Sagging skin and body tissue after significant weight loss – for instance after gastric bypass surgery or changes in habits with better nutrition and sports – can be lifted using various techniques. There are body lifts, thigh lifts, arm lifts, breast lifts. Especially for the buttock area, there are different lifting options. Resultant fat deposits in other body areas such as belly, flanks or thighs can be used to fill and lift the buttock area with fat grafting (fat transfer). Dr. Alexander T. Hamers will discuss the options with you and choose the perfect treatment plan for your individual case in a personal consultation.
Duration of the surgery:
approximately 1-3 hours, depending on the areas treated
general anaesthetic, inpatient for 1 night
No sports, lifting and heavy workout for 6 weeks, compression garments.
Normally fit for flying after 1 weeks
Minimally invasive, tiny incisions of about 3-5 millimeters are needed for fat to be washed out of the body. Various techniques exist. The most advantageous and gentle is water-jet assisted liposuction, using just a small cannula with a pulsation water-jet on the tip. The water-jet’s gentle loosening and washing action makes it possible for large amounts of fat to be atraumatically removed. Compared with conventional liposuction, the sculpting of tissue is more precise and there is less trauma, pain and recovery time. Apart from being, gentle and more precise, the quality of the fat cells is superior to that resulting from other techniques, meaning that a higher survival rate of the transplanted fat cells is achieved.
Having a special clinical interest in natural body contouring, Dr. Hamers can reuse the patient’s own extracted fat to shape, fill or augment various parts of the body where it might be needed (for instance face, breast and buttock, but also calves or scars).
Dr. Alexander Hamers has specialised in Water-jetstream assisted fat transfer technology since 2012.
The transplanted fat needs to grow in. That is why it needs to be treated gently. Smoking, nicotine, pressure and cold all harm the freshly transplanted fat and should be avoided in the period immediately after surgery. Once the fat is grown in, it is part of the body and just part of normal aging.
Expansion vibration lipofilling (EVL) is the latest innovation in fat transfer. Using a vibrating cannula, the recipient tissue is gently expanded while grafting the fat. This results in both, a higher graft-able volume and a better take rate of the fat (higher percentage of fat cells growing in and remaining). Thus, if desired, more fat cells can be transferred to the same recipient area compared with conventional techniques. Dr. Hamers is the first surgeon to have established the EVL technique in Europe.