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.

Fat transfer is a minimally invasive procedure, used to restore volume and rejuvenate areas of the face and body. Fat cells are removed by liposuction from the donor area – usually the stomach, thighs or buttocks. These cells are then cleansed and processed, before being injected into the facial area – a process that’s very quickly carried out by your expert surgeon. It is performed under local anaesthetic and is a day-case procedure, with no need for an overnight stay. Results are long lasting, natural and immediate.

Whatever your personal reasons, our highly skilled surgeons at the Cadogan Clinic are pioneers in techniques for fat transfer and will provide world-class facilities for your individual treatment. Our expert team is acutely aware that your appearance can affect your confidence and everyday happiness, and as such we handle each case with sensitivity and discretion. You can rest assured your treatment, performed at our state-of-the-art, purpose-built, central London clinic, will deliver the results you desire.

Frequently Asked Questions

Fat transfer at the Cadogan Clinic is a very common and safe procedure and helps to improve a patients’ self-esteem hugely.  The results we can achieve are always natural and provide patients with a greater peace of mind as we are augmenting their bodies or restoring volume to their faces with their own tissue, however to do this a certain level of fat is required and your specialised surgeon will be able to assess this during your initial consultation and examination.  The treatment length can increase as the complexity of the procedure changes, for example, fat harvested from one area of the body and deposited into the area around the mouth may take approximately one and a half hours whereas fat extracted from multiple areas of the body to re-augment the breasts or the buttocks could take up to around three hours.

Fat transfer is an advanced surgical treatment which involves harvesting and filtering unwanted fat cells through liposuction techniques, then reinjecting them to either help rejuvenate and restore lost volume (typically) in the face, or to increase the natural contours of the body, for example to reshape breasts or the buttocks. This is most usually performed under either a local or general anaesthetic depending on the patient and surgeons’ preferences and suitability.

Following your fat transfer procedure, you will notice results immediately - more evidently in the first few weeks after your treatment when any swelling and bruising have subsided.  The results will continue to improve during the next few months’ post-treatment as your fat re-distributes itself and settles.

Results of fat transfer treatment are permanent; however, it is important to maintain a stable weight after your surgery and a healthy lifestyle overall.  Over time your fat distribution will change naturally as your body ages – fat transfer to facial areas is a highly effective long-term solution to help rejuvenate the appearance of a tired, ageing face or to restore youthful volume to certain areas of the body. Breast or Buttock augmentation using fat transfer can be a very effective way of increasing the volume to the area in a minimally-invasive way to provide a very natural result.  It is a highly effective, long-term solution for both getting rid of stubborn areas of fat and enhancing particular areas of the body at the same time.

After surgery, patients may experience some discomfort for a couple of days’ post-surgery –a dull ache may persist in the areas that have been treated for a further 1-4 weeks but this can be managed easily with pain killers that either your surgeon or aftercare team can provide you. 

Downtime is usually minimal following either fat transfer to body or face, however you may notice some swelling and bruising which can take up to 1-2 weeks to subside post-surgery. Following fat transfer to the breasts for instance, your consultant will advise wearing a support bra a few days per week after surgery and for buttocks you will have a dressing in situ for ten days.

Where the liposuction has been performed, you will most likely be required to wear a compression garment for around three weeks and avoid exercise for up to two weeks following your treatment. Swelling and bruising should subside within a couple of weeks following fat transfer to the face, which you will be able to conceal well with makeup.  Recovery time for fat transfer procedures to the body are typically longer than the face depending on how many areas the initial liposuction was carried out on.

Fat transfer at Cadogan Clinic starts from £4800 for face, and £6750 for body. However, this is a highly-specialised treatment and incorporates two types of techniques– the liposuction and the re-distribution of your fat so pricing can increase depending on the number of areas to be treated.  An accurate price can only be quoted following a consultation with your surgeon.

This treatment is particularly appealing due to the low risk it presents – a patients’ own tissue is used to reshape and re-contour their body, thus, the risk of infection is greatly reduced. Possible complications include the risks associated with the prescribed medication administered following a surgical procedure which your surgeon will outline thoroughly for you during your consultation.

What to expect

Free Consultation with a Patient Advisor

We offer a free, no-obligation 30-60 minute consultation with one of our Patient Advisors. They will work with you to understand your objectives and the results you want to achieve, talk you through the procedure and answer any questions you may have. If you decide that you would like to proceed to the next step and see a surgeon, your Patient Advisor will be happy to arrange this for you. At this point, you will be required to pay a consultation fee. 

Surgical Consultation

The next step is for you to meet your chosen surgeon at the Cadogan Clinic. Your surgeon will use this time to make a comprehensive medical assessment of you, your condition, and your expectations before making a recommendation and personalised treatment plan for you. You will then discuss the outcomes you can expect to see and ask any questions.

The Procedure

On the day of your procedure you will be welcomed at the Clinic by your patient advisor and dedicated nursing staff. Following a brief medical check, you will meet with both your surgeon and anesthetist to run through the details of your procedure one final time and answer any last questions you may have.

Recovery

After the procedure you will recover in the capable hands of your after care team. As we are a day case facility you can expect your recovery to be complete within 2 to 3 hours and able to be discharged from the Clinic the very same day. In some cases patients may wish to stay locally in our exclusive partner hotel the day before or after your procedure.

After Care & Support

Our care and support continues in the days and weeks after your procedure with our complimentary aftercare programme. A series of appointments will be made with your surgeon and nursing team in order to monitor your progress and recovery, as well as introduce you to several scar minimization techniques and bespoke products to aid your progress