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Fat graft

Fat graft

Fat grafting is the transfer of fat (adipose tissue). It is used to correct soft tissue contour deformities. The fat is harvested by aspiration (liposuction), treated and injected in the body or facial areas. It is used to correct soft tissue contour deformities.

It is a safe procedure. A natural appearance in the treated zone can be achieved while contouring the donor area. It also avoids the use of synthetic fillers.

More frequently treated areas in face are:

  • Lip augmentation
  • Cheek augmentation
  • Periorbital rejuvenation
  • Wrinkle correction
  • Nasolabial fold augmentation
  • Depressed acne or traumatic scars

When used in the body, it also allows:

  • Scar treatment
  • Buttock augmentation
  • Dorsal hand rejuvenation
  • Pubic rejuvenation
  • Penile enlargement

Up to 20% of the injected fat can be reabsorbed. The final result is only visible after 6 months after surgery. It may be necessary to repeat the session to obtain the desired results.

Fat Graft can be done alone or in association with other surgeries as facelift, blepharoplasty, eyebrow lift or rhinoplasty.

Technical points

The surgical procedure varies, in accordance to threated area.
It is performed under sedation and local anaesthesia.
It can be performed on outpatient basis.

  • Expect bruising after surgery
  • Swelling possible up to 4-5 months
  • Permanent results not seen until 6 months postoperatively

Postoperative care


  • Acetaminophen or ibuprofen for routine pain control

Compression garment

For 2 weeks, then at night for 2 weeks


  • Massage or manipulation of grafted area is minimized for at least 1 week to prevent graft migration.
  • Return to professional activity after 7 days.
  • Full activity is resumed 3 weeks after procedure.

Other recommendation

  • Head elevation and ice/cold application within 24h
  • Avoid sun exposure

Complications and surgical risks

Fat grafting is safe procedure. However, all surgeries have their own risks and complications that you must know:

  • Fat resorption
  • Aesthetic deformity of the recipient or donor site
  • Graft size fluctuation with weight changes
  • Fat necrosis and formation of calcifications
  • Fat emboli
  • Lipoid meningitis
  • Arterial occlusion


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