fat injection procedure

Many individuals have a negative view about the fat they may carry on their bodies.

For some, it is unsightly, uncomfortable, and unwanted. For others who view their excess fat as potentially helpful are able to harness the transformative nature of these cells. By removing unwanted fat from areas such as the thighs, buttocks, and abdomen, patients can have it reinjected into hollow areas of the face. If patients are unhappy with the contours of their faces or wish to remove fine lines and wrinkles, then fat injection, or fat transfer, is an amazing option

Utilizing the fat stores on a patient’s body as an augment to their facial aesthetic goals is a relatively quick procedure. It can help patients achieve a more supple profile and more youthful appearance while using a completely natural substance! In addition, it can rid patients of excess bulges and rolls from the fat donor site(s).1 

Highly esteemed, board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Joshua Korman works collaboratively with patients to enhance their features through the use of fat injections. Combining his talent, skill, and experience with patient’s desires and goals, the results achieved are impressive! Take a moment to read about our patients’ overwhelming satisfaction in our amazing reviews.

Benefits of Fat Injections

Facial fat injections have a myriad of benefits. The primary of which is the boost in self-esteem a patient may experience following facial fat transfer. Nothing can substitute the air of confidence patients exude once they feel more comfortable with their appearance. 

Fat Injection Benefits

  • 100% natural substance used to augment the face
  • Relatively quick procedure
  • Remove unwanted fat from other areas of the body
  • More youthful appearance
  • Supple, smoother, and fuller facial contours
  • Enhanced confidence

If you wish to learn more about how fat injections can benefit you, contact any of Dr. Korman’s offices today to schedule a consultation.

Fat Injection Candidates

Fat injection patients have an adequate amount of fat from the donor site(s). Those looking to undergo facial fat transfer have realistic expectations and are internally motivated. They are considering this procedure because of wanting to enhance their features for themselves and not because of others. 

Candidates for facial fat injections are healthy individuals who do not smoke.

Ideal candidates experience hollowed or sunken areas of the face due to aging, genetics, or trauma. These areas are typically around the eyes, the temples, lips, and/or cheeks. Also, they may have lines and wrinkles on the skin. These may be crow’s feet, forehead and frown lines, nasolabial folds and tear troughs, smile lines, and/or marionette lines. Patients wish to smooth the lines that appear on the skin and fill the depressed areas of the face in a natural, subtle way. 

If you may be a candidate for fat injections, contact Dr. Korman today to schedule your consultation!

Fat Injection Consultation

A one-on-one consultation with Dr. Korman is the first step in realizing the face of your dreams. During the consultation, patients will be given an opportunity to have their questions about fat transfer addressed. Patients will share their goals and expectations in a comfortable and private environment. Dr. Korman will explain the fat injection procedure in detail and he will inquire about the patient’s medical history.

An examination of the potential donor site(s) and injection site(s) will be conducted and Dr. Korman will determine their candidacy for fat injection. 

If it is determined that the patient is a candidate for fat injection, Dr. Korman will create a custom tailored treatment plan to address their specific goals. They will receive a detailed cost breakdown for the procedure and an appointment will be scheduled. 

Fat Injection Procedure

The fat injection procedure can be completed within 30 to 90 minutes. It is a 3-step procedure that not only provides patients with the plump volume they are seeking, but also addresses unsightly fat deposits below the skin. 

On the day of the fat transfer procedure, Dr. Korman will review the treatment plan with the patient. He will mark the patient’s body with a surgical marker, indicating the incision and injection sites, anatomical landmarks, and the areas to be lipofilled and where the fat graft will be removed. The patient will be provided with an anesthetic to maximize comfort during the procedure. 


The donor sites are liposuctioned using a hollow tube called a cannula. The cannula is inserted under the skin and the targeted fat is removed. During this stage, Dr. Korman will sculpt the donor site with precision, giving the patient the slimmer silhouette they desire. 


The fat that has been removed through the harvesting stage is placed into a centrifuge where it will spin at a high speed. During this process the healthy fat cells are separated from impurities such as blood and anesthetic fluid.


