Non-surgical procedures, such as Muscle Relaxing Injections, Dermal Fillers, and fat grafting, are becoming a popular alternative to going under the knife. Dr Nerina Wilkinson refers to fat as “liquid gold” because it’s so versatile and can be used to naturally replace volumes that have been lost in the face, breasts, and buttocks.

Structural Fat Grafting

Non-surgical procedures, such as Muscle Relaxing Injections, Dermal Fillers, and fat grafting, are becoming a popular alternative to going under the knife. Dr Nerina Wilkinson refers to fat as “liquid gold” because it’s so versatile and can be used to naturally replace volumes that have been lost in the face, breasts, and buttocks.

Facial fat grafting has been known to organically improve and rejuvenate the contours with a very natural-looking effect. What’s more, there’s no need for concern about being injected with foreign substances.

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Who Would Benefit From Fat Grafting?

If you feel as though your face could look a little plumper because maturing has started to take a toll on your skin, this procedure is definitely an option for you. Alternatively, fat can also be used in other areas of the body, such as the hands, neck, buttocks, and breasts.

If you see Dr Nerina Wilkinson for a consultation for dermal fillers or muscle relaxing injections, for example, she may recommend this procedure as an alternative that would better suit your needs if you require more extensive volume replacement of the whole face.

What To Expect From Your Fat Grafting Procedure?

One of the biggest benefits of having fat grafting is that even though the procedure is subtle, the results are noticeable.

After you’ve undergone this procedure, the results are instantly visible to you and those around you. But, don’t worry about being unrecognisable, as the fresher, more youthful-looking face, or hands you’ll see in the mirror look completely natural.

Are There Any Risks Involved?

As with any procedure, there are certain things that can go awry. But, with fat grafting, in particular, any complications are almost unheard of. But, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t read up on the risks before you make your final decision.

And, during your consultation, Dr Nerina Wilkinson ensures to talk you through both the risks and benefits of this procedure, before you book your procedure.



When you meet with Dr Nerina Wilkinson, she examines the area that concerns you. She’ll look at how much fat she can harvest as well as the quality of skin and tissue in the desired area.

During this time, it’s important for you to be honest with her about your expectations, medical history, and whether you’re taking any medication. Then, she’ll discuss your options with you and advise what she think the best decision would be for you to make.

Once you’ve had your questions answered, and are confident that this is in fact what you want, we will agree on a date to have the procedure done.

On the day of your surgery, you’ll be booked into the day clinic to have the procedure.

The process of structural fat grafting involves two steps:

  • Harvesting  – A small amount of fat is removed from other areas of your body that you both agreed to target. Then, the fat is refined and concentrated by removing the oil, water, and blood.
  • Injecting – The fat is then transferred to the area you’re looking to rejuvenate via several injections into the skin. While doing this, she carefully sculpts the face, hands, breasts, buttocks, or other areas that’s being targeted.

While you recuperate, it’s best to keep the area out of direct sunlight as this can damage the now sensitive skin. During your recovery period, you can expect to see some bruising and swelling but, this should subside within two weeks after the procedure.

Patients don’t have to worry about weeks of bed rest as you can resume your regular routine within a matter of hours. The full details of your recovery will be discussed with you during your consultation so you can prepare accordingly. However, it’s helpful for you to read up on the subject as well, so you can be fully prepared.

Dr Nerina Wilkinson has over 20 years of experience in the field of plastic surgery, and fully understand her patients, their needs and their emotions leading up to surgical / aesthetic procedures, which allows her to provide world class advice and care. Additionally, her staff are exceedingly well trained and experienced and equipped to provide you with incredible pre and post-operative care.

Contact us today to book a consultation or to find out more about the process behind fat grafting and its benefits.




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About Dr Nerina Wilkinson FCS (Plast SA)

Known as Cape towns facial rejuvenation expert, Dr Wilkinson is a leading facial and breast Plastic Surgeon with over 20 years experience in aesthetics. She uses her (micro precision) surgical experience and detailed knowledge to deliver on the signature natural look.

She specialises in Facial & Breast Rejuvenation & Restoration

What sets her apart is her in-depth surgical precision and knowledge combined with delicate artistic eye. Her philosophy is using art and science to deliver on the signature natural look.

“Dearest Nerina, if you were not a plastic surgeon , I am sure you would be a sculptor. I love my newly sculpted breasts and face. The additional bonus was also my thinner knees where you removed the fat from. Love my body.”

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