What is fat grafting?

Fat grafting, otherwise also known as fat injections or fat transplantation, transfers fat surgically from areas which have excess fat to another part of the body. This helps to replace lost volume, improve or augment where the fat is injected, and smooths out wrinkles and creases.

Why do you need fat grafting?

Fat grafting can be performed for the following reasons:

  • To reduce frown lines and wrinkles on the face and hands due to ageing
  • To improve definition in areas such as the cheek or chin
  • For breast augmentation
  • To correct contour irregularities after breast reconstruction
  • For buttock augmentation
  • To fill out depressed scars on the body

The fat for fat grafting is collected through liposuction from areas with fatty excess such as the abdomen, buttocks and thighs (otherwise known as the donor sites). This has the added benefit of slimming down these areas.

What can you expect when undergoing fat grafting?

Before Fat Grafting

The type of anaesthesia is dependent on the volume of fats that needs to be transferred. If only a small volume of fat needs to be transferred, the procedure can be performed under local anaesthesia with or without sedation in a day surgery centre. For fat transfer of larger volumes, you may be recommended to go under general anaesthesia.

During Fat Grafting

During the collection of fat through liposuction, the donor sites are injected with a mix of fluid, painkillers and other medication to reduce pain and bleeding. The fat will be sucked away using suction probes through small incisions, with the collected fat then purified and re-injected through small cuts into the recipient parts of the body using a needle or probe.

After Fat Grafting

A dressing or bandage will be placed over the fat-grafted areas. You can expect some pain, bruising and swelling but overall, there is generally minimal down time from fat grafting.

You will be recommended to avoid strenuous activity or exercise during the recovery period which can take up to 6 months.

Why choose Novena Surgery for fat grafting?

Doctors who choose to perform fat grafting at Novena Surgery will perform the procedure in one of four modular operating theaters with cable-less pendant systems, allowing doctors to operate free of stray wiring obstruction.

Post-procedure, patients can choose to recover in one of Novena Surgery’s comfortable private suites, or in our 12-bed recovery unit under the care of well-trained nursing staff.

Waiting times are also shortened as patients need only turn up half-an-hour before their surgery, and be checked into the ward within 10 minutes of arrival. 

Patients’ companions have the option of patronising Velocity, Square and Square 2 shopping malls that are seamlessly integrated with Novena Medical Centre, the building housing Novena Surgery.

I want to undergo fat grafting in Novena Surgery but I do not have a specialist doctor in mind yet.

This list consists of specialists who commonly perform fat grafting at Novena Surgery – contact us at +65-6254 9331 or admin@novenasurgery.com.sg and we will help you book a consultation appointment with a specialist doctor from the list.

Name of Specialist ClinicName of Specialist DoctorSpecialist Clinic AddressSpecialist Clinic Opening Hours
David Loh SurgeryDr David Loh10 Sinaran Drive, #08-35 Novena Medical Center, Singapore 307506Mondays to Fridays: 10.00 — 19.00
Saturdays: 10.00 — 15.00
Picasso Plastic SurgeryDr Matthew Yeo#11-53, Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital, 38 Irrawaddy Road, Singapore 329563Mon -Fri: 9am -5pm
Sat: 9am – 12pm
W Aesthetics Plastic SurgeryDr Wong Chin Ho06-28/29 Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Center, 38 Irrawaddy Road, Singapore 329563Mon -Fri: 9am -5pm
Sat: 9am – 1pm
Evan Woo Breast & Plastic SurgeryDr Evan Woo
101 Irrawaddy Road #14-05/06, Royal Square Medical Centre, Singapore 329565
Mon -Fri: 9am -6pm
Sat: 9am – 1pm

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