What is Lipofilling?
Have you felt that one area of your body lacked volume, yet other areas had too much? Have you ever wished you could take fat from your waist and move it to your butt or breasts? Thanks to a procedure called lipofilling or fat grafting, you can achieve this aesthetic at Marshall Cosmétique. Fat grafting is the process by which fat is harvested from one area of the body (Fat transfer), then carefully reinjected into another area to achieve augmentation. Many patients undergo the procedure numerous times to achieve their desired look.
Lipofilling is most commonly used to add volume to the buttocks, breasts, hands and face.
Who Should Consider Lipofilling?
People with stubborn areas of fat with other areas that they feel lack volume are the primary reasons people seek lipofilling. The ideal lipofilling candidate will also be:
- Adults who exercise regularly, within 30% of their ideal weight
- Healthy people with no life threatening medical condition or illness
**Please Note** Lipofilling does not treat obesity and is not a replacement for regular exercise and good eating habits. In addition, lipofilling also presents possible health risks including
What to Expect?
Prior to lipofilling surgery, Dr. Marshall will likely have you:
- Adjust or add medication
- Stop smoking immediately
- Avoid taking aspirin
On the day of your lipofilling, your procedure will involve the following steps:
- Anesthesia. Dr. Marshall will recommend whether you should undergo intravenous sedation or general anesthesia.
- Liposuction. Liposuction is the process by which fat is identified and removed from specific part(s) of the body the patient feels undesirable. Please see the Marshall Cosmétique Liposuction page for detailed information on this procedure.
- Purification. When Dr. Marshall has removed a sufficient amount of fat, she then places the harvested tissue in a centrifuge to be purified. The centrifuge separates impurities and toxins from the fat so it is suitable to be placed back into the donor.
- Lipofilling. The cleansed adipose tissue is collected into syringes and is then injected back into the donor at the specific area(s) the patient felt needed augmentation.
- Recovery. After receiving lipofilling at Marshall Cosmétique, you should expect the area in an around the incision(s) to show swelling, fluid retention and even bruising for a period of 2-3 weeks. A compression garment may be used to reduce swelling and compress the skin. You may also receive drainage tubes to flush out excess blood and/or fluid that may have collected during surgery.
When Can you Return to Work?
Usually performed on an outpatient basis, most patients recover from lipofilling quickly. Most people return to work within a few days and resume normal activity within about two weeks.
Risks. Like any surgical procedure, there are health risks that accompany elective lipofilling surgery. Common complications include but are not limited to:
- Uneven contours
- Skin damage/irregularities or nerve damage
- Blood clots
- Excessive fluid loss or fluid accumulation
- Unfavorable scarring