The lipofilling of the body is a surgical technique that involves taking the own fat from certain areas of the body in which it is naturally present in greater quantities as abdomen, hips, thighs, and his transfer, after adequate treatment, and in other regions of the body where it will be necessary, such as, for example, buttocks, calves and legs .
What blemishes can be eliminated with this type of intervention?
The lipofilling of the body is indicated to correct volume deficits, shaping surfaces, improve some projections. It is particularly suitable to redefine the gluteal region ( lipofilling of the buttocks ), to correct any asymmetries or excessive thinness of the legs in men and women , especially the calf, for the rejuvenation of the hands or of the male or genital region female. At the breast level it is widely used both in cosmetic surgery and in reconstructive surgery after breast cancer. More generally, thanks to the richness in stem cells of the adipose tissue, lipofilling determines an overall aesthetic improvement of the treated region.
ARE THERE ANY AGE LIMITS FOR SUBJECTING LIPOFILLING OF THE BODY?
There are no age limits to undergo lipofilling. It is preferable, however, to wait for the completion of body development in order to better identify the areas to be treated, their extension and the amount of fatty tissue to be infiltrated. Most of the patients who undergo a lipofilling intervention are aged between 20 and 60 but this method is also successfully performed in people between 60 and 80 years of age.
WHO IS THIS TYPE OF INTERVENTION INDICATED FOR?
The most suitable candidates for lipofilling of the body are men and women who need a remodeling characterized by a volumetric deficit in specific body areas where it is possible with the intervention of lipofilling to restore natural convexity. Among the many examples, we can mention lean legs in men and also in women.
WHAT OTHER INTERVENTIONS CAN BE CARRIED OUT TOGETHER WITH BODY LIPOFILLING?
Lipofilling in certain areas of the body can be performed alone or in combination with other cosmetic or reconstructive plastic surgery in the same body district.
WHAT ARE THE RISKS AND COMPLICATIONS OF THIS TYPE OF INTERVENTION?
The lipofilling bodyit is a relatively simple, safe, micro invasive and easily repeatable procedure in case of partial reabsorption of the implanted fat. Numerous studies published in the most prestigious world journals of Plastic Surgery have definitively overcome the perplexities that wanted breast lipofilling responsible for a possible diagnostic delay in breast cancer. However, body lipofilling remains a real surgery where the rare complications (bleeding, infection) can be easily resolved only if the intervention is performed by a specialist in plastic surgery within duly authorized structures. To reduce these risks, however, it is very important to follow the advice and instructions provided by the surgeon before and after surgery.
HOW IS THE PREOPERATIVE VISIT DONE?
The intervention is scheduled by the plastic surgeon, after an accurate medical history to assess lifestyle and any pathological states, through an accurate clinical examination during which the areas to be treated are identified, their extent and the amount of adipose tissue to be infiltrate. The most suitable areas for taking the fat are then evaluated, also in agreement with the patient. The planning of the intervention is completed with the elaboration of a precise pre-operative design of the areas concerned. Before the operation, the patient will receive specific instructions on pre and post-operative nutrition, on the intake of drugs, alcohol and cigarettes.
WHAT TYPE OF ANESTHESIA IS PRACTICED?
The choice of the type of anesthesia will depend on the duration of the procedure and may be local with sedation (this means that the patient will be awake and relaxed but insensitive to pain) or general. The same elements will condition the hospitalization regime which may be in day hospital or provide a stay in the health facility for the first post-operative night.
ARE THE ENGRAVINGS VISIBLE?
The scarring results are substantially invisible in clinical practice, located in well-hidden areas in the sampling sites following incisions of a few millimeters, carried out to introduce the cannula for aspirating the fat. In the receiving sites there is no scarring results since lipofilling is performed by micro cannulas without any incision.
HOW LONG DOES THE INTERVENTION LAST?
The duration of a body lipofilling procedure is usually between thirty minutes and two hours, depending on the extent and number of areas to be treated. The surgery is not painful. The surgical procedure ends with an elastic compression bandage to reduce any hematomas or edemas in the immediate post-operative period.
WHAT IS THE POST-OPERATIVE LIPOFILLING COURSE?
In the post-operative period, the use of a compression sheath is foreseen, to reduce any bruising or swelling, which is generally maintained for three weeks after the operation. Also in the post-operative period there may be a slight soreness of the treated areas, which can however be controlled with commonly used painkillers. The return to normal activities is gradual, over a few weeks. The result, appreciable already after the first three weeks, will be definitively achieved after about six months from the intervention.
WHAT TYPE OF RESULT CAN BE OBTAINED?
The result of a body lipofilling surgery is generally very satisfactory. The duration of the lipofilling result , after partial resorption variable from individual to individual, is permanent. Just the partial reabsorption, constitutes the only limit of this intervention which however remains the only valid for certain areas of the body where alternative solutions are practically absent.
The cost of lipofilling is very variable and this depends on the area or areas to be treated and is often associated with a liposculpture. It is one thing, for example, to do a lipofilling of a small scar or lips and one thing is to do a lipofilling of the buttock or face or the whole body.
The cost of lipofilling can vary from a few hundred euros up to € 8000.
BODY LIPOFILLING FAQ
Q. How do you apply for body lipofilling surgery funding?
A. It is possible to request the payment in installments of the body’s lipofilling intervention , asking your cosmetic surgeon what are the methods of financing cosmetic surgery in cases where there is no immediate financial availability to pay for an intervention.
Q. Are there any contraindications to body lipofilling? Which ones are they?
There are no real contraindications to lipofilling if not contraindications to any surgery. The only conceivable “contraindication” is the fact that the fat is sometimes reabsorbed in the first three months a little more than planned and this entails having to do a retouch of the already performed intervention. Resorption is not programmable, it is subjective and therefore cannot be estimated in advance.