Fat Transfer is a safe and natural way to restore volume to the face and create a lifted, more youthful appearance. Our plastic surgeons offer a range of treatment options for fat transfer to the face. Fat can be removed from practically anywhere on the body, purified and then carefully grafted into the face.
Popular areas for fat transfer to the face are:
- Forehead and brows
- Under or around the eyes
- Perioral region (lower face: nasolabial folds, lips and chin)
Fat Transfer Before & After
Dr. Ambro performed a fat transfer procedure on this gentleman to correct asymmetry in the left forehead/temple area and restore volume to the depressed chin scar.
Fat Transfer to Face – What to Expect
Fat Transfer is minimally invasive procedure performed in our out-patient treatment center at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, MD. The procedure is typically performed under light sedation (“twilight”) anesthesia and you will be able to return home after a short recovery period.
The fat transfer procedure involves two steps: liposuction to harvest fat, followed by the grafting procedure to the face.
The first step for a fat transfer procedure is liposuction. We offer several lipo techniques and will choose the one that is right for you. When transferring fat to the face, there is not usually a significant volume of fat needed. Often times, the plastic surgeon will harvest the fat from from the lower body and then graft it back into the volume depleted areas of the face.
The fat that was removed during the liposuction procedure is prepared for the fat transfer procedure by being cleansed and purified. This concentration of fat will be injected into the area(s) that has been targeted for treatment.
A topical anesthetic may be used to numb the injection area. Depending on the treatment area(s), the fat transfer procedure is typically complete in less than one hour.
Fat Transfer vs. Dermal Fillers
Fat transfer to face has been growing in popularity over the last few years, but dermal fillers are still the most popular choice for volume restoration. Fat transfer has shown a number of benefits including longer lasting results and less chance of reaction to the injected material. Patients who choose fat transfer over dermal fillers are typically looking for a non-chemical enhancement with very natural looking results.