Fat transferRisks and complications


The anaesthetic associated with fat transfer surgery carries a small risk, whether it is local anaesthetic, local anaesthetic and intravenous sedation or general anaesthetic.


Pain after surgery tends to be moderate an primarily at the donor site. Occasionally people can experience long term pain even after smaller trauma, which is termed neuropathic chronic pain and may benefit from the intervention of a pain specialist.

Bruising and swelling

Bruising and swelling can be significant after fat transfer, and may take some time to settle. For the face, the progress is usually quicker and typically social recovery after this treatment is within 10 to 14 days.


A degree of asymmetry is inevitable when treating the two sides of the body but may be better controlled with fat transfer than with other means.

Treatment longevity

Longevity of the fat transfer also depends on the individual patient and it is said that smokers or people that have a very high intensity of exercise in their weekly routine will not retain the fat transfer very well. In most instances you can expect 3 to 5 years of improvement from the fat transfer and frequently longer than that.

Skin irregularities

Skin irregularities are possible both at the donor site and where the fat has been added but tend to be rare.

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