Frequently Asked Questions About Facial Fat Grafting

If you’re considering a facial fat grafting procedure to restore volume, improve facial contours, or reduce the signs of aging for your face, the experts at North Raleigh Plastic Surgery are here to provide you with the essential information you need. From understanding the process and benefits of facial fat grafting to learning about the recovery process and potential risks, we’ll address the key aspects of facial fat grafting to help you make the very best decision on whether this procedure is right for you.


Facial Fat Grafting FAQs

What is facial fat grafting?

Facial fat grafting is a cosmetic procedure that involves removing fat from one part of the body, typically through liposuction, and injecting it into the face to restore volume, fill wrinkles, and enhance facial contours.

How does facial fat grafting work?

Facial fat grafting involves three main steps: harvesting, processing, and injecting the fat. During the harvesting step, fat is typically taken from areas like the abdomen, thighs, or flanks through liposuction. The harvested fat is then processed to remove impurities and excess fluids. Finally, the processed fat is carefully injected into specific areas of the face to achieve the desired results.

Does facial fat grafting have a different name?

Yes, facial fat grafting is known by several alternative names in the field of cosmetic surgery. Some of the common alternate terms used include fat transfer, fat injection, autologous fat transfer, autologous fat grafting, and microfat grafting. These terms essentially refer to the same procedure of taking fat from one part of the body and transferring it to the face for various aesthetic purposes.

What are the benefits of facial fat grafting?

Facial fat grafting offers several benefits, including:

  • Natural-looking results: Since the patient’s own fat is used, the outcome tends to look and feel more natural compared to synthetic fillers.
  • Long-lasting results: Fat grafts can provide long-lasting volume enhancement, as some of the transferred fat cells establish a blood supply and survive in the new location.
  • Dual benefit: The procedure not only improves facial contours but also involves liposuction, allowing the removal of excess fat from undesirable areas.
  • Minimal risk of allergic reactions: Since the procedure uses the patient’s own fat, there is a reduced risk of allergic reactions or rejection.

Who is a suitable candidate for facial fat grafting?

Candidates for facial fat grafting generally include individuals who desire facial rejuvenation, restoration of volume, or improvement in specific facial features. Good candidates should have sufficient donor fat available, be in good overall health, and have realistic expectations about the outcomes of the procedure.

What areas of the face can be treated with fat grafting?

Facial fat grafting can be used to enhance various areas of the face, including the cheeks, temples, under-eye hollows, jawline, lips, nasolabial folds (smile lines), and marionette lines. It can also help correct facial asymmetry or sunken areas caused by aging or certain medical conditions.

Is facial fat grafting a permanent solution?

While facial fat grafting provides long-lasting results, it is important to note that some of the transferred fat cells may be reabsorbed by the body over time. However, a significant portion of the fat usually survives and becomes permanent. The longevity of the results can vary among individuals, and maintenance treatments may be required to sustain the desired outcome.

Approximately how long does the facial fat grafting procedure take?

The duration of a facial fat grafting procedure can vary depending on several factors, including the extent of the treatment and whether additional procedures are being performed simultaneously. On average, the procedure typically takes between one to three hours. The time may be shorter for smaller-scale fat grafting procedures targeting specific areas, while more extensive fat grafting involving multiple facial regions may take longer.

Can facial fat grafting be combined with other cosmetic surgical procedures?

Yes, facial fat grafting can often be combined with other cosmetic surgical procedures to achieve comprehensive facial rejuvenation or enhancement. Many individuals opt to combine fat grafting with procedures such as facelifts, blepharoplasty/eyelid surgery, rhinoplasty/nose reshaping, chin augmentation, or other facial procedures.

What is the recovery process like after facial fat grafting?

After facial fat grafting, patients can expect some swelling, bruising, and discomfort in both the donor and recipient areas. The recovery time varies, but most individuals can resume most activities within one to two weeks. It is advisable to follow post-operative care instructions provided by the surgeon, including avoiding strenuous activities, protecting the face from sun exposure, and taking prescribed medications, if any.

How many post-op appointments will I have for facial fat grafting?

Typically, there may be an initial follow-up appointment within the first week after the procedure to assess healing, remove any sutures or dressings, and address any immediate concerns. Subsequent appointments are usually scheduled at intervals of a few weeks or months to evaluate the long-term results and ensure proper healing. The exact number of appointments will be determined by your surgeon and may vary from person to person.

Are there any risks or potential complications associated with facial fat grafting?

Facial fat grafting is generally considered safe, but as with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks and complications. These can include infection, bleeding, asymmetry, scarring, contour irregularities, overcorrection or undercorrection, fat necrosis (death of transferred fat cells), and changes in skin sensation. Consulting with a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon can help minimize these risks.

Are there alternative procedures to facial fat grafting?

Yes, there are alternative procedures to facial fat grafting. Some common alternatives include dermal fillers, which use synthetic substances to add volume to the face, and facial implants, which involve surgically placing implants to enhance facial contours. The choice of procedure depends on individual needs and preferences, which can be discussed with a qualified plastic surgeon during a consultation.

How much does facial fat grafting cost with North Raleigh Plastics Surgery?

At North Raleigh Plastic Surgery, the cost of facial fat grafting starts at $2,363.

Do you accept insurance for facial fat grafting?

No, North Raleigh Plastic Surgery does not accept Medicare or any other insurance for facial fat grafting at this time. However, we are delighted to extend a cash discount and offer flexible payment options, including Care Credit and major credit cards, to ensure convenience for our valued patients.

What are your payment terms at North Raleigh Plastic Surgery for facial fat grafting?

To reserve your facial fat grafting procedure, we kindly request an initial payment of 25% of the total cost. The remaining balance must be paid in full at least two weeks before the scheduled surgery date.

What is included in the cost of the facial fat grafting procedure?

A: The cost of a facial fat grafting procedure includes all essential pre-operative and post-operative consultations, the expense of anesthesia, the surgical intervention, and any necessary surgical supplies.

Can a facial fat grafting procedure be financed?

A: Absolutely. We understand that the cost of facial fat grafting can be a consideration for many individuals. To make the procedure more accessible, we provide financing options specifically tailored for facial fat grafting. You can take advantage of flexible financing through reputable providers such as Care Credit and Alphaeon Credit.


Contact Our Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Ortiz, for Facial Fat Grafting in Raleigh

Take the first step towards achieving your desired facial rejuvenation and enhanced contours by contacting our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Ortiz, at North Raleigh Plastic Surgery.


Specializing in facial fat grafting, Dr. Ortiz and our experienced team are ready to guide you through the process, answer your questions, and help you schedule a consultation. Don’t wait any longer to explore the transformative benefits of facial fat grafting. Reach out to us now and let us assist you on your journey to a more confident and youthful appearance. Please contact us today by calling 919-532-2270 or filling out the request a consultation form.