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Facial Fat Transfer

What Is Facial Fat Transfer?

Facial fat transfer, also known as fat grafting or fat injections, is a facial rejuvenation treatment that redistributes excess fat in the body to improve facial volume and minimize wrinkles. This treatment can be performed on its own, or in combination with other procedures (such as a facelift or brow lift) to improve outcomes. Unlike most cosmetic injectables, fat injections use the patient’s own fat for natural-looking results that last.

Facial fat grafting can reduce signs of aging by treating a variety of concerns, such as:

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Joseph DiBello works with each of his patients to create a customized treatment plan designed to address their specific concerns and help them achieve their facial rejuvenation goals.

What Can I Expect During a Facial Fat Transfer Procedure?

To perform facial fat grafting, the fat to be used in the procedure must first be removed from a donor site. This can be any area of the body with excess fat, but typical areas include flanks, thighs, or abdomen. The unwanted fat is removed via liposuction, then filtered and cleansed. Once the fat has been properly prepared, it is carefully injected into the areas of concern.

While small areas can safely be done under local anesthesia and oral sedation in the office, Dr. DiBello performs most facial fat grafting under either deep sedation or general anesthesia, and the procedure usually takes about one hour, but may vary depending on your unique treatment plan. Patients can usually return home later that same day (under the care of a family member or close friend), but if fat transfer is being combined with other procedures, it is possible you may need to stay overnight.

What Is Recovery Like After Facial Fat Transfer?

Patients may experience some mild discomfort after a facial fat transfer, but this can be managed well with prescribed medication. To help reduce swelling, Dr. DiBello advises patients to keep their head elevated for the first several days after the procedure. Additionally, patients might notice some numbness around the injection sites, but sensation should improve over the following weeks. Based on the location where fat was harvested, Dr. DiBello will provide you with additional post-operative instructions, if needed.

As swelling fades, the final results of facial fat transfer begin to become more apparent, and are typically fully realized after a few weeks. Outcomes often continue to improve over time, as new fat cells can grow within the treated area. A small percentage of fat cells can sometimes be reabsorbed into the body, so depending on your aesthetic goals, additional treatment may be recommended.

How Much Does Facial Fat Transfer Cost?

On average, most facial fat transfers cost $4,000 – $6,000 at our practice, but this price can vary, depending on each patient’s individual needs and expectations. Although this pricing includes a variety of factors that can affect the overall cost (hospital costs, anesthesia, surgeon’s fee, etc.), Dr. DiBello can provide you with a more personalized price estimate in your consultation.

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To learn more about the benefits of facial fat transfer and schedule a consultation with Dr. DiBello, please contact DiBello Plastic Surgery today.

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