Lipofilling consists of centrifuging and purifying the fat which has been suctioned out of the patient’s body in order to inject it in other areas such as the buttocks, de’collete etc. in order to create volume in those areas.
The procedure was developed so that the surgeon could recreate volume and enhance the silhouette by transplanting autologous fat tissue, thus eliminating the risk of rejection or of reaction to a foreign body.
Before the surgery
Two mandatory consultations will take place. As in the procedure of liposuction, a stable weight that is in the normal range is key to the success of the surgery. Patients need to stop smoking in order to avoid thrombo-embolic accidents, and to assure a good vascularization of the tissues for an optimal engraftment of the fat cells.
A lipostructure or a lipofilling consists of 2 operations:
- A liposuction that will remove fat from some classic liposuction areas such as the saddlebags, the inner part of the thigh, of the knees, the sides and the stomach area. The fat is collected under sterile conditions before being cleaned and filtered. Then it is centrifuged in order to extract the fat cells only and to eliminate blood and liquid fat.
- The second operation consists of injecting the purified fat in the treated areas (buttock, calves…) with very thin cannulas that do not leave any scar.
After the procedure
After a lipofilling, the treated areas should be kept under pressure for a period of 1 month, the same as with a liposuction. The operation is usually painless; however some patient might need basic painkillers. In case of a large lipofilling, a preventive anti-coagulation treatment can be prescribed in order to avoid thrombo-embolic accidents.
The injected fat will be sensitive to weight fluctuations and will loose or gain volume like the rest of the body in case of loss or gain of weight.
Usual activities can begin about 8 days after surgery and sport activities can be resumed progressively after 1 month.
Edema appears in the treated areas. However, it will disappear after a few weeks. The definitive result will be evident in about 6 months.
The first shower is permitted the day after the surgery, but baths should be avoided for 1 month. The scars need to be protected from the sun for a full year after the surgery!
For more information, please consult the fact sheet of the authority of the French Society of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic surgery (Société Française de Chirurgie Plastique Reconstructrice et Esthétique – SOFCPRE).