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Facial Fat Transfer

What is facial fat transfer?

Volume loss in the face is a major part of the aging process. Facial fat grafting is a minimally-invasive procedure in which natural fat is harvested from areas such as the abdomen or thighs, and injected into some regions of the face to restore volume and create more youthful contours.

Am I a candidate for facial fat transfer?

Also known as fat grafting, facial fat transfer in an exciting, minimally-invasive procedure to restore volume, resculpt, and rejuvenate the face. You may be a candidate for this treatment if you are in good general health and have experienced facial volume loss, particularly beneath the cheekbones, under the eyes, or around the mouth.

Why choose Ardesh Facial Plastic Surgery?

  • Dr. Ardesh is a dual board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon.
  • He is a trainer and speaker for Allergan (makers of BOTOX, Juvéderm, and Kybella) who teaches other doctors how to perform injectables.
  • He believes in speaking clearly and honestly with his patients and in creating youthful, aesthetically pleasing, natural-looking results.
Facial Fat Transfer

Is there any downtime after facial fat transfer?

There is minimal downtime with facial fat transfer. You can expect to return to work or other activities within a few days, at most. After the procedure, a dressing will be placed over the treatment area to stabilize the positioning of the transferred fat. You can expect some swelling and minimal bruising. Sutures in the donor site will be removed within seven days of your procedure.

Before & After

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I just had Fat transfer with Dr. Ardesh. Ive had a great experience from consult to procedure to after-care. I came in because I had two dents in my cheeks that needed to be filled because of aggressive over treatment from another physician. Dr. Ardesh was patient, attentive, and compassionate towards me. He was honest and didn't oversell anything or push anything on me. I came in for a rhinoplasty revision consult but he advised me to not go through with it because it would be more trouble than it would benefit. He is truly a good doctor at heart which is very hard to find nowadays-Ive had some bad experiences. I feel fortunate to have found Dr. Ardesh. I am very happy and excited with my results so far!

- C.

Facial fat transfer FAQ


How much fat is harvested for facial fat transfer?

The amount of fat harvested will depend on the extent of treatment. Generally, 20 cc’s to 80 cc’s are used in a facial fat grafting procedure.


How long do fat transfer results last?

Results are long-lasting with facial fat transfer. The fat cells that survive the transfer integrate into the treatment area and continue functioning as fat cells and storing fat.


What are the advantages of fat transfer over dermal fillers?

One major advantage is that dermal fillers are temporary, while fat transfer lasts forever. Although certain advanced injectable fillers can last up to two years, eventually you will need repeat treatments to maintain your results. This is not the case with fat transfer. There is no risk of an adverse reaction when your own fat is used to sculpt and rejuvenate your face. Fat injections look and feel softer, more supple, and more natural than dermal fillers, and also improve skin quality.


To learn more about your rejuvenation options with Dr. Ardesh, please schedule an appointment.


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