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Face Fat Transfer

A minimally-invasive treatment that improves facial contours with natural looking results

Improves facial contours with natural looking results

Minimally-invasive treatment

Restores volume to the mid face and chin

Considerably less pain and no scarring

Improves facial contours with natural looking results

Minimally-invasive treatment

Restores volume to the mid face and chin

Considerably less pain and no scarring

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Medically reviewed by Lorcan Sheppard BSc MBBS FRCA, Chief Medical Officer and the Medical Advisory Committee for The Private Clinic.

Last Reviewed July 16th 2020

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As we get older our fat content in the face – particularly the mid-face and chin area – loses some volume, helping to draw the skin downwards. This can make our cheeks look rather sunken and the whole face a little empty.

A similar appearance is evident if one loses a significant amount of weight. To regain the appearance of youth again one can volumise the mid-face by transplanting fat taken from different part of the body (typically the abdomen and thighs but we can utilise many other excess areas of body fat). This can give you a healthier glow and restore and rejuvenate what added years have been taking away.

Fat Transfer is also an increasingly popular alternative to using fillers and implants for chin augmentation. Demand for chin implants have increased by 50% in the UK over the past 3 years.

Fat Transfer can often be combined with a face lift and upper and lower eyelift, to add a more youthful look.

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Procedure Time

1 - 1.5 hours

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Recovery Time

6 weeks

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Return to Work

1 - 2 weeks

Face Fat Transfer Advantages

  • Fat Transfer is a minimally invasive procedure that is performed under local anaesthetic as opposed to general anaesthetic
  • It is a walk-in walk-out procedure, so no hospital stay is involved
  • Results are more natural-looking
  • Considerably less pain and no scarring
  • No lengthy time off work or away from daily activities
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Before & After

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What to Expect

The Private Clinic has been treating patients for over 35 years with thousands of women placing their trust in us each year. We pride ourselves on being able to offer a personalised service. We have a team of friendly nurses and expert breast surgeons who understand the importance of this decision and will support you throughout your journey with us.
  • The Procedure
  • Aftercare

Face Fat Transfer Treatment

We use an advanced, innovative technique of fat grafting to the face -“THE ORGANIC FACELIFT” – which utilises your own fat tissue to restore volume: an autologous procedure.

This process involves carefully taking some fat from any other donor site you wish, maintaining its viability, filtering it and injecting it into the areas that have lost volume.  The minimally invasive procedure is performed under local anaesthetic and takes approximately 1.5 hours.  You are able to go home immediately afterwards.

Mr Roberto Uccellini is our Fat Grafting specialist Doctor who use a novel technique of fat grafting to the face – The Organic Facelift, named so as it uses your very own organic fat tissue.

After your face fat transfer

You will notice the results immediately – your face will look fuller, healthier, more youthful and healthier.

Although specialised techniques keep it to a minimum, occasionally some bruises develop in the face.  Depending on these, you could return to work or social activities within a few days.  There is also the option of using camouflage cream.  The harvest sites generally settle within a week or two. Compared to surgical facelifts, the downtime is significantly minimal. Depending on the area in which you opt to have Liposuction, you may be advised to undergo a course of Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage, which your team will explain in relation to your individual case.

Face Fat Transfer Treatment

We use an advanced, innovative technique of fat grafting to the face -“THE ORGANIC FACELIFT” – which utilises your own fat tissue to restore volume: an autologous procedure.

This process involves carefully taking some fat from any other donor site you wish, maintaining its viability, filtering it and injecting it into the areas that have lost volume.  The minimally invasive procedure is performed under local anaesthetic and takes approximately 1.5 hours.  You are able to go home immediately afterwards.

Mr Roberto Uccellini is our Fat Grafting specialist Doctor who use a novel technique of fat grafting to the face – The Organic Facelift, named so as it uses your very own organic fat tissue.

After your face fat transfer

You will notice the results immediately – your face will look fuller, healthier, more youthful and healthier.

Although specialised techniques keep it to a minimum, occasionally some bruises develop in the face.  Depending on these, you could return to work or social activities within a few days.  There is also the option of using camouflage cream.  The harvest sites generally settle within a week or two. Compared to surgical facelifts, the downtime is significantly minimal. Depending on the area in which you opt to have Liposuction, you may be advised to undergo a course of Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage, which your team will explain in relation to your individual case.

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FAQs

  • What does the treatment involve?

