What Is Facial Fat Grafting?
While dermal fillers have become a popular cosmetic procedure, once you decide the look you want, a longer lasting solution can save you time and money. An alternative to injectable dermal fillers used by double board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Eugene "Gene" Alford to add volume to the face is a fat transfer (also known as fat grafting, fat transplantation, or fat injection). Facial fat injections involve performing liposuction to suction out small amounts of excess fat from the body, usually from the abdomen or flanks. The fat is then processed in a centrifuge to separate the actual fat from any other substances for purity, and then injected into the chosen areas of the face for the desired volume increase. Since this type of filler comes directly from your own body (autologous fat), there is no chance of rejection, which happens in a small percentage of patients who use synthetic wrinkle fillers and relaxers (Juvéderm®, Restylane®, BOTOX®, and others). Schedule your consultation at Alford Facial Plastic Surgery in Houston, TX to learn more about the benefits of fat injections for the face.
"Gene Alford is always honest and trustworthy, which is why I respect his opinion."- Anonymous / Office Visit / Jan 15, 2018
"Dr. Alford gave detailed information about what procedure is available to me and the expected results. He was very helpful and generous with his knowledge. Highly recommend."- R.M. / Google / Jul 20, 2018
"I could not be happier with the results of my procedure. Having never really been a fan of my neck, I decided it was time to do something. I honestly don’t know if I would have felt comfortable with anyone else other than Dr. Gene. Not only does he listen, encourage and fully explain all you can expect, he is outstanding in his profession. He gives you all the time you need to work your way through the process and his staff is exceptional. Wonderful! Results...superb!"- J. / Healthgrades / Jun 27, 2018
"Dr Alford and those that are a part of his team are absolutely wonderful!! He is simply amazing - he listens, is able to see the issue, come up with a resolution that addresses all issues and does so with the most positive, experienced and honest answers. I have had many procedures for sinus and have not experienced the positive results that doctor Alford was able to correct. Additionally, he corrected facial issues associated with prior surgery and age. The surgery simply had me looking refreshed rather than 'pulled'. They prepared me well prior to surgery. knowing all the steps and giving answers before I asked - Even had makeup for the bruising as a gift - what a nice surprise! They new exactly what I would need, how I would feel and heal, and were there for me every step of the way and each time I called. The most positve and supportive group that is so important in healing. I cannot recommend Dr Alford enough - he listens, is so very knowledgable and continues to teach, is patient and sensative to my needs, answering and resolving all issues in the most positive and supportive manner with perfect results!! I highly recommend Dr Alford!!"- B. / Google / May 14, 2018
"Had the pleasure of working with Dr Alford during my training. An excellent surgeon and human being!"- L.B. / Facebook / Apr 26, 2018
The facial fat transfer procedure is performed in Dr. Gene’s office operating room in conjunction with the needed liposuction under anesthesia. Most fat transfers take about 2 – 4 hours, including the liposuction, fat purification, and fat injections. With a very careful technique, Dr. Gene produces beautiful results restoring the needed areas of the face, including filling in laugh lines, smile lines, crow’s feet, acne scars, pits, plus adding volume to the lips, cheeks, and temples.
Facial fat injections are usually performed as an outpatient service, so you will be able to leave as soon as you feel able after your surgery under the supervision of a responsible friend or family member. You should schedule a follow-up appointment at Dr. Gene’s office for 7 days after your surgery to have any stitches or bandages removed. Dr. Gene will also assess your recovery, results, and give further care instructions. Most patients take about 7 days to recover from fat injections to the face, but this will vary depending on the amount of fat involved.
The longevity of this option varies from several months to forever, depending on the surgeon’s skill, the location of the injections, and your body’s unique response. A small amount of fat will be re-absorbed by the body after the injection, so Dr. Gene typically adds more fat to get your best final results. A skilled facial plastic surgeon like Dr. Gene will very carefully inject the fat so it can establish a connection to the blood supply, which will make the results last longer. If you notice your volume decreasing over the years, you may schedule a touch-up treatment at Alford Facial Plastic Surgery.
What Do Fat Injections Cost?
The cost of facial fat injections includes liposuction and the fat transfer, which usually costs around $2,000 - $5,000. The price will depend on the amount of fat being used and if any other surgeries are combined with the fat transfer.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $2,000 - $5,000
- Recovery Time
- 1 Week
- Average Procedure Time
- 2 - 4 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1 Week
- Procedure Recovery Location
Facial Fat Injections FAQs
- Acne scars
- Crow’s feet
- Decreased lip volume
- Decreased mid-face volume
- Facial asymmetry
- Facial hollows
- Laugh lines
- Moderate to severe facial creases
- Moderate to severe lines
- Moderate to severe wrinkles
- Smile lines
Facial fat grafting is best for patients who have excess fat on their body that they would like removed plus areas of their face that need volume. If you do not have enough fat for your goals, fillers and facial implants can be considered.
Incisions and Scars?
Any incisions made for liposuction will be small, and Dr. Gene makes them in areas that are less visible or easily concealed. The fat injections to the face should not leave any permanent marks, although patients may have some redness, swelling, and bruising for a few days after the procedure.
Facial fat injections may be enhanced with fillers like Juvéderm®, Restylane®, Sculptra®, and Voluma® and/or BOTOX® wrinkle relaxer treatments. A fat transfer also matches well with face and neck liposuction, cheek implants, and a chin implant.