The Procedure

A fat transfer is a surgical procedure that harvests fat and stem cells from one part of the body to another, in our case the face. Commonly referred to as fat grafting, the goal is to remove unwanted fat from a specific area such as the abdomen, flanks or inner thighs and use it to revitalize other parts of the face.

As we age, our face ages like a grape turning into a raisin. Volume is lost, and unwanted folds and creases develop. Although a facelift will lift some tissues into place and help fill in those spots, often more volume is needed. Facial fat transfer allows Dr. Balikian to replace your volume loss, with your own fat from other parts of your body, such as stubborn belly fat. Combining fat transfer with a facelift allows Dr. Balikian to tap into his artistry to complete the picture of a pretty face. He often says a facelift rejuvenates, while the fat adds the beauty.

Erase The Signs of Aging

The natural aging process can cause our face to lose volume, which results in the formation of wrinkles and sagging.

The facial fat transfer technique involves taking healthy fat from a specific area of the body, usually the abdomen, and injecting a purified version of it into the face to restore volume and fill in deep creases. The fat can be used to fill in the cheeks, lower eyelids, nasolabial folds, marionette lines, temples and more depending on your specific cosmetic needs.

When replacing lost volume, we never want to overfill or make ridiculous looking round faces. Dr. Balikian’s philosophy is to use the fat artistically, to fill in areas where it is needed and get beck to about 80% of the volume you had in your youth. This allows for a harmonious look with the rest of your face and body.


The facial fat transfer procedure may sound very similar to injectable fillers, but there are a few distinguishing differences that set it apart. Since the fat is grafted from your own body, you are organically replacing your own lost fat with your own stubborn fat. What could be more intuitive? Although fillers are often injected directly under skin wrinkles, fat transfer is usually injected deeper to allow for a more even result. During consultation, Dr. Balikian can help determine which option is better for your specific needs.

The Benefits of Facial Fat Transfer

Facial fat transfer is a highly effective way to improve the look and feel of your facial skin without the need for synthetic fillers. The fat can be used to lift sunken areas of the face while smoothing unsightly wrinkles and folds. Since your own fat is utilized during the procedure, you can expect natural results that you can carry with confidence. Also, the stem cells that are part of the fat transfer adds a beauty to the overall result by giving the skin vibrance.


Dr. Balikian can help determine your candidacy for the procedure during a consultation. During this time, he will analyze your facial contours, discuss your aesthetic goals, and ask about your medical history to determine if the procedure is right for you. Ideal candidates for facial fat transfer have an adequate amount of excess fat that can be safely extracted and injected into the facial skin. You should also be in good physical health and have realistic expectations about the possibilities of the procedure.

Richard V. Balikian, MD, FACS

Double Board-Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon
Artistry. Excellence. Compassion

Trust Your Face to a Facial Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Balikian is an experienced, double board-certified, facial plastic surgeon. He is double board-certified both in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery as well as Head and Neck Surgery. Dr. Balikian belongs to a very select group of elite cosmetic surgeons with at least six years of specialized surgical training exclusively in aesthetic and reconstructive surgery of the face and neck.

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