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Facial Fat Grafting

The plastic surgeons at Johns Hopkins, in Baltimore, Maryland, use fat grafting for a number of procedures. In facial fat grafting, fat is moved to the face from another part of the body. The procedure may also be called fat transfer, micro-lipoinjection, facial fat rejuvenation, autologous fat grafting or transfer, or fat injection.

It offers a more youthful appearance and can also correct problems like scars. It is commonly used in the lips, the folds that go from the corners of the mouth to the nose, the under-eye areas, and the cheeks.

Facial fat grafting is commonly performed at the same time as other facial-rejuvenating procedures such as a facelift or an eye lift.

What to expect during facial fat grafting

The facial fat grafting procedure includes three steps. First, fat is removed from another site on the body with a needle. The fat is then cleaned so that only whole, undamaged fat cells are used. Finally the fat cells are injected into the targeted areas. Recovery takes about two hours.

Recovery from facial fat graft surgery

Your doctor may prescribe pain medication for a few days after procedure. You may also be told to stay still for a few days after the procedure. There may be bruising and you will likely have some swelling. Both generally go mostly away in a couple of days and the swelling should be completely gone within four weeks.


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