Facial fat grafting, or facial fat transfer, is a renowned cosmetic procedure involving transferring fat from one area of your body to your face, resulting in a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance. With natural-looking, long-lasting results and a relatively mild recovery process, it’s a popular choice for facial rejuvenation.

Eberbach Plastic Surgery offers expert facial fat grafting in Hudson and Tampa Bay, performed by board-certified plastic surgeons dedicated to providing precision and personalized care.

Let’s answer some commonly asked questions about facial fat grafting to enhance your understanding of this technique and help you make the most informed decisions.

How Does Facial Fat Grafting Work?

Facial fat grafting is a minimally invasive procedure performed by trained and skilled plastic surgeons. It involves extracting fat from areas like the abdomen or thighs through liposuction and purifying it. The purified fat is then carefully injected into different areas of your face to enhance volume, fill in wrinkles, and create a more youthful appearance.

What Can You Expect in Terms of Results?

After facial fat grafting, you can expect natural-looking and long-lasting results. Your face will appear smoother, plumper, and more youthful. Results may vary from person to person, but many patients are delighted with the outcomes. Over time, the grafted fat establishes a blood supply and becomes a permanent part of your facial tissue, providing lasting benefits.

What’s the Recovery Process Like?

The recovery process for facial fat grafting is relatively mild compared to other surgical procedures. Here’s what you can expect:

  • Swelling and Bruising: After the surgery, you will experience some swelling and bruising in the fat donor and recipient sites, a normal part of the healing process. They typically subside within a week or two.
  • Discomfort: You may experience mild to moderate discomfort or pain due to the small incisions and injections at the donor and recipient sites. This can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication.
  • Downtime: Most patients can return to their regular activities within a week, although avoiding strenuous activities while recovering is advisable.
  • Final Results: While you’ll notice an immediate improvement in your appearance, the full results of facial fat grafting become more apparent over the following months as the swelling subsides.

How Long Do the Results Last?

Facial fat grafting provides long-lasting results. Many individuals experience enduring benefits for several months to years. However, it’s important to note that individual responses vary, and factors such as genetics, lifestyle, and the natural aging process can influence the duration of results.

As mentioned, the grafted fat establishes a permanent blood supply. However, some natural fat reabsorption can occur in the months following the procedure. Following your surgeon’s post-operative instructions is essential to maintain optimal results.

Can I Combine Facial Fat Grafting with Other Procedures?

Yes. You can combine facial fat grafting with other cosmetic procedures for comprehensive facial rejuvenation. Many patients pair facial fat grafting with facelifts, eyelid surgeries, or even non-surgical treatments like Botox and dermal fillers. Combining procedures allows for a more holistic approach to addressing multiple aspects of facial aging, such as volume loss, sagging skin, and fine lines. 

Are There Any Risks or Complications?

Like any medical procedure, there are potential risks associated with facial fat grafting. These may include infection, asymmetry, or fat absorption issues. However, choosing an experienced and board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Eberbach can significantly reduce the likelihood of complications.

Contact Us to Learn More

If you’re considering this procedure, consult our highly skilled plastic surgeons to discuss your options and get personalized advice. Contact Eberbach Plastic Surgery to schedule your Hudson or Tampa Bay appointment today.