Is Fat Better Than Fillers For The Face?

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What is a facial fat transfer?

A facial fat transfer (also called fat grafting) is a procedure in which Dr. Larsen extracts fat from another area of the body, and then re-injects those fat cells into areas on the face that are in need of a little rejuvenation. Kind of like injections like Restylane or Juvederm, but different because the “filler” is coming from your own personal source—your body fat. And did we mention that the results are also much longer lasting?


Over 60,500 women and 2,100 men benefitted from fat transfer procedures in 2018 alone. Known to be safe, natural looking and effective, facial fat transfers are typically used to fill in areas of the face like nasolabial folds and marionette lines, crow’s feet, too thin lips, forehead wrinkles, sunken cheeks, even acne scars and those pesky lines between your nose and mouth. Most areas that can be addressed with other types of filler, can be treated with a fat transfer procedure. And while our focus here today is on facial fat transfer, this treatment can also be used to rejuvenate breasts, butts and hands.


How does it work?

During the procedure, Dr. Larsen will make a small incision (incisions) into some area of the body that’s storing viable excess fat—maybe the outer thigh, abdomen or love-handle area. By inserting a thin cannula and using liposuction techniques, Dr. Larsen will then suck out the excess fat. Once the fat is extracted, it is processed, separating out (debris, excess fluid and dead cells) from the good stuff—viable fat cells. These viable fat cells are then re-injected into the areas of the face that are lacking their once youthful plumpness—the aforementioned marionette and smile lines, forehead wrinkles, crow’s feet, etc… As long as the area being injected has a good blood supply with which to nourish the injected fat cells, these cells can re-establish themselves in their new locale. Voila! A safe, successful and long-lasting fat transfer procedure.


Now let’s unpack that whole “long-lasting” thing, shall we?

While there’s the chance that not all the transferred fat cells will survive (even with the very best physicians), the goal is to have the greatest number of injected fat cells find nourishment and thrive. The greater their survival rate, the longer-lasting the result.


Who’s a good candidate for facial fat transfers?


  • You’re tired of the 2 - 4 month touch ups associated with other temporary dermal fillers, and would like results that are more long-lasting.

  • You’re looking for a more “natural” alternative to other dermal fillers, and what’s more natural than your own fat cells?

  • You don’t have circulation problems from a medical condition or from smoking, and you’re willing to make any necessary lifestyle changes recommended by your doctor.

  • You have some spare fat cells just lying around. If you’re thin as a rail, your fat harvest may be barren. :/ Back to temporary dermal fillers for you.

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