    The VASER technique for liposuction is used to help harvest the fat cells. VASER liposuction differs greatly from surgical liposuction because it targets fat cells specifically, without damaging nerves and connective tissue in the donor area – minimising pain, bruising and swelling after the procedure as well as helping to speed up the recovery process. Once the fat cells have been harvested, they are filtered and injected into the required sites, with an immediate effect.

  • Does the procedure hurt?

    As it is a relatively small amount of fat being transferred, compared to fat transfer to the breasts, the procedure is very unlikely to cause much discomfort. Some bruising may occur but developments in the technique have significantly reduced the amount of bruising involved.

  • How long does the procedure take?

    It is a walk in walk out procedure. The full result can be achieved within a couple of hours, with the procedure itself taking around 90 minutes.

  • How soon will I see the results?

    The results are instant but the full effect will be evident after the minimal swelling and bruising has gone. Expect the swelling and bruising to last 1-2 weeks.

  • How long will the results last?

    Each patient reacts differently but our extensive experience as well as medical and industry experience has shown that results can last for many years. More information is available at a consultation.

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    Marina. M
    2020-11-16
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    Dr Fallhadar did an exceptional job, he made me feel comfortable from start to finish. Fiona his assistant was also incredibly helpful and supportive throughout. They are so natural and I would highly recommend him to anyone, particularly if you want a natural and problem free result
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    meryam
    2020-11-15
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    The derma pen training was very intensive in terms of the theory and both practical i learnt so many different techniques Dr Farah was amazing in her teaching skill and was able to Answer all my concerns
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    Ana
    2020-11-13
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    I work with Mr Riaz Agha, a Harley Street Plastic Consultant Surgeon at one of his private clinics. I am impressed with not only his standard and quality of work but also the care and kindness that he shows to all of his patients and team. I have worked with a huge variety of different consultants over the years but Mr Argha really stands out and I would highly recommend him to friends and family, and of course if ever I consider to have any procedures in the future. Marie
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    Joy Townsend
    2020-11-10
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    I had laser treatment on face by Emma, the results are amazing I can actually go foundation free. All the team were friendly and approachable.
    Lena Hayward
    Lena Hayward
    2020-10-31
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    I had a breast reduction performed by Mr Navid Jallali. I am absolutely thrilled with the results. I have less backache and less neck ache. The size and shape are absolutely fabulous.The clinic was amazing. The nursing staff in the hospital were superb. I would not hesitate to recommend this clinic and Mr Jalalli to anyone wanting a breast reduction.
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    Danielle
    2020-10-27
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    A really positive experience. Alex is a fantastic patient co-ordinator, so friendly and reassuring. After a few changes of plan due to Covid lockdown, I feel so grateful to have had the opportunity to have Dr Fattah performing my procedure. Extremely thorough and precise from the first consultation, I really trusted him. My main aim was to restore my figure after children/breastfeeding, with a really natural look that would work with my lifestyle, gym etc. Dr Fattah really “got” this and I trusted his judgement on size of implant and placement completely. I’m absolutely delighted with the result and the aftercare support has been great – surgery follow up and then annual check ups for reassurance. Thank you team, wouldn’t hesitate to recommend ?
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    Allielle
    2020-10-27
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    From the start to finish of my T-Lift procedure, I felt in good hands. The entire team at The Private Clinic were very caring and professional. Mr Falladah is an excellent surgeon, he explained everything clearly -before and during the procedure – and has a calm and reassuring manner. Because I was well-informed regarding what to expect after surgery, I was able to manage with minimal pain medication, but I’m glad I took a couple of days off work to recover. I’m really pleased with the results – a five star recommendation!
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    EH
    2020-10-26
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    I had preservation rhinoplasty with Dr Rochira in December 2019. I couldn’t be happier with my results. The results are very natural-looking and I feel so much more confident with my side profile. Dr Rochira is an amazing surgeon and I instantly felt comfortable. He knew exactly what I wanted and was very realistic with the results in my consultation. Thank you!
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    Lilly M A
    2020-10-25
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    Dr. Rochira performed a preservation rhinoplasty on me in December 2019. I trusted his suggestions for my nose and now, 9 months later, I couldn’t be happier with the results I’m seeing. I did not experience any bruising at all, only swelling around my eyes for the first couple of weeks — my nose itself took a few months to settle and I feel like it has really grown into the rest of my features. I entirely recommend this surgeon if you are looking for a natural result and an extremely pleasant experience.

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