When our faces age, skin and fat begin to sag and a more gaunt, less youthful appearance sets in. Sagging skin and fat can be improved significantly in the right candidate with a facelift. The gaunt appearance, however, is due to a loss of volume typically in the form of fat atrophy or loss. A fat transfer, or facial fat grafting, can help complement a facelift and replace the lost fat.

Areas this Procedure Targets

Fat transfers are used to selectively add to specific features of the face and restore the full, vibrant appearance of youth. Areas of the face that fat injections can be used on include but are not limited to:

  1. Cheeks
  2. Temples
  3. Nasolabial Folds
  4. Marionette Lines

Procedure Overview


The fat is obtained via liposuction from other areas of the body. It is then carefully injected back into the selected areas of the face to replace lost volume. When combined with a face lift, fat injections can add a significantly beneficial effect to the overall aesthetic result. Injected fat also has a rejuvenating effect on the skin of the face, further enhancing the facial appearance.

Recovery from this Procedure

Facial fat injections can be performed alone or in combination with other procedures such as a face and neck lift depending on the goals and desires of the individual. Swelling and bruising usually lasts for 1-3 weeks depending on the procedure(s) performed and the amount of fat that is injected. A compressive dressing or garment is usually worn over the liposuctioned areas to allow smooth and even healing.

During your Consultation

If you are considering a fat transfer and in the Orange County area, schedule your consultation and I will thoroughly discuss your options, including if facial fat grafting is right for you.