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Fat Grafting

Fat grafting is the use of fat from one area of the body for example the buttocks, thighs or hips to ‘plump out’ areas on the face or body. It is most commonly used to add body to the cheeks or lips. Fat can be used successfully because your body will not ‘reject’ it – however the fat may be reabsorbed by the body meaning that the result may not be permanent.

Is it suitable for me?

Fat grafting will benefit those people who are unhappy with either the shape or fullness of their lips.

The lips change with age becoming longer and thinner and fat grafting can be used to correct this change, or to help correct hereditary deviations from the aesthetic ideal – i.e. asymmetrical lips.

Fat grafting can also be used to add fullness to the cheeks – and correct a ‘sunken’ appearance which can occur due to the natural ageing process.

This procedure can also be used on areas of the body where there is a hollowing or fat deficit e.g. following a mastectomy.

What does surgery involve?

Fat grafting is usually performed under local anaesthetic combined with light sedation. The fat will be drawn off from the donor area and injected via the use of fine needles to the area required.

What happens after surgery?

After the procedure the area will usually begin to throb and ache as the anaesthetic wears off. This should disappear quite soon after surgery leaving only some tenderness – mild painkillers may be required.

Lips will usually feel and look quite swollen. This swelling could last for up to two weeks and it may take up to a month for the lips to resume a normal shape.

Some shrinkage of the transplanted fat may occur and so the final result can’t be judged for at least six months.

The procedure may need to be repeated for a satisfactory result.


For further information on any surgical procedures or
to book a consultation, please contact us at:

Fitzwilliam Clinic, 70-72 Lisburn Road, Belfast
Tel: 028 9032 3888
Email: [email protected]