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.
"Amazing, Professional and Talented - Dr. Morales is extremely professional, kind and talented. I was very nervous coming in for my consultation but after meeting with Dr. Morales I was confident and excited to go through with my procedure. I highly recommend his work!!"- C. / RealSelf / Jul 08, 2020
"I recently had a tummy tuck with Dr. Morales and he is an outstanding surgeon, you can tell he loves what he does. He really puts every ounce into each procedure to ensure that all of your wants in the outcome are what you are looking for. He was extremely informative as well as understanding, and reassuring from my consultation all the way up to my 8 week post op visit. Not to mention that his bedside manner is impeccable. Linda is also extremely informative, patient, and is amazing about getting answers to your questions in a very timely manner. All of his assistants are super sweet, and listen to your concerns. I could not have chosen a better surgeon and team!!"- M.M. / Google / Jul 07, 2020
"Outstanding Surgeon - I am already so in love with my results - I recently had a tummy tuck with Dr. Morales and he is an outstanding surgeon, you can tell he loves what he does. He really puts every ounce into each procedure to ensure that all of your wants in the outcome are what you are looking for. He was extremely informative as well as understanding, and reassuring from my consultation all the way up to my 8 week post op visit. Not to mention that his bedside manner is impeccable. I am already so in love with my results, and I am still healing. He made sure my scar was placed where it wouldn't be as visible, and my body hardly had trauma thanks to his methods this helped me heal a lot quicker. Linda his patient coordinator is also extremely informative, patient, and is amazing about getting answers to your questions in a very timely manner. All of his assistants are super sweet, and listen to your concerns. I could not have chosen a better surgeon and team!!"- A. / RealSelf / Jul 06, 2020
"Dr Morales is the BOMB DOT COM - I got lipo, bbl and breast aug - Dr. Morales is amazing ! Extremely professional office and staff. I had been wanting to get surgery for years after I had my son and finally got it done. I’m so glad I decided to go with Dr Morales. He genuinely cares about his patients and his work is impeccable. I got lipo, bbl and breast aug at the same. The first 5 days were tough , but all so worth it. I will post before and after pictures below"- Y. / RealSelf / Jul 06, 2020
"TT W/ Lipo of Flanks, Back, Bra Line; BA and BL; Reconstruction of Belly Button; Fat Transfer to butt - The experience is definitely different for everyone. What I expected was (((Somewhat)) different from my outcome. I’m pretty content with the big change I see already and really do look forwards for the process to be completed. Following is a brief description and my experience. Thank you."- L. / RealSelf / Jun 21, 2020
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.