What is Facial Fat Grafting?
Facial fat grafting is growing in popularity because it produces natural outcomes with long-lasting benefits for your skin. Loss of volume, frequently caused by aging, tends to be most pronounced in the areas around the eyes, jawlines, and cheeks. Facial fat grafting is used to correct common signs of aging and rebuild volume by smoothing lines, wrinkles, and folds throughout your face using your own fatty tissue. By performing a fat transfer from your body, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Kevin Hanz can artfully re-inject the fat to the desired areas of your face for lasting, beautiful results. With facial fat grafting, you don't just see a more youthful facial appearance, you get to improve the contours of your body.
"Bodytite on abs and flanks - I've always hated my love handles, no matter how much I work out or diet even when I was young that's where weight would stay. Finally I decided to do something about it! After doing a ton of research I decided BodyTite was for me. Now about a year after my procedure I can say it was totally worth it. I was swollen for maybe 9-10 weeks because they did some liposuction too, but I could tell a difference right away & my best results seemed to show at about 6 months after my BodyTite."- R. / RealSelf / Feb 05, 2020
"My clients think I'm ten years younger than my age! - I have had amazing results using Dr Hanz. He is so down to earth and can relate to anyone. The results I received are unbelievable. My clients think I'm ten years younger than my age! The procedure is painless and I was back to work in no time!"- J. / RealSelf / May 21, 2020
"Botox done right! My husband and I tried Botox for the first time and Dr. Hanz was gentle and caring. He let us decide what we wanted and what we were comfortable with. There was no "you should get this, or you need this" - Dr. Hanz is the kind of doctor we all need. I will definitely be going back. Thanks Dr. Hanz!"- T.O. / Google / Dec 19, 2020
"After searching for the perfect doctor to give me my dream body for 3 years I finally found the doctor for me! I got liposuction and a Brazilian butt lift from Doctor Hanz and he absolutely exceeded my expectations. I could not be happier and I would absolutely recommend him to anyone! He did exactly what I asked for and then some. I was nervous about having a fake looking butt and he gave me the most perfect round athletic looking butt. I had a pooch and love handles for the longest time and they are completely gone! All the other doctors I met in the past didn't really seem like they cared, but Dr Hanz listened to me with patience and answered all of my questions thoroughly! I am so grateful I met him and chose him to give me the body I have been wanting for years. The procedure was not under anesthesia and I recovered so quickly. If I could give 100 stars I would!"- D.B. / Google / Oct 13, 2020
"I had lipo 360 with Dr. Hanz. I didn't experience any pain during thanks to the medications. After the procedure I was very sore, but I was back at work at 830a the next day. The soreness has lasted since, but has gotten better & hasn't restricted me from my day to day routine. I was able to shower 48 hours after my procedure so I was able to take the garment off. I knew I was going to be swollen, but even with the swelling I could see visible results. I cried happy tears because I couldn't believe it. The nurses & doctor have been more than amazing throughout this process by checking in & making sure I am doing well. I cannot wait to see my results week after week! **Update** It's been about 10 months since my first procedure. I had my 2nd procedure 2 weeks ago on a totally different area! Much easier recovery since it was just arms and not my entire midsection. Soreness, but nothing keeping me from my everyday routine. I was back at work the next day with this procedure as well. Fabulous procedure, amazing staff, & life-long results that have made me so much more confident."- H.H. / Google / Sep 30, 2020
Can I Get Facial Fat Grafting?
Facial fat grafting is good if you want to add natural-looking volume to certain places in your face. A facial fat transfer may improve wrinkles, like laugh lines, Crow's feet, or even smile lines. Transferred fat can also improve the appearance of any acne scars and pitted areas you may have in your skin. You may also enhance your cheeks and lips for a more youthful appearance. With results similar to an injectable dermal filler, like Restylane, a facial fat transfer is a great choice if you'd like your results to last much longer. In order to be a candidate for facial fat grafting, you need to have enough extra fat on areas of your body to be able to meet your goals. Dr. Hanz can help you decide if this procedure will be a good fit for you.
How Does Facial Fat Grafting Work?
