What are fat injections?

Fat injection, also known as fat transfer or fat grafting, is a minimally invasive technique offered at our Austin clinic that is designed to restore or enhance facial volume. The process involves harvesting healthy fat cells from another area of your body (abdomen, thighs, or anywhere else you would like to improve), purify them, and carefully inject them into targeted areas of the face. These fat cells then integrate into your skin to enhance or restore your facial appearance—no synthetic fillers – just your natural fat, which your body recognizes and accepts.

Facial fat transfer treatment areas

Fat injections may be the ideal treatment to correct many common facial issues, including:

  • Thinning lips
  • Drooping cheeks
  • Thinning or hollow cheeks
  • Hollow temples
  • Sunken eyelids
  • Deep tear troughs
  • Deep smile lines and marionette lines
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The benefits of fat transfer in Austin

Fat injection provides a wide range of benefits over fillers. Some of the most benefits of facial fat transfer in Austin include:

  • Significant volume restoration with more comprehensive results than are possible with temporary fillers
  • Results that last
  • The most natural filler available
  • No risk of rejection or allergy, as we utilize your own cells
  • Enhanced skin texture and tone
  • Reduced wrinkles and fine lines
  • Quick recovery

Am I a candidate for facial fat transfer?

Fat injections are safe and effective for almost anyone, and anyone who wants to restore lost facial volume is a candidate in Austin, TX. You will need sufficient donor fat in other areas of your body and in generally good health. During your initial consultation, we will perform a comprehensive examination of your face, take the time to understand your personal goals and the enhancements you desire, and review your medical history. If fat injections are appropriate, we will schedule your treatment for the same day or a convenient date in the future.

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What to expect with facial fat injections

Facial fat injection is an outpatient procedure that is performed with local anesthesia. While each procedure is fully customized, you can expect it to follow several basic steps:


As with any cosmetic procedure, the first step is planning. Dr. Antunes will craft a custom surgical plan to artfully enhance each area. He will take the time to explain the process of volumizing with natural fat transfer and how it can improve your facial appearance.


Once we have a plan in place, the next step is to harvest healthy fat cells from a donor area. The harvest area is typically the thighs, abdomen, or love handles. This step of the procedure has the added benefit of sculpting the donor area.


After the fat cells have been harvested, they are purified and prepared for injection. There are no additives, and the fat has no risk of rejection or allergic reaction.


The injections themselves are performed using a tiny cannula (hollow needle device) through a tiny incision. Dr. Antunes takes the time to perform the procedure with care, never rushing and never taking shortcuts.

Recovery & results after facial fat injections

Facial fat transfer in Austin involves some minor downtime. You should plan for at least seven to ten days off work and social engagements to allow the fat cells to integrate into your tissues. After the first week, the swelling will reduce and the changes start to emerge.

You will see the initial results right away, but the final outcome of your enhancement will emerge in the days and weeks following the procedure. The beauty of the results is achieved about a month after the treatment.

Why choose Face Austin?

Dr. Marcelo Antunes is a renowned, award-winning facial plastic surgeon who has exceptional artistry and provides world-class patient care. He is double board-certified and fellowship-trained and is one of the few surgeons in the Austin area that focus exclusively on facial procedures, such as facelifts. At Face Austin, our practice is built on the concept that there are no shortcuts to quality, and you can be confident that you are in the hands of a master who can create the results you envision. Contact us today to schedule a consultation for a facial fat transfer in Austin with of the top facial plastic surgeons!

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