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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, complimentary 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.