The aging face is depicted not only by sagging skin, but also by loss of facial volume. The most obvious loss of volume can be noticed in the under eye gulley, called the nasojugal groove, which starts in the medial eyelid region and extends down the cheek parallel to the nasolabial fold or “laugh lines.” In fact, over time, as facial volume is lost the excess skin will droop creating deep nasolabial folds or lines. This common facial aging sign is also one that most of my patients greatly dislike. Today, filling the nasojugal groove via fat grafting is considered a more effective means of improving overall facial aging instead of attempting to stent the nasolabial fold with fillers.

What is Facial Fat Grafting?

Facial fat grafting (also known as fat transfer or stem cell grafting) is a procedure that uses a patients own fat to rejuvenate or augment certain areas of the face. Fat is harvested from a donor site such as the abdomen, waist, inner thighs or knees utilizing a small syringe or cannula. Your own fat, which also includes stem cells, can be used to effectively fill grooves and deep wrinkles, thereby replacing facial volume and lifting skin. The fat is harvested via small pokes, less than 3mm each, under local anesthetic solution, and the entire procedure is completed within 15 minutes. The fat volume injected will be slightly overfilled, at first, in order to compensate for a 40% loss of volume observed 6 months following the procedure.

The great news for you is:

  • no scarring is observed in poke holes less than 3mm.
  • an improved youthful facial appearance can be achieved.
  • it is a quick, non surgical procedure with minimal downtime.
  • it is a very affordable option since general anesthesia and facility fees are avoided.
  • there is a permanent correction in facial volume (unlike temporary filler results).


To determine if you are a good candidate for facial fat grafting, please schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Mowlavi.

SEE ALSO: The Aging Face: Softening Sun Damaged Skin.

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