With aging patients start to loss fat in their faces, around the eyes, in the cheekbones, and they develop deep grooves running from the nose to the corners of the mouth.

Fat grafting is the procedure in which patients own fat harvested from one area (lateral thigh or the abdomen) then processed and injected under the skin in grooves or irregularities of the face.

Cosmetic  indication for fat grafting includes the sunken cheeks, naso labial grooves, temples, chin, and lip enhancement. 

Key facts about fat grafting 

  • Hospital or an in –office procedure:  in- office or hospital procedure.
  • Anesthesia: local or general.
  • Incisions: small punctures.
  • Length of procedure: one hour.
  • What to expect: Bruising, swelling in the donor area and in the grafted one for one to two weeks.
  • Discomfort: mild
  • Long term result: 30% of the fat will be absorbed within 6 weeks. The rest are permanent.