Facial Fat Grafting | Let Your Eyes Reflect the Real You

There are several treatment options to restore volume to the face, primarily through injectable products. Your own fat is often the best option! When performed by an experienced professional, facial fat transfer restores youthful volume in areas including sunken cheeks or hollow temples. This creates a rejuvenated and dramatically more youthful look no matter your age without requiring surgery or scars.

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Quick Facts

Results

Results last for years and there is no risk of an allergic reaction.

Recovery

Recovery time is minimal & there is no facial scarring.

Cost

Costs for these procedures typically range from $5,000 to $10,000 on average.

Facial Fat Transfer

Fat transfer may sound strange—after all, most people assume that removing fat is always the goal in plastic surgery. However, many areas of the body appear more youthful or beautiful when they are plumper, which includes parts of the face. In addition, the aging process means that fat is lost throughout the face, which Dr. Ditesheim can correct through purified fat injections.

This procedure is also known as autologous fat transfer, and is beneficial for those who wish to plump the skin, fill out the face, and create a more youthful look. It can also be used to define natural facial features.

Fat transfer injections can be used to:

  • Improve balance or symmetry
  • Restore volume to sunken or wrinkles areas in the cheeks, temples, or under eyes
  • Enhance the lips, cheeks, or chin
  • Fill out facial creases or deeper wrinkles
  • Improve skeletal or excessively lean looking hands, breasts, or body

Benefits of Fat Transfer

Fat transfer uses your own natural tissue to reshape, define, or restore volume throughout the face or body. Some advantages of fat transfer compared to dermal filler products or surgeries include:

  • No incisions or scars on the face
  • Natural results which age naturally
  • No risk of allergic reaction
  • Smooth, soft, and natural-feeling results
  • Can be easily paired with other facial surgeries

Who is a Candidate for Facial Fat Grafting?

Patients who feel their faces look hollow or gaunt are usually excellent candidates for fat injections. The procedure can also be paired with surgeries such as a facelift for complete facial rejuvenation. Those who have had previous surgeries for facial aging can also benefit from fat injections as a “touch up.” Younger patients can also choose fat grafting to the face paired with liposuction to refine or sculpt the face. This can help patients avoid or delay a facelift in the future.

How is a Fat Transfer Procedure Performed?

There are three basic steps to a fat transfer.

First, fat is removed from another area of the body such as the hips, buttocks, or abdomen using water-assisted liposuction.

Next, the fat is prepared for reinjection. Dr. Ditesheim utilizes the AquaShape liposuction technique, so there is no need to purify fat, meaning this step can be completed very quickly.

Finally, the fat is strategically injected to the face. This can be done to improve the facial contours, restore volume, fill wrinkles and creases, or augment the cheeks or lips. Some patients can also have fat transfer to areas such as the breasts or extremities.

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Who is a Candidate for Face Fat Grafting?

Fat injections can be an excellent solution for patients who feel their faces look gaunt, restoring fullness to hollowed cheeks and a general softness to one’s appearance. When performed in conjunction with a facelift, fat injections can help create lasting, youthful facial rejuvenation that ages naturally with you.

A fat transfer can also help to enhance or “touch up” the results of previous facelift surgery. Grafting small areas of the face, sometimes in combination with liposuction can “sculpt” or refine shape in the aging face, even in young patients. Using this technique she may have put off having a facelift for years.

Schedule a Personal Consultation

To learn more about fat transfer to the face and whether you are a suitable candidate, schedule a consultation with Dr. Ditesheim. During your consultation, he will review your concerns and goals and explain your best options for improving your appearance.

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Can fat be transferred to the face?

Yes. Using water-assisted liposuction, Dr. Ditesheim can take fat from elsewhere on your body to fill in hollow areas on your face for a permanent solution that doesn’t involve dermal fillers.

What can facial fat transfer accomplish?

Beyond simply adding volume to hollowed or gaunt-appearing areas, facial fat transfer can fill out deep folds, augment the lips, or even simply balance uneven features.

Are fat injections safe?

Absolutely! Because fat transfer procedures utilize your own fatty tissue, there is no risk of an allergic reaction or other negative side effects. Plus, the results of this procedure are much longer-lasting than dermal fillers.

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