The most popular cosmetic procedures done are those that are used to correct the early signs of facial aging. When it comes to cosmetic procedures, there is no one-size-fits-all option. That’s why plastic surgeons use several different techniques to correct fine lines and wrinkles on the face. Among the many options available, one of the safest and most effective techniques is facial fat grafting.

What Is Facial Fat Grafting?

Facial fat grafting is a surgical procedure that involves harvesting fat from one area of the body to help improve a patients facial contours. Unlike other methods that simply involve removing fine lines by tightening the skin or using injections, this method involves adding a natural plump and volume to the skin with one’s own fat cells.

Facial fat grafting is a highly effective method for removing wrinkles and improving one’s aesthetic appeal. In addition to improving the aesthetics of your face, it can also help other parts of the body depending on the location the fat was sourced from. You can talk about this more in depth with your surgeon during your initial consultation.

Benefits of Facial Fat Grafting

These days there is a change in the perception of cosmetic surgeries. Correction is important, but restoration is even more important. So addressing the issues superficially would not often be a long term solution. Facial fat grafting is a long-lasting solution to the early signs of aging and the benefits it can provide includes:

  • There are no harmful chemicals and external agents injected into the body. So you do not have to worry about allergies and side effects.
  • The results shown after the treatment are often found to last a long time in most of the patients who undergo the procedure.
  • The results look natural and there are minimal post-surgical marks. This helps patients experience a rejuvenated youthful radiance to the skin without many blemishes.
  • Fat cells taken from one’s own body will be easily accepted. This means that the possibility of difficulties are minimized and recovery times will be shorter.
  • The procedure is minimally invasive. So there is no need for long hospitalization and medical care after the procedure.

How Is Facial Fat Grafting Done?

The process begins with an examination by the plastic surgeon performing the procedure. This is mainly to determine whether or not you will make a suitable candidate for facial fat grafting. Once your surgeon has deemed you worthy of the treatment, he will help you decide which areas should be corrected with the procedure. Your surgeon might also recommend performing the procedure along with any other required treatments. After this, he will help pick the area from which the fat cells should be extracted.

The fat cells are extracted with an injection without making any big incisions. These cells are purified and treated so as to make them ready to be injected into the face. The injected cells will help improve the contours of the face and help eliminate wrinkles and lines.


In the site of the injection there might be slight inflammation as well as bruising in some cases, but this will disappear within few days. If you experience any discomfort or pain in the area, your can prescribe medication to help ease the discomfort.

Most people find it easy to return to their normal routine in just a few hours after the surgery. In other cases where a major level of correction is done a few days would be enough to fully recover.

Contact Our Office

Contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. John D. Rachel, Quadruple Board-certified facial plastic surgeon. He has a great deal of experience and will help you achieve your aesthetic goals safely and effectively.