Facial fat grafting is a two-step surgery that includes liposuction of fat and transferring that fat to a specified area of your face. Since only a minimal amount of fat is needed, Dr. Hanz typically uses local anesthesia. To begin, Dr. Hanz will perform liposuction to extract fat, which may come from your flanks (love handles), hips, or abdomen. When the fat is removed, it will be processed, cleaned, and prepared for injection. Dr. Hanz will use different injection angles and techniques to ensure the highest immersion rate into your skin and to create evenness throughout. According to your treatment plan, fat may be grafted to your lips, cheeks, and/or under your eyes to add volume, as well as to fill in wrinkles and facial scars.
What Can I Expect After My Facial Fat Grafting?
After your facial fat graft, your liposuction incisions will be stitched and cleaned before you are sent into recovery. Dr. Hanz or a member of his staff will apply dressings and watch you until you can be sent home with a family member or friend. Your recovery will be different based on the amount of fat that is removed and grafted, but you need to plan to take 1 – 2 weeks to rest and heal. You will likely experience some swelling and bruising at the liposuction site(s) along with the transfer site(s). You might notice some improvements immediately; however, it typically takes a few weeks until you can see your full results. A small amount of fat might be reabsorbed, but with appropriate maintenance, your results should last for several years.
Frequently Asked Questions about Facial Fat Grafting
How much will my facial fat grafting cost?
Costs for your facial fat graft will vary, depending on the amount of fat removal and the volume being transferred. After a thorough assessment, Dr. Hanz will determine how much fat is required to achieve the desired volume and develop a custom plan. Then, he can calculate costs, like facility and anesthesia fees. To help make your treatment easier to afford, Kevin R. Hanz, M.D. Aesthetic Plastic Surgery accepts many payment methods and can help you find low-interest medical financing.
Should I get a dermal filler or fat transfer?
Both a fat transfer to the face and a dermal filler (like JUVÉDERM and Restylane) can correct the appearance of lines and static wrinkles while also restoring volume to your face. Although dermal fillers can give you great results, a facial fat graft often looks more natural and lasts longer. If you need help deciding how much fat you want added to your face and where, Dr. Hanz may suggest starting with dermal fillers. As soon as you have figured out what you want, Dr. Hanz can schedule a fat transfer for results that last years instead of months.
Can facial fat grafting be combined with another procedure?
Facial fat grafting can be combined with a nonsurgical treatment, such as BOTOX (a wrinkle relaxer). A fat transfer is also a popular treatment to complement another cosmetic surgery. A fat transfer can increase volume to improve the balance of your face, which enhances the surgical results of a facelift, neck lift, or chin augmentation. Talk to Dr. Hanz during your consultation about your needs and wants so he can create a comprehensive plan with surgical and nonsurgical procedures that help you reach all of your goals.
How long does facial fat grafting take?
The length of time needed for your facial fat transfer will vary, depending on how much fat is being taken, plus the volume needed to give you your desired results. As soon as your plan is created in your initial consultation, Dr. Hanz can go over what you can expect and how long it will take. Dr. Hanz takes his time to carefully place thin layers of fat with innovative techniques so your outcomes look natural and refreshing.
Which areas of the face can be improved with fat grafting?
Facial fat grafting can be used in several locations to add volume or reduce lines. A fat transfer is great to augment the mid-face so that this area appears lifted and fuller without surgery. Additionally, it can also be used to add volume to your upper and/or lower lips. You may also get a fat transfer to improve the hollow or sunken under eye areas. A fat transfer to your face can also treat scars and wrinkles as an added bonus. Dr. Hanz will create your unique treatment plan to address one or more areas of your face based on your needs and goals.
Fat transfer is a brilliant way to increase volume, smooth out lines, and enhance your gorgeous face. If you desire a younger, radiant appearance with little downtime, we encourage you to learn more about facial fat grafting at Kevin R. Hanz, M.D. Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and how it can help you achieve your aesthetic goals. It's an exciting option if you are looking for a natural enhancement and long-lasting results. Contact our Dallas, TX practice today to set up your consultation with Dr. Hanz for this cutting-edge procedure.