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When to consider an facial fat transfer with Cleveland Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Ponsky


As we age, we lose facial volume and our youthful facial shape. This loss can be skeletal and from thinning of the skin, but much of the volume change is from decreased amount and descent of facial fat. Facial fat transfer performed by Cleveland facial plastic surgeon Dr. Ponsky utilizes your body’s own tissues to naturally improve the shape and smoothness of your skin, through fat redistribution. With the use of your own fat, you also avoid the chance of an allergic reaction, with no foreign substance entering your body.

The most commonly-treated areas with facial fat grafting are the tear troughs, cheeks, nasolabial folds, temples, brows, and jawline. Facial fat transfer provides the most natural maintenance-free results. This helps to not only give your face a natural fullness, but also a natural feel.

How It Helps

Fat grafting can be performed on the cheek, lips, temples, chin, jawline, eyebrows, marionette lines, and nasolabial folds. Because fat grafting uses your own tissues, it’s safer than synthetic implants and significantly reduces the risk of complications and adverse reactions. Results last much longer than dermal fillers and allow for a natural, softer look.

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What to expect before facial fat transfer

Dr. Ponsky will begin your Cleveland facial fat transfer consultation by asking about your goals and expectations, then discuss any pre-existing health conditions or risk factors. After examining and photographing your face, expect the surgeon to discuss recommendations and risks. These photographs are studied to determine where volume has been lost in the aging process in order to get the best results and achieve a more youthful appearance.


What to expect during facial fat transfer

This procedure is typically performed under IV sedation. First, fat is obtained through tiny incisions from the central abdomen, flanks, or thighs. After processing to remove unwanted fluid, the fat is placed in syringes and meticulously injected into sunken areas. The fat develops a supply of oxygen from nearby tissue, resulting in long-lasting volume that blends smoothly and enhances facial contours.


What to expect after facial fat transfer

Discomfort from a facial fat transfer typically dissipates within a few days. Keep your head elevated after facial fat grafting for about 3-5 days to reduce swelling. Discoloration or bruising may be present for 7-14 days. Volume changes are usually apparent about 6 weeks after surgery, with the final results seen at about six months. Your patience will be rewarded with permanent, pleasing results.

What Our Patients Say

  • The office was nice. Receptionist was very polite. Dr. Ponsky was great. The experience was comfortable and she explained everything to me before doing anything. She made sure I understood. Thank you Dr. Ponsky!

    - YM( Cleveland Facial Plastic Surgery )
  • I have always been apprehensive of ANY cosmetic procedures. Not any more! Dr Ponsky and her entire staff are friendly, professional and reassuring. Dr Ponsky is gentle, thorough, professional, talented, knows medicine and her craft. I can’t recommend this entire practice more. It is a gift that we have her in Cleveland.

    - SA( Cosmetic Surgery, Cleveland )
  • I can’t be happier with the results of my Rhinoplasty on both aspects functionally and aesthetically, Dr. Ponsky did such a great job, before, during, and after surgery, she is on top of everything and follow her patients very carefully after surgery to ensure complete healing and great results. Thank you Dr. Ponsky and her staff from the bottom of my heart🙏🙏

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    - A( Rhinoplasty, Cleveland )
  • I have nothing but positive to say about Dr. Ponsky and her entire staff! The first time I came in for a appointment I felt a welcoming and warm energy from the entire group . Dr. Ponsky’s assistant Jaime is fabulous and I love how she can answer all my questions if I don’t understand all!!
    Thank you everyone !!!

    - DB( )
  • Dr Ponsky’s staff are full of energy and very friendly. They are extremely personable, and worked to ensure that I felt comfortable and had everything I needed (down to a blanket during the procedure). Dr Ponsky is thorough, sweet, and gentle in her explanations. She made sure to explain the answers to each of my questions and I never felt rushed/forced to make a decision. I love the fact that we could do the entire procedure under local anesthesia.

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    - EE( Blepharoplasty, Cleveland )