Diet and exercise can slim you down, but there’s only so much you can do to mould your figure. Dr Kelvin Chua of SL Clinic shares how sculpting your body, by way of fat transfer, may make it possible.
Body- shape trends come and go, but the hourglass – a slim waist with full hips and bosom – has long been perceived as the ultimate womanly figure. A North Carolina State University study conducted in 2005, however, found that only eight per cent of women have an hourglass shape. The rest of us are apples ( we store fat in our tummies), pears ( big bottoms and hips) or bananas ( straight up and down). We have a genetic disposition towards a certain body shape and can’t diet or exercise our way to a different one. Dr Kelvin Chua of SL Clinic says that this is where fat transfer comes in.
TAKE AWAY AND ADD
The procedure does exactly what its name suggests: Fat is removed by liposuction from an area you wish to reduce, such as the tummy or thighs, and grafted using a cannula ( a type of needle) onto areas you want to augment. It can be used to boost and reshape the bust or buttocks, or even plump up bony hands. It’s also suitable for use on the face.
You can use synthetic fillers and implants to boost your bust and butt, so why would you choose fat transfer? Dr Chua says that you get more natural- looking results with the latter, because it uses your own fat. “For example, when a patient lies down after the procedure, her breasts will spread out naturally like normal breasts do, whereas an implant tends to be more erect and unnaturally stiff,” he explains. He says the other advantage is that, at the same time, you’re reducing the areas you want to make smaller.
DR KELVIN CHUA SHEDS LIGHT ON FAT TRANSFER
Q: What happens during the procedure?
A: You are sedated and the area to be treated is numbed, but no general anaesthetic is used. Fat is harvested from areas where you have an excess of it, such as the stomach, thighs or bottom, via liposuction. The fat is then treated and injected into the area you would like to boost, using a fine needle. Such procedures usually take between 45 minutes and three hours, depending on the areas being treated.
Q: What are the immediate side effects?
A: Patients usually experience pain, bruising and swelling afterwards, and should wait up to two weeks before attempting rigorous physical activity.
Q: Can fat transfer be used to enhance breasts that have become droopy after breastfeeding?
A: Yes, but if you have another child, your breasts will still be subject to the normal hormonal changes of pregnancy and breastfeeding.