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Facial Fat Transfer

With aging, everyone experiences a loss of facial fat, and therefore volume. This often results in the face appearing old, tired, or gaunt. Facial fat is one of the key elements that maintains a youthful and energetic appearance. Fat transfer is a procedure that is used to restore the youthful shape and contours of the face by filling the hollows and depressions.

Younger patients can also experience volume loss patterns that are the result of genetics. Through the use of fat transfer, we are able to add volume, provide fuller cheeks, and maximize the overall facial balance and structure.

Fat transfer is a synonymous term with fat grafting, fat injections, fat transplantation, or micro-lipoinjection. The minimally invasive procedure involves extracting your own fat cells from your abdomen, buttocks, thighs, or elsewhere and re-injecting them beneath the facial skin. The benefit of facial fat transfer is that it provides the most natural replacement for facial volume loss, as the fat that is used is taken directly from your body. Also of benefit is that fat cells have an abundance of stem cells, which are associated with long-term benefits such as improved skin texture and tone.

To determine whether you are a good candidate for this procedure, Dr. Christian Paquet recommends a private, personal consultation and evaluation. To schedule a consultation please call our Concierge Patient Coordinator at (602) 726-6310 or email us at

Frequently Asked Questions

Question - What is facial fat transfer?

Facial fat transfer, or fat grafting, is a minimally invasive procedure that is used to replace or add volume to the face in order to give the patient a fuller and youthful appearance. Fat is removed from an area of the body where it is more abundant (abdomen, thigh, buttocks), and transferred strategically to areas of the face that are lacking volume.

Question - Who is the best candidate for a facial fat transfer?

The best candidate is someone who is in good physical and mental health and has realistic expectations. Facial fat transfer can be performed in patients of any age who seek to have volume strategically added to the face to maximize the overall facial balance and structure.

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