How Can Thin Patients Treat Deformities from a Fat Transfer?

I underwent a fat transfer to treat a recent facial wound. I am thin but curvy, size 2 or 4, with a very nice shape. However, now I have a dent in my leg! I also notice a loss of volume in my left butt cheek. I am very upset, as only a few months ago I had a beautiful face and body. I don't have any fat to correct the leg dent and butt volume loss with a fat transfer. All the fat I have is much loved by me. Are there other treatment options (such as fillers) that don't involve implants?

Doctor Answers 5

Fat loss

Thank you for your question but without photos it is difficult to evaluate your situation or suggest a solution other then to go back to your treating surgeon and see if he can correct the problem.

Dr. Corbin

Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 61 reviews

There are several options for indentations

You have several options, including just waiting another 2-3 months. Some temporary fillers such as Juvederm, Restylane, or Perlane will provide immediate benefit for up to 9 months. A series of Sculptra injections will provide a more gradual but longer lasting correction. Of course carefully performed fat transfer is still an option if you have adequate donor sites. Good luck.

Harrison C. Putman III, MD
Peoria Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 13 reviews

Best Treatment for Deformity in Thigh and Buttock from Fat Transfer


Accent XL is a radiofrequency device that has successfully treated deformities created from liposuction.  Consult with an expert user to see whether you are a candidate for the treatment.  Your misfortune is one good reason for the use of Sculptra instead of fat in the face of thin women. Good luck and be well.

Dr. P

Michael A. Persky, MD
Encino Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 36 reviews

Fat transfer complications

Hi Scarred,

I answered your other question as well :).  I trained at a place who literally wrote the book on fat transfers.  A dent can occur, unfortunately, the treatment is more fat in that area (since that's where the fat was removed).  I would bring this up to your surgeon and see what he could do about it.  I would wait about 6 months after surgery before undergoing more surgery, it could resolve itself in that time.


Nima Shemirani

Nima Shemirani, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 74 reviews

Dents after liposuction

There is no other SAFE filler  than fat.


Samir Shureih, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

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