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Fat Transfer Surgery

Fat transfer is the surgical procedure that involves removing a patient’s own body fat and transferring it to other parts of the body to increase volume and appearance.

By Andrew Hatfield
Updated: 16th May 2024

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We have a team of Consultant Plastic Surgeons who offer tailored operations to suit individual needs including fat transfer for face-lift, and breast augmentation.

If you are considering fat transfer you can book a consultation with one of our Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons to gain a full understanding of fat transfer and a chance to raise any concerns you may have with the procedure.

What happens during a fat transfer procedure?

During the fat transfer procedure the surgeon removes excess fat tissue from unwanted areas (similar to liposuction) and transfers it to other parts of the body.

Possible areas to transfer fat include:

  • Face
  • Lips
  • Breast
  • Tear trough (depressions which run from the nose and all around under the eye)
  • Any post-traumatic contour defects and scars

If you would like to find out more, you can book a consultation with one of our Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons to discuss possible surgery.

The most suitable type of surgery for you will be discussed at your appointments with your surgeon.

Before considering surgery it is also important to be aware that all surgical procedures carries a certain amount of risk and it is important that you understand the risks involved with Fat transfer specifically.


Q. What alternatives are there to fat transfer surgery?

There are alternative procedures to fat transfer surgery, depending on your desired outcome. For example, facial volume enhancement can also be achieved with dermal fillers. Breast augmentation can be performed using implants or synthetic fillers. All of these options will be discussed with your consultant surgeon, during your initial consultation?

Q. What is the difference between fat transfer surgery and liposuction?

Fat transfer surgery is a non-invasive surgical procedure that moves fat from one unwanted area to a desired area. Liposuction is also a non-invasive surgical procedure, but results in contouring one area.

Q. How long is the recovery time for fat transfer surgery?

The recovery time for fat transfer surgery can vary depending on the extent of the procedure and the areas treated. Following the procedure, patients can expect some swelling, bruising, and discomfort in the treated areas. Recovery generally takes several weeks, and it is advisable to avoid strenuous activities during this time. Your consultant surgeon will provide you with post-care instructions to minimise the recovery time after your procedure.

Q. How long does fat transfer surgery last for?

The longevity of results following a fat transfer surgery can differ from person to person. Maintaining a healthy weight and following the post-care instruction from your consultant surgeon will help optimise your results for longer.

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