Facial Fat Grafting

Facial Fat Grafting in NJ

Fat grafting, also known as fat transfer or fat injections, is the process of removing excess body fat from one area and transferring it somewhere it can improve appearance. Facial fat grafting involves harvesting fat from a part of the body with excess, such as the abdomen or thighs, and using it to add volume to facial areas that have thinned, hollowed, or developed lines or creases. 

Facial grafting is a long-lasting way to reverse the signs of aging while also improving the body’s contours. I can use it to add volume below your eyes or in your cheeks, temples, jawline, and lips and to fill and soften facial creases, including marionette or parentheses lines. Schedule a consultation by calling (973) 736-5907 or complete our online form to learn more.

Real Patient Result
Real Patient Result

Facial Fat Grafting Before and After

Please review our before-and-after gallery to see our patients’ transformations three to six months after treatment with facial fat grafting!

Why You Might Consider Facial Fat Grafting

You might benefit from facial fat grafting if you have excess fat in your stomach, waist, thighs, hips, or another part of your body and you would like to look and feel younger by correcting:

  • Thin or sunken cheeks
  • Hollows below your eyes
  • Deep lines around your mouth and nose
  • A recessed chin
  • Thin or unevenly shaped lips
  • Scars or other facial depressions

Facial Fat Grafting Candidates

Ideal candidates for facial fat transfer would like to look younger and more attractive by adding volume to thin or hollowed areas or by smoothing facial lines and creases. These patients also have excess fat on other parts of their bodies that are suitable for contouring with liposuction. 

The most qualified patients are in excellent overall health and have realistic expectations for the outcomes of the combined procedure. If you smoke, vape, or use any nicotine, cannabinoid, and/or ADHD medication, you must be willing to stop for several weeks before and after your surgery.

Meet Scott SpiRo, M.D., F.A.C.S.


I am a board-certified plastic surgeon specializing in breast cancer reconstructive surgery and cosmetic procedures of the breast, body, and face. To me, every patient is unique and deserves results tailored to their concerns. You can understand my approach to care by reviewing the testimonials and before and after galleries on this site and learning about the many “Top Doctor” awards I have won.


Art is my other passion, and my artist’s vision guides my work as a surgeon. I have done technical illustrations for many journal articles, book chapters, and patient resource pamphlets for national societies. I am also an accomplished painter, sculptor, and photographer. When you visit our office, you’ll see a gallery of reproductions of many of my pieces in oil, graphite, and photography.

What to Expect During a Facial Fat Grafting Consultation

During your consultation, I will review your medical history and discuss your goals and areas of concern for the fat transfer treatment. I will evaluate your general health status and ask questions to understand any existing health conditions or risk factors you may have. 

Once I have reviewed your medical history, I will examine your face, skin, and the areas of your body you want to contour with liposuction. Then, I’ll make specific recommendations based on your individual needs and explain what the procedure will involve. I will also explain the likely outcomes and potential risks of liposuction and facial fat grafting and answer any questions you may have. Request your facial fat grafting consultation with Dr. Spiro!

How to Prepare for Facial Fat Grafting

As preparation for your facial fat grafting, I will advise you to quit smoking six weeks before the procedure, temporarily stop taking certain medications, and avoid aspirin or herbal supplements that may cause an increase in bleeding or bruising. You may also need to get lab testing. You will need to arrange for someone to take you home from our surgical center, as you will be unable to drive after the procedure.

Facial Fat Grafting in NJ at Spiro Plastic Surgery

I perform facial fat grafting using general anesthesia at an outpatient surgical center in New Jersey. I have refined a specialized fat grafting method to ensure optimal, reliable, and long-lasting results. My protocol involves gentle aspiration, gentle filtration, sterile handling, and rapid reinsertion. 

Using liposuction, I extract fat from the part of your body that needs slimming and contouring. Then, I carefully process the harvested fat, painstakingly preserving the stem cells. Finally, I precisely inject the purified fat into targeted facial areas in small droplets using thin needles and cannulas. With my artistic approach, I create beautifully rejuvenating results.

What to Expect After Facial Fat Grafting

After facial fat grafting, you will be recovering from two procedures: liposuction and facial injections. You can expect some swelling, soreness, and bruising or redness in the part of your body where I harvested the fat cells and the areas of your face where I injected the fat. The initial discomfort typically lasts for one to three days. Swelling and bruising will gradually subside over several weeks. Please avoid sun exposure for about 48 hours after the procedure. If I only need to remove a small amount of fat with liposuction, you can quickly resume your usual activities – sometimes on the same day as surgery. When I remove a larger volume of fat for grafting, recovery can take longer, up to a few weeks. 

Not all the grafted fat cells will survive in their new location. Your body will reabsorb some and process them out as waste. In anticipation of this phenomenon, I deliberately inject more fat at the outset. Due to this approach, and the initial post-procedural swelling, your face may appear fuller at first. 

Your ultimate outcome will be visible a few months after your procedure when all residual swelling has disappeared, and the surviving fat cells have settled into their permanent position. Request your consultation with Dr. Spiro today!

Facial Fat Transfer Plastic Surgeon in New Jersey

Dr. Scott Spiro is a board-certified plastic surgeon at Spiro Plastic Surgery in West Orange, NJ, specializing in facial fat grafting. With his uniquely developed fat grafting method, he improves facial appearance by adding volume to the lower eyelids, cheeks, lips, and jawline and by smoothing nasolabial folds. Schedule a consultation by calling (973) 736-5907 or complete our online form to learn more.


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Graphite/Pencil Hybrid-Painting by Dr. Scott Spiro