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Fat Transfer

Fat transfer removes fatty deposits from donor sites on the body such as the flanks, thighs or tummy using liposuction, and injects these fatty deposits into other areas of the body to restore fullness and shape.

The fatty deposits can be replaced in your cheeks or other parts of your face where the effects of ageing are beginning to make you look gaunt or ‘tired.’ The particular appeal of this technique is that your own cells are used. No foreign materials are involved as your own fat becomes a natural ‘filler.’ It is also less invasive, involving only minor incisions and syringes.

Your head and face has a particularly effective blood supply which helps the transfer to be accepted by your body. Fat (adipose tissue) contains high levels of stem cells and other regenerative tissue. Fat retention in the face is likely to be in the region of 80-90% at the initial treatment.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How long does a facial fat transfer procedure take?

You may be given either a local anaesthetic along with a sedative which will relax you, or a general anaesthetic. Liposuction will be used to remove fatty tissue from the donor site. This is done using a special cannula to limit any damage to the fat cells.

Fat is then spun in a centrifuge to separate the fat cells from the liquid, which has also been removed by the liposuction procedure. Any damaged cells are removed and the whole, cleaned fat cells are then ready for transfer. The fat cells are then re-injected into deep into the tissue of your face. The whole process takes in the region of two hours and can be conducted as a day surgery.

What are the risks associated with a facial fat transfer procedure?

All surgery carries with it an inherent risk. Possible complications and infections will be discussed with you during your initial consultation at New Image Clinic to enable you to make a properly informed decision about the procedure. The risks are minimised, through, when you choose such capable and experienced surgeons as Mr Hayek and Mr Juma.

How much does a fat transfer procedure cost?

Depending on the procedure or combination of treatments that you choose, you could spend between £3,000 and £8,500. This will be confirmed after your full assessment at your consultation.

What happens during the initial consultation at New Image Clinic?

Come prepared to ask any questions you may have about the surgery and your recovery. Mr Ali Juma and Mr Jamil Hayek will want ensure that you understand the procedure and will want to take a detailed medical history during this time. They will conduct a thorough physical examination to ascertain your current state of health. The surgeons will also want to be sure that you have realistic expectations about the outcome of the procedure.

What is the recovery process?

You should notice the results of your procedure almost immediately. There will be some swelling and possibly some bruising of your face, but this will begin to reduce in a week with a noticeable improvement in four to six weeks. The donor site may need two to three weeks recovery time. You should expect to be able to resume normal activity within a couple of days. The results of your fat transfer is likely to be permanent.

Why choose the New Image Clinic?

Our surgeons are experienced, and combined have conducted many similar procedures over a number of years. You have the benefit of two expert opinions and skill-sets throughout your entire patient journey to ensure the best possible outcome following your treatment.

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“A heartfelt thank you for the incredible work you and your team have done. You reassured me every step of the way, which has spurred me on my recovery in leaps and bounds. I have every faith in you and your team.”

E. R.

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“I was delighted with the results, not only have I got a body that is more in proportion but I have a new found confidence. Clothes fit me better. You can’t even notice my scars.”

L. G.

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