Am I Too Skinny for Fat Transfer Surgery?


The field of cosmetic enhancement is continuously evolving, and fat grafting surgery has become more common. This technique can be used for aesthetic enhancement of both the face and breasts using only material from the patient’s own body. As a highly customisable procedure, fat transfer surgery entails specific requirements from patients, with many raising the question: Am I too thin for fat grafting surgery?

Your weight and bodily dimensions will help to determine your suitability for this procedure. Your hopes and expectations are also integral to this process.

Committed to the patient experience, Dr Ellis Choy takes a personalised approach to this treatment. He will assess both your frame and aesthetic preferences to determine whether a fat transfer is suitable, and if so, he will work with you to select appropriate donor sites. Once your treatment has been carefully planned, Dr Choy will draw on experience and expertise to perform the procedure.

The Ideal Candidate

Candidates for fat grafting surgery should be healthy and maintaining a stable and consistent weight. Since fat can be harvested from various areas of the body, patients are rarely too slim to disqualify for a fat transfer altogether. However, it is possible to be so thin that there is not enough fat to use for this type of procedure.

Your aesthetic expectations will play a crucial role in determining your suitability for this treatment. In your initial consultation, Dr Choy will work with you to define your aim and design an individualised plan based on these factors.

Fat grafting surgery is intended to provide subtle enhancement of the face or breasts. It is important to remember that there are certain limitations on the results you can achieve, depending on the amount of fat stored around your body and the look you are hoping for.

For example, if you have minimal body fat but are seeking a significant increase in breast fullness, you may find breast augmentation with implants to be more suitable. If, however, you are combining an implant with a fat transfer, or alternatively you are seeking to add volume to areas of the face that have experienced fat pad shrinkage, you may run into fewer issues finding a donor site as much less tissue will be required.

Acting as your knowledgable guide, Dr Choy will examine your current condition and ask about your reasons for treatment to grasp a clear idea of your expectations. Dr Choy aims to balance your aspirations with a realistic aesthetic outcome. You must have reasonable expectations, not be a smoker and have no contraindicating medical issues.

How Does Fat Grafting Work?

The fat grafting procedure relies on a meticulous three-step process: harvesting, processing and injecting. Each tactic is tailored to the quantity and precision required for your surgery. Once the fat has been harvested and processed, Dr Choy draws on a multi-layered and multi-directional approach to distribute the fat into the treated area. 

Choosing the Right Treatment

When seeking to enhance your face or breasts, both technical skill and aesthetic sensibility are relevant to choosing the right surgeon and procedure. From the initial consultation to the aftercare process, Dr Ellis Choy focuses on building long-term relationships with his patients. He is passionate about providing you with the education needed to make informed decisions about your care.

If you are interested in learning more about this procedure or would like to know if you are a suitable candidate, call Dr Ellis Choy Plastic Surgery in Sydney NSW on 02 8962 9388 to schedule your consultation today.