Fat Grafting


Fat Grafting

Facial Fat Grafting

What is it? Does it make you look younger?


Facial fat grafting is a procedure whereby your own fat cells, stem cells and nutrients are extracted and injected to the face to help replenish volume, change structure and/or reverse ageing and scarring. It can be used as a main modality through structural fat grafting to beautify the face and/or replenish volume that ageing removes, such as with sunken cheeks or hollowed eyes. It can also be used as an adjunct for other procedures such as facelift, blepharoplasty, or rhinoplasty.

The advantage of fat grafts are numerous. It is a natural, long-lasting volumizing material which is your own, thus there is no risk of rejection.


There is also a lower risk of infection compared with artificial filler materials. The stem cells and growth factors contained in the aspirate have beneficial effects that help the fat cells to survive while also regenerating tissue and skin damage, reversing the appearance and effects of ageing.


Facial Fat Grafting



How effective is it?

The fat and components are aspirated using liposuction techniques from areas of your body where there is excess, usually the abdomen and thighs, and are processed to remove unwanted oil and blood.

The purified extract is then injected carefully into predetermined areas and planes of the face in small parcels, which helps to maximize the survivability of these grafts.


What are the pros and cons of face threadlifts compared to other techniques?

The benefits of facial threads are that they can be done in the clinic, do not involve surgical incisions and involve minimal downtime, with little bruising or swelling. The main drawback of facial threadlifts are that results last 1 to 2 years at the most. In addition, if not placed well, there may be complications such as infection, asymmetry and palpable threads, though these are rare. Other forms of minimally-invasive facelifts such as HIFU can avoid these issues, but may not achieve as significant a result, while surgical procedures offer more accurate and longer lasting results.


Why is it performed?

The procedure can be done under general anaesthesia or local anaesthesia with sedation. The former is usually chosen when small volume fat grafting is done, while the latter is the anaesthesia of choice when larger volume fat grafting is necessary.

What technique is used?

Ultimately, your preferences, the amount required and methods used can be discussed with your plastic surgeon, who will utilize his artistic eye to recommend the procedure most suited to your desires.

Is it painful?

Complications with fat grafting, though uncommon, can happen. As the procedure involves liposuction, complications of liposuction including pain, infection, contour irregularities and damage to the deeper tissues can occur, though this is exceedingly uncommon. For the areas where fat is grafted to, though rare, there may be irregularities, asymmetry and graft loss. These are usually easily corrected by a second minor procedure.

How is the recovery?

Post-procedurally, there may be mild pain and bruising at the fat graft harvest sites, which are usually well controlled with oral medication. The small puncture marks used to inject the fat usually heal very well by 1 week. There will be mild swelling at the sites where the fat has been transferred to, which usually settles after 2 weeks.If injected well, you should expect about 70% of the fat volume transferred to remain, with the final result seen at 2-3 months after the procedure. This may mean your surgeon may recommend injecting slightly more fat at the initial sitting to help you achieve a long-lasting result and avoid the need for repeat procedures.

Why choose Illumia Medical?

Our plastic surgeon has a special interest in facial aesthetics, and has done fellowships and observerships with prominent facial aesthetic plastic surgeons globally. 

He has attended and taught at prestigious facial anatomy courses such as the Melbourne Advanced Facial Anatomy Course (MAFAC) to develop and hone his knowledge and technical excellence in facelift surgery.

Price of a Facial Fat Graft

The cost of a facial fat graft procedure ranges from $8000 to $15000, depending on the procedures required. This is an all-inclusive price and includes basic medications, basic sedation, stitch removal and follow ups.



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