Fat transfer for the face

As we age, we lose vital components such as fat, bone mass and tissue from the face. This can cause the skin to sag and loosen and for the features to appear sunken and hollow. Where some may opt for a course of dermal fillers to plump out lines and add volume to areas which are showing the signs of ageing, others may prefer to decide on a more natural approach.

Fat transfer is an effective way to combat lines, wrinkles and lost volume on the face and is considered a more natural alternative to synthetic dermal filler injections. At Dr. MediSpa, conveniently located in Loughton, Essex, just off the M11 and Harley Street, London, Dr. Munir Somji is an expert in fat transfer and offers this procedure to those wishing for a more natural approach to non-surgical facial revitalisation.

In the long-term, fat transfer is considered more economical than dermal fillers. It not only offers increased yet subtle and natural-looking volume but also improves skin tone and elasticity. This is because the stem cells contained within your own fat increase natural skin healing and work in natural synergy with your skin.

Before and after fat transfer to the face

Fat transfer to the face

Fat transfer to the face used with keyhole surgery

Frequently asked questions about fat transfer for the face


How does fat transfer for the face work?

First, a small amount of your body fat is removed using a keyhole stitch free technique perfected by Dr. Somji. Once the fat has been collected, it is then purified to separate the healthy fat cells from any damaged ones. This specific method of fat collection ensures a high percentage of fat survival. The fat cells are then further purified into microfat for replacement of volume as a filler it also dramatically reduces the risk of lumps post injection as the fat is filtered into a smooth consistency similar to that of filler. This is generally termed as ‘liquid gold’ which not only adds volume subtly to the face it also improves the skin quality. Dr. Somji is also able to extract and inject an even smoother version of fat which contains the highest level of stem cells in facial plastic surgery called nanofat. Nanofat dramatically helps skin quality and is a gold standard for dark circles underneath the eyes. Typically, with fat transfer for the face a local anaesthetic is only usually necessary which minimises downtime. Patients are able to tolerate the procedure comfortably and the injection of fat is similar to that of dermal filler injections.

Am I suitable for fat transfer for the face?

Before any non-surgical treatment here at Dr. MediSpa, Dr. Somji will conduct a pre-treatment consultation to discuss your individual concerns and to assess whether fat transfer would be right for you. He will also discuss with you, your medical history to ensure you are fit and well and that there are no contraindications which would prevent you from undergoing this treatment.

Which areas of the face can be treated with fat transfer?

Usually, anywhere on the face that could be potentially treated with dermal fillers can be treated using fat transfer. These areas typically include:

  • Lips
  • Dark circles
  • Cheeks
  • Temples
  • Marionette lines (lines running from mouth to chin)
  • The chin
  • Tear troughs (under the eyes)
  • Nasolabial folds (lines running from the nose to the mouth)
  • Hands
  • Décolletage

What is the downtime with fat grafting for the face?

Downtime can vary from person to person. As there are two areas of treatment (one being the harvest site and the other where the fat is re-injected) you should allow a week or so for any swelling and bruising to settle down. Light medical or mineral make up can be used on the face 24 hours following the procedure to cover any possible bruises and your post-treatment care plan will be discussed with you at your consultation with Dr. Somji.

How long do the results last?

Fat transfer can last years in comparison to months with dermal fillers. Although everyone is unique in how they respond. If you take care of your skin, don’t smoke or consume excessive amounts of alcohol and are safe in the sun, your natural results will last longer than if you are less careful with your general health and lifestyle. Fat transfer cannot stop the natural ageing process but it can take 5 to 10 years off a person’s appearance if expertly administered.

For more information about fat transfer for the face, contact our team of friendly and knowledgeable staff to book your no obligation consultation with Dr. Somji here at Dr. MediSpa, Essex or Harley Street, London.

For more information about fat transfer for the face, or to book your consultation with one of our specialists, please contact us at Dr MediSpa.

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