Good Candidate for Structural Fat Grafting (Fat Transfer/Lipostructure) :
- Men and Women typically over the age of 40
- Not in the active stages of acne
- Generally in good health
- Not pregnant or breast-feeding
- Not taking blood thinners (i.e. ibuprofen, aspirin, Plavix or Coumadin)
Structural Fat Grafting is performed as an outpatient/office procedure under local anesthesia with occasional oral sedative. This procedure takes between 1½ to 2 hours, depending on the amount of fat grafting needed to the area. During this procedure fat is gently removed from the donor site (usually the buttocks, abdomen or the saddle bags) with a small hypodermic needle using a special cannula with limited suction as so not to damage the membrane of the fat cell. The fat is then spun in a centrifuge to remove excess fluids and the damaged fat cells are picked out and only whole, undamaged fat cells would be used. The fat is then injected with the use of a separate smaller hypodermic needle either just under the wrinkle or deep within the muscle in some areas where there is a higher vascularity within the muscle increasing the longevity of the fat graft.
Following the procedure you can expect to be swollen, a bit bruised, and a little sore both at the treatment site and the donor site. You shouldn’t wear make-up until at least 1-2 days after. If you were given any type of sedative you will need someone to drive you home. You should keep the treatment area as still as possible for the first few days to allow proper healing and give the area and newly transplanted fat cells a good chance to become vascularized. Avoid high-impact exercise or activities for the first 2 to 3 weeks, depending upon the extent of the surgery.