Get Firm, Youthful Plumpness of the Face

With age sometimes comes the issue of the face becoming hollow or sunken in some areas; mostly the temples and cheeks. Many individuals who experience this dislike it, as it can make them appear unhealthy or gaunt. Facial fat grafting uses your own fat as a natural filler, adding youthful volume to these areas.

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Main Benefits of Facial Fat Grafting

  • Very natural looking and feeling results
  • No risk of allergic reaction 
  • No foreign substances injected into the body
  • Fat is removed from another area 
  • Provides significant volume restoration
  • Delivers long-lasting results

Why Choose Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery?

We’re more than plastic surgery — we’re a lifestyle. And we’re more than just Ponte Vedra; we’re all of Northeast Florida. In addition, with 19 providers, we have the ideal match for every patient. What sets us apart is our continuing education, our national trainers on staff, and our Care Teams: each surgeon has a designated Registered Nurse and PCC. 

Established in 1993, PVPS continues to progress, advance, and evolve, offering the very best services to our patients. We have an exceptional reputation for both surgical and non-surgical procedures, and we look forward to working with you. To book your consultation with one of our specialists, contact us today. 

Fat Grafting or Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers are an extraordinarily effective and popular treatment for hiding wrinkles, providing lift, and achieving volume. For many patients, dermal fillers are exactly what they want. However, other patients who want results similar to what dermal fillers can achieve may find that their own fat is preferable as a filler for several reasons.

One reason is that the results last much longer than dermal fillers. Other reasons are that facial fat grafting is completely organic, with nothing foreign being introduced to the body. This reduces the risk of an allergic reaction. And then finally, fat often provides a more natural-looking and feeling option than dermal fillers. This is a personal choice that will be unique to every patient. During your consultation, your specialist can help you weigh the pros and cons of each treatment. 

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What Happens During a Facial Fat Grafting Procedure?

Facial fat grafting involves three steps: liposuction, fat purification, and injection. The procedure can be done under either local or general anesthesia; it will depend on the amount of fat being removed. In liposuction, tiny incisions are made near the area of the body where fat will be removed. 

These incisions are so small that, once healed, they are barely visible. A cannula will be used to break up and remove the fat from the body. Once the fat is removed, it will be purified so prepared for injection. When this step is complete, your surgeon will administer the fat into areas of the face where volume is needed. We use a cannula instead of a needle, as this allows for better precision and control; less swelling and bruising, and fewer injections. 

“The staff is extremely efficient and friendly, and the surgery facilities top-notch. This was my second procedure with PVPS. The first one was phenomenal, so I expect no less this time I just had a lateral brow lift and facial fat transfer from Dr. Sternberg and am very pleased with the results so far. ”


Recovery and Results

After facial fat grafting, you can expect to take about a week off from work and social events due to the swelling and possible bruising. You will need to keep the surgical bandages on and avoid strenuous activities until we advise otherwise. 

It’s important for patients who choose facial fat grafting to be aware that results are not immediate like they are with dermal fillers. It’s also important to understand that some of the fat may not “take” in its new environment. In general, 40%-50% of the fat will survive, and repeat treatments may be needed. It takes approximately six months for results from facial fat grafting to become fully settled. Once the desired results are achieved, they are long-lasting (3-5 years).

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