One of the main signs of aging for men is a hollow or sunken appearance around the eyes, mouth, cheeks or jaw. This is due to the body’s own loss of collagen and fat over time. Men who suffer from deflated features and desire that youthful, rejuvenated look may be interested in a cosmetic anti-aging treatment known as fat injections. Male Plastic Surgery Los Angeles specializes in facial fat injections for men who want to replenish lost volume and recontour their face. 

What Are Facial Fat Injections? 

Facial fat injections involve the transfer of fat from one area of the body to be injected into the desired areas of the face. Fat injections are a remarkable method to limit the number of wrinkles, alleviate acne scarring and reclaim a younger look. Your surgeon can enhance the volume of your face where it is lacking such as creases under the eyes, softening wrinkles, enhancing the lips and building up shallow contours in the cheeks using fat harvested from the patient’s own body.

How Do Facial Fat Injections Work?

Fat injections are a more extensive procedure than the use of other cosmetic injectable fillers. This is because liposuction techniques are involved. These techniques are used to extract the fat prior to injection. Fat injection are a non-surgical treatment but is typically coupled with a local anesthetic, and sometimes requires sedation if larger amounts of fat are being collected through liposuction methods. Overall, the procedure usually takes 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the patient, the volume to be injected and additional procedures that are being completed at the same time.

To start, the fat is withdrawn from certain areas of the body, typically the abdomen or hips, either by using a needle or through techniques similar to those used during liposuction using a special suction cannula. Once enough fat is taken from the donor area, it is then purified through the use of a centrifuge, which spins the fat and removes impurities.

The fat is then administered into areas of the face needing augmentation through an injection needle that is usually passed in and out of the specific areas multiple times. This creates a ‘grid’ of threads of fat graft.


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What Is the Recovery Time for Facial Fat Injections?

Directly following your injections, enhancements may appear greater than your final result. People who undergo fat injections can usually return to their normal daily routines soon after treatment. Bruising, swelling or redness in both the donor and injected areas are expected, but typically lasts only a few weeks. The recovery period may be longer based on whether liposuction is used and the amount of fat removed. During recovery, patients should avoid sun exposure and may wear makeup with UV protection to disguise and protect the effects of the procedure.

Who is a Good Candidate for Facial Fat Injections?

The best way to determine if you are a good candidate for fat injections is through a consultation. Facial fat injections are a good option if you are in good overall health, present mild-to-moderate facial aging or want to enhance the face with large amounts of volume.

While fat injections do not stop the aging process, facial augmentation with human fat may be an alternative for those interested in a face lift, forehead/eyebrow lift or other types of surgery. Unlike other cosmetic injectables that are made from synthetic products, such as filler, fat injections do not pose a possibility of an allergic reaction because the fat tissue is taken from your own body. 

Schedule a Consultation for Facial Fat Injections

If you’re interested in facial fat injections for men, you can schedule a consultation at our Male Plastic Surgery Los Angeles office. Call us today at 310-570-2402 or book an appointment online.