What are the risks and side effects of fat transfer treatments?
This treatment is particularly appealing due to the low risk it presents since we use the patient's own tissue is used to reshape and re-contour their body in a natural way. We not using implants or artificial filler, which for some people is important.
The most common side effects are temporary bruising and swelling, but infection can also occur. The graft not 'taking' properly is also a risk, so we ask you not to exercise strongly for a week or two to allow the new fat graft to take up a new blood supply.
Patients do need to discuss with their consultant the range of possible results carefully before surgery, since expectations will vary. Some will be happy with a slight improvement and others will need more significant changes to be satisfied.
The most significant risk of fat transfer is fat embolization in which fat enters the blood stream and interrupts an otherwise healthy blood supply, with associated risks including blindness, stroke and death.
Whilst rare, this emphasizes the importance of establishing your surgeon's credentials. It will always be a risk, in untrained hands. The Cadogan surgeons will avoid injecting in certain areas and use safer cannulas.
We also do not practice riskier procedures such as fat transfer to the buttock (BBL) given the higher incidence rate of embolism in other countries where it is practiced, caused by the higher volume of fat injected into the target site and the large arteries in the buttock.
Fat transfer (fat transplantation) uses processed fat from your own body to re-contour and restore volume to facial areas that have become sunken with age, thereby rejuvenating your face and restoring a more youthful appearance. This may be achieved using the fat transfer technique.