Liposuction for fat transfer
Who is a good candidate for liposuction
The best candidate for liposuction is a patient who is close to their ideal body weight and has localized areas of fat that are diet and exercise resistant and have realistic expectations. Patients are not advised to gain weight for fat transfer.
What are the best areas for liposuction
It’s important to know that our bodies are not made the same and that an area that is good for liposuction on one patient, may not be good a good area for another patient. When choosing an area for liposuction, Dr. Urzola consider factors such as age and amount of children, although these factors do not exclude you from liposuction, but they do play a part in the elasticity of your skin.
When looking for a donor site for fat transfer Dr. Urzola looks for:
Areas with minimal amounts of excess skin (liposuction removes fat not skin).
Areas that have good skin elasticity. A good indicator of reasonable skin tone is the lack of stretch marks or loose skin.
Areas that have stubborn fat.
Areas that have not had liposuction in the past.
What are realistic expectations from liposuction
The first thing to note is that, liposuction cannot be used to eliminate stretch marks or cellulite from the skin, but is instead useful to remove fat concentrations from specific areas in the body.
Patients should understand that losing or gaining weight after the procedure will affect results.
It is important to note that liposuction is not a solution for weight loss. Thus, patients cannot opt for the surgery as an alternative to diet and exercise.
While the results of liposuction last for a lifetime and are permanent, the fat cells that remain after the procedure can grow bigger if the individual puts on weight.
Type of liposuction used for fat transfer:
Dr. Urzola uses the tumescent liposuction technique for fat transfer patients. The tumescent technique entails infiltrating large volumes of fluid containing dilute amounts of medicine into the fatty tissues prior to performing the liposuction procedure. The purpose of this fluid is to provide numbing of the area to be liposuctioned as well as minimizing chances of bleeding and bruising during and after the procedure. This type of liposuction is the best method for fat survival for those patients having fat transfer.