How Long Do Facial Fat Transfer Results Last?

Facial Fat Transfer 

Facial fat transfer is helpful in restoring facial volume that is lost because of aging. Youthful pads begin breaking down as we grow older. They gravitate towards the neck and jawline. As a result, fine lines and wrinkles become more pronounced. Lower facial area begins to droop as well.

Facial fat transfer plastic surgery is used for countering these aging symptoms. It makes use of fat from the body to reposition it within the face for achieving youthful contours. The donor fat is removed from the patient’s own body which eliminates the risk of the fat being rejected by the immune system.

The procedure doesn’t take more than one to two hours to perform. Additional fat transfers can also be performed for achieving more youthful appearance. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Bryson Richards provides facial fat grafting to patients in Las Vegas, NV, and surrounding locations.

Longevity of Results

Facial fat transfer cosmetic surgery results can last for several years. The results, in many cases, can be permanent as well. However, you should keep in mind that facial fat transfer does not protect against future aging. Patients should expect the results to diminish over time even though the procedure can minimize current aging symptoms.

What Do Results Depend On?

You should know that the longevity of the results will depend on the areas of treatment and custom surgery plan. The surgeon’s plan will mandate the injection of fat into facial units. There is a unique approach to treating every facial area with minor differences in instrument and techniques used.

These are a few general points for areas that are more commonly injected:

Temple, brow, and forehead

The injections are administered as submuscular, intramuscular, and subcutaneous. The areas are typically accessed through lateral brow or hairline. Ridging during injections is massaged out. 8 mL to 15 mL of fat may be required in severely hollow temples.


Deepened radix (camouflaging dorsal hump) and Glabellar vertical rhytids (11 lines) are the most common treatment areas. Contour irregularity of the nose may be addressed as well. The entry to this area can be through the medial eyebrow, forehead, alar base, cheek, upper cutaneous lip, and nasal tip.


Placement of fat in the zygomatic, malar, and infraorbital regions above the ptotic cheek can be useful in recreating the appearance of full cheeks. Often two incisions are required, one lateral to the zygomatic arch and another lateral to the mid-nasolabial fold.

Nasolabial fold

The area is accessed through the commissure or the lateral chin. Grafting can be performed superficial (subcutaneous) or deep (periosteal). However, it should remain medial to the nasolabial fold for avoiding trauma to the facial artery and for avoiding deepening of the nasolabial fold.

Chin and mandible

Weak chin, poor jawline, and jowl definition can be addressed by fat grafting in the region. Fat can be placed inferiorly or laterally by making incisions perpendicular to the submental area, mandible, and pre-jowl sulcus. Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Bryson Richards receives patients from Las Vegas, NV, and nearby areas for facial fat grafting.

Contact Las Vegas Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Richards to Schedule a Consultation

If you would like more information on cosmetic surgery procedures and treatments performed by Las Vegas, Nevada plastic surgeon, Dr. Bryson Richards please contact us at 702.870.7070

Taking new patients from Las Vegas, Bullhead City,  Laughlin, Pahrump, Mesquite NV and surrounding areas.

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