Fat Transfer

Fat transfer is a fairly common procedure that is becoming increasingly popular. It involves liposuction of fat from one part of your own body, then using this fat to augment (enhance) other parts of the body. Fat transfer can also be used to correct deformities or improve the appearance of existing scars. Fat transfer has the advantage of longer lasting effect, when compared to the use of fillers.

The Surgery

Fat transfer is usually carried out under a general anaesthetic (while you are asleep), as a day case. This is done through very small (minimal) scars, that are easily covered.


The patient is usually discharged home the same day. There is very little discomfort associated with the fat transfer procedure, however you would expect a certain degree of bruising and swelling. The patient is then reviewed in the clinic in 7-10 days after the surgery for removal of any sutures that may have been used. It is best to avoid any physical or strenuous exercise for approximately 6 weeks.

Potential Risks

Every surgical procedure carries a certain amount of risk, and it is important that you understand the risks involved with fat transfer.

The scars have the advantage of being minimal. In a small number of cases, the healing may result in a red lumpy scar. You would expect very little discomfort with the fat transfer procedure. Bruising and swelling to be expected with this procedure. Under or over fat transfer can occur. It is usually advisable to over correct the area, as it is very likely that some of the fat may get resorbed.

Bleeding, infection, wound break down, excessive scarring, blood clots in leg veins and/or lung and further revisional surgery are general risks that can follow any operation.

The information provided gives you a basic understanding of the fat transfer procedure but it may not answer all your questions, a lot depends on your individual circumstances. This website provides guidance and is not intended to be a substitute for a surgical consultation with Mr Fahmy in Shropshire, Chester, Cheshire or Wrexham, North Wales and Mid Wales.

For any enquiries, you can email Professor Fahmy on info@cosmeticplastic.co.uk or contact his secretary on 0794 951 5013. Your consultation will be directly with Professor Fahmy and the treatment will be performed by himself at the hospital of your choice either Pulford Medical Centre, Chester (Cheshire) or Spire Yale Hospital, Abergele & Wrexham (Wales). It is always advisable to bring a friend or a relative during your consultation, as it may further assist you in any questions you may have.