Facial wrinkles and folds are part of the aging process. As the underlying collagen and elastin fibers break down and wear out, our faces start sagging and looking older. Fat grafting can be used to reverse the signs of aging and leave the face looking youthful and smooth.

What is fat grafting?

Fat grafting (also called fat transfer or multi level fat grafting – FAMI) plumps up facial features with the patient’s own fat. Fat transfer is a safe, natural, non-allergenic procedure that is used to add volume to your face. First the doctor will extract fat from a donor site somewhere in your lower body via liposuction and then use that fat to fill and contour your face. The results of fat transfers last longer than fillers, generally up to 3 years.

Fat grafting is used to treat the following facial areas:

  • Sunken area beneath the eyes
  • Cheeks
  • Chin
  • Jaw line
  • Nasolabial folds (laugh lines)
  • Forehead creases
  • Lips
  • Temples
  • Asymmetrical face

How is fat grating performed?

Fat transfer procedures are performed in our Newport Beach dermatology office on an outpatient basis under local anesthetic. Using a small needle attached to a syringe (liposuction cannula), fat is removed from a donor site where you have some excess fat. Once the fat is removed, it is then processed and prepared to be injected into your face. Using a needle, the fat is placed just under your skin beneath the wrinkle in the area you want treated.

Fat Grafting Frequently Asked Questions

Who is a good candidate for fat grafting?
Fat grafting is a good treatment option for patients who wish to reverse the visible signs of aging on their face. During a consultation, our doctors will assess your unique situation and help you decide which procedure is best for your personal needs.
When will I see the results of a fat transfer treatment?
Fat transfer results are effective immediately, with full results becoming visible within a couple of months of the procedure. The full results are not visible for a month or so because within the first few weeks following the treatment, your face will be swollen from the surgery, appearing more voluminous.
How long do the results of fat grafting last?
Fat grafting results vary slightly from patient to patient. However, on average, results can last up to 3 years.

What are the benefits of fat grafting compared to filler injections?
One of the greatest benefits of fat transfer is that there is no chance of an allergic reaction because you are using your own fat to fill the face. Additionally, the results of fat grafting last longer than the results of fillers, which can make it a more cost effective procedure.
How much downtime is required after fat grafting?
There is minimal downtime after a fat transfer because it is a minimally invasive procedure. Patients are able to get up and move around immediately after the fat injections.
Are fat injections painful?
There is little to no discomfort during the procedure because you will be under a local anesthetic. However, you may experience some tenderness around the donor and recipient sites for a few days after the procedure.
What are the fat grafting side effects?
The side effects of fat grafting can include swelling and bruising around the treatment site. However, these side effects should go away within a few days.
How much does fat grafting cost?
The average cost of fat grafting varies among patients, depending on how much fat needs to be removed and replaced. To find out how much your fat grafting procedure will cost schedule a consultation with one of our expert dermatologists.
Please contact Dr. Michelle Aszterbaum at 949.252.0700 for more information on fat grafting and to schedule a consultation.

Michelle Aszterbaum, M.D.

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