Facial Fat Grafting

Facial Fat Grafting

Facelift is a popular surgical procedure for smoothing sagging facial skin

1. How long is the recovery?
You should be able to go home the same day. You should be able to return to your normal activities after one week. Depending on your type of work, you should be able to return after one or two days.

2. I’m worried about pain.
There is slight discomfort following facial fat grafting but for most, swelling and bruising reduces within a week.

3. Will I look natural?
As this procedure uses natural fat to enhance areas of the face, a natural end result is easily achieved.

4. Can I avoid general anaesthetic?
This procedure is performed under local or sedation anaesthesia.

5. What is the cost?
If you would like a tailored quote, please book an initial consultation to discuss your condition and treatment options with your chosen consultant. Once the initial consultation is complete, you will receive your a tailored quote for your treatment.  Please call us on 01709 464200 or email enquiries@kinvarahospital.co.uk if you wish to receive a guide price for any specific treatments.


Facial fat grafting, also known as fat transfer or lipofilling, is a procedure during which fat is injected into different areas of the face, restoring volume and having a counter effect on ageing. Strategic placement of small volumes of fat into specific areas of the face can have a profoundly rejuvenating effect.

Deep nasolabial folds, sunken lower eyelids and temples can all be improved.

For patients who have a loss of volume and sagging facial tissue, for example a patient with flat cheekbones and heavy jowls, your Consultant may recommend a facelift and facial fat grafting as a combined procedure. Otherwise known as a volumetric facelift (read more), this 3-dimensional approach to facial rejuvenation provides a superior outcome.

Am I A Good Candidate For A Facial Fat Grafting?

Suitable candidates for facial fat grafting are patients who have;

  • Facial ageing with loss of volume and loose skin but do not want a facelift
  • Flat cheekbones and want to have full, youthful cheekbones
  • Deflated eyebrows
  • Deep nasolabial folds and marionette lines
  • Hollow temples
  • Hollow lower eyelids


How Is Facial Fat Grafting Performed?
Our Surgeons perform facial fat grafting under local anaesthesia or sedation anaesthesia. There is no need for general anaesthesia. Fat is gently harvested from the medial knees, abdomen or hips. After purification and addition of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), it is injected into the facial areas using special blunt-tipped needles that cause minimal bleeding, bruising and swelling. The fat is injected using a ‘fanning’ or ‘cross-hatching’ technique to ensure an even placement of fat droplets.

Improved Outcomes With Facial Fat Grafting
One of the main reasons why fat grafting is becoming more popular, is the predictable and consistent results that can now be achieved. This is due to better understanding of fat graft physiology and processing. Less traumatic fat harvesting enables better quality fat to be obtained, which in turn results in a higher fat survival.

What Is Nanofat Grafting?
This refers to injection of liquid fat that has been mechanically emulsified. Although this liquid suspension does not contain any viable fat cells, it is rich in stem cells. It is thought these stem cells are responsible for skin rejuvenation by stimulating collagen production and remodelling. Nanofat grafting can be used to treat forehead wrinkles, dark circles under the eyes, decolletage wrinkles, prominent scars and smokers-lines around the mouth.

Facial Fat Grafting Recovery
As fat grafting does not require any significant incisions, recovery is relatively short. Swelling and bruising that invariably occurs resolves by seven to ten days. During the first week many patients are able to perform light duties. The recovery process is variable and depends on how much fat was transferred and your general health.

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Possible Risks

As with all surgical procedures, facial fat grafting has risks that should be considered before a decision on treatment is made. Risks include;

Minor skin discolouration, or scarring at the incision points is a possibility.

Infection – very rarely an infection can arise which may require treatment with antibiotics or further surgery.

Bruising & swelling of the donor and recipient area.

Excessive bleeding / haematoma


Loss of volume (not all the fat may survive)

Donor site irregularities

Numbness – temporary sensory nerve loss may occur, however sensation typically returns to normal within a few weeks.

Over-correction and under-correction

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Pricing & Finance

When you’re considering a cosmetic procedure, there’s a lot to think about – the choice of treatments available, the results you want to achieve, the recovery time, any potential risks and, of course, the cost.

Kinvara Private Hospital is registered with the Care Quality Commission. Cosmetic surgery results and benefits can vary and are different for each individual. As such, we cannot guarantee specific results.

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