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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.

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As we age, we begin to lose volume in our face. Facial restoration can make one look years younger.* This can be done either with fillers or facial fat grafting. With facial fat grafting, your own fat cells are harvested and then placed into your face to restore any lost volume.* The main advantage of facial fat grafting is that the results last longer unlike those from fillers which are just temporary.* Furthermore, since you are using your own fat cells, there’s minimal risk of an adverse reaction.* Many patients who don’t like the idea of putting something foreign into their body embrace facial fat grafting for exactly this reason. Dr. David Sieber has had thorough training in facial anatomy so he knows where and how much volume is needed to give your face a natural looking, youthful contour.* Facial fat grafting may be performed alone or as part of a facelift.

Facial Fat Grafting Improvements

Facial fat grafting is able to improve lost volume in:*

  • Cheeks
  • Around the eyes
  • Lips
  • Temples
  • Jawline

Quick Facts

  • Length: 1-2 hours
  • Anesthesia: General Anesthesia
  • Inpt/Outpt: Outpatient
  • Side effects: Bruising, swelling
  • Recovery: 1 week

To find out more about facial fat grafting with Bay Area Plastic Surgery expert Dr. Sieber, call us today at 415-915-9000 or schedule a consultation here.

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.*

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.

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.


Q: How much of the injected fat survives in the long term?

A: 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.

Q: Why would I choose to have fat grafting performed instead of fillers?

A: 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.


I couldn’t be more pleased and excited about the refresh Dr. Sieber did on my face using a combination of botox and fillers. I had a baby a year ago and my face looked completely deflated. It felt to me that I looked like I had aged 5 years instantly by having a baby over 40. Dr. Sieber looked closely at my face and listened to my desires and fears in terms of the results I was seeking. I really liked that he took a conservative approach and followed up to check in and tweak things once the fillers and I had time to settle in.*

Dr. Sieber is a caring, friendly and talented doctor. I had two long consultations (free of charge) before scheduling my BBL (Brazilian butt lift). The staff and Dr. Sieber made me feel calm and relaxed the day of surgery. The results are amazing. Dr. Sieber understands a woman’s body and totally changed the shape of mine. I could not recommend him highly enough. I now go to him for my Botox and Juvederm.*

Dr. Sieber was fantastic throughout the entire process. From the beginning, he was patient with my questions and never made me feel pressured about making a decision. Once deciding that I was going to move forward with a breast augmentation, he made sure that I understood the process of the procedure and what I could expect post-surgery. I could not be happier with the results!*

Dr. Sieber is the best. I interviewed with numerous doctors. He pays close attention to detail. He called and checked on me and my results on a regular basis. My tummy procedure exceeded my expectation.*

Dr Sieber was very kind, knowledgeable and patient. He was able to answer all of my questions and put me completely at ease during the consultation as well as during the actual procedure. He made sure that I understood each part of the process which went a long way in alleviating my fears…after all, this is my face!*

*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. All images feature models except for before and after images.

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Dr. Dave Sieber and his staff are so awesome! Dr. Sieber is personable yet professional, his work is impeccable. He listens to his patient and works with them to achieve what they want. He’s like my hair dresser, a magician, you just want to do a happy dance with the results, only these results are lasting. Ok, but seriously, the procedure was very smooth, the staff and the doctors (Dr Sieber and the anesthesiologist) had great communication and made sure I was comfortable with very clear and concise pre op and post op directions. The healing process was very easy and the results are FABULOUS. Side note, Dr. Sieber has really awesome skin, I feel like this is impressive and important because really, would you trust a dentist with bad teeth? I am so elated and satisfied with the results, the size is perfect and they look and feel very natural. They are exactly what I wanted.*

Dr. Sieber is a doctor who is not only extremely knowledgeable about the latest in cosmetic procedures, but a doctor who truly cares about his patients. I highly recommend him!*

Dr. Sieber is a doctor who is not only extremely knowledgeable about the latest in cosmetic procedures, but a doctor who truly cares about his patients. I highly recommend him!*

Dr. Sieber is attentive, responsive, and well trained. I had seen him for Botox and filler and he had done both without any pain or bruising and more importantly the results were fabulous. He has met with me on time at each appointment. He communicates what to expect, made sure I was comfortable throughout the procedure, checked on my healing every day post procedure. He couldn’t be more delightful not more talented. I had seen other plastic surgeons for in office treatments over the past decade and Dr. Sieber is at the top of the list in terms of delivering the desired outcome and high quality care.*

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