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Fat transfer compensation 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.

Fat grafting gone wrong can leave patients with visible and unsightly complications, which can result in significant psychological distress for the affected individual. In many cases, further restorative surgery may be needed to correct the damage done.

When this happens, making a claim for compensation can help you to move forward with your recovery, while also preventing others from experiencing the same negligent care. Working with a specialist clinical negligence solicitor with years of experience in this area could maximise your chances of a successful claim.

To speak to our expert solicitors about whether you can make a fat transfer compensation claim, get in touch with us today. Call 0800 634 0285 or fill out our online enquiry form.

About fat transfer surgery

The process of lipofilling encompasses a number of different surgical procedures, all of which involve transferring fat from a chosen donor site on the body to another location to achieve a specific cosmetic effect.

For example, breast fat transfers have become a popular alternative to conventional breast implant surgery, using body fat to augment breast volume; fat transfers also form the basis of another cosmetic procedure commonly known as the ‘Brazilian butt lift’, in which fat deposits are used to reshape or enhance the buttocks.

Other procedures include facial fat transfers, which are used to reduce the appearance of laugh lines, smile lines and crow’s feet, or to address acne scars and sunken areas of the face and cheeks; lipofilling can also be used to improve the skin texture and volume of the hands, which many choose to do when their hands show signs of ageing.

Surgeons’ and clinics’ duty of care

Even in the case of minimally invasive surgery, all medical procedures of this kind involve some degree of inevitable risk, which is why surgeons and clinics have a vital duty of care to ensure the safety and wellbeing of patients in various ways.

This means that medical professionals involved in this process need to be highly accountable for the work they do, as fat grafting gone wrong can be physically harmful and emotionally distressing for the patient. Clinicians need to carefully monitor and manage potential risk factors, and brief patients thoroughly on the ins and outs of the process to ensure they are able to provide informed consent.

If you feel that your surgeon has not fulfilled this duty of care and you have suffered as a result of negligence, you may be eligible to make a fat transfer compensation claim.

How can fat transfer surgery go wrong?

A certain amount of postoperative pain, bruising and swelling are common for several days after a lipofilling procedure, even when the surgery was a complete success. Moreover, significant amounts of the transferred fat may be absorbed by the body following the operation, meaning some patients may require further treatment.

However, when something goes wrong, a number of potential problems could arise that cause physical and emotional suffering. These include:

  • asymmetrical disfigurement that leaves the area unequal in shape
  • overfilling, where too much fat is injected into the relevant area of the body, resulting in distortion of the skin
  • unsightly scarring, bruising and saggy skin as a result of the surgery

How can we help?

If you have been the victim of a fat transfer procedure that has gone wrong, you may experience strong emotions as you come to terms with the operated area not looking as you expected.

When this is the result of clinical negligence, it may be worth pursuing a legal claim with Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors. We specialise in the field of cosmetic surgery negligence, and were the first legal practice established in England and Wales specifically to guide victims of negligent cosmetic surgery through the complicated legal process.

Working on a no-win, no-fee basis, we have successfully recovered more than £3 million in compensation for hundreds of victims, including those who have experienced fat transfer surgeries that have gone wrong; as such, we understand your situation, and can answer any questions you might have during the process.


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 our expert solicitors about whether you can make a claim for fat transfer compensation, call 0800 634 0285 or fill in the online contact form.

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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

  • 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


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