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Liposculpture | Fat transfer2020-02-02T23:34:21+00:00
Facial Plastic Surgery Techniques

Liposculpture | Fat Transfer

Double chin Liposuction or Fat Transfer to improve cheek bone definition

You may be suitable for facial liposculpture if you have lost cheek bone defintion or if you have a fatty neck or double chin

Call us in confidence on 0131 346 0020 to discuss the options

Facial liposculpture refers to procedures that aim to improve the definition of your facial contours. The basic idea of liposculpture is to remove excess fat when it is present (for example double chin/ neck) and to inject fat into areas where volume has been lost (for instance the cheek bone area). “Sculpting” the fat to achieve smooth, well-defined contours, requires care and precision.

Find out more about our liposculpture procedures below…

Facial liposuction

Micro-liposuction is used to remove excess fat (see the section on liposuction). Facial liposuction can be used to improve the definition of your jawline and to reduce double chins. Dramatic improvements can sometimes be achieved using liposuction alone (particularly in younger patients where skin quality is good). In other patients, loose skin remains when the fat has been removed, and the only way to deal with this is to combine the liposuction with a lower neck facelift.

Fat transfer

Fat transfer (lipomodelling/ fat cell grafting/ Coleman fat injection) is a technique that has become very popular over the last 15 years or so. It involves removing fat from one part of the body (usually the abdomen, buttocks or thighs) and its transfer to another part of the body. The fat is removed using liposuction and is prepared in the operating theatre to separate the fat cells. The fat is then injected where it is needed. The areas of the face most commonly treated are the cheeks, to restore the youthful appearance of “high cheekbones“. Fat is used in the same way as fillers but has the advantage of being completely natural. It can give a long lasting result but some absorption of fat will occur, and a repeat procedure may be required. Fat transfer can be used in isolation or combination with other facial surgery when needed.

Please take the time to read more about the process below…

Am I a candidate for neck liposuction?2019-05-23T15:13:47+00:00

You might be a candidate for neck liposuction if you have fatty tissue under your chin and neck area and have good quality skin. If your skin is too loose, then liposuction to the chin is likely to make this worse.

Neck liposuction Scotland
What are the alternatives to neck liposuction?2019-05-09T23:28:46+00:00

A weak chin can exacerbate the appearance of a fatty neck or “double chin”. Where the chin is weak, chin augmentation with dermal fillers or with a chin implant can help improve the definition of the jaw and neck. Chin augmentation can be combined with neck liposuction to give added overall refinement to the neck. If your neck skin is loose or wrinkled, then you may benefit from a formal neck lift procedure.

How is neck liposuction performed?2019-05-09T23:55:25+00:00

Neck liposuction is a simple procedure that can be carried out under local or general anaesthetic. When liposuction is carried out on its own, it is usually performed as a walk in walk out procedure under local anaesthetic. Your neck will be numbed using local anaesthetic injections. Tiny 2mm incisions are then made using a needle to allow a small liposuction cannula to remove the excess fatty tissue. The procedure then takes around 5-10 minutes to perform. No stitches are required, and small dressings are applied to the liposuction insertion sites. You do not need any bandages or strapping.

Is there any scarring?2019-05-09T23:57:23+00:00

The scarring following neck liposuction is barely perceptible as the incisions used are so small.

What is the recovery like?2019-05-09T23:58:28+00:00

You can expect a degree of swelling and bruising which will usually settle by 7-10 days.

Neck liposuction

Neck liposuction requires careful attention to detail. If liposuction is performed too aggressively, it can leave an uneven appearance as well as indentations which are difficult to correct. Rarely there may be some bruising to the nerve that moves the corner of your mouth, and this can take days or weeks to recover. If liposuction is performed on the wrong patients, it can leave loose hanging skin.

Fat transfer

Some of the injected fat may cause lumps. These usually settle down with time. Rarely, a condition known as fat necrosis can occur. This can look like infection and can cause lumps, redness and discharge. It can take several months to settle down.

Neck liposuction

You should notice a difference to the appearance of your neck by four weeks, but the final results can take 5-6 months to become apparent. Results will vary between patients and depend largely on your skin elasticity (more skin retraction in younger patients) and the amount of pre-existing fatty tissue in your neck.

Fat transfer to cheeks

You will notice an immediate increase in your cheek volume. Some of this is due to swelling. Over the next six months, you can expect the swelling to settle and on average a 50% loss of the volume of the fat that is injected.

On Enquiry

Neck liposuction – from £1800 under local anaesthetic

Consultation £150

All inclusive costs for one year following surgery


Facial liposculpture

Type of Anaesthetic

Local (fat injections, neck liposuction when done alone), General (when combined with other procedures)

Length of Surgery

1-2 Hours

Nights in Hospital



Few days to 2 weeks off work, 3-6 weeks before strenuous exercise

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Attention to detail and refinement are our key elements to the provision of successful cosmetic surgery

Your care is led by Consultant Plastic Surgeons and is Hospital-Based.

Call us in confidence on 0131 342 0020 to discuss the options

What our patients have to say…

Feedback is from external review sites such as Google and RealSelf

Rhinoplasty – Faultless

I had rhinoplasty performed by Mr Awf Quaba and the whole process was faultless. He was a lovely man, obviously extremely knowledgeable and experienced, who really listened and made sensible suggestions of what he could achieve. On the day, everything went quickly and smoothly and was home by the evening of surgery. Overall the procedure was painless – I cannot recall feeling any discomfort at all the during recovery period. Nose was blocked and couldn’t taste anything for 3 days but, other than that, no drawbacks at all. Would recommend the procedure with no reservations at all.

