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10 Things to Know Before A Facial Fat Transfer

A facial fat transfer, also known as a fat injection or fat grafting, enhances facial volume to reduce wrinkles, lines, and hollows. Many individuals are paying close attention to this procedure, which uses natural tissue to improve facial appearance. Here are 10 tips we put together for those considering a facial fat transfer.

1. Nano Fat Transfer Delivers Best Results

This advanced fat transfer technique allows the surgeon more control when treating small facial areas like the lower eyelid and fine lines. There is also less bruising, less pain, and less swelling, making a recovery quicker and more comfortable.

2. Addresses Multiple Facial Areas

A facial fat graft can address voids and hollows while tightening the skin in multiple areas. These include areas around the mouth, crow’s feet around the eyes, and the sunken regions about the face.

3.  Risk of Allergic Reaction is Reduced

Because the filler used to add facial volume is natural tissue from the patient’s body, there is little to no risk of an allergic reaction, unlike synthetic fillers.

4. Fat Transfer Benefits Can Last Several Years

Although fat transfer results can be a bit unpredictable, you may enjoy them for many years once you achieve the results you want.

5. Plastic Surgeon is Best Option

For safety and best results, patients should choose a board-certified plastic surgeon. The process involves more than injections; it is the grafting of live tissue from one part of the body to another.

6. Nano Fat Transfer Can Be Combined with Laser Treatment

Our Nano-fat transfer can be performed as a standalone procedure or combined with laser treatment to improve facial volume and texture. It can also be combined with a facelift to smooth the transition between the upper cheek and the lower eyelids.

7. Facial Fat Transfer Takes Longer Than Fillers

Fat injection treatments take longer than dermal filler injections because the harvesting and purifying of natural fat is an added step to the process. The treatment is more complicated because it transfers live tissue from one part of the body to another. The procedure is done under a local anesthetic involving a small amount of fat. Additional sessions may be necessary because some grafted fat may not survive the transfer.

8. Recovery is a Week to 10 Days

During your facial fat transfer recovery, you should expect some swelling for three to four days, subsiding within 10 days after the treatment. Discomfort is minimal, with donor sites remaining bruised for 10 to 21 days.

9. Patience is Required

After the bruising and swelling subside, it may take several weeks before you fully realize the benefits. It may take up to three months before you can see your final results. 

10. You May Need Multiple Injections

The survival of fat grafted into the treatment site is unpredictable and cannot be guaranteed. It varies from patient to patient and depends on grafted fat survival and smoothing over the area after initial treatments.

Learn More

If you are considering a facial fat transfer and would like more information about how this treatment can help you achieve your cosmetic goals, book your consultation with Harvard-trained plastic surgeon Dr. Jason Cooper today.

Request a consultation online or call our office at 561-406-6574 to schedule an appointment.