Liposculpting was first introduced in 1980. The Beverwijk plastic surgery team has 25 years of liposculpting experience. (Greek: Lipos = fat) The word, liposculpture, literally translates into fat sculpting. Of course, this is an artistic term for a surgical procedure in which excess fatty tissue is removed from under the skin (liposuction) in one place and, if necessary, re-inserted under the skin (lipofilling) in another. Although many of us can “sculpt”, this particular type of sculpting is best left to a plastic and reconstructive surgeon who is the most skilled and appropriate specialist for this procedure.
Our plastic surgeons have extensive experience with this technique, not only for cosmetic purposes – they also regularly take care of contouring irregularities and scarring for burn or accident victims or to repair (careless) medical practice. The latest technology is used, which means it is very often possible to securely and permanently correct even the smallest irregularities.
The transplantation of patients’ own fat is also referred to as lipofilling. Over the past 10 years, the use of fatty tissue from the patient for the treatment of a lack of volume in cosmetic and reconstructive procedures has increased tremendously in popularity. Through the improvement of techniques, such as the Coleman method (a plastic surgeon in New York and pioneer in this field), we are now able to bring lasting improvement in contour and volume with minimal risk. The plastic surgeons in Beverwijk have years of experience with transplanting patients’ own fat. Using the latest techniques, this treatment is not only used in cosmetic procedures such as rejuvenation and volume recovery in the face (including the chin, jaw line, nose lip fold, mouth folds, eyelids, cheeks, lips), breasts and other areas of the body, but also for the reconstruction purposes such as retracted scars, trauma, capsular contracture following breast enlargement and after radiation treatment. Important reasons for fat transplantation for reconstructive purposes is the presence of stem cells and other growth factors that are present in fatty tissue. Not only does the fat supplement the lack of volume, but it helps accelerate the healing process; it improves the flexibility of the affected tissue; and the supports the structure mediated by the transplanted fatty tissue.
Fatty tissue is often removed from abdominal or upper legs using small cannulae under local or general anaesthetic. The fat is then purified by centrifugation and the purified fatty tissue (with pure stem cells and growth factors) is injected into the desired locations, also by means of small cannulae.
In the first few days after the treatment there may be swelling around the transplanted area. This swelling will gradually decrease in the days following the procedure. An important part of the injected fat can disappear in the months following the transplantation. This means the final result can be variable and cannot be properly assessed until several months after the procedure. Because we have improved the techniques, the percentage of fat that remains has increased significantly, but in many cases multiple treatment sessions may be required to achieve a satisfactory result. However, an improvement of volume and flexibility will be clearly experienced after the first treatment.
Each surgical procedure, including patient’s own fat transplantation, has associated risks and complications, such as infection and subcutaneous scarring. If you have any questions about whether there might be areas of improvements for you, please do not hesitate to schedule an appointment with one of our plastic surgeons.