Facial Fat Grafting

Facial Fat Grafting

Facelift is a popular surgical procedure for smoothing sagging facial skin


Facial fat grafting, also known as fat transfer or lipofilling, is a procedure in which fat is injected into different areas of the face to restore volume and counter the effect of ageing.

Strategic placement of small volumes of fat into specific areas of the face can have a profound rejuvenating effect. Deep nasolabial folds, sunken lower eyelids and temples can all be improved.

For patients who have loss of volume and sagging facial tissue, for example a patient with flat cheekbones and heavy jowls, Mr Karri may recommend a facelift and facial fat grafting as a combined procedure. Otherwise known as a volumetric facelift, this 3-dimensional approach to facial rejuvenation provides a superior outcome.

Am I A Good Candidate For A Facial Fat Grafting?

Suitable candidates for facial fat grafting are patients who have;

  • Facial ageing with loss of volume and loose skin but do not want a facelift
  • Flat cheekbones and want to have full, youthful cheekbones
  • Deflated eyebrows
  • Deep nasolabial folds and marionette lines
  • Hollow temples
  • Hollow lower eyelids


A facelift incision begins in the temporal area above the ear, follows the contour of the ear, curves around the earlobe and continues into the hairline behind the ear. To make the scar inconspicuous as possible, Mr Karri maintains the hairline in the temporal region, sideburn and behind the ear.

For patients with mild jowls and minimal neck laxity the incision can be confined to just in front of the ear, and this is known as a short-scar facelift.

Recovery From Facelift

Recovery following facelift varies from patient to patient and also depends upon the extent of the procedure. As one would expect there is some swelling and bruising. Bruising usually resolves after 7 to 10 days and much of the swelling subsides within the first 2 weeks. The final result however, may not be apparent for several weeks.
Following surgery, most patients spend the first week resting. During the second week, patients resume light activities and during the third week patients often resume work and begin to go out socially. Exercise can be resumed 4 to 6 weeks following surgery.

Facelift Scarring

A good facelift is not only defined by the natural, refreshed look it creates but also by the absence of tell-tale visible scarring. Mr Karri places great emphasis in hiding your facelift scar by hiding the incision within the hair, inside the tragus (the segment of cartilage that covers the ear canal) and behind the ear. This approach reduces the potential risk of unsightly scarring.

The incisions Mr Karri commonly uses for facelift are located;

  • In the hair, just above the ear
  • Directly in front of the ear
  • Behind the ear
  • In the hair behind the ear
  • Under the chin (only if the neck needs to be tightened in the midline)

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Possible Risks

As with any surgery, facelift does have some risks associated with it. These include;

Scars / poor scarring – in the vast majority of patients, the facelift incision heals very well. In some patients however, the scars may become red, raised or asymmetric (appear different on the right and left side of the face).

Bruising and swelling – bruising and swelling is expected but rarely, can persist for several weeks.

Bleeding and haematoma formation – it is possible, though unusual, to experience a bleeding episode during or after surgery. Should post-operative bleeding occur, emergency treatment may be necessary to drain the accumulated blood.

Infection – should an infection arise then treatment with antibiotics or further surgery may be necessary.

Delayed wound healing – delayed wound healing is possible.

Asymmetry – there is always a risk of asymmetry whenever surgery is performed on both sides of the body. It is important to understand that nearly everyone has some pre-existing asymmetry e.g. the right cheekbone may be fuller than the left etc.

Nerve injury – motor and sensory nerves may be injured during a facelift resulting in weakness or loss of facial movements.

Numbness around the ears

Skin necrosis – very rarely, blood supply to the skin may be compromised so as to result in skin necrosis. This risk is higher in smokers.

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Pricing & Finance

When you’re considering a cosmetic procedure, there’s a lot to think about – the choice of treatments available, the results you want to achieve, the recovery time, any potential risks and, of course, the cost.

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