It’s common to undergo volume loss in the face as we age. This particularly occurs in the temples, cheeks, and lower face. Tissue that remains tends to drift lower on the face due to gravity, skin laxity, and ligament stretching, creating droopy folds and sagging. While dermal fillers are a popular way to restore volume, fat transfer can also be used to restore facial volume.
What to Expect
Before your facial fat grafting procedure, we will meet to talk about your desired goals, medical history, and procedural techniques. We’ll also measure your face, take photographs, and will recommend a personalized treatment based on your desired outcomes and anatomy. During this consultation, we’ll also answer any questions you may have and will discuss potential risks or complications, sedation options, recovery time, and aftercare instructions.
In many cases, facial fat grafting can be performed under local anesthetic to numb the area. During the procedure, we’ll use a small tube to remove fat cells from the abdomen, hips, stomach, or thighs. Next, we’ll process the adipose tissue in a special centrifuge and extract only the healthiest and most viable fat cells. These fat cells with be carefully deposited using a small needle into facial areas and tissue planes where they will receive an adequate supply of blood and nutrients.
We perform facial fat grafting as an outpatient procedure at our accredited Northern Arizona SurgiCenter in Flagstaff.
Medical Review: This procedural information has been medically reviewed by plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Brian A. Cripe, M.D.