About Facial Fat Grafting
There are numerous treatments that rejuvenate the contours and volume of your face, but fat grafting to the face is increasing in popularity due to its natural outcomes and lasting benefits. Loss of volume, often due to aging, tends to be more pronounced around the cheeks, jawline, and eyes. Fat grafting to the face can be used to correct the most common signs of aging, and it rebuilds fullness by smoothing lines, wrinkles, and folds throughout your face while utilizing your own fat. By removing unwanted fat from your body, our Sarasota plastic surgeons can skillfully apply the fat into the desired parts of your face for lasting, beautiful results. With fat grafting to the face, you not only get a rejuvenated facial appearance, you get to also make improvements to your body. To find out more about fat grafting to the face, contact Sarasota Plastic Surgery Center in Sarasota, FL to schedule a consultation.
Facial Fat Grafting Reviews
"37 Year Old/Life Changing Surgery - Sarasota, FL - Dr. Engel was very thorough in the eduction of my elected procedures, as was his staff. I believe and felt that Dr. Engel truly understood my concerns and desired results. During my consultation, I felt very comfortable and was able to relax knowing that I had chosen the best board certified plastic surgeon to address my concerns and meet my cosmetic desires. The day of surgery my nerves quickly went into overload once I enter the facility. Then I was greeted by the wonderful surgical staff followed by Dr. Engel. I was finally ready to undergo surgery thanks to Dr. Engel's ability to ease my worries and make me laugh. I remember Dr. Engel speaking to me prior to my discharge, which I believe put my "after surgery" nerves at ease. The following day I met with Dr. Engel and his staff. At this appointment, I was again reassured that I had made the appropriate surgical and surgeon decisions. Again, THANK YOU Dr. Engel!! - - I have always been up and down with my weight most of my teenage/adult life. I gained the majority of my weight through difficult pregnancies. With one successful pregnancy, I gave birth to my beautiful daughter (17 years ago). Through the years she became an avid runner and I had the desire to be able to run 5k's/marathon's with her. Over the past five years that desire lead me to dropping 50+ pounds. I was very happy and excited by the weight loss. However, I was left with excess skin, mostly in my abdominal area, which left me feeling very depressed and not so excited to run or workout. I decided to seek consultation for a tummy tuck, breast reduction/lift and liposuction. After much research, I decided to consult with Dr. Engel. As the appointment neared, I became very nervous and wasn't so sure I would keep the appointment. Well, the day came and I kept the appointment. After a very thorough consultation and exam with Dr. Engel and his staff, I was more than excited to follow through with surgery. Three weeks later I underwent surgery for a tummy tuck, breast reduction/lift with fat grafting (to achieve breast fullness, I opted not to have implants) and liposuction of thighs/abdomen. The day after surgery, I was immediately satisfied and knew that I had made the right decision with the right surgeon. I am now 8 weeks postoperative and couldn't be enjoying my renewed life more. This surgery has given me back apart of myself that I thought I had lost forever....the ability to look in the mirror and smile, not cry! I am now in the process of training to run my first 5k with my daughter this October! Thank you Dr. Engel!!!"- L. / RealSelf / Sep 08, 2014
"50 Year Old 1 Child, Breast Implants and Fat Grafting to Face. - Sarasota, FL - Wonderful, he was caring, compassionate, super informed, so so sweet, funny...the best doctor ever, fantastic results, surpassed my expectations. Love everything about what he did. - - I had breast augmentation and fat grafting to my face by Dr. Scott Engel (from Sarasota Plastic Surgery) he is the best of the best. Can't imagine having it done with anyone else, his bed side manners, his sense of humor, his personality, his caring and compassionate ability to put himself in the patience place is just remarkable. He made everything from start to finish worth it, i would not ever, ever go to anyone else, he truly is the best. My results are just fantastic, I'm so so happy I did it...only question I keep asking myself is why didn't I do it sooner? and where has this doctor been all my life. What a great, great doctor. Do not hesitate to go to Dr. Engel for any of your aesthetic needs, he is truly a fantastic doctor. Thank you thank you Dr. Engel...you are the best!!!!!"- G. / RealSelf / Feb 04, 2016
"My first meeting for lower eyelid surgery and facial fat grafting with Dr. Derby was great. He answered all of my questions and really put me at ease. My confidence in him continued to build during the consultation and I felt very comfortable. The scheduling process exceeded my expectations, and the office was more than willing to accommodate me when I had to change some dates around. They made it very easy, which I appreciated. The day of surgery went great! The nurses made me feel very comfortable during the prep process, and I was once again assured after meeting with the anesthesiologist, and the procedure went great! The postop followup process was very good. I felt like I was very attended to, and any questions I had were answered. Dr. Derby was very thorough in our discussions, which I appreciated, and the staff made it easy. I am very happy with the results of my lower eyelid surgery and facial fat grafting. In fact, I'm planning on following through with some other suggestions Dr. Derby has made for me. My experience from start to finish exceeded my expectations."- IP / Office Visit / Jul 21, 2017
"Face Lift - Dr. Mobley was wonderful and provided everything I asked for and more. My facelift result was outstanding and I have received numerous complements from friends and family. Amazingly, in spite of the dramatic changes no one appears even remotely aware that I had cosmetic surgery involving my face and eyes and also fat grafting. They just mention how Florida agrees with me or have I lost weight. From the moment I arrived I have been treated with the utmost respect and privacy by Dr. Mobley, Michelle, the patient care coordinator, Stacie the scheduler and OR nursing staff and Lisa and Kerri the nurses who take care of you during your recovery in the office. Dr. Mobley spent almost an hour with me during my initial consultation and explained the surgery and recovery in great detail. He gave me all the options and was very reassuring. He is also very friendly and easy to talk to. I never felt like I was rushed and he asked several times if I had additional questions. During my recovery he continually updated me on how things were going. Even during the first few days of swelling and bruising, his steady guidance kept me from worrying. Bottom line is I can't thank Dr. Mobley and Sarasota Plastic Surgery enough for bringing back the youthful face I always remembered."- Anonymous / RealPatientRatings / Mar 19, 2018
"He Gave Me My Confidence - Dr. Engel is so kind, caring, and passionate about his job. He performed fat grafting to my buttocks to fill in my hip dips and give me more natural curves. I was NEVER confident in bathing suits, tight dresses, or anything that showed my curves because of my body shape and the way my hips looked. I am beyond pleased with my results and have total confidence in my body that I never had before. I cannot thank Dr. Engel enough for what he did for me! I will definitely come back to him in the future."- I. / RealSelf / Aug 05, 2020
Facial fat grafting may be a good option if you want to add natural-looking volume to specific areas of your face. A facial fat transfer can fill in wrinkles like smile lines, Crow's feet, and laugh lines. Grafted fat can also reduce the appearance of acne scars and pitted areas on the face. You can also add volume to your lips and cheeks for a more youthful appearance. Similar to the results of an injectable filler, like Juvéderm or Restylane, a fat transfer is an ideal treatment if you want your results to last for much longer. To be a candidate for a fat grafting, you should have enough excess fat to meet your goals.
