Fat Transfers

Are you considering fat transfers?

A surgical fat transfer is cosmetic surgery to move fat from one part of the body to another. It’s also known as a ‘fat graft’ or ‘lipomodelling’.

The aim is to remove unwanted fat from one area (such as the tummy or thighs) and use it to smoothen or increase the size of another area (such as the breasts or face).

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A surgical fat transfer can be carried out under either general anaesthetic or local anaesthetic.

Three Stages

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