Per­fect Sil­hou­ette

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.

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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.


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.


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.

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