Facial Fat Grafting
Facial Fat Grafting Technique
The first step with facial fat grafting is to liposuction fat cells from a donor site, typically your inner and/or outer thighs and stomach. These harvested fat cells are then transplanted back into the depleted areas of your face using very fine needles. The result is a plumper, more youthful-looking face.*
Facial Fat Grafting Improvements
Facial fat grafting is able to improve lost volume in:*
Preparing for Facial Fat Grafting Surgery
As with any major surgery, all medications and supplements which cause an increased risk of bleeding should be stopped 2 weeks prior to surgery. Please see our list of medications and supplements to avoid. As always, make sure to check with your doctor before stopping any medications.
Facial Fat Grafting Before & Afters
These Facial Fat Grafting before and after pictures represent actual patients from Dr. Sieber. They will help to assist you in understanding your various options and enable you to set realistic goals for your own surgical outcome. Click on a patient for their specific case details.
Recovery from Facial Fat Grafting Surgery
Right after surgery, you will experience a moderate amount of swelling and bruising, but this will begin to subside within 48-72 hours. Patients typically require 1 week off of work for recovery.
Because facial fat grafting is a less invasive type of surgery, you’ll be able to return to normal activities more quickly than you would with a more invasive procedure like a facelift.* You should take it easy for the first week after surgery, but Dr. Sieber wants you up and walking multiple times a day. After 2 weeks, you may resume more rigorous exercise and by 4 weeks, you will be released for full activity.
You will notice your results immediately after your facial fat grafting procedure. However, you may experience mild swelling for a few weeks after surgery. This should be totally resolved within 6-8 weeks after surgery.
San Francisco Facial Fat Grafting Frequently Asked Questions
View our before-and-after photo galleries to see the results ourFacial Fat Grafting patients have achieved.
How much of the injected fat survives in the long term?
Typically, 50-75% of the fat injected will survive.* Depending on how much volume you need restored, some patients may require multiple fat grafting sessions to completely restore a more youthful contour to the face.
Why would I choose to have fat grafting performed instead of fillers?
Facial fat grafting results in complete volume restoration while fillers are only temporary*. Although there is initially more downtime associated with facial fat grafting, it doesn’t have to be repeated every few months as is done with filler*.
*Disclaimer: Results may vary from person to person. Editorial content, before and after images, and patient testimonials do not constitute a guarantee of specific results.