.
- Stay in hospital: 1-2 days.
- Postoperative scars from punctures less than 1 cm are mostly in inconspicuous areas, or hidden in the anatomical folds or in the bikini area.
- Depending on your goals, and the degree of engraftment of adipose tissue, the number of procedures lipofilling may vary.
When performing liposuction and lipofilling Roman Romanovich uses the latest techniques of WAL (water assisted liposuction) to collect fat tissue with the least amount of damaged adipocytes (fat cells), which positively affects on the survival rate of fat in a new place.
THE REHABILITATION PERIOD
- Patients experience mild discomfort in the area of surgical intervention, which however can be eliminated by medication.
- The healing of surgical scars occurs within 10-14 days.
- Postoperative swelling subsides within 6 weeks.
- The final result can be evaluated after 6 months after surgery.