Facial Fat Transfer

Fat transfer or dermal fat grafting is a minimally invasive procedure that naturally restores facial volume around your orbital bones, cheeks, and mid-face, by simply removing fat cells from one area of your body and transplanting into another.  Fat transfer is a natural alternative to other more commonly used collagen fillers and injectables.  We also perform fat transfer to the back of your hands for hand rejuvenation.

The fat is removed with a small liposuction cannula from common donor sites such as your abdomen, flanks, or thighs. Once harvested, the fat is processed to remove excess fluids and then injected and sculpted into the desired recipient site. The most common areas of the face to receive fat transfer are the areas around the lower eye socket (tear trough deformity), cheeks, lips, and wrinkles and folds around your nose and mouth, known as the nasolabial folds and marionette lines.

What can I expect during my consultation?

During your consultation, you will meet privately and exclusively with Dr. Michael Thornton where you will collectively share in the decision making process about your personal needs, desires, and expectations.  Although well qualified, we choose not use patient coordinators, nurse practitioners, or physicians assistants to perform your consultation.  Dr. Thornton will complete a thorough medical history and perform a careful examination of your face to discuss your goals for facial fat transfer.

Where will my surgery take place?

Facial fat transfer surgery is performed in our private operating room as an outpatient procedure with local anesthesia and oral sedation.  Recovery is usually complete within 5 to 7 days, though mild swelling may last 7-10 days.  However, if more complex facial plastic surgery procedures are simultaneously performed, your surgery may be performed at Baylor Surgicare at Mansfield, a AAAHC certified out-patient surgery center, located in Mansfield, Texas.

Dr Michael Thornton

Expertise of Dr. Michael Thornton

Dr. Michael L. Thornton is a fellowship-trained, dual board certified Cosmetic Surgeon and Diplomate of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery and was specifically trained in both traditional and modern techniques in facial cosmetic surgery and fat transfer techniques during his 12-month advanced cosmetic surgery fellowship. Dr. Thornton attends yearly national cosmetic surgery meetings and participates in advanced courses to offer you the latest techniques in facial cosmetic surgery and fat transfer.