What is Facial Contouring/Fat Grafting?

Facial contouring with fat transfer has become the gold standard for minor to moderate facial enhancement. In contrast to fillers, facial fat grafting provides a more subtle and permanent augmentation to the face. Using scarless technique, fat grafting to the face can improve lip and cheek fullness, jawline contour, and temporal fullness, often eliminating the need for more invasive rejuvenating procedures.

Who is a Candidate?

Facial fat grafting has been gaining traction over the last five years as a safe and more permanent alternative to implants, fillers, and facelifts.

You may be a candidate for facial fat grafting if you have:

  • Thin upper and lower lips, or the desire for a fuller lip profile.
  • Worsening bags or discoloration under your eyes with age (tear trough deformity).
  • Cheeks that appear less full or have begun to sag.
  • Jowls along the jawline.
  • Temporal hollowing.


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The Facial Contouring/Fat Grafting Procedure

During facial contouring using fat grafting, fat is moved from another area of the body to the face. This is achieved through the following three steps. First, fat is collected from another site of the body using liposuction techniques. The fat is cleaned so that only undamaged, whole fat cells are left, which are then injected into the predetermined areas of the face.


Following your fat grafting facial procedure, mild to moderate swelling may occur. Any discomfort that occurs can be controlled with prescription or over-the-counter medications. Temporary bruising also often occurs at the liposuction site, which should resolve within 2-3 weeks. Many individuals with desk jobs can return to work after 3-7 days, and exercise can gradually be resumed after 2 weeks.

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Dr. Willis has performed over 200 fat grafting procedures during his fellowship and brings his minimally invasive, scarless technique to Charlottesville, VA. Facial fat grafting has become an adjunct to facial rejuvenation surgery, including facelifts, facial feminizations, eyelid rejuvenation, and as a standalone procedure.

An eye for facial proportions, aesthetics, and symmetry are paramount to successful fat grafting and at Charlottesville Plastic Surgery, we strive to provide natural facial rejuvenation with your own natural tissues. Contact us today to learn more about our in-clinic liposuction and facial fat grafting treatment options.

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Can you get fat removed from your cheeks?

Yes, the mid-cheek fat removal is called a buccal fat removal.

Can you get your double chin removal?

A double chin can be reduced by freezing the fat, injecting the fat to dissolve, or by liposuctioning the fat

How can I lose face fat in a week?

You cannot safely lose face fat in one week.

Is facial liposuction permanent?

Yes, any liposuction will provide permanent results.

When was the first nose job?

The first nose job was, actually, the first recorded plastic surgery procedure ever performed. Sushruta, performed the first nose job on the banks of the Ganges river, sometime between 800 to 1000 BCE

Where are fat pads located in the face?

There are many fat pads, deep and superficial, throughout the fat.

What are buccal fat pads?

The buccal fat pads are deep fat pockets of the face, typically in the lower cheek area.

What does buccal fat removal do?

Buccal fat removal slims the lower mid-anterior face.

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