Facial Fat Transfer: Enhancing Your Natural Beauty Safely

As you age, it's normal for your face to lose volume, which can cause wrinkles, sunken cheeks, and a less youthful appearance. Fat transfer can help by restoring volume and giving you a more natural, rejuvenated look. Dr. Westreich is recognized for using advanced techniques in facial fat transfer to increase the chances of the transferred fat cells surviving, which leads to long-lasting results. His skill in the procedure means you can expect subtle and natural-looking outcomes that enhance your individual facial features.

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What is Facial Fat Transfer?

Your face is made up of different layers, starting with the skin, followed by subcutaneous tissue, and deeper down are muscles, fat pads, and bone. Malar fat can drop as we age, causing hollowing of the eyes and cheeks as well as deepening of the nasolabial folds. Generalized loss of subcutaneous fat leads to sagging skin that lacks volume and suppleness. 

Replacing fat in your face can be essential for improving its overall appearance as well as improving the results of a surgical procedure such as a facelift, brow lift, or eye lift. For example:

  • Temporal Fat grafting: Add fullness above your cheeks.
  • Buccal and Malar Fat Grafting: Give roundness to your cheeks.
  • Perioral Fat Grafting: Soften the smile lines from your nose-to-mouth corners and mouth-to-chin lines
  • Periorbital Fat Grafting: Fill the areas around your eyes.

As you age, these fat pads can shift and decrease, also affecting the shape of your face. Joweling and loss of upper volume cause an oval or square. Facial fat transfer involves taking fat from one part of your body (usually the abdomen or thighs) and injecting it into your face. This procedure aims to restore volume and create a more youthful look. The process involves three main steps:

  • Harvesting: Fat is gently removed from areas with excess fat, like the thighs, gluteal region, or abdomen.
  • Purification: The removed fat is processed and purified for injection.
  • Injection: The purified fat is then strategically injected into specific areas of your face.

Fat can be processed into different-sized pieces (regular, micro, and nano fat), which allows for a tailored approach and a smoother result. In addition, while all fat has stem cells, a nano fat purification process increases the stem cell component, leading to regenerative changes to the skin independent of volume.

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What Are the Benefits of Facial Fat Transfer?

One of the main advantages of facial fat transfer is that it uses your body's own tissues, reducing the risk of allergic reactions or rejection. Additionally, the procedure does more than just restore lost volume; it can also improve your skin's overall texture and tone since the transferred fat is rich in stem cells.

Pros Cons
Natural look Results vary between individuals
Long-lasting Some fat may be reabsorbed
Safe Multiple procedures may be needed
Dual benefit

Other benefits include the following:

  • Natural-Looking Results: Your own body fat is used, ensuring that the added volume to your face blends seamlessly with your natural contours, giving you a more youthful appearance.
  • Longevity: After a fat transfer, assuming no significant weight loss, the volume replacement is permanent. Some of the transferred fat may be reabsorbed during the initial healing, but a significant portion will survive long-term.
  • Dual Benefit: The process requires fat to be harvested from another part of your body with a slimming effect on the donor site, such as the abdomen or thighs.
  • Versatility: It can address a range of issues, including sunken cheeks, thin lips, and facial creases, and even improve facial asymmetry.
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Am I a Good Candidate for Facial Fat Transfer?

The ideal candidate typically has the following attributes:

  • Good overall health without chronic illnesses or infections that could impair healing
  • Non-smokers, as smoking can compromise blood flow and negatively affect the healing process
  • Adequate excess fat in other body regions for harvesting
  • Experiencing facial volume loss due to aging or weight loss
  • Sufficient skin elasticity

What to Expect Before, During, and After

Consultation with Dr. Westreich

Before the procedure begins, you'll have a detailed consultation with Dr. Westreich. During this time, you'll discuss your goals, medical history, and the specifics of the facial fat transfer process. Key points covered include the following:

  • Areas to be treated: Specific facial regions that will receive fat grafts.
  • Source of fat: The donor site for fat harvesting.
  • Expected outcomes: Realistic results you can anticipate.


To ensure your comfort, we’ll use local or general anesthesia. We gently extract fat from the donor site using liposuction and prepare it for transfer. Dr. Westreich emphasizes precision and symmetry to achieve a natural look, carefully placing the fat into the target facial areas.

Recovery and Results

Finally, your recovery will be crucial as your body adapts to the transferred fat and heals. Post-procedure instructions may include:

  • Limitations on physical activities to promote healing
  • Directions to take pain relievers or antibiotics as prescribed
  • Follow-up appointments to monitor your progress and ensure proper healing

Your results will evolve over several weeks as swelling decreases and the transferred fat settles. Immediately, you can expect visible contour improvements in facial features. Final results are typically apparent several months post-procedure.

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Why Choose New Face NY for Facial Fat Transfer?

When considering a facial fat transfer, choosing a surgeon with the right board certifications and a deep understanding of facial anatomy is essential. At New Face NY, you can benefit from the expertise of Dr. Westreich, a double-board surgeon certified in facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology. His knowledge of facial muscles and structures is particularly beneficial for procedures like facial fat transfer.

Choosing facial fat transfer at New Face NY means trusting a surgeon with a proven track record of creating youthful, natural looks tailored to each individual. Dr. Westreich's surgical approach is meticulous, focusing on achieving aesthetically pleasing results with minimal risk. By considering that just a millimeter can make a profound difference, he ensures precision and care with every procedure.

We’re here to provide a rejuvenating experience that exceeds your expectations for an aesthetic transformation. Schedule your consultation with Dr. Westreich today and take the first step towards a natural and rejuvenated appearance with a facial fat transfer.

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