Who Should Avoid Undergoing Fat Implants?
People who find themselves befitting the following categories should avoid undergoing a fat implant procedure:
People who have a weak immune system or are suffering from any serious medical conditions like heart diseases, diabetes should not opt for this procedure.
People who are intolerant to anesthesia are not ideal candidates as it may create complications such as nausea, vomiting and allergic reactions.
People who do not have sufficient fat to be harvested from any area of their body may not see the desired results.
People who have faced problems with healing and unnatural scar formation in the past might not be ideal candidates for fat implant surgery.
What Are The Alternatives To Fat Implants?
Cosmetic implant surgery
Based on the location and quantity of fat involved, different procedures are as follows:
Buttock implant surgery - The time it takes to complete the procedure depends on the size of the implants. The surgeon will make small incisions (cuts) in the buttock and create a cavity under the skin/muscle. Solid silicone implants are inserted into the cavities and the incisions are stitched closed.
Pectoral implant surgery - The surgeon makes a small incision underneath the armpit, creates a cavity beneath the muscle and inserts the implant. For men, pectoral implants are made of solid silicone, unlike breast implants for women, which are softer. Incisions are closed with stitches.
Weight gain and weight training
Most people choose to have implants because they think their body part (buttocks, pectoral, thigh, abdomen, breast etc) looks too small or flat. Yet, this may be due to the structure of the person’s body rather than the shape of the body part itself. Weight training is a temporary and and long drawn alternative to a fat transfer surgery.
Does Fat Implants Lead To Scarring?
Getting silicone implants in your buttocks or chest will immediately change and define the body part’s shape and size. The results and scarring are permanent. The results of a fat implant, however, are only semi-permanent because the body can sometimes re-absorb the injected fat. Top-up injections may be required.
A scar due to any implant procedure generally won't be noticeable. A cosmetic surgeon will make every effort to keep incisions as minimal as possible and try to hide them in the natural lines, creases and folds of the skin. The scars will fade over time in around a year.
What Are The Temporary Side-effects Of Fat Implants?
The risks related to a fat implant procedure depend on the area where it is performed. Some of the general complications are :
Bruising- As a fat implant is a surgical procedure, though minimally invasive, some bruising is bound to occur. This is likely to fade away once the healing process begins after 2-3 days of the surgery.
Scarring- Since fat cells are sucked out by liposuction, which involves minimal incisions, the scars are small and barely noticeable. They will fade away in a short time and will be barely perceptible.
Numbness- It is common to have numbness or tingling sensations in the treated area. The fat which is grafted can cause the neighbouring nerves to swell, leading to the numb sensation. This will get better in 2 weeks when the nerves begin to settle.
Swelling- A fat implant procedure can often be accompanied by swelling. The larger the volume of the fat grafted, the more pronounced the swelling is likely to be. This can occur both at the harvested area and the area where the fat has been transferred. The swelling will go down as the healing completes.
How To Choose A Surgeon For A Fat Implants Procedure?
After deciding to undergo a fat implant surgery, it is crucial to choose the right surgeon. While the risks associated with fat implant are minimal, choosing a skilled surgeon is necessary to have the desired outcome. Also, the duration for which your results will last depends on the skill of your surgeon. You should carefully look into the educational qualifications of the surgeon and the techniques he employs for carrying out the surgery. It would be wise to choose one who has good experience in fat implants.
An ideal surgeon would be the one who carefully analyses your imperfections and discusses the pros and cons for your undergoing the procedure. Since a crucial part of the surgery is extracting the fat to be transferred, he should be an expert in fat removal.
As a fat implant surgery can be performed on different areas of the body, there can be fat implant specialists for different body parts. Make sure that you choose the surgeon who specialises in performing the fat implant surgery in the particular area that you have chosen.
A good way to ensure that you choose the right surgeon is by choosing an accredited hospital. A medical facility, accredited by organisations such as the JCI will not hire doctors who are not sufficiently qualified to perform the procedure with precision. This will also ensure that the procedure will be carried out using the latest techniques and all safety standards would be in place. In medical tourism destinations like Thailand, UAE, India, Malaysia, hospitals have surgeons who have been trained in the best medical institutions of the west.