Fat transfer to restore body defects were first reported in 1893 and fat grafting using syringe injection was first published in 1910.
In recent years, studies of fat tissue have shown that fat contains large amounts of stem cells, which are capable of differentiating into all types of body tissue, therefore fat may be considered to provide the basis for tissue regeneration. Following Fat Grafting, permanent volume restoration and local tissue regeneration is expected. Over several months following the procedure, improvement in skin texture, suppleness, colour and also improvement of existing scars is noted.
Dr Zurek performs the procedure under local anaesthetic and sedation. Fat Grafting involves 3 steps.
1. Fat Harvesting: Preferred donor areas are where the fat is “stubborn” and persists during body weight changes. In women commonly the abdomen and thighs. In men flanks (love handles) and lower abdomen. Fat is gently removed through a tiny skin puncture using a special cannula attached to a syringe, extracting tiny parcels of fat (micro-fat). 2. Purification: The fat is immediately processed by centrifuging, allowing removal of oil and anaesthetic fluid and producing condensed fat rich in stem cells and growth factors.
3. Fat Injection: The condensed fat is transplanted using a delicate micro cannula, allowing precise deposits of tiny fat parcels at different levels to create volume and skin improvement.a As the Fat Grafting procedure involves transplantation of living tissue, Dr Zurek believes it is essential to do this as quickly as possible to prevent deterioration of the fat tissue outside the body.
As in any surgical procedure, Fat Grafting carries a risk of complications. Although very uncommon they include:- infection, bleeding, injury to an underlying structure, fat necrosis (death of a lump of fat and subsequent inflammatory process). This may present as an abccess however, there are no germs involved. Fat embolism with subsequent blindness has been reported (incidentally the number is similar due to using artificial fillers in the face). This complication is almost impossible using a blunt cannula. Deformity (minor indentation) can occur at the donor site. There have been no significant complications in approximately 1000 cases performed by Dr Zurek.
Dr Zurek has serviced customers from the wider Sydney area for decades, and while predominately servicing many customers with fat grafting and fat transfer procedures in Canterbury, Cronulla, Darlinghurst, Double Bay, Kogarah, Miranda, Paddington, Woolahra and the Eastern Suburbs region, is available and willing to service all customers across Sydney. Contact us today to make an enquiry or booking.
Fat transplantation is expected to be “permanent” however, the natural cycle of ageing and patient’s individual response must be considered.
Transplanted fat undergoes the normal dynamic cycle of cell life, manifesting in shrinkage and loss of volume initially, followed by regrowth of tissue. It takes approximately 6 months for the Fat Graft to stabilise. Rare cases of excessive fat growth have been reported. This occurred in patients with substantial weight gain. Localised fat growth can be removed by liposculpture or direct excision. The most important factor compromising the Fat Graft is smoking as this affects the blood supply to the grafted tissue and may be considered toxic to the graft.
In the majority of cases swelling and bruising is usually minor and will subside within 2 weeks.
Dr Zurek performs the procedure under local anaesthetic and sedation, adjusted to individuals requirements.
Most patients are fit to return to work after 1-2 days however, due to some swelling and bruising some patients take longer.
Yes, isolated areas can be treated eg. around eyes, cheeks, lips, temples, mouth, naso-labial area only.
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