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What happens during fat grafting?

Fat grafting can be performed under general or local anaesthetic depending on the area being treated. Your surgeon will use a very thin needle (called a cannula) to harvest cells from an area of your body and inject these cells into the area being augmented. A dressing may be applied just after the procedure.

Going home after fat grafting

Fat grafting is usually done as a day case meaning you should be able to go home the day of your procedure. You should arrange for someone to drive you home. You may be given antibiotics and medication for pain relief.

It is normal to feel swollen and bruised for about one week following fat grafting. You should avoid any strenuous activities for the first few weeks but you are encouraged to walk to prevent blood clots.

You should discuss your return to work with your surgeon. The treated area may remain swollen for several weeks. 

You will need to return for a follow up appointment with your surgeon 7-10 days after fat grafting. During this appointment any sutures will be removed. 

You may not see the full effect of fat grafting for up to 6 months after your grafting.

Sometimes the body does not retain all of the injected fat. In this case it may be necessary to repeat the grafting procedure. 

Most people are pleased with the results of their fat grafting. As with any cosmetic procedure there could be complications:

  • Pain
  • Infection
  • Scarring

Specific complications of fat grafting:

  • Bleeding under the skin
  • Numbness or nerve damage
  • Excessive resorption of fat (meaning the procedure must be repeated)
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Bournemouth  

67 Lansdowne Road, Bournemouth, BH1 1RW

01202 291866
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Brentwood  

Shenfield Road, Brentwood, CM15 8EH

01277 695695
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Brighton  

Warren Road, Brighton, BN2 6DX

01273 624488
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Bristol  

3 Clifton Hill, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1BN

0117 906 4870
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Cambridge  

4 Trumpington Road, Cambridge, CB2 8AF

01223 370 922
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Cheltenham  

Hatherley Lane, Cheltenham, GL51 6SY

01242 246 500
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Chester  

Wrexham Road, Chester, CH4 7QP

01244 680 444
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Chichester  

78 Broyle Road, Chichester, PO19 6WB

01243 530600
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Derby  

Rykneld Road, Derby, DE23 4SN

01332 540100
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Exeter  

Wonford Road, Exeter, EX2 4UG

01392 262110
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Glasgow  

25 Beaconsfield Road, Glasgow, G12 0PJ

01413349441
Guildford  

Stirling Road, Guildford, GU2 7RF

Enquiries 0300 131 1401
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Hereford  

Venns Lane, Hereford, HR1 1DF

01432 355 131
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Leeds  

2 Leighton Street, Leeds, LS1 3EB

01133 882 067
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Leicester  

Scraptoft Lane, Leicester, LE5 1HY

Enquiries 0300 1311416
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Newcastle upon Tyne  

Clayton Road, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE2 1JP

0191 281 6131
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Oxford  

Beech Road, Headington, Oxford, OX3 7RP

01865 307777
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Plymouth  

Derriford Road, Plymouth, PL6 8BG

01752 775861
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Taunton  

Staplegrove Elm, Taunton, TA2 6AN

01823 286991
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Tees  

Junction Road, Norton, Stockton on Tees, TS20 1PX

01642 367439
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Tunbridge Wells  

Kingswood Road, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 4UL

01892 531111
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Warwickshire  

The Chase, Old Milverton Lane, Leamington Spa, CV32 6RW

Enquiries 0300 131 1400
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Wolverhampton  

Wood Road, Tettenhall, Wolverhampton, WV6 8LE

01902 793 269
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York  

Haxby Road, York, YO31 8TA

01904 715000
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