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Lipofilling Fat Transfer Surgery Phuket

Lipofilling Fat Transfer  is a natural solution to restore subtle volume and shape, as well as rejuvenate certain areas of your body. Fat is taken from your body fat via VASER Liposuction or Micro Lipo and transferred to areas of the body where volume is needed. If you’re looking for a natural and subtle volume enhancement, The Phuket Plastic Surgery Insitute Fat Transfer procedures could be the solution for you.

Face Fat Transfer
Breast Fat Transfer
Hand Fat Transfer
Buttocks Fat Transfer
You can have a natural and subtle plump to your breast and buttocks with our Lipofilling Fat Transfer procedures.

In addition, our Anti-Ageing Lipofilling Fat Transfer procedures to the Face and Hands plump and revitalise areas of the body that suffer heavy fat loss as we age.

Our Medical Team have performed many of these procedures over the years so you will receive expert care, experience and professionalism from Phuket Plastic Surgery Insitute.

Fat Transfer, also known as Fat Grafting or Fat Injections is a natural, minimally invasive treatment for those seeking breast/buttock augmentation or replacing age-related lost volume and subtly smoothing out wrinkles. Fat is removed, using VASER Liposuction or MicroLipo, from various parts of the body where there is a substantial amount, such as the thighs, abdomen and/or buttocks. The fat is then centrifuged, or purified, to separate the healthy fat cells from the damaged ones, and injected into another area of the body that is lacking in volume.

Lipofilling Fat Transfer, as a volume enhancing treatment, has been around for several years, but it is the skills and expertise of the Doctor that allow for long-lasting, youthful results. At your consultation, you can discuss upgrading your procedure to include full VASER Liposuction or Micro Lipo for the ultimate solution in body contouring to suit your needs and your body. Our medical experts have lots of experience in delivering patients the kind of Lipofilling Fat Transfer results that have always wanted.

A good candidate for fat grafting is someone who is healthy and seeking to improve their appearance naturally. Because the procedure involves transferring fat tissue, there must be enough fat present in a suitable area to make the procedure an option. Your surgeon can determine if you are a good candidate for fat transfer enhancement during an initial consultation.

While fat grafting surgery is normally safe, there is always the possibility of complications, as with any surgical procedure. You can reduce potential risks and complications by carefully following all pre- and post-surgery instructions provided to you by your surgeon.

Approximately 50-60% of the fat transferred will survive after the procedure, so a larger volume of fat is transferred than needed. However, it is not possible to predict how much of the transferred fat will actually survive so the results can be somewhat unpredictable.


  • Improvement at both the recipient site and the area from where fat is harvested.
  • Surviving fat is permanent.
  • A completely natural material.
  • Day surgery, minimal discomfort and a short recovery.
  • Minimally invasive, with a low risk of complications.
  • Small scars at the donor site and no additional scars at the recipient site.
  • Improves the quality of the overlying skin. This can be particularly important following radiation damage or in facial rejuvenation procedures.


  • Repeated procedures may be necessary.
  • Lipofilling only adds volume, not additional skin. If this is required, for example after breast cancer surgery, local or distant flaps cannot be avoided.
  • Lipofilling is not possible if you are very thin.
  • Hormonal or weight changes may be responsible for future gains or losses.
  • Lipofilling will not be covered by your insurance policy. Please check.

It is vitally important that you discuss your expectations. In many cases two or three attempts at lipofilling may be necessary to achieve the desired effect. Unfortunately, approximately 50% of the injected fat is reabsorbed after each procedure and every patient needs to be aware of this.

Different scientific studies report fat survival rates of between 30 and 75%. Fat loss is due to trauma during surgery, deposits that are too large, apoptosis (programmed cell death) or other destructive cellular mechanisms. This means that overcorrection may be necessary but, the volume of fat that can be injected on one occasion is limited by the thickness and laxity of the soft tissue at the recipient site.

In general, there are two significant volume decreases following surgery (fig. 5):

  • The first is at approximately 3 weeks, when the post-operative fluid accumulation (oedema) settles.
  • The second occurs 4 to 6 months later as dead fat cells are reabsorbed by the body.

The fat cells that survive add volume to the area that lasts a lifetime but hormonal and weight changes may be responsible for future gains or losses.

To improve the surgical outcome, patients are encouraged not to smoke. Smoking decreases fat graft survival and increases the risk of complications, particularly delayed wound healing.

preoperatively, suitable donor site areas for fat harvesting are identified. These include the inner aspect of the knee, the thigh, the buttock, abdomen, love handles, back, upper inner arm and neck. The donor and recipient areas are photographed to compare pre- and postoperative results.

Lipofilling can be performed under either local or general anaesthesia. Local anaesthesia is only used when small volumes of fat are required. The donor site is always infiltrated with a mixture of local anesthesia and adrenaline to reduce post-operative discomfort and bruising. 

