Piazza Center for Plastic Surgery and Advanced Skin Care
7900 Farm to Market Road 1826, Bldg 2, Suite 206
Austin, TX 78737
Phone: (512) 288-8200
Monday–Thursday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

Fat Transfer

The cosmetic procedure that transfers fat from areas of the body that have excess fat to areas that may be lacking in volume is known as a fat transfer or fat grafting procedure. Areas such as the outer thighs, love handles, or chin often have unwanted pockets of fat that can be transferred to areas of the face, such as the cheeks, temples, jawline, or mouth, that may look better with additional volume. Board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Marcelo Antunes uses fat transfer in Austin, TX, to produce attractive, natural-looking results that are effective, well-tolerated, and safe.

Stem cell fat transfer is a new and exciting restorative cosmetic procedure. Because fat naturally contains stem cells, this procedure is natural and biologically safe. In addition to enhancing the appearance and youthfulness of the face, stem cell fat transfer improves the appearance of the skin through the natural regenerative properties of the stem cells. The harvested fat in stem cell fat transfer is not biologically manipulated, and nothing artificial is added.

Can You Benefit From Fat Transfer?

When considering a fat transfer procedure, you should think about several important factors. Fat transfer is a great procedure for people who have sunken areas on the face that are the result of age or weight loss. Even though these areas can be treated with dermal fillers, fat transfer can provide outcomes that last significantly longer than fillers. In addition, there are inherent benefits to the skin quality that results from fat transfer which can’t be achieved with dermal fillers.

Fat is widely considered to be the “ideal filler.” It’s natural and abundant and also creates natural volume without the risk of an allergic or other adverse reaction because it uses fat from your own body rather than synthetic or foreign material. Scars, irregular depressions, and contours can all be treated with fat grafting. A properly performed fat transfer procedure can provide youthful, attractive, and long-lasting results. On the face, Dr. Antunes uses fat grafting to:

  • Volumize sunken cheeks and temples
  • Contour the jawline and mouth region
  • Soften smile lines, laugh lines, and acne scars
  • Improve skin quality and texture

Dr. Antunes takes great pride in providing natural, attractive, long-lasting fat transfer results. He understands that this procedure requires artistry and a keen aesthetic eye to restore a youthful, healthy and natural look.

Why Choose a Facial Plastic Surgery Specialist?

Preparing for fat grafting requires planning and a clear discussion of desired outcomes and expectations. When considering fat transfer procedures, a skilled and experienced surgeon, such as Dr. Antunes, will carefully examine you to determine what adjustments will provide the most natural and aesthetically appealing results. Often, he combines fat transfer with other procedures such as a facelift and neck lift to enhance the harmony of the result. A properly done procedure will be one that transfers unwanted fat safely and carefully to improve the appearance and youthfulness of other areas of the body.

Your Procedure

Dr. Antunes performs fat transfer using local anesthesia or intravenous sedation. The procedure takes approximately 30 minutes to 1 hour to complete. Dr. Antunes begins by harvesting fat from one area of the body (typically the belly or thighs) through a small incision using a thin tube, called a cannula, connected to a syringe. The fat is then washed and purified. Next, he carefully inserts the fat into the desired areas of augmentation with specially designed microanalyses.

Recovery After Fat Transfer

Some degree of swelling and bruising can be expected to develop immediately following the procedure and should slowly decrease during the first 1 to 2 weeks. Typically, patients experience minimal pain or discomfort. Dr. Antunes will see you several times during the first 2 weeks after surgery, and you will have direct access to him at all times. Because many questions arise over this initial period, Dr. Antunes believes setting up a series of appointments in advance alleviates anxiety about the recovery process. His core objective is to provide a safe, comfortable surgical experience that produces your desired results.

Fat Transfer Recovery Timeline

While patient experiences vary, recovery generally progresses as follows:

  • Bandage removal: No bandage needed
  • Suture removal: No sutures placed
  • Return to work/social life: 10 to 14 days
  • Ready for make-up: 10 to 14 days
  • 75% healed: 4 to 6 weeks
  • 100% healed: 3 months

Dr. Antunes takes great pride in helping women and men look naturally refreshed with fat transfer. Request a consultation using the online form to meet personally with Dr. Antunes to discuss your concerns. You can also call The Piazza Center at (512) 288-8200 to schedule an appointment.