The Different Types Of Fat Transfer Procedures With Dr. Daisy Ayim

Dr. Daisy Ayim is a talented cosmetic surgeon with an aesthetic eye and has over ten years of experience in private practice with a keen perspective on beauty and health. Dr. Daisy A. Ayim is a fellowship-trained Cosmetic Surgeon by the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery and Board Certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Ayim has always been focused, academically sound, and driven to excel in her craft. Dr. Daisy Ayim trained in cosmetic surgery with top cosmetic and plastic surgeons in Seattle/Bellevue and performed well over 575 cosmetic procedures which undoubtedly provided a unique perspective and exposure to aesthetic surgery. Dr. Ayim sits down with Haute Beauty to discuss different methods of fat transfer and where it can potentially go.

Dr. Daisy AyimPhoto Credit: ShutterstockHB: What is your chosen method of fat transfer?

Fat transfer can be achieved either by an open or closed method. Our preferred method is a collection in a sterile container and transfer using an infiltration pump in large fat transfer. Likewise, if the fat transfer is for a small area like the face or hands, we use a syringe with a small transfer cannula. An infiltration pump improves productivity, sculpturing.

HB: Where can fat be harvested and where can it go?

Most fat harvesting comes from the abdomen which is easy access as well as high quality. Depending on the need of each client, the fat can be transfer as macro, micro, or nano fat. Macro fat transfer is transferring larger fat particles to areas where you want volume such as the buttocks or the breasts. Micro fat transfer is processing harvested fat to much smaller fat particles which are used in small areas such as the face or lips. Nano fat is a newer concept of processing fat to improve fine lines and thin skin. Thus, the degree of processing will be determined by the client's area(s) of concern.

HB: Who is a good candidate? Who is not a good candidate?

The best candidate is a client that wants a fat transfer. However, my role is to guide the decision-making process by providing information, answering questions, maintaining safety, and best practice methods. An unreasonable demand or lack of body fat would make a potential client not a good candidate. Fat harvesting and transfer is a hot topic and very popular which makes it seem doable for most clients who want it done.

Buttock augmentationPhoto Credit: ShutterstockHB: What is the procedure like?

Lipoharvest with fat transfer procedures depends largely on the receiver site. Buttock transfer is more extensive because more volume is necessary for augmentation. In comparison, fat transfer to the hands or face uses a smaller amount of fat. Our practice pattern is to discuss the difference between lipoharvest and liposculpting which is paramount for satisfactory results. Most procedures are done in the comfort of our office surgery suite.

HB: What is recovery like?

Our practice recommends buttock pillow, non-restrictive garments for several weeks while healing from buttock fat augmentation. A supportive bra works for breast augmentation. On the contrary, fat transfer to the face or hands is minimal to no downtime with quick recovery. Overall, the recovery is gentle due to its minimally invasive technique.

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