Lipofilling takes between 45 minutes and 3 hours, depending on the volume of fat to be transferred. The fat is harvested through 5mm incisions placed within skin creases, such as the lower buttock fold or areas that are commonly hidden by underwear. Two to 3mm cannulas are used, but the more superficial the harvest, the thinner the cannula (fig. 1). The fat is aspirated at either high or low negative pressure, depending on the indication and the surgeon’s preference.

The fat is harvested through 5mm incisions placed within skin creases, such as the lower buttock fold or areas that are commonly hidden by underwear. Cannulas are used, but the more superficial the harvest, the thinner the cannula . The fat is aspirated at either high or low negative pressure, depending on the indication and the surgeon’s preference.

Fat is collected in a specially designed canister and then transferred into smaller receptacles, typically 10 to 20 cc syringes, which are centrifuged for 2 to 3 minutes. This separates the components into oil, water and the cellular fraction, consisting mainly of fat and stem cells. The oil and water are then discarded and the cellular fraction is preserved. The cellular fraction is transferred into 1, 5 or 10 cc syringes depending on the volume to be injected and the recipient site . The donor site incisions are then closed with absorbable sutures and small dressings applied.

The fat is injected through cannulas that measure only 1 to 2.5 mm in diameter. This leaves virtually no scarring at the recipient site. The subcutaneous layer is injected by making hundreds or thousands of passes through the same incision and depositing microscopic particles of fat on each occasion. This creates multiple small tunnels, in opposing directions, throughout the soft tissue layer.

The injected fat initially survives by receiving oxygen and nutrients from its surroundings but this source is gradually depleted. At the same time, new blood vessels are growing towards the fat grafts (neo-angiogenesis), which are sending out distress signals. If the fat particles are too large (more than 3mm) or grouped too closely together, the blood vessels will not be able to reach them in time. The central part of the fat graft then remains de-vascularized and will die. Any dead fat turns into oil and the body isolates this by creating a cyst. Cysts may be spontaneously resorbed but if they are too big, they have to be surgically removed

The areolae may stretch as the breasts begin to sag. As a result, areola reduction surgery is done in combination with other breast surgeries such as breast lift, breast reduction or breast augmentation surgery with implants. In areola size reduction surgery, incisions are made in two concentric circles around the edges of the areola. Next, your surgeon removes a donut of tissue and skin, taking care to leave the area around the nipple intact. (The nipple is still attached to its blood supply and the milk ducts.) The surgeon then closes the incision with sutures around the areola that are pulled in to tighten the skin around the areola. The scar is hidden around the edge of the areola and will likely fade with time.

Scars can cause a loss of skin pigmentation that results in lightened areas of skin. Discuss potential scar-fading treatments with your surgeon in advance. For example, areola tattooing, or micropigmentation, can counter this effect by tattooing pigment into the lightened areas so they blend.

Areolar reduction surgery is usually done on an outpatient basis, and as a result, you will be able to go home shortly after your surgery. You will, however, need someone to drive you home after the procedure.

Your surgeon should go over postoperative instructions with you. You likely will be able to shower the following day, and you will probably be permitted to resume most activities within a few days. Your stitches will be removed a week after surgery. The results are permanent.

We understand that you will not always be sure about what surgery will be needed and that you will need to know that you are, in fact, a candidate for your Liofilling Fat Transfer surgery. To address this, you have the opportunity to have one of our highly qualified surgeons from Phuket Plastic Surgery Institue provide you with their personal recommendations at no cost or commitment to you to proceed with surgery.

Step 1: Take photos as required

Step 2: Complete the Patient Registration and upload images taken

Step 3: Receive personalised Recommendations, exact cost and duration required to stayin Phuket for recovery, from a surgeon specialised in your chosen procedure.

An Lipofilling Fat Transfers surgery cost in Thailand is significantly lower than you would expect to pay in Australia, the cost of lipofilling fat transfers in Sydney, Brisbane or Perth in Australia would be $5000 +.

Our advice to get a clear picture of what is going to work to achieve your results is to submit your images and patient information so our Thailand Surgeons who can provide you with recommendations. These recommendations will include what surgery will achieve your results, confirmation of price and duration you require for recovery in Phuket.

The pricing below is for standard Fat Transfer including Fat Harvesting costs in Phuket at Phuket Plastic Surgery Insitute and should be used a guide only without having surgical recommendations provided.

Price Includes Fat Harvesting

If fat graft is not the main procedure but simultaneously done with liposuction, then the cost of lipofilling will be  50% of the list and add on the main liposuction cost

Fat Transfer Fat Graft Under Local Anaesthesia 40,000  $1,500
Fat Transfer Less than 10 cc Fat Graft 70,000  $2,600
Fat Transfer 10 – 20 cc Fat Graft   80,0000  $2,900
Fat Transfer 20 – 50 cc   Fat Graft 90,000  $3,400
Fat Transfer 50 – 100 cc   Fat Graft   100,0000  $3,800
Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation with Fat Graft   120,0000  $4,600

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