What is fat transfer to thighs and buttocks surgery?

Fat transfer to the thighs and buttocks includes a liposuction of fat from an area on the body, typically the stomach, and the injection of that collected fat back into the buttocks, hips or thighs. This produces an enhancement that looks and feels natural.

The results are immediately obvious post surgery, and will become more evident within the first two weeks after when the swelling and bruising has subsided. The results will continue to improve over the next few months’ as the fat settles.

Why consider fat transfer to thighs and buttocks surgery?

A fat transfer to thighs and buttocks procedure is for those who feel that their buttocks lack volume or are out of proportion with the rest of their body.

Far from the exaggerated silhouette, fat tissue can reconstruct the buttocks and help bring back softness in body contouring, providing the most natural enhancement.

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How long does the surgery take?

The length of the procedure varies according to the amount of fat to be re-injected and may take between 60-120 minutes.


All fat transfer procedures are performed by Mr Olivier Amar as day surgery. Fat transfer surgery is performed under total intravenous anaesthesia (TIVA), a technique of anaesthesia which uses a combination of agents given exclusively via the intravenous route without the use of gas anaesthesia.

This means you will sleep comfortably throughout the procedure and wake immediately afterwards with a significantly reduced likelihood of feeling groggy or nauseous. The anaesthesia will be explained to you by your anaesthetist during the preoperative consultation.

How do I achieve the best result?

A combination of wearing your compression garment, maintaining a steady weight, following your aftercare instructions and attending your post-operative appointments is key to achieving the best result. It is vital that you follow all the aftercare instructions issued to help aid the scarring process.

How many of my fat cells will survive?

Between 50 and 70 percent of fat cells survive the transfer process, establishing a blood supply, meaning the results are permanent. Mr Olivier Amar will allow for this in his initial evaluation of the amount to be injected.

What effect can smoking and alcohol have on my fat grafting results?

Certain lifestyle factors can increase the risk of complications during and after your surgery. The most common impact of smoking before your surgery is that it increases your chances of developing an infection and inhibits your body’s natural healing processes.

We insist that all patients stop smoking and using nicotine products at least six weeks before surgery. Reducing alcohol intake is also strongly advised. This is particularly important for fat grafting surgery in which the fat’s viability post-procedure is materially reduced in a smoker population.

Am I required to wear specific clothing following surgery?

After fat transfer to buttocks or thighs, you will need to wear a soft, elastic, compression garment for between three and six weeks to support recovery during the healing period which is easy to hide under your clothes. A compression garment helps with skin retraction and to reduce swelling as the surgical area is healing.

How can I compliment my overall result? 

Mr Olivier Amar Renuvion skin tightening surgery

Renuvion treatment

When fat removal is a priority and skin laxity is a concern, the combination of Renuvion J Plasma and liposuction gives great results.


Mr Olivier Amar Aerolase Neo laser clinic

Aerolase Neo laser treatment

Aerolase Neo laser treatment can be performed 4-6 weeks after surgery to support healing, to help flatten scars and reduce redness and thickness.


What can I expect after fat transfer to buttocks and thighs surgery?

Fat transfer is a straightforward and minimally invasive procedure. As a result, there is minimal downtime required and after the operation pain is usually mild.

Initially there will be bruising in the fat harvesting and reinjection areas, this should settle down between ten and 20 days but continues to improve with time. Swelling appears in the first few days after surgery, this should settle down between 5 and 15 days. Mild discomfort can last up to 4 weeks, but gradually subsides over the next 4 to 8 weeks.

You will be asked to come in for a post-operative nurse appointment one week after your surgery. At this point your incision sites will be reviewed, and your preliminary healing will be assessed. You will come back at six week after surgery to be reviewed by Mr Olivier Amar.

How long do I have to wait to return to normal activities following the surgery?

Depending on your type of daily activity, you will usually be able to resume your normal activities after two to ten days and return to gentle exercise after two to three weeks. Strenuous activity should be avoided for at least 2-weeks. Mr Olivier Amar will discuss this with you in further detail at your consultation.