Liposuction reduces the number of fat cells using suction tubes. Since the fat cells do not have the capacity to divide, the result is permanent.
The remaining fat cells, however, have the ability to vary their volume in extreme weight change.
The patient’s fat is removed by a simple liposuction, which can be purified and then re-injected to increase the size of breasts, buttocks, chest and calves. Facial volume can also be restored.
Removal and reinjection of fat must take place during the same procedure as it is impossible to conserve.
It is not possible to take fat from another patient in order to carry out an autologous fat transfer. The donor and recipient must be the same, therefore eliminating the risk of rejection.
Fat reinjection is performed using fine cannulas via small incisions of 1 to 2 mm.
Lipofilling is a longer procedure however the postoperative effects are identical to those of a classic liposuction.
The patient will observe a 30 to 50% partial reduction of the transferred fat, which will stabilise within approximately 6 months. Fat cells can fail to survive the transfer from one area of the body to another therefore the surgeon only reinjects good quality fat in order to keep this loss at a minimum.
The patient’s compliance to the post-operative instructions is essential, in particular stopping smoking.
The final gain obtained depends on the initial fat reserves of the treated patient, the number of sessions performed and the rate of engraftment at each session.
Lipofilling also increases the volume of the breasts, buttocks, calves, pectorals, deltoid muscles, biceps or triceps. These fat injections can also help rejuvenate the back of the hands or face, correct scar hollows or treat intimate areas.