Fat Transfer

Fat transfer surgery is also known as fat grafting, fat injection or lipomodelling. During the procedure, fat is removed from one area of the body and transferred to another area which has lost volume to restore fullness, enhance shape, and provide a more youthful appearance.

Fat Transfer

Fat transfer surgery is also known as fat grafting, fat injection or lipomodelling. During the procedure, fat is removed from one area of the body and transferred to another area which has lost volume to restore fullness, enhance shape, and provide a more youthful appearance.

Key Points

Surgery at a Glance

Procedure Time:

1 - 2 hours

Hospital Stay:

1 night

Light Exercise:

4 - 6 weeks

Fully Recovered:

4 - 6 weeks

Procedure Time:

1 - 2 hours

Hospital Stay:

1 night

Light Exercise:

4 - 6 weeks

Fully Recovered:

4 - 6 weeks

Fat Transfer Surgery in Detail

Fat transfer surgery is also known as fat grafting, fat injection or lipomodelling. During the procedure,  fat is removed from one area of the body and transferred to another area which has lost volume to restore fullness, enhance shape, and provide a more youthful appearance.  

  • Minimally invasive compared to many other surgical procedures 
  • Can provide natural-looking results 
  • Addresses unwanted fat in one body area and enhances another area  
  • Can lead to improved body proportions and a more balanced appearance. 
  • Can improve the proportions of the body 
  • Restores volume 
  • Minimal scarring
  • Psychological benefits – enhancing certain features through fat transfer can lead to improved self-esteem and confidence
  • Infection 
  • Fat reabsorption leading to reduction in volume 
  • Swelling 
  • Bleeding 
  • Bruising 
  • Infection 
  • Fat necrosis (death of fat tissue) 
  • Changes in sensation 
  • Scarring 

Fat transfer can achieve natural-looking results and restore a youthful appearance. Liposuction is used to harvest fat from an area with an excess of it, such as the abdomen, hips or thighs. The harvested fat is carefully reinjected in small amounts into areas needing volume restored, like the face, breasts, hands and buttocks.  

Before you go into theatre for the procedure, you’ll be given local or general anaesthetic, depending on the extent of the procedure that you’re having. With local anaesthetic, the areas being treated will be numbed so that you won’t feel anything while the fat transfer is carried out. If you have general anaesthetic, you’ll be unconscious throughout the procedure.  

Liposuction is gently used to remove fat cells from the donor area(s) using a cannula (a thin tube) connected to a suction device. 

The fat is then processed to remove any impurities, excess fluids, and damaged cells and, once purified, is injected into the areas that require augmentation or enhancement. Your surgeon will carefully inject the fat in multiple layers to create a natural and even result, sculpting the treated areas to achieve the desired shape and volume. 

Bandages or dressings may then be applied to the treated areas to minimise swelling and provide support. 

As people age, they may lose facial and body volume. Fat transfer helps add fullness to areas that have lost fat due to aging, surgery, trauma or congenital defects. If you have areas of your body that you’d like to plump or enhance, perhaps to create a more balanced physique, then you might choose to have fat transfer surgery. 

This procedure can provide a natural and subtle enhancement and rejuvenate areas of the body such as the breasts, buttocks, hips and calves. It can be customised to your precise requirements, and it’s a less invasive option than traditional surgical procedures, too. 

Following your fat transfer surgery, you’ll stay in hospital for a night before being discharged and returning home to recover.   

The recovery period varies depending on the extent of the procedure and the areas treated, but you’ll need to take up to two weeks off work. You’re likely to experience some swelling, bruising, and discomfort in both the donor and recipient areas for the first few weeks, but painkillers will help to manage this. 

You may have to wear a compression garment to help with healing and reduce swelling for a few months. Avoid any strenuous activity and don’t lift anything heavy for at least a month.   

It might take up to six months to see your final results. You should follow the post-operative instructions provided by your surgeon to help get the most out of your fat transfer procedure. 

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Your Journey

Step 1

Our surgeon assistant will guide you to a suitable surgeon for a video discussion. Should you choose to move forward, we will arrange a pre-surgery meeting, depending on your medical history.

Step 2

Being in good health is vital for surgery. We’ll arrange a pre-surgery check with our nurses to ensure you’re ready and right for the procedure.

Step 3

On your surgery day at SUR, we’ll ensure your comfort as we prepare. Your procedure will occur in a theatre or clinical room, based on its type. Afterwards, you’ll rest in a recovery area or room. Once you’re recovering well, you can head home.

Step 4

At SUR, we prioritise outstanding aftercare. After your procedure, we’ll support you throughout. We’ll schedule check-ins to track your recovery, and our surgical assistant is on hand for any post-operative guidance.

Our surgeon assistant will guide you to a suitable surgeon for a video discussion. Should you choose to move forward, we will arrange a pre-surgery meeting, depending on your medical history.

Being in good health is vital for surgery. We’ll arrange a pre-surgery check with our nurses to ensure you’re ready and right for the procedure.

On your surgery day at SUR, we’ll ensure your comfort as we prepare. Your procedure will occur in a theatre or clinical room, based on its type. Afterwards, you’ll rest in a recovery area or room. Once you’re recovering well, you can head home.

At SUR, we prioritise outstanding aftercare. After your procedure, we’ll support you throughout. We’ll schedule check-ins to track your recovery, and our surgical assistant is on hand for any post-operative guidance.

Fat Transfer FAQ's

Common donor areas include the abdomen, thighs, buttocks, and love handles. The choice of area that’s used for donation will depend on your body and the amount of fat that’s required. 

Although not all of the transferred fat may survive, the fat that successfully integrates with the new site can provide long-lasting results. However, maintenance procedures might be needed in the future. 

Fat transfer is generally considered safe, provided that it’s performed by a qualified and experienced cosmetic surgeon. Like any surgery, though, it carries potential risks and complications and you will discuss these with your surgeon beforehand. 

No, not everyones a good candidate for fat transfer. At your consultation with your surgeon, they’ll assess whether you have enough donor fat, are in good overall health, and have realistic expectations for the procedure.

Yes, a fat transfer can be combined with other surgical or non-surgical procedures with a view to achieving more comprehensive aesthetic goals. 

You’ll see some initial results shortly after the surgery, but your final results may take a few months as the swelling subsides and the transferred fat settles.

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