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Fat Transfer Claims

If you think you have suffered as a result of negligence during fat transfer surgery - also known as lipofilling - you could be entitled to a significant amount of compensation. This can help you both recover from the pain caused and pay for any restorative surgery required.

The specialists at Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors work on a no win, no fee basis and have helped many people who have been affected by a mistake before, during or after surgery. We have a success rate of over 95% in the cases we have pursued after obtaining medical evidence and have recovered millions of pounds for our clients.


If you’ve recently undergone fat transfer surgery that you’re not happy with, you could be entitled to make a claim.

To speak to us about your situation, call Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors today on 0800 634 0285 or request a callback from the team using the online contact form on this page.

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Breast fat transfer

This is a minimally invasive procedure that is becoming an increasingly popular alternative to breast implant surgery. However, the increasing number of procedures has also led to an increase in instances of negligence by surgeons or clinics.

Before the surgery can be carried out, the patient is usually required to wear a special suction bra for several hours a day for about a month. This attempts to expand the breasts in preparation for receiving extra fat.

The surgery is actually made up of two procedures; the harvesting of the fat and the insertion of the fat into the breast. Both procedures take in total between three and four hours.

The patient receives a local anaesthetic and an overnight hospital stay is not generally required. If your operation is completed without complications then the process should proceed like this:

  • In this low-pressure liposuction, the process begins with the cosmetic surgeon administering tumescent or swollen fluid to the patient. When it has taken full effect, two small incisions, not normally longer than 3mm, are made at the donor site agreed beforehand by the surgeon and the patient. The fat tissue can be taken from many different parts of the patient’s body but usually fat is extracted from the thighs, belly or buttocks. This is called autologous fat transfer
  • Fat is then harvested by inserting a tiny cannula or thin metal tube connected to a small syringe into the donor site. This prevents the living fat cells from being destroyed
  • The suctioned fluid is then processed through centrifugation to separate out the unwanted blood, oil and water and what is left is pure fat
  • To insert the fat into the breast, hundreds of tiny individual fat droplets are injected into the breast site, again using a cannula to increase breast size or reshape breast volume. The cannula is used to try and prevent bleeding from the small vessels in and around the tissue
  • If all goes according to plan, the new fat is then incorporated within the existing fat tissue and the breasts are enlarged
  • Finally, the surgeon closes the incisions with sutures and applies a dressing to the breasts to minimise swelling. After surgery, the suction bra is worn again for about a week

Face fat transfer

This targets creases in the face such as laugh lines, smile lines, and crow’s-feet. The surgery is also is used by surgeons to tackle acne scars or sunken areas of the face and cheeks.

Fat is removed using a procedure similar to liposuction from the abdomen, inner thigh or buttocks and then filtered to remove any unhealthy fat tissue. The surgeon then uses stab incisions to re-inject this fat into the areas of the face that have lost volume.

Buttock fat transfer

This procedure is often referred to as a ‘Brazilian butt lift’, and attempts to reshape or enhance a patient’s buttocks following weight gain, weight loss or pregnancy or for purely aesthetic reasons.

This type of autologous surgery again takes surplus fat from a patient’s flanks, stomach or thighs. Micro-fat transfers or autologous grafts are then injected back into the buttocks through a small incision.

Hand fat transfer

As people age, their skin thins and the veins, tendons and bones in the hand become more exposed. This kind of surgery aims to improve the hand’s skin texture and volume, by injecting fat, again taken from the patient’s abdomen or thighs, into the back of the hands.

Examples of negligence

Following a lipofilling or autologous procedure, post-operative pain, bruising and swelling are common for several days. Even with a successful procedure, significant amounts of fat may be absorbed by the body following the operation and some patients may require further treatment.

When something goes wrong, however, the patient suffer considerably. Negligent surgery can provoke strong emotions, which may include feeling that the operated area does not look as you expected.

There are also many potential problems that could cause physical suffering. The following are examples of issues that could indicate negligence:

  • Asymmetry disfigurement leaving the skin area unequal in shape
  • Fat necrosis (where the skin cells die) with lumps under the skin
  • Overfilling, where too much fat is injected into the relevant area of the body and gradually the grafted fat grows, resulting in distortion of the skin
  • Unsightly scarring, bruising and saggy skin as a result of the surgery
  • Blood clotting can occur, however this is rare

Making a claim with Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors

Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors is a specialist UK law firm in the field of cosmetic surgery negligence. We were the first legal practice established in England and Wales dedicated to guiding victims of negligent cosmetic surgery through this often complicated legal process.

Working on a no win, no fee basis, we have successfully recovering over £3 million in compensation for our clients.

We’ve helped hundreds of victims of negligent cosmetic surgery, including breast fat transfer surgeries that have gone wrong, and understand your situation. We can answer any questions you have about making a claim, and will be there to support you through the whole process.


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