What is facial fat grafting?
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Rolando Morales performs facial fat grafting procedures for patients in the Houston, TX area. Facial fat grafting (also called fat transfer) can provide a more youthful facial appearance by restoring lost volume associated with aging. The common areas with volume loss are the cheeks and temples. Similar to facial fillers, fat transfers can be injected into wrinkles and folds to rejuvenate the face, but doesn’t require the maintenance of traditional fillers. The ideal candidate for facial fat grafting should have firm, elastic skin to achieve the best results.
"Dr. Morales and his staff are absolutely amazing! They made me very comfortable- especially when taking before and after pictures. My results are spectacular. I had the complete mommy make over and I could not be happier. I already recommend all my friends and strangers to Dr. Morales!"- K.C. / Google / Dec 05, 2019
"My experience with Dr. Morales as well as his staff was exceptional. They all took the time to explain me the process from my first consultation to my post surgeries appointments. I am very happy with the results. My recovery was also very fast. I had my minimal pain after my breast augmentation surgery. I did some work the same day from home. It has only been two months once surgery and my breast look great and the scars are not too visible."- C.P. / Google / Dec 04, 2019
"My experience with Dr. Morales was exceptional - My experience with Dr. Morales as well as his staff was exceptional. They all took the time to explain me the process from my first consultation to my post surgeries appointments. I am very happy with the results. My recovery was also very fast. I had my minimal pain after my breast augmentation surgery. I did some work the same day from home. It has only been two months once surgery and my breast look great and the scars are not too visible."- P. / RealSelf / Dec 03, 2019
"I'm so glad I chose Dr. Morales for my mommy makeover he is so easy to talk to and understanding his staff are fast and friendly. I am so happy with the results Dr. Morales gave me its exactly what I was hoping for."- S.R. / Google / Nov 25, 2019
"Dr. Morales and his staff are absolutely amazing! I loved everything about my experience from start to finish! His passion for caring for people and helping them achieve self confidence is unmatched! Him and his staff are very attentive and make sure that you’re comfortable and confident with decisions throughout the entire process and always there to answer all of your questions. You will not regret choosing Dr. Morales."- M.H. / Google / Nov 25, 2019
During the consultation, Dr. Morales will create a unique treatment plan to achieve the beautiful results that meet each patient’s needs. During surgery, Dr. Morales removes fat by liposuction from selected areas of the body, processes the fat, and then injects the purified donor fat cells into the areas of the face. The procedure is designed to augment the mid-face or cheek bones so that it appears lifted and fuller. Dr. Morales uses innovative techniques in handling fat graft. He injects small amounts of purified fat into different areas of the face at various depths to obtain an effective absorption rate.
During the Surgery
Facial fat grafting with liposuction is performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia at Dr. Morales’ surgery center. The amount of time needed for liposuction and facial fat grafting will vary according to several factors, including the amount of fat being removed, the technique used, and the size of the area being treated. The fat is placed into the face through small imperceptible incisions, which results in minimal scarring. The procedure can be performed with other procedures, such as a facelift, necklift, or blepharoplasty. Common areas for donor fat include the abdomen, hips and flanks.
The cost of facial fat grafting will vary because it is a combination of two procedures – liposuction and fat transfer. Patients can expect to pay between $3,000 and $5,000. The price is subjective until Dr. Morales knows how much fat is going to be removed and transferred.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $3,000 - $5,000
- Recovery Time
- 1 Week
- Average Procedure Time
- 1 Hour
- Procedure Recovery Location
FACIAL FAT GRAFTING FAQs
How Long Will It Take?
The procedure time will vary, depending on how many areas are being treated as well as the volume of fat being removed and injected. Facial fat grafting alone usually takes one hour.
What Type of Anestesia?
Depending on the patient’s health and anxiety tolerance, facial fat grafting may be performed under local anesthesia and sedation. When combined with other procedures, it is often performed as an outpatient setting in a surgery under general anesthesia.
Facial fat grafting is often combined with other facial procedures such as a facelift, necklift, blepharoplasty, or browlift. There is a limit to how many procedures can be done safely as it relates to surgical recovery, and the amount of time the surgery takes.
Return to Work?
Each patient’s recovery time is different, and depends on how many procedures are performed at the same time. The average return to work for facial fat grafting alone is less than a week.