Fat Transfer Through extensive liposuction of the abdomen and the flanks, and lipofilling of the gluteal area and the hips, a curvy female body contour can be accentuated. If the body fat constitution allows for it, liposculpture is the preferred technique for hip augmentation.
Fat transfer is when fat is taken from another part of your body and injected into the problem area, in this case the hips.
Dr. Doornaert has performed extensive research on the topic of lipofilling at the university in Ghent, Belgium.
Contras of fat transfer for hip augmentation
- No fat—Since the fat comes from the patient’s own body, fat transfer is not ideal for patients with very little body fat.
- Limited volume—The downside to this type of hip augmentation is that the transferred fat cells must get a healthy supply of blood to remain alive. Since pressure is detrimental for the surviving fat cells, there are limits to the amount of fat that can be injected in one procedure. This procedure also takes longer, since fat must be harvested from another area of the body.
Pros of fat transfer for hip augmentation
- A benefit to this type of procedure, along with enhanced hips, is a trimmer midsection (or whichever area of the body from which the surgeon decides to transfer fat).
Procedure of hip augmentation with fat transfer
- After the procedure, it is necessary to avoid pressure on the lipofilled areas to allow for maximum fat survival.
- Conversely, a pressure garment is indicated for the compression of liposuction areas. Around the flanks the bandage should be worn for 2-3 weeks. If liposuction is performed from the legs, bliposculpture pants are worn for 6 weeks.
- No wound care is necessary.
- No sports for 3 weeks
- Compliance is VERY important after these procedures. You will receive specific guidelines where to avoid pressure, and what not to do. No matter how perfect the surgery, complications will arise if the post-operative guidelines are not met.
- Less volume than hoped—A second session may be scheduled to top up any shortfall in volume. There are many factors that determine how long fat grafting lasts. Your body naturally absorbs fat, so the surgeon must over-inject initially, and success rates can vary considerably. However, some fat is reabsorbed by the body and sometimes only a certain percentage is permanent although newer techniques are showing an increased longevity
- If you gain weight in the future—If you gain a considerable amount of weight after fat grafting, it may show up in the area that was treated.
What is the price of hip augmentation by fat transfer?
Prices can vary depending on what you need but in general the following price list gives you a good indication.
FAQ hip augmentation by fat transfer
Dr Bart van de Ven (FFS) travels to different European cities for consultations twice every month, but surgery is only performed in Antwerp, Belgium. Dr Maarten Doornaert (BFS) on occasion also travels for consultations, but also only performs surgery in Antwerp.
It doesn’t happen often, but should there be a complication during your stay, you can notify Petra (our permanent resident) or one of the night nurses and they will get in contact with the surgeon if they can’t help you themselves. There will always be someone by your side.
When you leave our clinic, you will receive the phone number of the surgeon in case a complication were to arise later on.
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You can continue your HRT treatment before, during and after your FFS. You will receive an anti-thrombotic injection the day before surgery to prevent blood clotting. We prefer you to continue taking your hormones because FFS is emotionally already perturbing enough without messing with your hormone balance.
Only for implant surgery of the buttock and hips we ask to stop one week before the surgery. The day after surgery you can continue your HRT treatment. This because this type of surgery implies some immobilisation (obliged) after the surgery. In this case the risk for blood clots is higher.
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