What are ways to help prevent the occurrence of fat embolisms during lipo/fat grafting?
What Are Ways to Help Prevent Fat Embolisms During Lipo/Fat Grafting?
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Fat grafting techniques are safe with good technique
The risk of fat embolism, which is what would happen if a piece of fat was injected into a blood vessel, is very low. Modern techniques use blunt-tipped instruments so they won't cut blood vessels. Fat grafting is becoming more frequently done now and with more predictable results.
Avoiding fat embolism with a fat graft.
1. Only use blunt tipped cannulas.
2. Don't inject fat under high pressure.
3. Inject while withdrawing the syringe.
4. Inject micro-droplets at a time.
Recently, some companies are pushing the idea of using intra-operative ultrasound to look for vessels in the operative area, so that you can avoid unintended cannulation of the vessel.
All the best,