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What is facial fat transfer?

As we age, fat disappears and descends in the face, leading to a deflated appearance. The fullness of the cheek drops, elongating the lower lid and accentuating creasing of the face, possibly even accounting for dark circles of the lower lids. The area around the mouth, including the lips, may be thinned, creased or have irregular textures. Fat may be transferred from the abdomen, back or thighs to fill in lines and creases of the face and around the mouth and chin, or to provide more volume around the eyes and cheeks. Fat transfer is also a great solution for addressing facial asymmetry.

Fat adds both volume and a stem cell effect. Fullness associated with a more youthful appearance is achievable with added volume. Fat will also transport in a fountain of youth effect, stimulating factors that improve skin quality beyond just the addition of volume. This is seen with old acne scarring and porous skin.

Who is a good candidate for facial fat transfer?

Good candidates for facial fat transfer are men and women in good physical and mental health who have deflation and wrinkles of the face, lax and/or irregular skin texture, and a poorly defined neck and jawline. This also applies to individuals with significant weight loss who tend to look more aged with weight decrease.

This procedure may be combined with a facelift, a brow lift, blepharoplasty, or neck liposuction to rejuvenate the entire face and neck. During the initial consultation you will discuss with Dr. Shermak what you would like to improve so she can understand your expectations and determine how to best achieve your desired results.

Can I do fat transfer without a full facelift?

Individuals may benefit from facial fat transfer without a formal facelift. Sometimes individuals desire a smaller procedure with no scars – fat transfer makes this option a reality. Particularly for thin individuals, fat transfer alone can be extremely rejuvenating and soften a severe look.

What is the recovery like for facial fat transfer?

Surgery tends to be performed on an outpatient basis. You may experience temporary swelling, numbness, and bruising that respond well to head elevation, ice packs and Arnica Montana herbal supplementation. Most resume regular activities and return to work within a week, and swelling may take up to a month to resolve.

Getting started Schedule a Consultation

We invite you to call Dr. Shermak’s Baltimore plastic surgery office at 410-324-6592 to schedule your personal consultation today. You can also view our extensive online library of before and after photography to get a better idea of what to expect from the facial fat transfer procedure.

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We are officially open, thanks to Governor Hogan!

We welcome new patients and are looking forward to performing elective surgical procedures, starting the week of May 11.

This is a new day, with new safety protocols. Our goal is to keep everyone safe and respect the continued risk COVID-19 presents. For this reason, we will be instituting the following protocols:

  • We will have Sandy stationed at our entryway with sterilizer and a COVID-19 survey for our new patients to fill out. Sandy will also check your temperature and collect your paperwork at the door – our medical intake form can be filled out prior to your coming to the office, or you can fill it out after you arrive.
  • Please bring a mask for any in-office visits. If you are coming for surgery, please bring a paper mask if you have one. For any other visits, cloth masks or paper masks are fine.
  • We need any patient waiting to be seen to wait in your car until we can safely accommodate you in an exam room. We need to respect social distancing and are spacing our patients out to assure safety.
  • We can only allow the patient to come in to the office for examination. Friends or family will need to wait outside the office.
  • For those assisting our postoperative patients on the day of surgery: we ask that you kindly wait in your car and we will call you in to discuss postoperative instructions.
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I look forward to seeing you soon!


As of July 1st, the staff members at The Plastic Surgery Center of Maryland will no longer routinely be wearing masks following the state guidelines per Governor Hogan.

All of our staff members are vaccinated.

If any patient would prefer that the medical staff member caring for them wear a mask, please let us know and we will gladly do so.

We treat patients with compormised immune systems and we need to be respectful of their needs.

We are asking patients who are not fully vaccinated to please wear masks while in our office so that we may continue to safely accomodate our patients with weakened immune systems.

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