Fat transfer or fat grafting is a minimally invasive procedure designed to permanently add volume or reshape a certain part of the face by using one’s own fat cells. It is accomplished by harvesting fat cells from a donor site on the face or body and injecting them into facial areas that need added volume.

This procedure addresses issues such as hollow cheeks, excessively thin lips, sunken eyes, and nearly any type of volume loss in other areas of the face. It is a natural, long-lasting way to restore facial volume and promote a younger, healthier, and more attractive appearance.

Reasons To Undergo This Procedure

People usually lose volume in the cheeks, lips, and eye area as they age, and such changes can lead to a perpetually tired or disinterested appearance. But while volume loss is usually attributed to aging, it can also be caused by extreme weight loss.

Apart from restoring volume to various parts of the face, fat grafting can also be an option for those who wish to augment or reshape a particular facial feature.

This procedure can also address the following:

  1. Hollow cheeks, eyes, or temples
  2. Thin, shrunken lips
  3. Laugh lines
  4. Recessed features
  5. Depressed facial scars

What Are The Benefits?

A fat transfer can address various facial issues. It can promote youthfulness and enhance certain facial features. However, it requires an artistic eye and a deep understanding of facial anatomy and aesthetics to ensure optimum results.

Dr. Jacob Sedgh is a double-board certified facial plastic surgeon with nearly a decade of experience in facial cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. His superlative expertise and knowledge enables him to provide specifically tailored procedures that yield ideal and highly symmetrical results.

Some of these results include:

  1. Improved contours
  2. Smoother skin texture
  3. Enhanced facial features
  4. Youthful, rejuvenated appearance

A successful initial consultation is integral to the overall success of any surgical procedure, as it gives your doctor the opportunity to fully understand your specific surgery goals, determine your eligibility for the procedure, and examine your problem areas to determine the best possible treatment for your needs.

Your first consultation will comprise of:

  1. An evaluation of your medical history
  2. A comprehensive physical examination
  3. An interview on your lifestyle and habits relevant to the procedure
  4. A discussion regarding the best surgical procedure plan

If you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sedgh but cannot visit his clinic for an in-office meeting, he also conducts virtual consultations via video conferencing for out-of-town and overseas patients. Should you decide to undergo the procedure under his care, his office can assist you with travel arrangements for a thoroughly hassle-free experience.

Fat Transfer Procedure

Facial fat grafting is a minimally invasive procedure that is performed in two steps. The doctor will first perform liposuction on the donor site to extract the fat to be used for the procedure. Once the fat has been harvested and prepared, the doctor will then inject the specific facial areas that require treatment.

Fat extraction is typically performed under local or general anesthesia, as it will require minimal incisions to obtain access to the fat. Dr. Sedgh will then create a small incision on the chosen donor area and insert an instrument to carefully collect the appropriate amount of fat needed for the procedure.

Once the extraction is complete, the harvested fat cells will undergo a sophisticated filtration process to remove impurities and make them suitable for transplantation. Dr. Sedgh will then use a needle or cannula to inject the fat into the areas that need augmentation. This will be performed in small increments to ensure maximum volume restoration without over-correcting the problem area, which can lead to unnatural or asymmetrical results.

Dr. Sedgh uses the safest and most advanced fat transfer techniques to ensure that the quality of the grafted fat is preserved. He also takes the patient’s unique facial proportions into account, as this is the best way to achieve a smoother, more natural-looking outcome that promotes harmony and balance with the rest of the face.

A fat transfer procedure will take about an hour or more to complete, depending on the area to be addressed and the extent of the enhancements.


Facial fat transfer is an outpatient procedure with minimal downtime. Patients can expect some swelling and bruising after the procedure, which can be relieved by strictly following your aftercare plan. These effects should last for a week or two, but you should see a vast improvement on the appearance of the treated area by the third postoperative week.

As always, it is imperative that you take the prescribed medications and follow all post-op instructions to ensure proper healing.

The recovery period for a fat grafting procedure varies between patients. Therefore, as part of his commitment to providing exemplary care, Dr. Sedgh will make it a point to personally monitor your progress through several follow-up appointments, starting on the first postoperative day. After the first few weeks, expect regularly scheduled post-op appointments with Dr. Sedgh for up to a year, as this ensures optimum healing and the integrity of your surgical results.

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