How Does Facial Fat Transfer Work?

Plastic Surgeon & Skin Care Spa Serving Kansas City, Overland Park, Olathe, Lee's Summit & Nearby Areas of Kansas & Missouri

Posted: October 30, 2022

natural makeup beauty eyes and lips female young modelFacial fat transfer is an excellent option for combating the effects of aging. While there are a variety of cosmetic treatments for facial rejuvenation, facial fat transfer is an appealing strategy for anyone who wants a natural, low-risk treatment with long-lasting results. 

Fat Grafting and Injection Process

Facial fat transfer involves grafting fat from another area of your body and injecting it into areas of your face. Since the material comes from your body, fat injection is a great treatment if you are concerned about rejecting artificial fillers. 

For the fat grafting portion of the procedure, fat is extracted from your body, typically the upper abdominal region. This is a relatively simple procedure that usually only requires a local anesthetic. 

The extracted fat is then carefully processed and placed inside syringes for injection. Your surgeon will then inject the fat into targeted areas of the face. Common facial areas for fat injection include:

  • Lips
  • Jawline
  • Nasolabial folds (the diagonal creases from your nose to your mouth)
  • Eyebrows
  • Cheeks
  • Under eye area

Since the fat is a part of your body, the cells should function normally in their new home on your face. 


Facial fat injections will add volume and lift to your face's treated areas, creating a more youthful look. As we age, our faces often become more hollow, and the subtle addition of extra fat can create a younger but still natural appearance. 

You may also potentially experience some stem cell stimulation. Although there’s no confirmation that a fat transfer stimulates stem cells, many patients report an enhanced skin texture. 

The results of a facial fat transfer should last for a very long time. Unlike hyaluronic acid fillers, natural human fat does not get absorbed into the body. Theoretically, the fat transfer could permanently stay inside your face.  


The recovery from a facial fat transfer is quite easy. You may have some swelling or bruising around the injection sites, but most patients can return to normal activities within a week to 10 days after surgery. 

Contact Us

Facial fat transfer is an easy and effective treatment. If you are interested in receiving facial fat injections, don’t hesitate to contact us today to schedule an appointment with Renue Aesthetic Surgery. 


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