Fat Transfer


The idea of utilising fat to improve the aesthetics of an area of concern is a very appealing idea to most people. Removing fat in the form of liposuction and transferring the fat is a very elegant solution to many problems that plastic surgeons face. The concept is used widely in reconstructive surgery, where it acts as a very useful adjunct in cancer reconstruction. The techniques have crossed over to aesthetics, and are now a fundamental part of most plastic surgeons practice.

The benefits of fat are two-fold:

  1. It adds volume to the areas to which it is added
  2. It contains stem cells and has regenerative products, which strengthen the cells in its surroundings. This typically helps to improve the quality of the skin to the area it is added

Unfortunately not all the fat transferred survives, so any transfer is typically overcorrected by 30-40% to compensate for the anticipated loss

What is a Fat Transfer Procedure?

The procedure is performed as a general anaesthetic

It typically does not involve an overnight stay  unless it is combined with another procedure

The areas for liposuction are marked preoperatively. The donor sites can be anywhere, however, they are typically the flanks, abdomen, back, and thighs

The fat is processed and fat cells separated from the blood

The fat is then injected into the area of concern. Care is taken to inject the fat into thin layers and multiple levels. For fat to survive and give the best possible outcome, it has to pick up the blood supply in whichever bed it is injected. This gives it the best chance of success

Facial Fat Transfer

After the fat is collected, it is processed and further refined into micro and nanoparticles.

It is then injected into the temple, tear trough, cheek, nasolabial area, lips, and chin using tiny cannulas.

Typically 20 ccs of fat are injected, of which 12 ccs will remain

Breast Fat Transfer

The fat is processed and can be injected in isolation or as part of an implant-based breast augmentation

Fat transfer acts as an excellent adjunct to breast augmentation. If the preoperative 3D scan shows a wide cleavage, then the fat transfer can be utilised to improve it. If the skin is very thin, particularly in a revision procedure, then the fat transfer can be used to thicken the interface between the skin and the implant

Fat can be used in isolation to improve the shape of a breast or to match one to the other in the case of asymmetry

Very rarely is Fat used to perform complete breast augmentation by itself. The reabsorption of fat means that being able to confidently predict the size is difficult and as such means that it is not a first-line choice in breast augmentation

Fat is injected through the nipple-areola area, in the breast fold, and through the armpit. The fat is injected as small aliquots and in multiple layers, so it has the best chance of retention

Brazilian Butt lift

Fat is injected into the hips and buttocks. These are the areas that patients want addressing because you can create a curve to an otherwise square frame

Care is taken to keep the fat in the plane just beneath the skin. Injecting fat too deeply can cause it to enter the muscles and blood vessels, which has led to severe complications

Intimate areas

Fat transfer is becoming increasingly popular for rejuvenating the labia majora and increasing the circumference of the penis. The surgery is quick and has very little pain

Fat Transfer to Hands

Aging in the hands is a telltale sign of old age. The skin becomes thin and wrinkly, and the loss of fat leads to the guttering in the back of the hand. 

The addition of fat volumises the hand, giving them a youthful shape and tightens the skin. It complements other anti-aging procedures

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What is the Recovery for Fat Transfer

The procedure is typically a day procedure. The exception to this is a Brazilian Butt lift in which a one overnight stay is required

If a large amount of liposuction is performed then there will be some pain and swelling. Pain killers and antibiotics are given on discharge. The pain typically resolves 5-7 days. The swelling will take up to 3 months to fully resolve

The Brazilain butt lift requires most care in the post-operative period. For a period of 4 weeks, you have to minimise any pressure on the buttock region and this has a real impact on your ability to drive and going to the gym. You will need to purchase a special cushion to sit on and sleep on your front

For the other fat transfers, driving can resume within the first week and a return to the gym is possible  after 2 weeks

For all the procedures a return to work is possible at 2 weeks

Dr. Faisal will review you at 1 week, 2 weeks, 6 weeks and 3 months

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How Can I Prepare For Fat Transfer