Once the fat is prepared for transfer, Dr. Korman will expertly inject it into the predetermined areas of the face. Providing patients with more volume in certain areas such as the lips, cheeks, and under the eyes, Dr. Korman will ensure symmetry and smoothing of fine lines and wrinkles.3

Fat Injection Recovery

Following fat injection, patients may need a friend or family member to drive them home and stay with them through the night. Depending on the extent of the procedure, some patients may have drains placed to collect fluid that may form in the donor site. Additionally, some patients may need to wear compression garments to keep swelling to a minimum and provide optimal body contouring results.

Patients may experience swelling, soreness, and bruising at the injection and/or donor site(s). This should subside in the coming weeks as the body adjusts to the change in volume under the skin.

Facial Fat Injection Results

The results from facial fat injections are long-lasting and aesthetically pleasing! Patients can expect to have enhanced confidence in their appearance, more supple skin, and a youthful glow! Patients have been extremely satisfied with facial fat transfer by Dr. Korman. The subtle procedure can provide dramatic results!

Fat injections are natural-looking because they are natural!

Ready to see the amazing results from fat injections for yourself? Reach out to one of Dr. Korman’s offices today to schedule a consultation.

Complementary Procedures

Facial fat injections can provide excellent results. But, why stop there? Patients can augment fat injections with one, or more, procedures which can create the look they have always wanted.


Injectables such as Botox and Dysport are neuromodulators. They affect the underlying facial muscles by reducing the muscles’ ability to contract. The constant contraction of the facial muscles contribute to wrinkling of the skin. Neuromodulators are long-lasting and can help showcase the results of fat injection. 

Aesthetic Services

Skin care and skin tightening are just 2 of the many services offered by Dr. Korman’s premier plastic surgery practice. The HydraFacial is a skin rejuvenation service that hydrates and exfoliates the face, leaving patients with softer, smoother, clearer skin. Microneedling penetrates the skin, activating collagen and elastin production. The skin will heal in a manner that promotes glowing skin – from the inside, out. If you are looking for a non-invasive skin tightening procedure, Ultherapy is an excellent solution! The ultrasound technology penetrates deep into the skin. While lifting the skin, collagen production increases, creating firmer facial contours for a more youthful appearance.

Fat Injection Cost

Due to the personalized nature of the fat injection procedure, cost will be customized to you. We do not want your aesthetic goals to be out of reach. We offer a number of financing options to help make your body contouring desires a reality. In addition, we periodically offer specials on some of our most popular procedures. Be sure to check our specials page regularly to see what offers are available.



Fat is a long-lasting dermal filler that can smooth lines and fill depressions in the face. Dr. Korman will use his eye for detail during the injection process to create smooth facial contours. While it is not known how much of the injected fat will survive following fat injection, Dr. Korman is willing to work with you should you opt for a secondary procedure in the future. 


The fat that will be transferred to your face is your own naturally occurring fat. Dr. Korman will remove the fat from a place you do not want it, such as the abdomen, flanks, thighs, or back, purify it, and use it to carefully plump your face. Because the fat is from your own body, there is minimal risk of any adverse reactions.


If Dr. Korman does not believe you are an ideal candidate for fat transfer, he will provide you with his professional medical opinion on how best to proceed to meet your goals. As an alternative to fat transfer, Juvederm is an excellent dermal filler to consider! It is made from hyaluronic acid, which is found in the body and aids in collagen production and enhancing elasticity of the skin. Juvederm can last up to 6 months, giving you a long-lasting result! 

If you are interested in learning more about our other dermal fillers, including fat injections, contact any of Dr. Korman’s offices today to schedule a private consultation!

Additional Resources

  1. American Society of Plastic Surgeons. (2019). How can fat injections be used as dermal fillers? Retrieved from https://www.plasticsurgery.org/cosmetic-procedures/dermal-fillers/fat-injections 
  2. International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons. (2019). Fat Transfer (Facial). Retrieved from https://www.isaps.org/procedures/facial-plastic-surgery/fat-transfer-facial/ 
  3. Donofrio, L. M. (2008). Techniques in Facial Fat Grafting. Aesthetic Surgery Journal, 28(6), 681-687. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.asj.2008.09.003