A surgical fat transfer can be carried out under either general anaesthetic or local anaesthetic.
Removing the fat
Small incisions are made in the skin and a thin tube is used to suck out small amounts of fat (similar to liposuction). The incisions are then closed with stitches and a small dressing placed over them.
Preparing the fat
Special equipment is used to quickly spin the fat, to separate it from any blood and other fluids.
Injecting the fat
A needle and syringe are used to inject small amounts of fat into the treatment area. The injections are given through tiny holes in the skin, so stitches aren’t usually needed.
The procedure usually lasts a couple of hours.The treated areas will probably be quite bruised and swollen for a week or two. You may want to take a couple of weeks off work.It can take up to six months for a surgical fat transfer to fully take effect, as some of the injected fat may be reabsorbed by your body during the first few months after the procedure.
Side effects to expect
It’s common after a surgical fat transfer to have:
- significant bruising and swelling
- temporary numbness
- small scars – these will fade, but won’t completely disappear
- loss of some of the fat from the injected area during the first few months