Fat Transfer Surgery (Fat Grafting)

Fat transfer surgery, or fat grafting is a minimally invasive procedure that can help improve your face’s appearance by transferring fat from one area of the body to another. The fat is usually taken from the abdomen or thighs and then injected into the face to add volume to places such as the cheeks or lips. This can be done in conjunction with facelifting or blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery).

Fat grafting or fat transfer can also be done on the breast to help accentuate a breast augmentation, correct any defects after aesthetic breast surgery or breast cancer surgery, or to add volume without additional surgery.

Why Should I Consider This Procedure?

Fat transfer surgery is often used as an alternative to traditional facial fillers or breast augmentation and can provide a more natural-looking result. The fat that is used in the procedure is your own fat, so there is no risk of rejection or allergic reaction. Once the fat has incorporated into your own tissue, it will stay forever.

The fat transfer procedure can be performed as an outpatient procedure and usually takes about 1-2 hours to complete. Recovery time is typically short, and most people are able to return to their normal activities within a few days. This surgery can be performed in the office setting under oral or twilight sedation or in the operating room depending on patient preference and complexity of the procedure.

I’m Interested In Fat Transfer Surgery

If you are considering fat transfer surgery, it is essential to consult with highly trained plastic surgeon who has experience performing the procedure.

Dr. Ryan Kunkel is a fellowship trained craniofacial and plastic surgeon in Albuquerque, New Mexico, who specializes in fat transfer surgery. To learn more about fat transfer surgery and to find out if it is right for you, contact Dr. Kunkel’s office today to schedule a consultation.