Lipofilling

Since liposuction exits, fat cells are being transferred from one part of the body to others requiring fillings. This autogenous reinjection of fat is called lipofilling, or lipomodelling. The guide-line is to achieve a genuine self-grafting of fat cells previously taken from the patient’s own body.

The vast majority of hollows, whether they are naturals, caused by aging, trauma, or even resulting from a medical treatment, can be filled by lipofilling.

Details

The technique used is determined accordingly to the treated case by the surgeon in charge in order to achieve the best results. Various areas can be treated by this technique:

Concerning the face structure
readjustment of the volumes of the cheeks, cheekbones, lips or jaw line
treatment of facial wrinkles,
complementary treatment of a cervicofacial lift
Concerning the body structure
fillings of an irregular aspect resulting from a liposuction
readjustment of the buttocks curves
Lipofilling is a grafting technique using living cells. This surgery provides long-term results as the grafted fat cells remain alive in the body as long as the surrounding tissues are. The requested condition being that the technique is properly executed and that the graft has taken i.e. is deemed successful.

Will allow to carefully choose the sampling area and to evaluate the requested volume needed to treat the receiving area.

The fat cells are carefully sucked through an adapted sampling cannula -with a gauge corresponding to the size of the selected fat particles to be used-, introduced inside a discrete incision made within natural creases. An eligible and ideally located area containing excess fat will be preferred among others so that the residual scars remain as discreet as possible

The fat that can be grafted is then dissociated with a short centrifugation method (taking few minutes only) from the unsustainable cells for reinjection. The fat cells are reinjected with extremely small cannulas adapted to the chosen treatment (volumising treatment or the filling of fine wrinkles). The junction area between the host cellular tissues and the reintroduced fat is optimised by the following technique: microparticles of fat cells are grafted at different, multiple and various levels and directions. This method increases the survival rate of the injected fat cells.

After surgery, the patient may experience minor pains. During the first two postoperative days, an oedema may appear to completely resorb itself within 5 to 15 days. The grafted areas can also have bruises that will appear within the first hours following the operation. These will gradually disappear within 10 to 20 days.

This operation being benign, the patient usually recovers quickly its fit condition. However, it is important to stress that the size of the bruising and the oedema can affect the social, family or work life. Hence, we recommend adjustments to be made and prepared.

The patient will begin to appreciate the result two to three weeks after the operation, the time needed for the bruising and oedema to resolve.

The final results will be visible three to six months after the operation. It is important to note at this stage that the graft being successfully made since not rejected, the reinjected fat tissue can be affected by the variations of the weight. Treated areas can therefore widen or flatten following the gain or loss of weight from the patient.