What is The Difference Between a Fat Transfer to The Hips Vs. Hip Implants?

“Hip Attractiveness: The Allure of Radiant Curves”


The concept of “hips attractiveness” is so subjective, culturally loaded, and deeply personal that it defies accurate description.


Hip beauty is a goal for many women because of this.

Reasons for Hip Augmentation:

  • Enhanced Curvature: Some individuals seek hip augmentation to achieve a curvier silhouette and enhance the natural curves of the hips.
  • Improved Proportion: Those with naturally narrower hips or those who have lost volume in the hip area due to aging or weight loss may opt for augmentation to improve overall body proportion.
  • Aesthetic Goals: Personal aesthetic preferences and desires for a more defined hip shape or contour can drive individuals to choose hip augmentation.


Types of Hip Augmentation


There are two main types of hip augmentation procedures:

  • Fat transfer to the Hips (lipofilling or liposculpture) and
  • The use of hip implants.

Although they share a goal of improving the hips’ aesthetics, fat transfer to the hips and hip implants are two separate cosmetic treatments with their own unique approaches and outcomes.

Here is a closer look at these approaches: what are the main differences between both procedures?


  1. Surgical Procedure:


Fat Transfer to The Hips : Also known as lipofilling or liposculpture, fat transfer to the hips involves removing excess fat from one part of the body (usually through liposuction surgery ) and injecting it into the hips to add volume and shape.


Hip Implants: Synthetic implants are strategically inserted into the hip region during hip implant surgery in order to augment volume and enhance the anatomical contour of the hips.



  1. Material:

Fat Transfer to The Hips  : The material used in this procedure is the patient’s own fat, which is harvested from areas like the abdomen, thighs, or buttocks.


Hip Implants :  Implants are usually made of silicone or other biocompatible materials, and they come in various shapes and sizes to meet individual aesthetic goals.


  1. Results:


Fat Transfer to The Hips : The results can look and feel natural because the transferred fat becomes integrated into the existing tissue. However, some of the injected fat may be reabsorbed by the body over time, so multiple sessions may be needed to achieve the desired result.


Hip Implants The results are immediate and more predictable than fat transfer. However, there is a risk of the implants shifting, feeling unnatural, or causing complications over time.


  1. Recovery:


Fat Transfer to The Hips : Recovery time is generally shorter compared to hip implant surgery, and there is less risk of complications associated with foreign materials.


Hip Implants : Recovery from hip implant surgery typically takes longer than fat transfer, and there may be more postoperative discomfort.


What you need to consider before hip augmentations?


Natural Feel: Fat transfer tends to provide a more natural feel and appearance since the transferred fat becomes a part of the patient’s own tissue.

Longevity: The longevity of results can vary. Fat transfer may require touch-up sessions, while hip implants can be a more permanent solution.

Scarring: Fat transfer involves small incisions for liposuction, resulting in minimal scarring. Hip implant surgery involves larger incisions, potentially leading to more noticeable scars.


Final words from Dr Anmol Chugh

As stated by Dr. Chugh, the decision between fat transfer and hip implants is contingent upon a number of criteria. These factors include the cosmetic goals, body type, and preferences of the patient, as well as the expertise of the surgeon during the procedure.


It is absolutely necessary to meet with a trained plastic surgeon in India who is Board Certified. This expert will be able to evaluate the specific requirements of each patient and offer individualised recommendations.