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Fat Grafting in Portland, OR


Nowadays, there are numerous options that restore the contours and volume of your face; however, facial fat grafting is growing in popularity because of its natural-looking results and long-lasting benefits for the skin. Lost volume, most commonly caused by aging, is usually more pronounced in the areas around the cheeks, jawline, and eyes. Facial fat grafting is used to correct some of the more typical signs of aging, and it restores plumpness by smoothing facial wrinkles and folds in your face through your natural fatty tissue. By taking excess fat from areas of your body, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Aric Aghayan can artfully reinject the purified fat to the desired areas of your face for beautiful, lasting results. With facial fat grafting, you don’t just see a more youthful facial appearance, you improve the contours of your body. To learn more about facial fat grafting, contact Après Plastic Surgery in Portland, OR to schedule a consultation with Dr. Aghayan.


A fat transfer can help if you want to add volume that looks natural to certain places in your face. Transferring fat to your face may improve wrinkles, such as smile lines, Crow’s feet, and laugh lines. Fat may also be used to improve the visibility of acne scars and sunken areas of your face. You may also enhance your cheeks and lips for a rejuvenated appearance. With results similar to an injectable filler, such as Restylane or Juvéderm, a facial fat transfer is a great choice if you’d like longer-lasting results. In order to be a good candidate for a facial fat transfer, you need to have enough extra fat on your body to fulfill your goals.


Facial fat grafting is a two-step procedure that includes liposuction and injection. Since only a minimal amount of fat is removed and grafted, Dr. Aghayan usually uses twilight or local anesthesia. To start, Dr. Aghayan will use liposuction to extract fat, which may be taken from your hips, abdomen, or flanks. Once the fat is removed, it will be processed and then placed in syringes. Dr. Aghayan uses different techniques and injection angles to provide the highest immersion rate into your skin, as well as to create smoothness. According to your treatment plan, fat will be injected in your lips, cheeks, and/or under your eyes to create volume, as well as to fill in wrinkles, lines, and facial pits.


Following your fat graft, your liposuction incisions will be closed before you’re sent into recovery. Dr. Aghayan or someone on his staff will apply wound coverings and watch you till you are able to be safely taken home by a responsible adult. Prior to your procedure, Dr. Aghayan will let you know what will happen during your recovery and ways you are able to speed your healing. Follow-up appointments will need to be made at our Portland, OR office so Dr. Aghayan can monitor your healing and results. Your recovery will be different depending on the amount of fat that is taken and grafted, but you need to plan to spend 1 – 2 weeks for your recovery. Initially, you might feel uncomfortable with swelling and bruising at the area(s) that received liposuction along with your face. You might see a little improvement immediately; however, it is going to take a few weeks until you will be able to see your final outcomes. A little bit of fat might be reabsorbed, but with proper maintenance, your improvements can last for several years.


How much does facial fat grafting cost?
The cost for a fat graft will include the liposuction to remove fat and will vary, depending on the amount of volume being transferred. Following a complete examination, Dr. Aghayan will decide how much fat is required to achieve your goals and develop a personalized treatment plan. After this, he can start to calculate costs, like anesthesia and facility fees. To make your facial fat grafting easier to afford, Après Plastic Surgery takes several payment methods and can help you find low-interest medical financing.

Should I get a dermal filler or fat transfer?
Either a facial fat graft or an injectable wrinkle filler (for example, Restylane and Juvéderm) may correct the visibility of fine lines and static wrinkles while also restoring volume to your face. Although fillers may create great results, a fat transfer often lasts longer and looks more natural. If you need help deciding how much volume you want and in which areas, Dr. Aghayan might recommend using wrinkle fillers. As soon as you’ve decided what you like, Dr. Aghayan will schedule a facial fat transfer for long-lasting results.

Can facial fat grafting be combined with another procedure?
A fat transfer to the face may be performed with another procedure, like a wrinkle relaxer (BOTOX) or a facial treatment. A fat transfer is also a good way to enhance another cosmetic surgery. A fat graft will increase the volume that helps to improve the balance and proportion of your face during a facelift, chin implant, or cheek implants. Talk to Dr. Aghayan in your consultation about all your needs and wants so he can develop a comprehensive plan with nonsurgical and surgical procedures that help to reach all of your goals.

How long does facial fat grafting take?
The procedure time for a facial fat transfer will depend on the amount of fat being taken, plus the volume required to reach your goals. Once your treatment plan is developed in your initial consultation, Dr. Aghayan will discuss what you can expect, including how long it will take. Dr. Aghayan takes his time carefully grafting even layers of fat with advanced techniques so your outcomes are beautiful and natural.

Which areas of the face can be improved with fat grafting?
Facial fat grafting may be used in several areas to increase volume or fill in lines. A fat transfer is ideally designed to augment or enhance the mid-face or cheeks so that the area looks lifted and fuller without having to undergo surgery. Additionally, it may also be used as a natural lip filler. You can also consider a fat graft to improve the hollow or sunken under eye areas. A fat transfer to your face may also improve the appearance of pitted acne scars and static wrinkles (marionette lines or brow furrows). Dr. Aghayan will develop your custom treatment plan to focus on one or more areas of your face based on your needs and goals.


Fat transfer is a brilliant way to add volume, even out lines, and enhance your gorgeous face. When you crave a more youthful, glowing look with a short recovery, we encourage you to find out more about fat transfer at Après Plastic Surgery and learn how it can help you meet your aesthetic goals. It’s a good choice for women and men who want a natural enhancement and long-lasting results. Contact our Portland, OR practice today to set up your appointment with Dr. Aghayan for this exciting procedure.

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