Facial Fat Transfer

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facial fat transfer procedure

We often think about fat on our body as a negative thing.

But, have you ever considered what fat can do for you and how you feel about yourself? A facial fat transfer is a highly safe and effective way to provide you with youthful volume and sculpt your face. Results are custom tailored, beautiful, and natural! If you wish you had more volume in your cheeks, lips, around your eyes or temples, you may be a good candidate for a fat transfer. 

We can accomplish impressive, long-term volumization and contouring for our patients, all with their own fat! Due to the fact that this highly versatile sculpting procedure uses your own fat, there is a greater likelihood that your body will accept your new contouring, compared to procedures which use foreign components such as implants or injections.

Contact our office to learn more about the benefits of Facial Fat Transfer today.


A fat transfer, fat grafting, or fat augmentation is often used to replenish the depletion of fat volume that occurs with aging.1 Facial fat begins to visibly subside within the cheek areas, temples, hollows of the eyes, lips, nose, and jaw-line region over time. This procedure is also used to shape and fill depressed scar tissue, like pitting acne scars of the face. A fat transfer to the face provides a wonderful solution to restoring a more youthful appearance. 

Fat transfer is an alternative to the extremely popular synthetic dermal fillers, or injectables. While dermal fillers provide a temporary solution to your facial rejuvenation goals, fat transfer to the face is a long-lasting treatment. 

Interested in learning more about facial fat transfer? Contact us to schedule your private, informative consultation today. 

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People consider transferring fat to their face for many reasons. They may be looking to augment one area or multiple areas of their face. The benefits for facial fat transfer include the slimming of other areas of the body, using a natural filler for depressed areas of the face, and achieving long-lasting, supple facial contours.

Patients who work with Dr. Erfani can expect to experience an increase in confidence due to the years that may be taken off their appearance after facial fat transfer. 

By using your own natural filler – fat from other areas of your body – the likelihood that your body will accept the lipofilling increases significantly, compared to utilizing synthetic fillers. The ultimate benefit of facial fat transfer is the end result of the procedure: the long-lasting effects! Because you are incorporating natural tissue to fill out your face, the transferred fat generates its own blood supply, providing your skin with a healthy glow that will last. 

If you are ready to discuss how facial fat transfer can further benefit you, schedule a private consultation with Dr. Erfani today!


A private, one-on-one consultation with Dr. Erfani is an excellent opportunity to learn more about facial fat transfer. Dr. Erfani is knowledgeable and skilled in the art of aesthetics and can inform you on the nuances of the procedure. 

During the consultation, you will be able to ask questions and voice concerns regarding fat transfer to the face. Dr. Erfani will discuss your medical history with you and will examine your face and potential donor site(s). From there, Dr. Erfani will provide you with his professional, medical opinion on an approach that will be tailored to your anatomy and goals. 

If you are a candidate for facial fat transfer, you will be provided a customized treatment plan and cost for the procedure.

There are a number of factors to take into consideration when discussing cost of facial fat transfer. Because every patient has distinct, unique needs and desires, price will be tailored for you. 


Ideal candidates for facial fat transfer are individuals looking to enhance fullness in their face and simultaneously slim other areas of their body. Candidates are relatively healthy individuals who have appropriate amounts of fat to harvest and will maintain a stable weight following their procedure. Losing volume in the face due to weight loss, age, or heredity can have an impact on how you feel about your appearance. Facial fat transfer can restore the supple contours of your face, giving you the youthful aesthetic you wish to achieve.


A fat transfer is a versatile aesthetic technique considered extremely popular in facial rejuvenation and body contouring. 

On the day of your procedure, after providing you with anesthetic medication to make you comfortable during the procedure, Dr. Erfani will collect fat for transfer from a donor site on your body using liposuction. A donor site could be any area where you have unwanted excess fat. Very popular donor sites may include the abdomen, flanks, thighs, and arms.  Dr. Erfani will also sculpt the donor site during the fat harvesting step to provide you with a contoured silhouette

This fat will be purified and prepared for transfer to the preferred areas of the face. Dr. Erfani will then inject the fat into your face through small injections specified by your tailored treatment plan. Facial fat transfer can enhance facial areas like the lips, soften the hollow areas beneath the eyes, and/or fill in creases on the face. Dr. Erfani will carefully place the fat to ensure the best, most aesthetically pleasing results. 


The beautiful sculpting we achieve with our fat transfers look and feel natural – because it is natural! 

Each patient has a different recovery story following fat transfer to the face. Depending on how many areas are treated during the procedure, recovery time will vary. Following a facial fat transfer, you may experience swelling, bruising, and soreness in the donor site(s) and the areas that have been augmented with fat. While swelling is likely to be apparent, the positive results are almost always immediately visible. 

Complementary Procedures

Facial fat transfer may be combined with other facial rejuvenation and skin care procedures to provide you with amazing results

Facial fat transfers are often paired with facelift surgery to attain an incredibly naturally youthful and rejuvenated appearance. Facelift surgery dramatically changes your appearance by eliminating and tightening loose skin of the face. Tightening the facial skin may give you optimal results when combined with facial fat transfer. 

Laser skin resurfacing can further promote the healthy look of your face. Laser skin resurfacing along with facial fat transfer can be beneficial in correcting blotchy, uneven skin, as well as fine lines and wrinkles. 

If you are ready for a facial transformation, contact Dr. Erfani today to schedule a private consultation!


What are the risks of facial fat grafting?

Dr. Erfani is an extensively-trained plastic surgeon who takes pride in his work. His experience makes him a respected professional in the field and to this end, Dr. Erfani will ensure the safety of each patient he works with to meet their aesthetic goals. Like with any surgical procedure, there are risks associated with facial fat transfer. Dr. Erfani will discuss, in detail, the risks, benefits, and expectations of transferring fat to your face during your private consultation.

How long does facial fat transfer last?

Facial fat transfer provides a long-lasting result barring any significant weight fluctuations or complications from the procedure. Maintaining a stable weight and following pre- and post-operative instructions are imperative to the beautiful outcome you desire. 

How much of my fat will be removed/transferred during the procedure?

During a private, one-on-one consultation with Dr. Erfani, you will have the opportunity to inform him of your aesthetic goals when it comes to contouring the fat donor site(s) and lipofilling the contours of your face. From there, Dr. Erfani will customize a treatment plan especially for you and your needs. Because of this tailored approach, having a consultation with Dr. Erfani is a very important step in the process of meeting your goals. 

How much does fat transfer to the face cost?

Facial fat transfer is a very personalized procedure. The price for facial fat transfer takes a number of factors into consideration and these factors will vary between patients. The amount of liposuction of the donor site(s), the amount of fat that is purified and transferred, and the costs associated with the delivery of the procedure, such as anesthesia-related fees, can fluctuate the price of fat transfer to the face. Attending a consultation with Dr. Erfani is the only way to receive a cost estimate that is reflective of your individual needs.

We want every patient to be as comfortable and well-informed as possible. Contact us with any questions that you may have about fat transfers, or any other body contouring treatments we offer.

Additional Resources

  1. Emory Aesthetic Center. (2019). Facial Fat Transfer and Facial Implants. Retrieved from https://www.emoryhealthcare.org/centers-programs/aesthetic-center/face-surgery/facial-fat-transfer-and-implants.html