Fat Transfer (Lipofilling)


York Plastic Surgery is one of Yorkshire's leading Cosmetic Surgery Clinics offering fat transfer or lipofilling to improve breast shape and symmetry and to improve facial creases and hollows.

All our cosmetic surgery is performed by Consultant Plastic Surgeon Chris Dunkin who has more than 10 years clinical experience delivering high quality, high value, clinical solutions to both men and women of all ages.

All your care is provided by Mr Dunkin and his team at The Nuffield Health York Hospital, York's premier private hospital. So you can rest assured you will receive the best quality of care and a level of service that is second to none.

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What is fat transfer?

Fat transfer is a new technique that involves transfer of fat from one area to another. The most common indications are to improve breast shape and symmetry but it is also used in the face to improve creases and hollows.

Am I a good candidate for fat transfer?

You would benefit from fat transfer if your breasts are a slightly different size or shape, if you would like your breasts to be slightly larger and you don’t want implants or if you have had breast surgery in the past and now need some ‘plumping-up’.  You also need to have enough spare fat elsewhere to transfer.

What are the benefits of fat transfer?

Fat transfer can improve breast size and shape in the right women. In the face, fat transfer can improve deep creases and hollows. Liposuction improves the size and shape of the area from where the fat is removed.

What happens before my fat transfer?

During your first appointment you will be assessed and advised by a UK-trained Consultant Plastic Surgeon. This assessment includes taking a full medical history and breast history and examining you in the company of one of our nurses. Next we will discuss the result you are hoping to achieve, in terms of size and shape. We will go through what fat transfer involves, including the potential risks and complications. Following this we will give you further information, to help you decide if this is the right choice for you, and encourage you to attend for a second appointment, to give you a chance to ask any further questions and prepare you for surgery.

What does fat transfer involve?

Before surgery the areas of excess fat are marked. The operation usually takes 1-2 hours and is performed with you asleep (general anaesthetic). First liposuction is performed to remove the excess fat. The fat is filtered and prepared by centrifugation (high-speed spinning) to separate out the healthy fat. This fat is then transferred to the breast using special cannulae to ‘plump up’ the whole breast or just the area that needs filling. We tend to overfill by about 20% because studies have shown that about 80% of the transferred fat persists long-term. 

What happens after my fat transfer?

When you wake after surgery you will have a drip and pain relief. Most patients go home the following day but same day discharge is available. You will need to wear a crop-top until you are comfortable to be fitted for your new bra. Wounds usually heal in a weeks and you can expect some swelling and tenderness for 3-4 weeks. The short (5mm) scars from the liposuction can take 6-12 months to settle down. You will be encouraged to mobilise as soon as possible after surgery and return to work and other activities 1-2 weeks later, depending on you, your activities and the amount of liposuction you had done. You should rest from gym work for about 3-4 weeks.

What are the downsides to fat transfer?

Fat transfer is not suitable for everyone and we wil discuss all your options with you. There is no such thing as risk-free surgery and fat transfer is no different. It is important for you to balance the risks and benefits for you. Swelling can persist for some weeks after liposuction. The scars are short and usually well hidden. Occasionally skin tethering and contour irregularities are seen. Numbness is common and usually improves with time. Potential complications include problems with the anaesthetic (your anaesthetist will talk to you about these), blood clots (deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolus), bleeding (haematoma), wound infection and slow healing. Fat necrosis and scarring can be seen after fat transfer and may cause problems with mammographic screening in the future.

Are there any alternatives to fat transfer?

Fat transfer is not for everyone. Breast uplift or enlargement may be a better way to improve breast size and shape.

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