Edinburgh 1976, Realself Mar 2019

Facelift surgery – I found a great surgeon!

Having never forayed into the world of cosmetic surgery, I feel I was very fortunate to find Mr Quaba.
Murrayfield Hospital supplied me with a list of surgeons upon my initial query regarding a neck/lower facelift and I looked through each of their profiles and kept coming back to the Quaba practice.
From my first consultation, Mr Quaba put me at ease and gave me very realistic expectations of the outcome if I chose to go for surgery. He explained all the risks involved and confirmed everything we discussed in writing, which gave me the time and the opportunity to fully consider if this was the right choice for me.
I went ahead with the neck and lower facelift a few months later and felt completely safe in Mr Quaba’s hands. He has an excellent gentle manner. I also love the fact that he and his father work together. I would highly recommend his services to anyone.
I am so glad I opted for my surgery and am very happy with the results.

ShirleyMcN, Realself May 2019

Chin fillers – Brilliant experience

Always friendly, informative and helpful. Made you feel comfortable and always provided an honest opinion about what would be the best course of action. Did a wonderful job, very pleased with the results. Would definitely recommend as the results have had a positive effect on my self-confidence levels and the healing time was both fast and pain-free.

Rhinoplasty – 5 star

My only regret is not having the procedure years ago. After paying for a few consultations in other clinics I felt Mr Quaba made me feel most at ease about my Rhinoplasty and explained everything to me. From start to finish all the staff who cared for me were amazing. I felt no pain afterwards and although I had a lot of bruising and swelling this was nearly all gone within 2 weeks. Could not recommend Dr Quaba enough if you are thinking of having a rhinoplasty.

Leanne Toshney, Google May 2019

Facelift surgery -I felt safe and sound throughout

As an older lady, I was given a realistic expectation of the end result. While in hospital I was well looked after and when we had an unexpected hiccup due to me having been on blood thinners I was readmitted with Mr Quaba Senior on hand at 2.00am to provide care and reassurance. Both Mr Quabas have excellent bedside manners and have the ability to make you feel safe an secure. Unbelievably, I experienced little or no pain (but did look a bit like a Russian astronaut with the bandages round my head). Obviously, there were stitches in front and behind my ear and into my hairline. However, my skin has healed exceptionally well and there is absolutely no sign that work has been done apart from my lovely smooth neck and lack of jowls (which were not attractive).
I was treated with respect and care throughout the process.

Thank you so much Mr Quaba

Maggie Durning, Realself Feb 2019

Upper eyelid surgery – 5 star

At the initial consultation, everything was explained in detail to me so i could make an informed decision if i wanted to go ahead with my eyelid lift or not.
I decided to go ahead with the procedure and the care i recieved excellent. i went in as a day patient and the procedure was carried out under local anaesthetic. Mr Quaba explained each step as he did the operation. i was in at out of the theatre after 45 mins. I was treated with respect at all times. One week later stitches were removed there was no pain at all and on my experience, i would highly recommend Mr Omar Quaba.

Jackie Hutchison, Google May 2019

Rhinoplasty – I had a great experience

I had a great experience with this surgeon. I had my rhinoplasty surgery in August 2018. After a long time thinking about having the surgery, I decided to book. I had read a lot of reviews on different surgeons before I decided on Quaba.
I am delighted with the result. Wish I had done it sooner.

Eyelid surgery – Very professional

My upper blepharoplasty was a very professional and good experience with Mr Quaba and his team. I felt very taken care of and looked after at all times. I am also extremely pleased with the results although my facial bruising took a few months to disappear. I would not hesitate to recommend this surgeon and his team.

Rhinoplasty – Care was exceptional

My only regret is not having the procedure years ago. After paying for a few consultations in other clinics I felt Mr Quaba made me feel most at ease about my Rhinoplasty and explained everything to me. From start to finish all the staff who cared for me were amazing. I felt no pain afterwards and although I had a lot of bruising and swelling this was nearly all gone within 2 weeks. Could not recommend Dr Quaba enough if you are thinking of having a rhinoplasty.

Rhinoplasty – Best money I’ve ever spent!

I had septorhinoplasty in Sep 2018 because my nose was awful – squint, bulbous AND projecting. I would never let anyone take my photo and was extremely paranoid and unhappy with it. I’m now 5 months post surgery and I’m SO glad I did it. It was worth every penny. I am so much more confident in my appearance. I don’t run away from cameras anymore and my overall confidence is so much higher! There’s still quite a bit of swelling there but it already looks so much better, so I’m excited to see how it looks in another 6 months or so.

At my first consultation, Mr Quaba was great, I felt like he took my concerns seriously and he took the time to explain what could be done to improve the appearance of my nose.

I think one thing to bear in mind with rhinoplasty is that you see the final results a LONG time after the actual operation. The swelling isn’t obvious after a couple of weeks and most people won’t think you look strange, but it’s definitely there. My nose was enormous for a few days after the cast came off so I would definitely recommend taking 2 weeks off work if you can… unless you don’t mind walking around with a cast on and a massive nose, but I did!

Overall, great results and really pleasant experience with Mr Quaba and all of the staff at Spire hospital. No complaints whatsoever and I’m very happy with my surgery. Very highly recommended if you’re considering rhinoplasty :)

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