Fat transfer, also known as fat grafting or fat injection, is a natural form of cosmetic surgery that involves the transfer of fat from one part of the body to another. This procedure is designed to enhance or augment the transferred area by using the patient’s own fat cells. Dr. Veerle Rotsaert believes that fat transfer is the most natural and effective way to achieve desired results.
During the fat transfer procedure, Dr. V begins by performing liposuction on a donor area where excess fat is present. Common donor areas include the abdomen, thighs, or hips. The harvested fat is carefully processed to remove impurities and excess fluids. Dr. Veerle takes great care in ensuring that the fat cells are preserved and handled delicately to maximise their survival rate.
Once the fat is prepared, she injects it into the targeted area to create a more desirable shape, add volume, or address specific aesthetic concerns. Fat transfer is a versatile procedure that can be customised to meet each patient’s unique needs and desires. Whether you are seeking breast augmentation with smaller implants or wish to restore volume after a mastectomy, fat transfer can offer long-lasting results.
Pre-procedure Preparation: If you’re considering a fat transfer procedure with Dr Veerle Rotsaert, it’s important to schedule a consultation to discuss your concerns and goals. During this consultation, Dr V will evaluate the areas where fat transfer is desired and assess your suitability for the procedure. She will explain the fat transfer process in detail, including the liposuction and fat injection techniques involved. Dr Veerle Rotsaert will provide guidance on pre-procedure preparations, which may include certain medical tests and adjustments to medications, to ensure a safe and successful surgery.
Risks and Potential Complications: Fat transfer, like any surgical procedure, carries certain risks. Dr Veerle Rotsaert believes in providing her patients with transparent and accurate information. During your consultation, she will explain the potential risks and complications associated with fat transfer, such as infection, bleeding, asymmetry, or changes in sensation. However, with her expertise and precise surgical techniques, Dr V aims to minimise these risks and ensure a safe and successful procedure.
Pre-procedure Instructions: Dr Veerle Rotsaert will provide you with detailed pre-procedure instructions to follow before your fat transfer. These instructions may include guidelines on medication management, dietary restrictions, and lifestyle modifications to optimise your safety and surgical outcome. It’s crucial to follow these instructions carefully and address any questions or concerns you may have with Dr V’s team to ensure a smooth and successful procedure.
Preparing for Recovery: Proper preparation for the recovery period is essential for a successful fat transfer. Dr Veerle Rotsaert will provide you with personalised guidance on how to prepare for your recovery, including arranging for assistance with daily activities, ensuring you have comfortable post-operative garments, and understanding the healing process. Dr V will provide you with detailed instructions on post-operative care, including guidelines for managing swelling, bruising, and discomfort. Throughout your recovery, Dr Veerle Rotsaert and her team will be there to support you and monitor your progress.
Questions to Ask: When considering fat transfer, it’s important to have all your questions addressed. Here are some key questions to ask Dr Veerle Rotsaert during your consultation:
The fat transfer procedure can be performed using either local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia. The choice of anesthesia depends on several factors, including the extent of the procedure, your comfort level, and my professional judgment.
Local anesthesia with sedation involves numbing the donor and recipient areas while keeping you relaxed and comfortable throughout the surgery. General anesthesia, on the other hand, allows you to sleep through the entire procedure without feeling any pain or discomfort. During our pre-operative consultation, we will discuss the anesthesia options in detail and determine the most suitable approach for your specific case.
The duration of a fat transfer procedure varies depending on the extent of the surgery and the areas being treated. Generally, the procedure can take anywhere from one to three hours. However, it is important to remember that I prioritise attention to detail and precision, so the actual duration may vary.
After undergoing fat transfer surgery, you can expect to see initial results immediately. However, it is important to keep in mind that some of the transferred fat may be reabsorbed by the body during the healing process. The final results will become more apparent as the swelling subsides and the newly transferred fat settles into its new location.
To optimise your recovery and achieve the best possible results, it is crucial to follow the post-operative instructions provided. Dr. V will provide you with detailed guidelines on how to care for the treated areas, including information on pain management, dressing changes, and any necessary restrictions on physical activities.
During the recovery period, it is normal to experience swelling, bruising, and some discomfort. These side effects are temporary and should gradually improve over time. It is important to attend follow-up appointments with me so that I can monitor your progress and address any concerns or questions you may have.
The recovery time following fat transfer surgery can vary depending on the extent of the procedure and individual healing capabilities. In general, most patients are able to resume normal daily activities within a week or two. However, it is essential to avoid strenuous exercise or activities that may put excessive strain on the treated areas for several weeks.
Dr V will provide you with specific instructions tailored to your case to ensure a smooth recovery. It is important to be patient with your body’s healing process and allow yourself ample time to rest and recuperate. By following the recommended guidelines, you can help minimise complications and promote optimal results.
One of the advantages of fat transfer surgery is the minimisation of visible scars. The incisions made for liposuction to harvest the fat are typically small and strategically placed to be inconspicuous. During the injection of the fat into the targeted area, tiny cannulas are used, further reducing the likelihood of noticeable scarring.
Dr. V prioritises the aesthetic outcome of each procedure, paying meticulous attention to incision placement and closure techniques. By employing delicate tissue handling methods and using fine sutures, I aim to create imperceptible scars that fade over time and blend with your natural skin texture.
“Fat transfer is a procedure that holds a special place in my heart as a plastic surgeon. I believe in its ability to achieve natural and long-lasting results for my patients. It is a technique that combines the benefits of liposuction with the ability to enhance or augment another area of the body.
When I perform fat transfer surgery, my focus is on tailoring the procedure to meet each patient’s unique needs and desires. I approach each surgery with a meticulous attention to detail and a deep understanding of the aesthetic goals my patients wish to achieve.
I am passionate about helping my patients enhance their natural beauty while maintaining the utmost professionalism and care. If you are considering fat transfer surgery, I would be honoured to guide you through the process and help you achieve the results you desire.”
The recovery period after fat transfer surgery can vary from patient to patient. In general, most individuals can expect some swelling, bruising, and discomfort for the first few weeks. It is important to follow the post-operative guidelines provided by me to promote a smooth recovery. The full recovery time may take several weeks to a few months, during which you will gradually see the final results.
Dr. Veerle is known for her meticulous approach and personalised treatment plans. She understands that each patient is unique, and takes the time to listen to their concerns and goals. With a deep understanding of the latest advancements in plastic surgery, Dr. Veerle utilises innovative techniques to achieve natural-looking and harmonious results.
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