Facial Fat Transfer

Fat injection or facial grafting is the transfer of fat cells taken from the body to the face. It is applied to correct facial defects and add volume to the face.

Fat tissue transfer is one of the modern applications that brings with it various advantages. It is widely preferred to reduce the effects of aging and to correct various physical deformities. In order for the fat tissue to adapt smoothly, fat grafting, that is, lipofilling must be applied correctly.

Use of Facial Fat Injection

Lipofilling is one of the first surgical procedures that comes to mind in terms of volume restoration to the face area. Injecting fat into the face is a skin rejuvenation method. It is mainly done to eliminate the effects of aging.

Because, facial tissues become loose, and wrinkles become gradually visible over time. As a result of aging, volume loss occurs. Fat injection corrects such signs of aging. It is also preferred for the repair of physical traumas caused by traffic accidents and for the scars left from surgeries.

The most common fat transfer areas:

  • Gonion
  • Under eye
  • Eye lids
  • Cheeks
  • Forehead
  • Surrounding cheekbone tissues
  • Nasolabial folds (smiling lines)

The fat taken can be used to plump your lips, get rid of your mouth lines, and have voluminous cheekbones. Just like the lipofilling regions, the locations where fat will be removed also change. Tummy, hip, arm, leg and abdominal fats are often preferred for injecting into the face.

Facial Fat Transfer Application Process

Consultation between the doctor and patient is arranged before volume restoration to the face. Physical condition, general health, and the degree of facial volume loss of the person are determined.

How the operation will continue and what awaits the patient afterwards is explained in detail. It is typically performed under local anesthesia. The fat to be injected is taken from the suitable part of the body with a special medical instrument called a cannula.

A millimetric intervention is made under the skin and fat is removed with the help of a needle-tipped cannula. An average of 20 to 40 cc of fat is taken. The fat is prepared in the laboratory to be transferred to the targeted area.

Since major amount of liquid is not sucked, thinning or deformation does not occur. Next, this fat is injected into the face. Since injection is performed with a fine-tipped instrument, the skin is not sutured and scars are not formed.

Fat Injection Recovery Period

No one can say an exact recovery time for those who have done facial injections. Duration of healing can vary both from person to person and according to the fat transfer location.

Typically swelling, edema, and bruising occur in the early stages. These complications remain for about 7 days. With the second week, the bruises will start to heal and, eventually disappear.

Some of the injected fat tissue will dissolve, while the rest is permanent. If not applied correctly, all of the transferred fat may dissolve. Therefore, it is extremely important to choose a successful and experienced doctor. Like the scope of the procedure, the prices of facial fat injections differ.

Choosing wisely will provide advantages in the short and long term. The difference between before and after fat injection to the face results will be evident after the face takes its final form. This happens within 6 months to 1 year.


Results from a facial fat transfer are permanent. This is an important factor that distinguishes fat injections from dermal fillers. First, the patient's fat is removed and processed in a laboratory environment. As a result, it becomes suitable for injecting into the face. If applied correctly, the remaining injected fat maintains its effect for life.

The fat injection has a wide range of application regions. Popular facial areas for fat transfer are:

  • Around the eyes,
  • Under-eye skin,
  • Eyelids,
  • Cheek bones,
  • Lips,
  • Nasolabial lines,
  • Chin,
  • Central face region.

The minimally invasive facial fat transfer takes about thirty minutes to an hour. It maintains its effect for years. The doctor's experience and practice area can be effective in the process. In addition, if the doctor thinks it necessary, may suggest including different facial aesthetic applications in the process, and this will have an effect on the duration.