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Charles A. Messa, III, MD, FACS

Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery
Weston Cosmetic Surgery Center

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Fat Transfer (Face)

The anti-aging industry has made major leaps and bounds in recent years. A variety of synthetic injectable substances have been developed to reduce fine lines, wrinkles, folds, and volume loss in the face. However, one substance that has a particularly potent ability to rejuvenate the face is already natural to your body: your own fat. Through a procedure called fat transfer, excess fat from another area of your body can be extracted and reinjected to your face to enhance volume, improve definition, soften contours, and rejuvenate your appearance.

What Are the Benefits?

Many health-conscious individuals today are concerned with putting only natural products into their bodies. Even though synthetic injectables are FDA approved to safely reduce signs of aging, not everyone is comfortable with using them. Some people may also have an allergy or intolerance to these products. Fat transfer is completely natural because it uses your own body fat. Your fat is simply redistributed from one area to another to improve your appearance and rejuvenate your face. Facial fat sculpting is safe, and your body will not have an allergic reaction to its own fat.

What Do You Desire?


Fat transfer to the face produces natural-looking results. The fat naturally grafts into the existing tissue and contributes to a fuller appearance in that area. The strategic injection of fat where it is needed helps the face to look more naturally youthful and refreshed.

Addressing Your Concerns

  • Recovery

    After surgery, you will wear a compression garment around the fat harvest site to control swelling and support skin contraction. Patients are encouraged to walk as soon as possible to aid in circulation and speed up their recovery. Some swelling and bruising may occur in the face and the harvest site for a few days to a few weeks. Most patients can return to work and normal activities within just a few days. Exercise should be avoided for two to four weeks. Most swelling and bruising will subside within three weeks, but minor swelling can continue for up to six months.

  • Scars

    Retrieving the donor fat from the harvest site is accomplished with liposuction, which requires small incisions that may leave scars. These scars will be small and inconspicuously placed in natural body contours. Any visible scarring will fade over time. There will be no scarring in the face, as the fat will be injected via a needle.

  • Cost

    The cost of fat transfer to the face will vary based on factors such as surgical technique, amount of fat removal, facility costs, anesthesia, and medications. Your cost may reflect the expertise of your surgeon, who will exercise great care and dedication to produce the best possible results. A detailed explanation of the expected cost will be given to you at your initial consultation.

  • Pain

    After fat transfer to the face, you may experience some discomfort or pain in the face and harvest site. Prescribed pain medications will alleviate any discomfort, and antibiotics will help prevent infection so that your body heals quickly and smoothly.

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