Facial Fat Transfer 101: What You Need To Know

Facial Fat Transfer 101: What You Need To Know

Facial fat transfer, also known as fat grafting or fat injection, is a procedure that adds volume and rejuvenates the face by removing fat from one area and injecting the fat into another area. The procedure has myriad benefits, from improving your lips to reducing the appearance of acne scars to reconstructing contour problems after weight loss, accidents or previous surgery, giving you a youthful, contoured look.

What are the benefits?

Fat transfer is a permanent filler that gives a soft, natural result. It is a surgical procedure where fat is harvested from an area in the body (usually from the thighs or abdomen), purified, and re-injected into the treatment area.

Typically, we use the fat to contour the face and improving areas such as lips, hollow cheeks and eyes, creating a softer, youthful appearance that looks natural.

How long is the recovery time?

Bruising and swelling usually resolves within two weeks following a facial fat transfer procedure. After two weeks, you will be fine to wear a little makeup to cover any residual bruising or swelling.

Is the procedure suitable for everyone?

Fat transfer is an individualised procedure. It may not be suitable for everyone, so always talk to your surgeon before making a final decision. Your surgeon will undergo a thorough assessment and create a treatment that is suitable for you.

You may be suitable for facial fat transfer if:

  • You are physically healthy
  • You are a non-smoker or have stopped smoking
  • You have contour loss in specific areas of the face


It’s important to keep in mind that if you are unable to have local anesthetic you should speak to your surgeon. If you are prone to bleeding or bruising, we also advise that you should tell your surgeon.

Fat transfer is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that has wonderful results for patients. However, it is important to book a consultation to find out if the procedure is suitable for you.