Fat transfer is a suitable treatment if you are looking to restore lost volume and/or improve your body contour. In this minimally invasive procedure, fat is removed from one area and then injected to the area of concern.
Your surgeon will recommend a treatment specifically designed to meet your needs and wishes.
This is an informal consultation between you and Dr Silva to understand your objectives and discuss the options available to you along with the potential outcomes. It may be possible to provide a quote at this time.
You will meet the surgeon. The procedure will be discussed further and a treatment option chosen. The surgeon will discuss what you can expect before, during and after the operation and will also discuss what you must do pre- and post-operatively. You will be quoted a price for the procedure and the procedure date will be booked.
Once you are happy to go ahead with the procedure you will attend for a full medical history and examination. All pre-operative forms will be completed and you will receive a pre and post procedure information leaflet. You will also be reviewed by an anaesthetist at this appointment.
This is the final pre-operative consultation on the day of the procedure. Written consent will be obtained and countersigned by the operating surgeon and your pre-operative photographs will be taken on this day.
After you have booked your operation, it is important that you consider the following:
You must eat healthily and do a reasonable amount of routine exercises. During this period we recommend that you:
Other specific instructions relating to your medication will be discussed at your medical consultation.
Please ensure you follow the specific instructions given to you by the anaesthetist at the medical consultation.
You must not eat or drink for at least 6-8 hours prior to the start of the operation.
Should you feel unwell, develop flu-like symptoms, a cough or fever the day before the operation, please inform us at your earliest convenience as your procedure may need to be postponed.
Immediately after surgery you should avoid any heavy lifting.
Drink plenty of water in the first 24-48 hours following your operation to replace fluid lost during the procedure.
You will need to wear a compression garment for at least 4-6 weeks and you are likely to experience some pain and discomfort, but this should subside as the period of recovery progresses.
Occasionally bruising can occur, and may last for approximately 2 weeks. The length of your recovery will depend greatly on the procedure and your individual baseline health.
Take care when washing around the surgical area.
The follow-up appointments are highly important and must be attended for wound management. Failing to follow the post-surgical guidelines and attend your appointments is likely to adversely affect the outcome of your surgery and may put your health at risk.
Am I a suitable candidate for the operation?
This will be discussed during your consultation with your surgeon. The ideal candidate will have lost volume in certain small areas either through weight loss or age.
How long will the results last?
This depends from person to person but the results usually last between 3-5 years.
Will I feel any pain after the operation?
You are likely to feel some discomfort following the operation; however this will subside as your recovery continues. Medication can be taken to deal with any pain or discomfort.
How soon after my operation can I continue with normal daily activities?
Recovery usually takes between 10-14 days although this varies from person to person. If you abide by the advice given regarding post-operative recovery, this will maximise your chance of a quick recovery.