DR. EFFIE POLITIS
WHAT IS A FAT TRANSFER?
Fat Transfer, is surgical a way to increase volume in certain areas of the body by using your own fat.
ARE YOU A CANDIDATE?
One of the most important factors that makes someone a good candidate for Fat Transfer is your Body Mass Index, or BMI. This his helps us determine if there will be sufficient fat to harvest from one area of your body to achieve the desired fullness and shape to the area it is transferred to. We ideally want to work with candidates with a BMI of 25 or above for these procedures.
HOW IT'S DONE:
A Fat Transfer is done in the OR under general anesthesia. It uses liposuction that works to remove fat from one part of the body. After this, the fat is then harvested and prepared to be injected into the desired location.
RESULTS, RECOVERY, FREQUENCY
You can expect to be healed within 4-6 weeks of a Fat Transfer. Results can be permanent if you maintain a healthy lifestyle.
WHAT TO EXPECT:
You may experience temporary pain, soreness, and numbness in the area(s) that have been treated.
Maximum discomfort will occur the first few days but may last several weeks.
Expect the bruising to last up to 6 weeks, depending on your surgery.
Swelling and bruising are normal part of the recovery process and will begin to subside one or two weeks after surgery.
It is expected that your clothes will be tight for the first month or two after surgery. Intermittent swelling may persist for several months.
Your size and shape will continue to decrease each week.
Swelling following liposuction recedes rather slowly. It will take some time before the contour finalizes, usually between three and six months.
Pain and aches are normal especially the first week; this will decrease as bruising subsides.
TOO MUCH ACTIVITY IN THE IMMEDIATE POST OPERATIVE PERIOD WILL RESULT IN EXCESSIVE SWELLING AND POSSIBLE BLEEDING.
Have all prescriptions filled prior to your surgery. Do not take any Aspirin, Plavix, Ibuprofen, Vitamin E, Fish Oil, Coenzyme Q10 or medications containing these compounds for 14 days before your procedure.
Begin your stool softener on the day prior to surgery to avoid constipation.
Wash with Hibiclens or antibacterial soap the night before surgery, as directed. Cleanse your belly button area with a Qtip and the antibacterial soap while showering.
Do not shave the surgical site within 2 days of surgery. This includes under arms for breast procedures and the pubic area for abdominal procedures. Hair may be trimmed with an electric clipper.
Avoid using body lotions, deodorants or perfumes on the day of surgery.
Do not wear any jewelry, piercings or contact lenses.
Refrain from vigorous exercise on the day before your surgery.
Have a regular meal on the evening before surgery, and drink plenty of water. Avoid alcoholic beverages on the evening before surgery. Do no eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your surgery.
You may shower 24-48 hours after your operation, but no soaking in a bathtub. Lukewarm water.
Elevate the body part that was treated if possible.
The incisions where your physician inserted the cannula may be leaky or drain fluids for several days. You may want to put towels underneath you at home to protect your furniture.
Keep incisions clean and inspect daily for signs of infection.
If you have drains, follow the drain care instructions given to you by your physician
May pad incision(s) with dressings for comfort.
Avoid exposing scars to sun for at least 12 months.
Always use a strong sunblock, if sun exposure is unavoidable (SPF 30 or greater).