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Fat Transfer to The Face

Fat transfer, also knows as autologous fat transfer or fat grafting, is a technique using liposuction to remove fat from areas of fat excess and transferring the fat to areas where patients have lost facial volume or desire to enhance facial contours. Fat transfer can enhance the facial shape and restore youthful facial contours. Fat transfer can be performed as a stand-­‐alone procedure or in combination with other facial procedures such as facelift, eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) and brow lift.

How would I know which is a better choice fat or filler?

In what areas can fat be used to restore facial volume?

  • Hollow/Sunken Cheeks
  • Sunken lower eyelids
  • Sunken upper eyelids
  • Blending of the lower eyelid area with the cheeks
  • Temples that have a hollowed appearance
  • Lips
  • Areas of Acne Scars

Can fat transfer enhance areas that haven’t lost volume?

  • Fat transfer can be used to enhance areas that appear naturally deficient
  • Cheekbones
  • Jawline
  • Chin
  • Forehead
  • Lips

What percent of the grafted fat survives?

The per cent of fat graft volume that survives is variable ranging from less than 40% to greater than 70%. Graft survival depends on many factors including (but not limited to) technique and surgeon experience, area to which the fat is grafted, previous surgery, patient age and body mass index. Graft survival may differ from one area to another within the same patient.