Fat transfer techniques are the medicine of the future as it is possible to use an individual’s own stem cells and growth factors from their fat to replace, repair or regenerate injured or ageing tissues and restore volume in the face, without the need for a synthetically modified product.

Mr Olivier Amar has been collaborating with his father, Dr R. E. Amar – the pioneer of the Facial Autologous Muscular Injection (FAMI) for over 20 years. He now works at the forefront of research in this field. He is renowned for his light tough with eye surgery, and has pioneered face and body sculpting techniques through his use of liposuction and fat transfer. He is a huge advocate of using our own body tissues for regenerating our bodies and faces.

What is super enriched fat transfer with SVF stem cells?

Surgical fat transfer is a cosmetic procedure to move fat from one part of the body to another. Also known as ‘fat grafting’, the aim is to remove unwanted fat from one area (such as the tummy or thighs) and use it to smoothen or increase the size of another area (such as the breasts or face).

The technique harvests fat from the body and extracts the most valuable source of stem cells, it then transfers those enriched cells into another area to help plump out and rejuvenate the overlying skin.

Why consider super enriched fat transfer with SVF stem cells?

Super enriched fat transfer with SVF stem cells can be used deep in the skin to volumise and enhance the cheekbones, chin and jawline for a naturally sculpted, youthful appearance.

A fat grafting procedure can be used on any areas that may be lacking in volume, such as your face, hands, breasts or buttocks. It’s a safe, long-lasting, well-tolerated procedure produces natural-looking results. At the same time, it is recommended for the treatment of many superficial signs of ageing and of skin damage. These can include:

  • Lines and wrinkles
  • Dry and dehydrated skin
  • Sagging and loss of elasticity
  • Large pores
  • Acne scarring
  • Scarring
  • Loss of radiance and glow

We have this wonderful tissue available to us, in the form of our own fat. You can think of tissue transfer – taking fat from one part of the body to another – like recycling.

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What happens during the procedure?

Mr Olivier Amar will remove some fat from your body, usually from the abdomen or thighs, using a fine micro cannula for your comfort. Alternatively, if you are planning Liposuction, you can use fat already taken during that procedure.

Your extracted fat is then spun and filtered in a centrifuge to extract SV Stromal Vascular Fraction (SVF). This liquid is then mixed with purified fat to form a natural filler.

Can any other procedures be done at the same time?

Mr Olivier Amar can perform liposuction at the same time to help remove stubborn fat and leave you with a slimmer and firmer silhouette.

Can my fat be stored for future treatments?

Fat storage has recently become available in the UK. If all the fat taken from you is not used in a single procedure, Mr Olivier Amar is happy to discuss the option of storing it for possible future treatments.

What form of anaesthetic will be used?

A small quantity fat transfer may be performed under local anaesthetic, however more extensive fat grafting is performed under total intravenous anaesthesia (TIVA). A technique of anaesthesia which uses a combination of agents given exclusively via the intravenous route without the use of gas anaesthesia. This means you will sleep comfortably throughout the procedure and wake immediately afterwards with a significantly reduced likelihood of feeling groggy or nauseous. The anaesthesia will be explained to you by your anaesthetist during the preoperative consultation.

What effect can smoking and alcohol have on my fat grafting results?

Certain lifestyle factors can increase the risk of complications during and after your surgery. The most common impact of smoking before your surgery is that it increases your chances of developing an infection and inhibits your body’s natural healing processes.

We insist that all patients stop smoking and using nicotine products at least six weeks before surgery. Reducing alcohol intake is also strongly advised. This is particularly important for fat grafting surgery in which the fat’s viability post-procedure is materially reduced in a smoker population.

How many of my fat cells will survive?

Between 50 and 70 percent of fat cells survive the transfer process, establishing a blood supply, meaning the results are permanent. Mr Olivier Amar will allow for this in his initial evaluation of the amount to be injected.

How long does the surgery take?

The length of the procedure varies according to the amount of fat to be re-injected and may take between 60-120 minutes.

Am I required to wear specific clothing following surgery?

After fat transfer surgery, you will need to wear a soft, elastic, compression garment for between three and six weeks to support recovery during the healing period which is easy to hide under your clothes. A compression garment helps with skin retraction and to reduce swelling as the surgical area is healing.

What can I expect after super enriched fat transfer with SVF stem cells?

Fat transfer is a straightforward and minimally invasive procedure. As a result, there is minimal downtime required and after the operation pain is usually mild.

Initially there will be bruising in the fat harvesting and reinjection areas, this should settle down between ten and 20 days but continues to improve with time. Swelling appears in the first few days after surgery, this should settle down between 5 and 15 days. Mild discomfort can last up to 4 weeks, but gradually subsides over the next 4 to 8 weeks.

You will be asked to come in for a post-operative nurse appointment one week after your surgery. At this point your incision sites will be reviewed, and your preliminary healing will be assessed. You will come back at six week after surgery to be reviewed by Mr Olivier Amar.

How long do I have to wait to return to normal activities following the surgery?

Depending on your type of daily activity, you will usually be able to resume your normal activities after two to ten days and return to gentle exercise after two to three weeks. Strenuous activity should be avoided for at least 2-weeks. Your surgeon will discuss this with you in further detail at your consultation.