Fat Transfer

The Art of
Fat Transfer

Autologous fat transfer, or fat grafting, is a facial plastic surgical procedure designed to enhance the aesthetic appearance of the face. The signs of aging are often secondary to volume loss, and may manifest as thin lips, sunken cheeks and hollowing around the eyes. By borrowing a patient’s own adipose tissue from one part of the body and transferring it to the face, our Oklahoma City facial plastic surgeon—Dr. Scott Shadfar—can restore volume and rejuvenate the face.

The Technique

Fat grafting can be performed under local anesthesia, sedation or a general anesthetic. The tissue is harvested using liposuction techniques, and dependent on the volume needed can vary in the site Dr. Shadfar will borrow from. The process of refining the fat is a meticulous process, and once prepared small cannulas are used to introduce the fat into the face. Fat grafting is an outpatient procedure and patients go home the same day. Often a light compressive dressing is used for the first 24 hours.

The Recovery

The morning after the surgery, Dr. Shadfar will see the patient in clinic and check all incisions, remove the head wrap and go over all wound care measures. In the case of facial fat grafting, prolonged bruising and swelling are expected. Individual results can vary dependent on the quality of fat, and in most cases one half of the volume of fat graft placed will be retained. By the three month mark the volume of graft remaining is stable, and should reflect your final result.