Facial Fat Transfer


Detailed Information


Recycling Your Fat to look years Younger

Stem Cell Face Fat Transfer Sydney, Wahroonga, Canberra, Melbourne & Perth

As the face ages it gradually starts to lose volume, a process known as fat and bone atrophy. This tends to accelerate as time passes and can result in an unhealthy, fatigued or prematurely aged appearance. Fat transfer uses one’s own fat cells to reverse this effect, providing both structural support to soft tissues and restoring fullness to the face.

The procedure involves transfer of fat cells (adipocytes) into areas of fat atrophy. Adipose tissue is gently harvested from the lower abdomen, hip or inner thigh using small syringes, processed to garner viable cells and these are then transplanted in thin layers to areas of thinned and sunken tissue. Fat transfer is especially useful for restoring cheek contours and minimising creases and hollowness around the eyes.

Fat transfer has many applications. Cosmetically it is used to contour and energize the soft tissues of the face, but it is also used all over the body to improve the appearance and skin flexibility of trauma / acne scars, surface depressions, accidental damage / burns, and certain congenital conditions. Medical applications of fat transfer are being used for joint injuries, soft tissue injuries and arthritic conditions. Fat Transfer is also utilised for Stem Cell Arthritis Treatments & Brazilian Butt Lifts 

Aesthetic and structural advantages


By restoring volume to specific areas of the face (the midface, periorbital, perioral and temporal regions respond well), fat transfer not only expands the skin and provides a lift, but also re-establishes the structural support of adjacent tissues. For example, a balanced revolumisation of fat compartments of the cheek will stabilise the lower eyelid by restoring underlying layers, thereby reducing the tendency for hollowness & the formation of eye bags.

Other physiological benefits - the stem cell effect

The fat grafting procedure also has a number of physiological benefits. For example, there is no risk of rejection or allergic reaction as the fat is taken from the patient’s own body.

There is also substantial evidence that grafted fat contributes to the healing process and improves the condition of the overlying skin, properties which are attributed to the fat’s high stem cell content and its ability to form new blood vessels. Additionally, the effects of fat grafting can last for many years - although the procedure can be repeated if required.


Mild to moderate swelling may be experienced for 2 weeks following the procedure until the grafted fat cells integrate with the surrounding tissue. It is not possible to predict how many of these cells will survive, the extent being determined by genetic factors as well as the inherent characteristics of the tissue into which it is transplanted.

Usually, a 50-75% fat survival rate is expected. In order to achieve the best possible results and to avoid overcompensating, it is best to estimate conservatively in the first instance and to follow on with a secondary top-up procedure later if necessary.

Fat grafting can be performed either standalone or in combination with most other facial procedures, including eyelid surgery, Threads Mini-Facelifts & Thermage Skin Tightening.

Suitable candidates for fat transfer

Fat transfer is not an age related procedure, and it can benefit most people who experience fat atrophy or desire rejuvenation and soft-tissue restoration. Patients are generally aged from their late twenties up into their seventies, and it is of most benefit to non-smokers with good general overall physical health. It is a minimally invasive procedure and the best results are seen in areas with previous fullness that have since undergone atrophy.



Minimally Invasive & Performed Under Local Anaesthetic

What Is Laser Liposuction?

Laser Liposuction is an advanced minimally invasive form of aesthetic surgery designed to remove excess body fat. It involves the use of a laser to rapidly dissolve excess fat in target areas such as the thighs, buttocks, abdomen, arms, neck and parts of the face, using a minor “keyhole” surgical procedure.​

Fotona's QCW Nd:YAG laser is considered the gold standard in aesthetic surgery, and its application in laser lipolysis has been tested and proven to be very safe and effective.

Safe, Effective, and Minimally Invasive

Fotona's Laser Liposuction procedure does not require the use of a general anesthetic. A very fine laser fiber is inserted into the treatment area under the skin via minor incisions, where the laser light causes swelling and rupture of adipocytes (fat cells). When the fat is melted, it can either be absorbed by the body or removed by the physician during the procedure. Simultaneously, the laser also tightens the surrounding skin to prevent it from sagging after the removal of unwanted fat. In fact, the same laser can be used for skin tightening, tone and textural improvements elsewhere on the body.

How Does Laser Liposuction Work?

The Fatona Nd:YAG  laser is administered through a very small optical fiber in a cannula which is inserted through a small incision into the to-be-treated area. While melting the fatty tissue the Nd:YAG laser also tightens the surrounding skin, preventing it from sagging after the fatty deposits have been removed. The controlled heating effect of the laser provokes new collagen and elastin formation within the skin. Shrinking is more pronounced and the skin is much smoother than after classical liposuction.

Advantages of Laser Liposuction over traditional Liposuction

Laser Liposuction is less invasive than classical liposuction because only several tiny 1-2 mm incisions are required to insert the cannula with a laser fiber and there is no need for general anesthesia. Tumescent local anaesthesia & mild sedation are typically used. The fatty tissue removal process requires less external force and exertion compared to the standard liposuction. And the results are more effective & smoother than with traditional liposuction. Thermally induced coagulation minimizes bleeding and trauma, as well as post-treatment bruising and swelling. Patients can therefore expect shorter recovery times and a reduced need for compressive garments, while they can get back to their daily activities virtually immediately after the procedure in most cases. Complementary optimal skin tightening effects add to high patient acceptance and shortened recovery times. Results begin immediately after the laser liposuction treatment, and continue to improve over the next 12 weeks post surgery.

Body areas that are commonly treated with Liposuction

·      Double Chin & Jaw Lines

·      Breast Reduction

·      Man boobs (male gynaecomastia)

·      Abdomen

·      Back

·      Angel Wings

·      Upper Arms

·      Flanks (love handles)

·      Saddle Bags

·      Buttocks

·      Banana Rolls

·      Thighs

·      Knees & Calves 

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