Facial Fat Transfer

facial fat transfer / plastic surgery

Facial Fat transfer is also referred to as facial fat grafting or facial fat injections. Plastic surgeons often call harvested fat “liquid gold,” because of its creamy gold like appearance. Simply put, facial fat transfer is a procedure involving fat removed from areas of the body with excess fat, which is then injected into areas of the face to add volume.

How is facial fat transfer performed?  Dr. Breister Ghosh typically harvests fat from areas of the body such as the upper and lower abdomen, hips, and outer thighs. The fat removal process is essentially liposuction. The area is first injected with a local anesthetic, followed by a small incision made to insert a cannula connected to a syringe to extract the fat. Once the fat has been removed, it goes through a purification process to remove any impurities. The fat is then transferred to small syringes which are used to inject it into the face. A tiny incision is made at the site receiving the fat. A tiny needle or cannula is used for depositing the fat beneath the skin within the tissue layers. This is repeated until the appropriate amount of volume has been added. Facial fat transfer is safe, long-lasting, and produces natural-looking results. Not all fat will “take”, but the fat that does will be there permanently.

Who should consider facial fat transfer?

You have areas of the face that look creased or sunken in

You want a more permanent correct than fillers can provide

You want to add volume to further enhance your appearance

You want to improve scarring or asymmetry

What areas of the face can be improved with fat transfer?


Upper or lower eyes








Fat used from your own body is a natural alternative compared to dermal fillers. There are reduces chances of allergic reactions or other complications resulting from a manufactured substance.

Fat transfer is safe, long lasting, and more cost effective

Fat transfer is a minimally invasive procedure which can be performed under local anesthesia

Are you a good candidate for facial fat transfer?

The purpose of fat injections is to add volume. You are a good candidate if you have facial creases or lines, thin lips, hollowing of the eyes or temples, flat cheeks, mild skin laxity around the jawline, acne scars, uneven nose, or other irregularities. The best way to know if you are a good candidate is to schedule a consultation with plastic surgeon Dr. Breister Ghosh.

Dr. Diana Breister Ghosh is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the only plastic surgery board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties. She is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and the San Diego Plastic Surgery Society, and is an expert in plastic, aesthetic and reconstructive surgery.

Her specialized services include breast augmentation (including silicone breast implants), breast lift (mastopexy), tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), brow lift, and face/neck lift.

Dr. Breister Ghosh is also recognized as an expert in state-of-the-art surgical body modification, body contouring and soft tissue sculpting following bariatric and major weight loss surgery. Additionally, she excels in performing specialized facial procedures that help restore skin and aid in reducing effects of aging without surgery, including laser facial resurfacing, Botox®, Restylane®, Perlane®, Juvederm™ and Artefill®.