The purpose of autologous fat transfer (patient’s own fat), also called lipo-filling, is to collect fat during a small liposuction to reinject it in another part of the body for a filling.

The indications for fat transfer can be aesthetic: for restoring facial volumes during the early stages of aging, correcting irregularities, improving the harmony of the face, reshaping the silhouette, etc.

Fat grafting has been shown to increase the quality of the overlying skin.

This technique can also be used for reconstructive surgery: filling a tissue depression following trauma, aesthetic improvement of breast reconstructions, correction of fat loss following medical treatment, etc.

Treatment: Fat transfer
Duration of Treatment: About 2 hours
Anesthesia: Local or general anesthesia or deep sedation
Hospitalization: Outpatient
Follow-up Treatment: Regular post-operative visits
Social life: Few days after
To be considered: Few weeks without sport
Costs: From CHF 5’000
Further questions: Contact us


How does a fat transfer take place?

The surgeon collects the fat from the patient at the desired location using a fine cannula. The fat is then filtered in order to limit the absorption of fatty tissue. The methods of taking and reinjecting fat are nowadays atraumatic. The procedure is usually performed under sedation or anesthesia. It can also in some cases be performed under local tumescent anesthesia.

Who are best candidates for micro-fat grafting to the face?

The best candidate is a menopaused female patient, who has a loss of volume in certain facial areas.

Fat grafts are usually injected into the central face or into the temples.

What can I expect in terms of results?

The result is assessed within 3 to 6 months after the operation. There is a variable difference between the amount of fat reinjected and the amount of fat remaining after a few months. Indeed, between 20 and 40% of fat will be reabsorbed (micro-fat usually has a higher survival rate). Adjuncts to fat grafting may help heal better, like with the use of PRP. See link

Injections of nanofat, which is a filtrate of fat without fat cells but rich in stem cells, can be prepared during the fat grafting session for skin boosting or treatment of dark circles under the eyes. See link

Microfat can also be injected directly into wrinkles as a more permanent filler (SNIF procedure).