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Fat Transfers

The advanced art of fat grafting: volume and regeneration

A technique for boosting volume so long-established that it pre-dates fillers, fat transfers artfully redeployed offer subtle boosts in volume to the face, neck and even hands. Not only capable of recapturing a youthful bounce, transplanting highly quality fat with intact stem cells can also stimulate the body’s own regenerative healing processes, supercharging skin health.

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Dr Sarah Tonks says...

“There is a misconception that facial fat transfers will look lumpy, but it’s really all down to being super diligent about filtration, manipulation and handling of the fat while in transition. It requires a degree of delicacy both in these sensitive stages and when you place the fat back in, hence using the regenerative powers of PRP (if possible). These are all things we’re extremely expert in here at TLC.”

What is it and how does it work?

Fat grafting or transference is a surgical technique where fat is taken from one area of the body, processed, and then injected back into the body. Reinstating an individual’s own natural fat helps add volume to ageing facial features (at TLC we generally focus on the face, but sometimes also the hands and décolletage) and can simultaneously regenerate the skin thanks to the proliferative healing properties of stem cells that exist within the fatty tissue.

We use the PureGraft® device, an advanced technology with a specialised filtration system created to significantly enhance the fat purification process. It removes the vast majority of unwanted compounds by sieving them through a series of increasingly fine membranes, leaving clean ‘high quality’ fat of a consistent viscosity, which is important to ensure a smooth surface when it’s transplanted back into the patient’s skin.

The art of an excellent fat transfer lies in not only harvesting and filtering the fat to an exceptional level, but also in then deftly placing it back into the skin like a dermal filler, something which is especially crucial in this procedure because it’s impossible to remove the fat once it has been transferred. Our long-standing expertise in handling fillers at TLC has made us renowned for acing this delicate treatment.

Which body parts is it designed for?

At TLC, we focus on the face, neck, hands and décolletage.

 

Micro transfers are performed for the face or neck, including temples, cheeks, jawline and chin. Nano fat transfers are generally used for areas around the eyes, forehead, neck and décolletage. Either process may be used to treat the hands.

Who is it primarily good for?

Fat transfers are generally used for people who have experienced a loss of volume as a result of ageing, and/or would prefer to regain ‘micro mass’ without using a synthetic material such as a dermal filler.

 

Nano fat transfers are also ideal for people who are interested in improving skin quality via regenerative techniques grounded in natural processes, such as PRP (aka Plasma Rich Platelet therapy), a unique and chemical-free treatment that harnesses the natural regenerative prowess of an individual’s own blood to promote localised healing.

How long will it last for and what’s the downtime?

The process itself takes approximately two hours, and once the fat has been inserted it can last for several years, depending on the patient’s skin condition and lifestyle.

 

We advise patients to anticipate one to two weeks of social downtime, unlike the speedier recovery time for fillers, because of the added swelling caused by the fluid being injected into the skin.

What other treatments does it work well with? ​

Complementary therapies include the aforementioned PRP (Plasma Rich Platelet therapy), whereby state-of-the-art centrifuges separate the red blood cells and platelets (the elements that cause blood clots and stimulate other necessary growth and healing functions), a concentration of which is then injected back into the skin. Adding PRP to fat grafts can help to boost the chances of fat grafting survival, lessen bruising and inflammation, and present a smoother application of fat grafts due to the liquefying effect of PRP.

 

Similarly, we recommend the addition of Exosomes, the tiny growth-factor containing sacks generated by animal or plant cells capable of supercharging skin regeneration and hair growth.

What other treatments does it work well with?

What else should I know?

Because transferring fat involves two procedures – the initial extraction of the fat followed by the deployment of it back into the body, it’s considered to be a moderate surgical procedure, thus incurring some minor risks and a modicum of downtime.

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WE PROVIDE TWO TYPES OF FAT TRANSFER: MICRO, FOR PATIENTS SEEKING TO ADD VOLUME TO THEIR FACE OR HANDS; AND NANO, TO REJUVENATE MORE DELICATE AREAS, SUCH AS UNDER THE EYE.

FAQS

Here are a few final things that you might like to know before taking things forward. If you have any other questions we haven’t thought of yet, no problem! Please email us at hello@thelovelyclinic.co.uk and one of the team will get back to you as quickly as they possibly can.

CAN THE TREATMENT BE REVERSED?

No, the transferral of fat is a delicate surgical procedure that cannot be reversed.

DOES IT HURT?

We always use an injected localised anaesthetic to avoid any pain or discomfort.

WHEN DOES IT START TO WORK?

You can expect to see some results straight away, but do expect things to take a little time to settle.

WILL I LOOK NATURAL?

Absolutely, especially if you have the nano-fat procedure (where only the stem cells are transferred, not the fatty tissue) to rejuvenate much more delicate areas, such as under the eye.

WHAT CAN GO WRONG?

Possible issues include haematoma (a pool of mostly clotted blood, usually caused by a broken blood vessel damaged by surgery), fat necrosis (the death of valuable fat tissue, also as a result of surgery), fat embolism (when droplet-like particles of fat enter the bloodstream, blocking circulation through some blood vessels), scarring, infection, allergic reactions and haemorrhaging. There is also a degree of unpredictability as regards exactly how much fat will take hold in the medium to long-term.