Facial Fat Grafting

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Nowadays, there are many procedures that refresh the fullness and contours of your face; however, autologous fat transfer to the face is rising in popularity since it provides natural-looking improvements and long-lasting benefits for the skin.

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About Facial Fat Grafting

Lost volume, frequently caused by aging, is usually most prominent in the areas around the eyes, cheeks, and jawline. Autologous fat transfer to the face may be used to diminish some of the more typical signs of aging, and it increases volume by smoothing fine lines, wrinkles, and folds on your face using your transferred fatty tissue.

By liposuctioning extra fat from areas of your body, plastic surgeons Dr. Francisco CanalesDr. Heather Furnas, or Dr. Culbertson can carefully place the purified fat into the desired sections of your face for beautiful, long-lasting results. With autologous fat transfer to the face, you don’t just see a refreshed facial appearance, you smooth the curves of your body. To get more information about autologous fat transfer to the face, contact Plastic Surgery Associates in Sonoma and Marin Counties, California to arrange a consultation today.

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Facial fat grafting

Learn More About Our Facial Fat Grafting In Northern California.

A fat transfer can help if you want to add volume that looks natural to certain places in your face.

Facial fat grafting in Northern California may improve wrinkles, such as laugh lines, smile lines, and Crow’s feet. Transferred fat may also minimize the visibility of pitted areas and scars. You can even enhance your cheeks and lips for a rejuvenated appearance. With results similar to an injectable wrinkle filler, such as Restylane or Juvéderm, a facial fat transfer is a great treatment if you’d like longer-lasting results. In order to be a candidate for a fat transfer, you need to have enough extra fat to fulfill your goals.

How It Works

Surgical Techniques

Facial fat grafting in Northern California

Facial fat grafting in Northern California is a two-step process that includes liposuction and injection.

Because only a minimal amount of fat is required, we usually use twilight or local anesthesia. To start, we will use liposuction to extract fat, which may be taken from your abdomen, hips, or flanks. As soon as the fat is removed, it will be processed and then placed in syringes. Dr. CanalesDr. Furnas, or Dr. Culbertson use different injections angles and techniques to provide ideal immersion rates into your skin, as well as to create symmetry. According to your plan, fat will be transferred to your lips, cheeks, and/or beneath your eyes to create volume, as well as to correct lines, wrinkles, and facial depressions.

What to Expect

Following your fat graft in Northern California, your liposuction incisions will be stitched before you’re sent into recovery.

After the Treatment

Dr. CanalesDr. Furnas, or Dr. Culbertson will apply wound coverings and watch you until you are able to be taken home by a family member or friend. Prior to your procedure, Dr. CanalesDr. Furnas, or Dr. Culbertson will let you know what will happen after the procedure and ways you are able to heal faster.


Follow-up appointments need to be made at our Santa Rosa, California office so we can evaluate your healing and results. Your recovery will be different, depending on the amount of fat that is taken and grafted, but you need to plan to spend a couple of weeks to rest and heal.


Right away, you might feel uncomfortable with swelling and bruising at the area(s) that received liposuction along with the transfer site(s). You might see a little improvement immediately; however, it is going to take a few weeks until you can see your final outcomes. A little bit of fat might be reabsorbed, but with appropriate maintenance, your improvements can last for several years.


How much does facial fat grafting cost?

Your cost for a facial fat graft will include liposuction and will vary, depending on the amount of volume being transferred. Following a complete examination, Dr. CanalesDr. Furnas, or Dr. Culbertson will decide how much fat is required to achieve your goals and develop a personal plan. After this, they can start to calculate costs, like anesthesia and facility fees. To help make your treatment easier to afford, Plastic Surgery Associates of Santa Rosa takes several payment methods and can help you find low-interest financing.

Should I get a dermal filler or fat transfer?

Both a fat transfer and an injectable wrinkle filler (for example, Restylane and Juvéderm) may correct the visibility of fine lines and static wrinkles while also restoring facial volume. Although wrinkle fillers may create wonderful results, a fat graft to the face usually lasts longer and looks more natural. If you need help deciding how much volume you want and in which areas, Dr. CanalesDr. Furnas, or Dr. Culbertson might recommend using wrinkle fillers. As soon as you’ve decided what you like, we will schedule a fat graft to your face for long-lasting results.

Can facial fat grafting be combined with another procedure?

A fat transfer to the face may be performed with another procedure, like a wrinkle relaxer (BOTOX) or a facial treatment. A fat transfer is also a good way to enhance another cosmetic surgery. A fat graft will increase volume to improve the proportions of your face during a facelift, chin implant, or cheek implants. Talk to Dr. CanalesDr. Furnas, or Dr. Culbertson in your consultation about your needs and wants so they can develop a plan with nonsurgical and surgical procedures that reach all your aesthetic goals.

How long does facial fat grafting take?

The length of time needed for your facial fat graft will depend on the amount of fat being taken, plus the volume required to reach your goals. As soon as your plan is developed in your initial consultation, Dr. CanalesDr. Furnas, or Dr. Culbertson will discuss what you can expect, like how long it will take. They will take their time to carefully place even layers of fat with advanced techniques so your outcomes are beautiful.

Which areas of the face can be improved with fat grafting?

A fat transfer may be used in several areas to increase volume or reduce lines. A fat transfer is great to enhance the cheeks so that the area looks lifted and fuller without surgery. Additionally, transferred fat may also be used to add volume to your lips. You can also use a fat graft to improve the hollow under eye areas. A fat transfer to your face can also treat scars and wrinkles (for example, marionette lines or brow furrows). Dr. CanalesDr. Furnas, or Dr. Culbertson will develop your unique treatment plan to focus on your needs and aesthetic goals.

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Reagin your youthful facial volume

Fat transfer is a wonderful way to add volume, even out lines, and enhance your gorgeous face. When you wish for a more youthful, bright look with a short recovery, we urge you to find out more about a fat transfer at Plastic Surgery Associates of Santa Rosa and how it can help you meet your aesthetic goals. It’s a great choice for those who want a natural alteration and long-lasting results. Set up your appointment with Dr. CanalesDr. Furnas, or Dr. Culbertson for this innovative procedure.