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.
Facial Fat Grafting Reviews
"Dr. Morales and his dream team have exceeded my expectations as a patient. From my first consultation, my pre-op appointment, to the actual surgery and every post op appointment after I felt so well taken care of. Dr. Morales and his staff are all so caring, involved and amazing at what they do! I have been recommending him to everyone I know who is considering any type of elective surgery. When I did have any questions Claudia was very quick to get back to me and for that I am so appreciative. Never once did I feel uncomfortable with any part of my journey. I am beyond satisfied & in love with my results even though I am only 8 weeks post op from my tummy tuck, lipo and fat transfer! I truly believe Dr. Morales has magic hands because as far as pain, I hardly had any! It was definitely not as excruciating as some people describe. The whole recovery for me has been so smooth and I would do it all over again with Dr. Morales in a heartbeat. He truly is the best!"- C.H. / Google / Sep 10, 2021
"I truly believe Dr. Morales has magic hands - Dr. Morales and his dream team have exceeded my expectations as a patient. From my first consultation, my pre-op appointment, to the actual surgery and every post op appointment after I felt so well taken care of. Dr. Morales and his staff are all so caring, involved and amazing at what they do! I have been recommending him to everyone I know who is considering any type of elective surgery. When I did have any questions Claudia was very quick to get back to me and for that I am so appreciative. Never once did I feel uncomfortable with any part of my journey. I am beyond satisfied & in love with my results even though I am only 8 weeks post op from my tummy tuck, lipo and fat transfer! I truly believe Dr. Morales has magic hands because as far as pain, I hardly had any! It was definitely not as excruciating as some people describe. The whole recovery for me has been so smooth and I would do it all over again with Dr. Morales in a heartbeat. He truly is the best!"- C. / RealSelf / Sep 10, 2021
"Amazing Butt Augmentation with Implants - 2 months ago I had a Butt Augmentation with Implants and with fat grafting by America’s Best Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Morales. I am very very happy with my results. I definitely got my boost of confidence thanks to Dr. Morales. He truly is an artist. When I met Dr. Morales I explained what I wanted and he gave me his honest and professional opinion. I felt very comfortable with him and his staff. He answered all of my questions and concerns. I knew I was in very good hands and made the right decision to choose Dr. Morales as my first plastic surgeon. From my consultation to my 2 month post op, I’ve always had an amazing experience. Dr. Morales and his team are kind, professional, and caring. I would like to thank Dr. Morales, Linda, Claudia, nurse Sandra and the ACPS surgery team for taking good care of me. I highly recommend Dr. Morales and his team."- L. / RealSelf / Jul 25, 2021
"Butt Implants and 4d Ab Etching - On September 28th, I underwent a supercharged BBL (400cc fat transfer + 375cc round silicone unders) and 4d ab etching with Dr. Morales. I am now 6 months post op and LOVING my results! The first two weeks were rough and my experiences where comparative with those who just did the traditional BBL. I went this route because I wanted a bigger lifted booty that I could not achieve in the gym or with just the fat transfer, as I didn't have a ton of fat to begin with. I also didn't want to gain weight and under go a round two. Once my implants dropped and fluffed I knew I made the fridge choice with Morales. Throughout the entire process, he was kind and patient with myself and my husband as we had a ton of questions. The service was 5 Star, and I recommend this procedure and Dr. Morales to everyone who wants permanent results."- C. / RealSelf / Mar 31, 2021
"Wow! Dr. Morales and his whole team are incredible. The care that was given to me the day of surgery was nothing short of amazing. Dr. Morales personally made sure to stick by my side every step of the way during that first night and didn’t leave until he knew I was taken care of his fellow also played an important role that first night looking after me and gave me top notch care alongside the nurses. He gave me reassurance that I would be okay and he always remained confident. My results have truly changed my life and I am only 2 months post op after a full mommy makeover which included a body lift, fat transfer and breast reduction. He has given me the confidence I was missing. His assistant Claudia was always so sweet and always available when I needed her and answered all my questions during recovery. From day one meeting with him and Linda I knew I made the right choice for my Dr!"- P.M. / Google / Jan 06, 2022
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 Your Facial Fat Transfer
Facial fat grafting with liposuction is performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. 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, neck lift, 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.