Facial Fat Transfer



Fat transfer is an aesthetic procedure that takes fat from one area of your body and relocates it to another area of your body to restore lost or uneven volume and contours. The fat is used as an injectable tissue to treat areas such as the face, breasts, buttocks and the hands. Fat is usually taken from a person’s thighs, flanks, stomach or buttocks and is implanted into the desired areas, most commonly the face.

The Fat is prepared so that it is concentrated and purified and thereby rich in Adipose Derived Stromal / Stem Cells (ADSC).

The patients own fat is harvested through liposuction. The harvested fat is then condensed, filtered, and injected into the chosen location of the body requiring rejuvenation and augmentation.

The advantage of Fat Transfer is primarily the fact that a patients own fat, that is rich with stem cells, is reimplanted into the desired place. Volume replacement makes the face look uplifted, rejuvenated and healthier. The stem cells that are present in the transferred fat regenerate skin tissue.

Excellent results begin to appear immediately during the Fat Transfer treatment, and continue to improve with time as the swelling subsides. Results continue to improve for the next 6 months post treatment. 

The implanted fat graft will last for many years in most individuals, especially if they are healthy non-smokers. The treatment may be repeated whenever the patients require a tough up.

Laser Liposuction side effects are minimal, especially in comparison with traditional non-tumescent liposuction. Fat Transfer side effects are rare, due to the fact that a patients own ft is being utilized. The main short-term side effects of both treatments include mild swelling, small bruises, and several days of tenderness in the treated areas. 

Areas that are commonly treated with Fat Transfer


·      Face (e.g. temple area, cheeks, nasolabial lines, marionette lines, cheek lines, jowls)

·      Neck

·      Buttocks & Banana Rolls

·      Breasts

·      Hands


It is advisable to avoid taking warfarin, aspirin or other NSAIDs (arthritis medication) and arnica for at least 7 days before the laser liposuction & fat transfer treatment. If you are taking aspirin or NSAID’s for a medical reason, please advise us and other measures may be taken. These are simple measures to reduce any chances of bleeding or or fat transfer bruising, which may occur.

This procedure is contraindicated in patients taking warfarin. It is also contraindicated in pregnant or breast-feeding ladies. 

Please notify the doctor if you have any significant medical history (e.g. mechanical heart valve or any bleeding disorders), or any allergies, especially to local anaesthetics or any antibiotics.


Up to 3-5 days after a laser liposuction & fat transfer procedure, mild bruising, redness, swelling and tenderness in the treated area may occur. There may also be some mild oozing from the tiny liposuction entry incision sites.  This is a normal response and is no reason for concern.

After your Laser Liposuction treatment please ensure the following:

1. Keep the entry incision sites clean.

2. Take your prophylactic antibiotics that were prescribed for you. It is also recommended that you continue taking Arnica tablets if you have residual bruising.

3. Gentle exercise is recommended for the following 4 weeks (e.g. walking or treadmill). No vigorous exercise for the first 3 days.

4. Do not wear any tight jeans if the thighs or ankles are treated.

5. Do wear the recommended trunk garment if the abdomen was treated.

6. Increase fluid intake for the first few days.

7. Maintain a good fluid intake. It is essential to maintain a healthy lifestyle, which includes regular exercise and a low fat diet. This will assist in achieving and maintaining the best results.

8. Do not sleep on the treated Face Fat Transfer region for the next 3 weeks.

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