Otherwise known as fat transfer, can either be done on its own or in combination with other surgical procedures such as face and neck lift. Done on its own it is possible to perform the procedure under local anaesthetic as a day case, but is usually performed under general anaesthetic.
The aims and expectations of surgery will have been discussed at consultation. Smokers have a high risk of developing complications, in particular wound healing and re-absorption and it is therefore advised that patients should refrain from smoking at least six weeks prior, and between two to four weeks following surgery.
Aspirin and other anti-inflammatory drugs should be avoided for at least the week before surgery and a week after surgery to help reduce the amount of bleeding and bruising.
Small incisions, less than 1 cm, are made in either the abdomen or inner thigh from where the fat will be harvested. This is done using a low pressure liposuction technique. Small dressings are placed on these wounds and occasionally an absorbable suture is used to close them. The fat that has been harvested from this area is re-injected into the required areas of the face again using tiny 3 – 4 mm. stab incisions which are covered with a Steri-strip sticking plaster.
The operation for lipofilling alone usually takes between 45 minutes and 1 hour and the patient is required to stay in hospital for a few hours following surgery to make sure there is not excessive bruising or swelling.
The decision to undergo any cosmetic surgical procedure should not be taken lightly and it is essential to have informed and realistic expectations of possible results. Mr Whitworth will spend time in the initial consultation assessing patients expectation and the possible surgical options to improve their appearance. Listen to more here…