A facial fat transfer procedure involves the use of your body fat to restore volume to your facial features. Double-board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Richard V. Balikian performs facial fat transfers in San Diego to achieve natural-looking, youthful results for his patients.

What Is a Facial Fat Transfer Procedure?

Facial fat transfer is a cosmetic surgery that is often performed to complement a facelift. Facelifts can deliver remarkable results in terms of lifting facial tissues. However, in cases where the natural aging process has caused patients to lose significant volume, facial fat transfer may be needed to attain the desired contours.

In the facial fat transfer procedure, Dr. Balikian uses liposuction to extract healthy fat from a specific area of the body, often the abdomen. The fat is processed for purification and then injected into the face to restore fullness and smooth deep creases. Facial fat transfer can be used to:

  • Enhance the cheekbone area
  • Fill hollows under the eyes
  • Eliminate nasolabial folds and marionette lines
  • Add volume to the lips

Candidates for Facial Fat Transfer

Dr. Balikian can determine your candidacy for the procedure during a consultation. He will assess your facial structure, discuss your aesthetic goals, and learn about your medical history. Ideal candidates for facial fat transfer have an adequate amount of excess fat that can be safely extracted. You should also be in good physical health and have realistic expectations for the outcome of the procedure.

The Benefits of Facial Fat Transfer

Fat transfer, or fat grafting, has been used for decades by plastic surgeons to increase volume in the face and many other areas of the body. It is a proven method of cosmetic enhancement.

Facial fat transfer has key advantages over other treatments that address lost volume in the face. One benefit of this technique is the utilization of your own fat as opposed to the use of synthetic fillers. As the fat is native to your body, it can establish itself into the treatment area, facilitating a long-lasting effect.

Additionally, many patients prefer a one-time treatment to resolve deep creases and wrinkles on the face. Non-surgical injectable treatments are frequently used to smooth furrows and augment facial features, but the disadvantage is that results are temporary. Ongoing treatments are needed to maintain your desired facial aesthetic. In contrast, you can enjoy your facial fat transfer results for many years.

Richard V. Balikian, MD, FACS

Double Board-Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon
Artistry. Excellence. Compassion

Trust Your Face to a Facial Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Balikian is an experienced, double board-certified, facial plastic surgeon. He is double board-certified both in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery as well as Head and Neck Surgery. Dr. Balikian belongs to a very select group of elite cosmetic surgeons with at least six years of specialized surgical training exclusively in aesthetic and reconstructive surgery of the face and neck.

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The total cost of facial fat transfer surgery is determined based on factors like your medical examinations, surgeon’s fee, hospital charges, post-surgery garments, and anesthesia. The exact techniques used will also impact cost, as will the total time needed to perform the surgery.

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Dr. Balikian is passionate about helping patients achieve their ideal look with state-of-the-art cosmetic services. If you’re interested in learning more about facial fat transfer in San Diego, please contact our office to schedule your consultation.

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Dr B. Is Always so Honest with me About the Procedures I Need for my Face. I went in thinking I needed my Lower eyelids done. When in Fact I need A fat Transfer and a CO2 Laser… I Trust him Always.*

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