Fat Transfer

Fat transfer, or lipofilling, can be used as an adjunct with revisional implant procedures to improve the thickness of the breast tissues to help hide any issues with implant visibility. Fat is harvested from other parts of the body (stomach, hips, thighs) using liposuction techniques, washed and injected into the breast. 

In some cases, breast augmentation can also be performed using lipofilling techniques. This process often requires 2-3 rounds of fat transfer as a significant proportion of the transferred fat gets reabsorbed by the body. The overall augmentation is often more modest compared to what can be achieved with an implant so it is perhaps best suited to women with smaller cup sizes who are looking for a modest increase in size.

How is fat transfer surgery performed?

At its core, fat transfer surgery involves the removal of excess fat from one area of the body and its re-injection into another to enhance volume and contour. This process comprises several key steps:

Harvesting: Skilled surgeons use minimally invasive liposuction techniques to carefully collect excess fat from donor sites like the abdomen, thighs, or buttocks. This fat is then processed to remove impurities.

Purification: The harvested fat undergoes purification to separate the healthy fat cells from any debris or damaged cells. This ensures that only the highest-quality fat is used for grafting.

Injection: Once purified, the fat is strategically injected into the targeted area, be it the face, breasts, buttocks, or hands. The surgeon meticulously sculpts and shapes to achieve the desired outcome.

The Marvels of Fat Transfer Surgery

Enhancing Facial Features: Fat transfer surgery offers a natural alternative to synthetic fillers for facial rejuvenation. It can restore lost volume, smooth wrinkles, and enhance facial contours, resulting in a more youthful appearance.

Augmenting Breasts and Buttocks: Many individuals seek fat transfer surgery to achieve fuller, natural-looking breasts or a curvier buttock profile. This approach provides a more subtle and authentic outcome compared to implants.

Hand Rejuvenation: The hands are a telltale sign of aging. Fat transfer can rejuvenate the hands by adding volume and minimizing the visibility of tendons and veins.

Scar Revision: Fat grafting can be used to improve the appearance of scars, especially those resulting from traumatic injuries or previous surgeries.


General anaesthetic

Surgery Time

2-3 Hours




Recovery garments

Bra, Surgical compression garments

Hospital stay

1 night


1 week and 2 weeks after discharge

Return to desk-based work

1-2 weeks

Return to driving

2 weeks

Return to sport

4 weeks

Benefits of Fat Transfer Surgery

Natural Results: Since the procedure uses your body’s own fat, the results are typically natural-looking and feel more authentic than synthetic alternatives.

Minimal Downtime: Recovery time is usually shorter compared to traditional surgical methods, making it an attractive option for those with busy lives.

Dual Benefits: In addition to body contouring, liposuction for fat harvesting can slim down areas with excess fat, providing a two-in-one solution.

Long-Lasting Results: A significant portion of the transferred fat tends to survive in its new location, providing lasting results.

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Risks and Considerations

While fat transfer surgery offers many advantages, it’s essential to be aware of potential risks and considerations, including:

Infection: Like any surgical procedure, there is a risk of infection at the injection or harvesting site.

Fat Resorption: Not all the transferred fat cells survive, so multiple sessions may be necessary to achieve the desired results.

Uneven Results: Achieving symmetry and balance can be challenging, and revisions may be required.

Bruising and Swelling: These are common side effects after surgery but typically subside within a few weeks.

Preparing for Fat Transfer Surgery

Prior to your fat transfer surgery, your surgeon will provide specific instructions for preparation, which may include:

Smoking Cessation: Smoking can interfere with healing, so quitting or reducing smoking is recommended.

Medication Review: Discuss any medications, supplements, or allergies with your surgeon.

Fasting: You may be required to fast for a certain period before the procedure.

Arrangements: Ensure someone is available to drive you home after surgery and help with post-operative care if needed.

The day of your surgery

On the day of the surgery:

Arrival: Arrive at the surgical facility as instructed.

Anesthesia: You’ll receive anesthesia for comfort during the procedure.

Surgery: The surgery duration depends on the areas being treated.


Rest: Rest and follow post-operative instructions meticulously.

Compression Garments: You may need to wear compression garments to reduce swelling.

Activity: Gradually return to regular activities as advised by your surgeon.


Follow-Up Appointments: Attend all scheduled follow-up appointments to monitor your progress.

Postoperative Care and Maintenance

Maintaining your results and ensuring a smooth recovery involves:

Healthy Lifestyle: Eating a balanced diet, staying hydrated, and regular exercise can support healing and maintain results.

Avoiding Weight Fluctuations: Significant weight gain or loss can affect the longevity of your results.

Sun Protection: Protect treated areas from sun exposure to prevent hyperpigmentation.

Patience: It may take several weeks to see the final results as swelling subsides and fat settles.

Frequently Asked Questions

We address common questions and concerns individuals have about fat transfer surgery during the consultation, such as:

  • Is fat transfer permanent?
  • What are the differences between synthetic fillers and fat transfer?
  • Can fat transfer be combined with other procedures?
The History of Fat Transfer Surgery

The roots of fat transfer surgery trace back to the early 20th century when it was primarily used for reconstructive purposes. Surgeons utilized fat grafts to correct deformities resulting from traumatic injuries and surgical procedures. Over the decades, advancements in surgical techniques and technology have transformed fat transfer into a versatile cosmetic procedure.

In the quest for beauty and self-confidence, individuals explore various options to enhance their appearance. One such transformative procedure gaining immense popularity is fat transfer surgery. This innovative technique, also known as fat grafting or fat injection, enables individuals to sculpt their bodies and rejuvenate their faces using their own natural resources – their own fat cells.

Whether you’re considering this procedure or simply curious about its wonders, read on to discover how fat transfer surgery can unlock your natural beauty potential.


Fat transfer surgery is a remarkable advancement in cosmetic and reconstructive medicine. It empowers individuals to enhance their appearance while utilizing their body’s natural resources. Whether you seek facial rejuvenation, body contouring, or scar revision, fat transfer surgery offers a safe and effective solution with long-lasting, natural-looking results.

If you’re considering fat transfer surgery, please book a consultation to discuss the options available. With the right guidance, you can unlock your natural beauty potential and embark on a transformative journey toward self-confidence and enhanced beauty.

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The Consultation and Choosing a Surgeon

Selecting a qualified, experienced surgeon is paramount to the success of your fat transfer surgery. Dr Aadil Khan is a specialist body plastic surgeon and can help you achieve your goals. As with all surgeries, a consultation is important to see if you’re suitable for surgery and to get to know your goals and medical history. During the consultation process, you should:

Discuss Your Goals: Clearly communicate your expectations and desired outcomes.

Review the Procedure: Understand the entire process, including recovery and potential complications.

Ask Questions: Don’t hesitate to ask about the surgeon’s experience, credentials, and previous patient results.

Evaluate Costs: Get a comprehensive estimate that includes all potential costs, such as anesthesia, facility fees, and post-operative care.

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