Smoking has a harmful effect on surgery and significantly reduces fat survival. This should be stopped 3 weeks before surgery

Blood-thinning medications such as aspirin, Plavix, and warfarin need to be stopped 1 week before surgery

Dr. Faisal's team will help you purchase the cushion necessary for the Brazilian butt lift

Dr. Faisal recommends taking 2 weeks vacation for the Brazilian butt lift, but 1 week is sufficient for the other fat transfers

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Patient Reviews

Charlotte Wilson
Charlotte Wilson
I had breast augmentation surgery with Dr Faisal and I honestly couldn’t recommend him enough. The whole process from consultation to aftercare appointments was professional, caring and to the highest standard. He listened to what I wanted and the results are incredible. I would have any future treatments done by Dr Faisal and would send anyone I know to him also.
Thejaswini Paripally
Thejaswini Paripally
Been looking for doctors over years now both in Dubai and India. Never felt fully comfortable with anyone to go forward with the procedure, then I came across Dr. Faizal, found him while I was doing research online and read a lot of positive reviews. Went down for a consultation, a really gem of a person. Immediately felt comfortable, he explained me everything in detail, assured me and got exactly what I wanted and the price was reasonable as well. The hospital the surgery was held at had the best services and staff as well. They took care of everything and made me feel safe and comfortable throughout the procedure. Came back home the same day, I'm at 6 weeks post op now, and the healing is wonderful and now I feel much more confident, all thanks to him. If anyone is looking for a breast augmentation, I would definitely suggest to go for a consultation with him and decide for themselves.
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Vicky Bates
Vicky Bates
Having done a lot of research and looked around Dubai for the best possible option for us, we found Dr Faisal, and I'm so glad we did! The non judgemental and honest advice throughout as well as his pre and post op care is incredible and has been there every step of the way for me. Thank you so much Dr Faisal for everything :).
Ola AlHassan
Ola AlHassan
I came to Dr.Faisal not sure of anything. I wasn’t happy with my body as I had a lot of excess skin due to massive weight loss. I was scared of the idea of a surgery, so came in hoping for an alternative. Here I am months - 3 months post my surgery, wearing a pair of jeans that would have never fit me before. I had a lower body lift surgery done, and I must say my results are amazing. My body has changed so much, and I am very very happy with the way I look now. Dr.Faisal is a great doctor. He will make sure you are aware of everything before and after the procedure and is always there for his patients. My favorite trait about him is that he is always available. Being a patient who has low pain tolerance, and someone who worries a lot, I would always call him. I would have a lot to ask before and after the surgery- and he was always there. It didn’t matter what day or time it was, he made sure to help with every little thing and I am very grateful for him. Thank you doctor, I can now sit without having layers of my stomach falling down, I can now wear my clothes much more confidently and can finally say I love my body.
Lauren Shaw
Lauren Shaw
I can’t recommend Dr Faisal enough, he gets me the results I want every time. He answers all of my questions in depth and explains how and why he does things and makes me feel comfortable. I wouldn’t go to anyone else!
Kirsten Shaw
Kirsten Shaw
Two words to describe my experience with Dr. Faisal: life changing. I had a breast reduction and it has changed my life! The procedure itself was painful for the first 2 hours and much to my surprise I was ready to go home only 4 hours after waking up and ready to return to work only 3 days later. My back, neck and shoulders feel great, my posture is better and I couldn't be happier! I recommend Dr. Faisal and the surgery 100%, my only regret is not finding him 10 years sooner! Thank you Doc!!
Faith Murray
Faith Murray
Dr Faisal is a skilled surgeon who is extremely meticulous and I would highly recommend him. He has a pleasant and calm demeanor which puts you at ease. He looks at the whole person and what they want to achieve and relays realistically what can be done which helps set the right level of expectation from the outset. He shows compassion throughout the process which makes you feel like you are in good hands. Overall Dr Faisal exceeded my expectations and I am so pleased with my results!
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