Ask Dr. Ponsky: What is Facial Fat Grafting?
Dr. Diana Ponsky Facial Fat Grafting

Ask Dr. Ponsky: What is Facial Fat Grafting?

What is facial fat grafting?

Facial fat grafting is a cosmetic surgical procedure that combats aging by bringing volume back to areas of your face via autologous fat transfer. This is a good option for those who are not ready for a more invasive facelift or less permanent hyaluronic acid fillers.  Facial fat transfer is more “natural” because it uses the patient’s own fat so there is no risk of rejection.  Fat injections act as the natural facial filler to improve facial contours and create significant facial rejuvenation.

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How does facial fat transfer work?

Living fat cells are collected from areas of your body that have plenty of fat and areas which could stand to be slimmer anyways. These areas are usually the abdominal region, the flanks or the inner thigh.  To harvest the living cells, a specific low trauma liposuction technique is used to preserve the integrity of the fat cells; then it’s processed and strategically injected into areas marked for facial fat transfer. There the cells develop a new home and so they reconnect to the blood supply and provide long lasting value.

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What cosmetic concerns does a facial fat grafting procedure treat?

It will help smooth out fine lines and wrinkles to help with the volume in that area.  Cheek volume and contours can be restored with autologous fat instead of synthetic dermal fillers. Fat grafts can also be used under eyes to address dark circles and a hallowed look, to rejuvenate aging and tired eyes.  Jawlines and neck contour can be improved with fat grafts placed in a sculpted fashion.  Chin shape and projection can be enhanced with autologous fat injection.  Lip augmentation by fat grafting is a natural long lasting alternative.

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What is the investment?

The typical cost ranges from $2,500 to $10,000.  The recovery time is usually 2 weeks, and the results are typically permanent, and visible after 6 weeks.

Can you discuss the potential side effects of a facial fat grafting procedure?

Potential side effects include bruising, asymmetry, prolonged edema, fat calcification, and fat necrosis. 

When can one expect the results of a facial fat grafting procedure?

The results of a facial fat grafting procedure will not be immediately noticeable following the treatment, but will evolve over 3-4 months as the swelling subsides.  A portion of fat will be reabsorbed by the body.  The results are subject to weight changes and aging.

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Dr. Diana Ponsky | Cleveland Facial Fat Grafting

If you’re looking for a natural, minimally invasive procedure to significantly rejuvenate your face, consider a facial fat grafting procedure from Dr. Diana Ponsky.  Dr. Diana Ponsky is a Facial Plastic Surgeon in Cleveland, Ohio. She is Double Board Certified in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery. Dr. Ponsky focuses exclusively on the face, head, and neck. Schedule a consultation here.

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