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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Over 2000 satisfied patients

I had surgery in February with Doctor Faisal and I cannot recommend him highly enough. I went from 64kg to 95kg with gestational diabetes during two back to back pregnancies at age 40, and ended up with massive abdominal separation. Doctor Faisal was able to perform an extremely extensive abdominal muscle and hernia repair, combined with lipo and a cosmetic tummy tuck that has completely transformed not only my appearance but my confidence and physical strength also. My body now looks better than it did before I had children. I conducted extensive research for over 3 years on best plastic surgeon Dubai before I chose Doctor Faisal based on his qualification, experience, confidence in his ability to perform this surgery without the use of a mesh as well as his extremely reassuring manner. The recovery went smoothly and my scar is healing beautifully. Its low, neat, and I didn't experience any healing complications. To anyone that is on the fence, or hesitating about moving forwards with such a procedure, I definitely say- go for it! I wish I'd done it 3 years ago and gotten back into a bikini sooner. Thanks Doctor Faisal, I will miss you!

Andi Quinn

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- I had my surgery just over a year ago, and I can honestly say that I would not have gone ahead with such a life-changing surgery if it wasn't for Dr Faisal and his amazing team. From my very first visit, I knew that if I did go ahead with the surgery it would be with him. Instantly he made me feel at ease and knew that he would take care of me through the entire process. The numerous visits, messages, emails and phone calls were all answered without hesitation and the entire team provided a fully comprehensive service. Dr Faisal, I cannot thank you enough. Thank you for helping me make this monumental decision and making my life better for it, I wouldn't have been able to feel the way I do about myself right now without you! I'm trying my best to not write an essay here, but I know these mere words do not do justice fr all that you and your team have done for me! Hopefully I will come by for a visit the next time I'm in Dubai! Sakira... Fellow LFC Supporter!

Sakira Begum


After extensive research and consultations for Plastic surgeons in Dubai, and a failed attempt a couple of years back, I finally encountered the amazing Dr.Faisal Salim, and I couldn’t be happier of my choice. It was a tough decision, to whom I would entrust this very important event in my life. Most of the information provided by the plastic surgeons I’ve met in Dubai, is more or less the same, but Dr.Faisal stood out from everyone else right away from my first consultation. He is extremely caring, empathic and extremely knowledgeable in his field. He was ready to answer all my questions, some of them even before I asked! He reassured me and made me feel at ease. I knew right away after my first consultation that he was the one. We met several times after that, to discuss in further details my decision to go ahead with the surgery, and he was always outstanding, as the first time we met. He asked what were my expectations and what I wanted the outcome to be, my worries and fears, and then he explained what was realistically possible and what could be achieved. his expertise is just outstanding. Any doubt I had thought the entire process, he was always there, even when abroad. This means the world to someone who’s worried, scared or just stressed out. He was always very honest, approachable and caring. The aftercare was as outstanding as the pre operative care, and the results? I can’t be happier then I am now :) A shout out to his entire team at euromed clinic as well, the nurses and especially his co-ordinator Yasmina, she is just outstanding! a level of care and professionalism that one doesn’t encounter very often, till the late hours on the night before my surgery, she was sending messages, reassuring me was always available throughout the entire process. If you’re in that phase, were you still are not sure who to entrust your surgery too, After you meet with Dr.Faisal Salim, you should look nor worry anymore, he is the one. I can’t recommend him enough after what he’s done for me. Thank you Dr.Faisal!

Jordan Cran

Cabin Crew

My whole experience with Dr. Faisal and his team was outstanding. I had several consultations with different doctors before finally meeting Dr. Faisal. His personality and expertise totally convinced me to go ahead with my operation without any doubts. He took extensive time during the several consultations, where we discussed the reasonable expectations. Dr. Faisal managed to create the exact result I have wished for where other doctors told me differently and I couldn’t be happier. He has definitely exceeded my expectations. My healing process was extremely smooth without any complications and pain. Dr. Faisal is very compassionate, emphatic and caring. He takes a lot of time for each appointment and the aftercare was superb. I could not recommend him enough. The whole team at Euromed is extremely friendly. Yasmina has been an amazing patient coordinator and I thank her for her kindness and flexibility.

Beate Sweis


My whole experience with Dr. Faisal was more than outstanding! It took me a while to decide on a specific surgeon, and I had already seen many before I decided to proceed with Dr. Faisal. From the first appointment, his honesty, care and straightforwardness immediately put me at ease. I had felt I will be in good hands, and that was a prerequisite for me to go for it. We had several appointments before the surgery, and he explained everything so clearly with realistic expectations. On the day of the surgery, he was quite caring, calm and compassionate. Post the surgery, took all the time to look after me, and answer all my questions. He patiently endured my fussiness, impatience and always assured me. I was quite happy with the results, and his availability for the post-surgery follow-ups. I had a big surgery, which Dr. Faisal handles perfectly so I can’t recommend him enough. To add, Dr. Faisal has the most amazing coordinator (Yasmine), always been there, answered all my questions with care and support

Mira Ahmed

Human Resources

I met Dr Faisal last year whilst on a quest to find a surgeon to complete a full tummy tuck, gynecomastia and lypo. I instantly felt at ease when meeting Dr Faisal and after a discussion he pointed out what was and wasn’t needed, he suggested a plan and showed me what I could expect by his previous surgeries. I had made my mind up and decided to choose him to move forward with. We met a few more times and he was very clear what I should do prior to surgery and made himself available with his mobile number for any further questions I might have. the morning of the surgery he seemed very focused and tried to help me relax and put me at ease, I felt good and trusted him fully. i was happy with the after care and was surprised with the speed of the healing process, he was regularly checking in and told me how it all went, over the next few weeks we met for appointments and dressing changes. It’s been 5 months now and I’m so happy with the results, I feel way more confident and I feel the results are even better than I expected. Great surgeon, would definitely recommend him!

Toni Jardella


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