Plastic surgeries are gaining popularity and acceptance among Filipino. In 2018, the list of top plastic surgery procedures in Philippines includes liposuction, facelift, and breast augmentation. If you are considering undergoing any of these, you have probably searched about different options for doing the procedure, such as traditional facelifts and implant-based augmentations. However, these are not the only options you have for your surgery. In Philippines, these plastic surgeries can also be done through fat grafting/ fat transfer.
Fat Grafting/ Fat Transfer Philippines
Fat Grafting, also known as Fat Transfer, is a surgical procedure that removes fat from other parts of the body through liposuction and injects it into specific areas of the body, such as breasts, face, and buttocks, to reshape them.
The fat grafting procedure is divided into three main steps: fat harvesting, fat processing, and fat placement.
First, fat harvesting collects fat from a donor area of the patient. The donor sites are usually the thighs, belly, or buttocks. The manual method using thin liposuction cannulas is the recommended technique during the fat harvesting stage, as laser or ultrasonic liposuction may damage fat cells during extraction.
Next, during the fat processing stage, the harvested fat goes under decantation and centrifugation, which separates debris, excess fluid, blood, and dead cells from the adipose fat cells. The fat discarded in these processes are fat cells that will likely not thrive after grafting and might even cause problems to the good cells. It is done to make sure that the fat cells used for placement are living and healthy.
Lastly, fat placement. Here, the fat is reinjected to the tissue of the recipient area through small droplets to ensure that there will be good blood supply so that the fat graft survives. The amount of fat injected depends on the patient’s specifics and where the fat is being processed.
Fat Transfer Applications
Fat grafting can be applied to different parts of the body to improve the shape, size, and overall look. Here are some of the common areas for fat grafting:
Fat grafting can increase your breast size by one or two cup sizes. The procedure also corrects breast asymmetry. It can be done to repair breast tissue that may have been damaged by radiation, and/or treat implant capsular contractures.
Through fat grafting, you can restore the youthful appearance of your face by adding volume to the hollowed out or wrinkled areas, such as the area below the eyes and the smile lines. The process helps repair scars and improve the texture of the skin. You can also choose to add volume to the cheeks, giving you the appearance of having higher cheekbones.
Fat grafting can also be done for what they call a “Brazilian butt lift”, or the augmentation of the buttocks, to make it look fuller and perkier.
With fat grafting, you can reduce wrinkles and rejuvenate the appearance of your hands. As well as provide padding to hands that appear to be bony.
Candidate for Fat Transfer
Before deciding to undergo fat grafting, there are things you must consider beforehand to make sure that you are eligible for the procedure. Here are some of the requirements that a candidate for fat grafting should meet:
- Candidate must have an adequate amount of fat to harvest in donor areas.
- Candidate must have good overall health, both physically and mentally.
- Candidate must be sure to not have any medical conditions that can affect the body’s healing ability like autoimmune diseases and cardiovascular conditions.
- Candidate must not be a smoker or are prepared to quit smoking for several weeks, before and after the procedure.
- The procedure cannot be done to someone who is pregnant and/or nursing.
It is also important to have realistic expectations about the possible outcome of the procedure. The result might not be perfect for what you are expecting and it may take two or more sessions to achieve the desired result. Commonly, it takes 6 months for fat transfer to fully take effect because the body reabsorbs some of the injected fat a few months after the procedure.
Advantage of Fat Grafting
People opt for fat grafting in Philippines for several reasons and advantages such as:
Improves Overall Body Shape
Fat grafting removes fat from a specific area of the body and transfers it to another. It improves your silhouette by decreasing volume from unwanted areas and increasing the volume in desired parts of the body.
No Implant-Based Risks
Implants carry certain types of risks. With fat grafting, you can avoid instances like implant rupture, rippling, and capsular contracture.
Control Over Volume
Fat transfer lets you and your surgeon control the volume of fat that will be placed in certain parts of your body. For example, in breast augmentation, the patient has control of the volume of fat to reshape the breast, unlike breast implants where the size is based on the size of the implants.
As your body ages, the area where the fat transfer was applied will maintain the natural look because the volume comes from natural fat cells.
Less Risk of Allergies
There is less risk of developing allergic reactions in fat grafting because the procedure uses natural fat cells.
Fat transfer cause minimal and unnoticeable scars, unlike other procedures that require an incision.
Things to Consider
Despite its advantages, there are still things you need to consider before undergoing fat grafting in Philippines. Here are some of the possible risks of fat transfer procedures:
Calcification is the development of calcium salts in the body tissue, blood vessels, and/or organs that may occur due to fat injections. Some calcium build-up is harmless, while some can cause complications and disrupt organ function. For instance, calcification may interfere with breast cancer screenings because it absorbs the X-rays from mammograms.
Despite having control over the volume of fat transferred to other parts of the body, the final result still depends on the amount of fat cells the patient has, as well as the recommended volume per area: breast (25cc-400cc, each breast), face (10cc – 100cc), buttocks (200cc-1300cc+, each cheek), hands (5-10cc, per extremity). There is a possibility that the procedure may not achieve the desired result.
Takes More than 1 Procedure
The desired result may not be achieved in only 1 session of fat grafting. It usually takes 2 or more sessions before getting results.
Imperfect or Unnatural Appearance
There is a possibility of having lumps, nodules, indentations and other irregularities in the area where fat is harvested if the procedure is not done correctly.
Such risks and complications can be avoided by ensuring that you will be under the capable hands of an experienced surgeon. It is also important to make sure that the equipment and devices to be used during the procedure are sterile, safe, and reliable. One trusted brand when it comes to fat transfer in Philippines is Puregraft.
PureGraft For Fat Transfer
Puregraft is a fat purifying device, used for fat transfer procedures, that provides a reliable fat purification standard.
The brand has gone through over ten years of tests and trials, ensuring that its filtration technology has reduced the possibility of risks from fat grafting procedures. It can dialyze the collected fat graft and filter 97% of contaminants such as lipids, blood, and other fluids. Puregraft’s optimization of fat tissue purity creates viable fat cells and lengthen the fat graft’s retention rate. It makes the whole process safer and sterile, decreasing the risk of infection.
Puregraft can hold small, medium, and large volumes of fat, ranging from 30ml to 850ml. Its advanced technology reduces surgical time while still having excellent results. It only takes 10-15 minutes to process volumes between 50ml to 850ml.
Puregraft is built under three principles called The 3 S:
Puregraft uses a closed-system design to purify fat tissue gently, preserving the regenerative properties of the fat cells. There is no need for re-sterilization because Puregraft bags are disposable after use.
The brand is proven to remove 97% of contaminants from the harvested fat tissues. It has lesser lipid content, lesser white blood cell (WBC) content and lesser red blood cell (RBC) content, making it a cleaner graft. It decreases the contaminant level and increases fat graft retention rates.
Puregraft utilizes a simple 4-step process:
- Add lipoaspirate
- Wash with lactated ringers
- Drain free lipids and other contaminants
- Remove graft for volumizing and contouring
It saves time and staff needed, while still maintaining high performance, high graft retention, and better grafting results.
To know more about Puregraft, you can check it out on the K-Talyst Singapore website.