Mumbai, Oct 21 (UNI) Autologous fat transplant (one's own fat) transfer is today's number one filling agent for loss of volume and creases on our faces and back of hands caused due to ageing, says Dr Purnima D' Souza, a former Chief Consultant in Clinical Cosmetology with Criticare Hospital and Research Centre.
Speaking to reporters, she pointed out, ''As we get older, we start to lose fat from our upper face. This loss of fat and associated loose skin starts to show up in the cheek area, giving us a sad, gloomy look. By placing the fat in the upper third of our face we produce an uplift effect; thereby we reshape the face to the more youthful years.'' ''The backs of the hands can also lose volume. Therefore autologous fat is the ideal filler to rejuvenate the back of the hands, as well as the nasal labial fold (mouth to nose grooves) or any body depression. Since it is the patient's own fat there is no risk of rejection and no possibility of allergic reaction.'' With fat transfer, it was possible to had fat liposuctioned from your thighs, for example, and then transferred to any area of your body. Reinjected fat last longer in larger areas of non-movement, ''so it is very successful for the correction of sunken cheeks, because this area does not move as often. Fat transfer can also correct atrophic aging of the hands, and post-surgical and post-traumatic defects,'' she added.
Dr D'Souza informed that fat transfer was performed on an outpatient basis. Both the area from which the fat was taken, and the treatment site, was anesthetized with a local anesthetic. Using a small needle attached to a syringe, fat was removed from a donor site, where the fat was most tightly packed, such as the abdomen or the buttocks. Once removed, the fat was processed to remove excess fluids, and then reinjected using another needle, which was placed under the skin beneath the wrinkle.
''There is, however, a possibility of complications, including reaction to the anesthesia, infection, haematoma (bleeding under the skin), bleeding -- resulting in increased bruising, temporary swelling and a slight asymmetry in healing or scarring,''she said.