Plastic surgeons have been using a patient’s own fat for aesthetic purposes—a technique called fat grafting or fat transfer—for decades. I use facial fat grafting to enhance my Nashville patients’ facelift results and as a natural alternative to facial fillers.
How Does Fat Grafting Work on the Face?
Fat is an excellent filler to treat age-related volume loss in the face. Gravity-related changes are typically addressed with “lifting” procedures, such as a facelift, brow lift, or eyelid surgery. Fat grafting, on the other hand, adds fullness and volume to areas of the face that have become sunken, flat, or hollow-looking.
When performed by a provider with extensive knowledge of facial anatomy—such as a facial plastic surgeon—fat grafting produces soft, natural-looking results that last for many, many years. Fat transfer is very versatile, from restoring a more youthful appearance to the hands or rejuvenating facial fullness to subtly augmenting the breasts or buttocks.
The fat grafting process involves 3 steps:
- Extracting fat from an area of the body where it’s not wanted, usually the abdomen, flanks, or thighs
- Spinning the fat in a centrifuge to separate the fat cells from impurities
- Injecting the fat into the treatment area
A local anesthetic with light sedation is used for removing the fat with liposuction. A fat grafting procedure typically takes about an hour.
We use fat in many areas of the face where volume loss can make a patient look older than they feel. Fat grafting can also be a substitute for lip fillers. The most common facial fat grafting treatment areas include:
- Forehead, brow, temples
- Glabella (vertical worry lines often called “the 11s”)
- Under the eyes (tear troughs)
- Cheeks (buccal fat)
- Nasolabial folds
- Chin and jawline
Start With a Consultation
If you want to learn if you can benefit from fat grafting, request a consultation using the online form or call our office at (615) 942-8016 to schedule an appointment and we can discuss your specific concerns.