Fat transfer is a two-part surgery that includes harvesting the fat and placement into the face. Since such a small amount of fat is needed, typically either local or twilight anesthesia is used. To begin, liposuction is performed to remove fat, which will probably come from your hips, abdomen, or flanks. When the fat is harvested, it can be purified and then prepared for injection. Various techniques and injection angles will be utilized to ensure high immersion rates into your skin and to create evenness. Based on your plan, fat may be grafted to your cheeks, lips, and/or below your eyes to add volume as well as to improve wrinkles, lines, and facial scars.
What to Expect
After your facial fat transfer, your incisions will be sutured and cleaned before you are sent to a recovery area. Dressings and compression garments may be applied, and you will be monitored until you can be sent home with a friend or family member. Before your surgery, you will be given instructions about what to expect after surgery and how you can heal more comfortably. Follow-up appointments should be scheduled at Sarasota Plastic Surgery Center so we can assess your recovery and progress. Your recovery will vary based on how much fat was removed and transferred, but you should plan to take a few weeks to rest and recover. At first, you may feel sore with bruising and swelling in the liposuction site(s) and the grafted area(s). You may notice some improvements right away in your face, but it will take several weeks before you'll be able to see your final results. A small amount of fat may be reabsorbed by your body, but with good care, your results should last for many years.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does facial fat grafting cost?
Costs for facial fat grafting will include fat removal and will vary based on how much volume is being added. After a thorough assessment, it will be determined how much fat is needed to create the desired volume and a custom treatment plan will be conducted. Then, we can begin to estimate costs, like facility and anesthesia fees. So your procedure is easier to afford, Sarasota Plastic Surgery Center accepts many payment methods, including low-interest financing.
Should I get a dermal filler or fat transfer?
Either a facial fat graft or a dermal filler (like Juvéderm and Restylane) can improve the appearance of lines and wrinkles as well as add volume. While fillers can give you beautiful results, a facial fat transfer typically looks more natural and lasts longer. To help you decide how much fat you want added and where, we may suggest starting with dermal fillers.
Can facial fat grafting be combined with another procedure?
Facial fat grafting can be combined with a nonsurgical treatment such as BOTOX (a wrinkle relaxer) or a skin treatment (for example, a facial). Facial fat grafting has also become a popular treatment to complement a facial surgery. A fat transfer can add volume to improve the balance of your face, which enhances the surgical results of a facelift, neck lift, or chin augmentation. Talk to your Sarasota plastic surgeon during your consultation about your desired results so they can create a plan with surgical and nonsurgical treatments that reach your goals.
How long does facial fat grafting take?
How long it takes to complete your fat transfer will vary depending on how much fat is being removed, as well as the volume needed to attain the desired result. When your plan is created in your consultation, your Sarasota plastic surgeon can go over what you should expect, for example, the time it will take for liposuction, fat preparation, and grafting. Our surgeons take their time to carefully inject thin layers of fat with innovative techniques so your results appear natural.
Which areas of the face can be improved with fat grafting?
Fat grafting can be used in a number of locations to add volume or decrease wrinkles. Fat grafting is ideal to augment the mid-face so that this area appears fuller and lifted without the need for surgery. In addition, fat can also be used to add volume to your upper and/or lower lips. You may also receive a fat transfer procedure to fill the sunken or hollow areas under your eyes. Facial fat grafting can also correct scars, wrinkles (brow furrows, marionette lines). Your Sarasota plastic surgeon will create your personalized treatment plan to address your concerns and achieve your cosmetic goals.
Plan Your Procedure
Fat transfer procedures are an incredible way to increase volume, smooth out lines, and accentuate your beautiful profile. If you crave a younger, enhanced appearance with little needed downtime, we invite you to learn more about facial fat grafting at Sarasota Plastic Surgery Center. Our trained plastic surgeons can help you achieve your desired appearance. Facial fat grafting is a good option for women and men wanting a natural improvement and lasting results. Call our Sarasota, FL office right away to schedule your consultation for this innovative procedure.