Fat Transfer



As you grow older, a reduction in your skin elastin, collagen and moisture will cause the formation of wrinkles and hollows that were previously plump. You might hear this described as a loss in volume and contours. The good news is that at The Lime Tree Clinic, we offer fat transfer to rejuvenate areas deprived of volume. A fat transfer involves harvesting your own unwanted fat from one or more areas and transferring it to another area that needs volumising to achieve your desired face and body contours.

How does fat transfer work?

Fat transfer is a technique that harvests the fat from different areas of the body using liposuction. The most common donor area for fat harvesting is the stomach, thigh, hips and back of the arms. When the fat is removed with liposuction, the fat cells are potent and become a perfect grafting material. The fat cells are then carefully grafted to their target areas. These areas maintain their volume for a prolong period of time as the living cells are permanently transferred to the target area. Fat transfer is an area of continual innovation and at The Lime Tree Clinic, we always come up with better equipment and techniques to ensure the highest uptake of the transferred fat.

Is fat transfer safe?

When performed under the right conditions by a qualified professional, fat transfer is a safe procedure. At The Lime Tree Clinic, all fat transfer procedures are performed by our qualified cosmetic doctor who strictly adheres to aseptic techniques to ensure your safety is not compromised. During your initial consultation, our doctor will discuss the benefits and risks, listen to your questions, and offer recommendations for your areas of concern.

What are the treatment areas for fat transfer?

Fat can be transferred to any area lacking volume. The most common treatment areas include but are not limited to:
- Hips, to enhancing an hourglass figure
- Face, for filling in wrinkles, smile lines, vertical lines near the mouth, and restoring lost volume in sunken cheeks and lips
- Breast, to add volume and firmness
- Other areas, such as depressed scars or burns from prior trauma

What are the differences between dermal fillers and fat transfer?

Fat TransferDermal Fillers
Significant volume restoration without adding significant costVolume restoration is limited to pre-packaged filler and cost is priced per mL. When used in large amounts, the cost can be high
Longevity can be many years, as the cells are yours and aliveThe effect can last between 6 to 24 months.
Greater volumising capacity, softer appearanceHas greater lifting and shaping capacity, great for certain areas requiring definition such as nose and chin
A minimally invasive procedure that takes a longer time and require more downtime than dermal fillersA non-surgical procedure that can be completed in 30 minutes with less bruising, swelling and downtime

What is the procedure for fat transfer?

Fat transfer at The Lime Tree Clinic is a walk-in walk-out procedure that typically takes about 2-3 hours. The procedure can be broken into three main phases “Harvesting”, “Purification” and “Transfer”. Prior to the procedure, the target treatment area will be numbed with local anaesthetic and sedation can be offered upon request.

The “Harvesting” phase involves collection of the fat using small-scale liposuction. A fine cannula is used to carefully harvest the fat ensure maximal fat survivability.

The “Purification” phase involves the thorough cleaning of the harvested fat cells either by hand or machine to remove impurities, debris and fluid.

The “Transfer” phase involves the reinsertion of your own fat cells into the target treatment area using a smaller cannula specially designed to be gentle. The doctor injects the fat in small aliquots repetitively in layers throughout the area to achieve smooth, natural results.


Fat transfer aftercare

Immediately after fat transfer, you may experience some discomfort such as bruising, swelling and numbness for two weeks. A dull ache may persist for a further 1-4 weeks but this can be minimised easily with pain relief. An antibiotic course will be given after the procedure to lower the risk of infection. Depending on your health, lifestyle and treated areas, you should be able to return to work within a few days following the surgery. Our cosmetic doctor will carefully guide you through the aftercare programme.

When can I see the treatment results and how long will it last for?

The result of fat transfer will be visible immediately after the first session, however some of it is due to the swelling from the treatment. Once the fat has settled into its new location, blood supply is restored and healing begins. You may need to wait for a few months before seeing the end result. A fat transfer is often effective for several years and we recommend all our patients follow a healthy diet and exercise regime to maximise results.

What is the cost of fat transfer?

Fat transfer treatment includes:
- Full assessment of medical history, addressing your concerns, discussion of options and recommendations
- Donor area fat collection and target area fat transfer
- All aftercare supplies
- Ongoing follow-up for 12 months

Fat transfer starts from $3500