Fat Grafting

People with flat faces look vacant and older than their actual age. We create a bright and youthful appearance by grafting fat into wrinkles, hollows, and flat areas.

What is Fat Grafting?

Fat grafting, also known as autologous fat transfer or fat injection, is a surgical procedure that involves harvesting fat from one body area and transferring it to another to enhance volume, contour, or correct asymmetry. The procedure is commonly used in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.


Fat grafting offers several advantages. First, it uses the patient’s own fat, minimizing the risk of rejection or allergic reactions. Second, it provides a natural-looking and long-lasting solution compared to synthetic fillers. Moreover, fat grafting allows for both aesthetic improvements and reconstruction of soft tissue defects, making it a versatile procedure.

Who are Good Candidates for Fat Grafting?

Good candidates for fat grafting are individuals who have specific aesthetic concerns or tissue defects that can be addressed through the procedure. Here are some factors that make someone a suitable candidate for fat grafting:

  • Adequate fat reserves. The candidate should have sufficient donor fat in areas such as the abdomen, thighs, or buttocks that can be harvested for grafting. The amount of fat needed will depend on the desired outcome and the recipient site.
  • Desired volume enhancement. Fat grafting is commonly used to add volume to areas such as the face (cheeks, lips), breasts, buttocks, or hands. Candidates seeking natural-looking volume enhancement in these areas may benefit from fat grafting.
  • Facial rejuvenation. Fat grafting can be an effective option for individuals looking to restore facial volume, fill in wrinkles or creases, and improve overall facial contours. It can also be used to correct facial asymmetry.
  • Scar revision. Fat grafting can help improve the appearance of scars, particularly depressed or sunken scars. By injecting fat into the scarred area, it can be elevated and blended with the surrounding tissues.
  • Body contouring. Candidates interested in body contouring procedures, such as buttock augmentation or breast augmentation, may be suitable for fat grafting. It can be used to enhance curves, improve symmetry, or address contour irregularities.

It’s crucial for candidates to have realistic expectations about the outcomes of fat grafting. While fat grafting can achieve significant improvements, it may require multiple sessions or additional procedures to achieve the desired results.

Fat Grafting: What to Expect

Before the fat grafting, you need to meet your cosmetic surgeon for consultation. You have to communicate your goals, medical history, and expectations from the procedure. The surgeon will evaluate your suitability for fat grafting and provide personalized recommendations. If you are a good candidate for fat grafting, the surgeon will provide instructions for your pre-operative preparations.

Fat grafting can be performed under local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia, depending on the extent of the procedure and your surgeon’s preference. The anesthesia will ensure that you are comfortable and pain-free during the surgery.

The surgeon will make small incisions in the donor area and perform liposuction to extract fat cells. The fat is collected using a gentle suction technique, minimizing damage to the fat cells.

The harvested fat is carefully processed in a centrifuge to purify it, removing impurities and excess fluids. This step ensures that only purified fat cells are used for injection.

The purified fat is injected into the targeted areas using fine cannulas or syringes. The surgeon will strategically place the fat cells to achieve the desired volume, contour, or rejuvenation. Once the fat grafting is completed, the incisions will be closed using sutures or adhesive strips. Dressings or compression garments may be applied to the treated areas.

You have to stay in the clinic for a few hours after the surgery. Your cosmetic surgeon will provide instructions on caring for the incision sites, managing any discomfort or swelling, and taking prescribed medications, including antibiotics and pain relievers.

Your recovery time will depend on the extent of the fat grafting procedure and individual healing rates. Swelling, bruising, and mild discomfort are common in the initial days or weeks following surgery.

You will have scheduled follow-up visits with your plastic surgeon to monitor your healing progress, assess the results, and address any concerns or questions you may have.

Why Choose Mina Plastic Surgery for Fat Grafting?

Fat grafting is one of the specialty procedures of Mina Plastic Surgery. Dr. Cha has a wide knowledge and several experience with this cosmetic procedure. Dr. Cha will do an accurate analysis and examine the parts of your face that need facial volume restoration. Through this consultation, he offers customized design to ensure you will have the best results.

Dr. Cha chooses to extract fat cells from the thighs, buttocks, and abdomen. He extracts fat cells using a centrifuge to separate the viable fat.

Mina Plastic Surgery guarantees a safe and hygienic fat grating operation. Dr. Cha ensures that the extracted fat is not exposed to air to prevent any infections and has the best engraftment results.

Dr. Cha injects the fat cells  into the areas where volume is needed. You do not have to worry about a thing when having your cosmetic procedures here. Mina Plastic Surgery will care for you from pre-operative consultation to post-operative care.

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The bone structure and the outline are the ‘hidden cards’ of a beautiful face. They are less noticeable but play a huge part in making the face more beautiful. With the right angle, proportion, and symmetry, the bone structure and the outline of the face will provide a gorgeous canvas for other facial features to set in.

‍The ‘ideal’ proportion of the frontal face would be the ratio of 0.8:1:1:1:0.8. 0.8 indicating the space starting from the outer corners of your eyes, to where the face ends, 1 being each eye, and the nose. The desired vertical ratio tends to be 1:1:0.8~1, first starting from the hairline and ending right beneath the eyebrows, second from the eyebrows to the tip of the nose, and 0.8~1 being from the tip of the nose to the chin.

‍Dr. Cha of MINA PLASTIC SURGERY considers the proportion and balance of the face as his priority throughout the entire process – from the initial design to the actual operation. With his expertise built over numerous years of experience, Dr. Cha of MINA PLASTIC SURGERY will make sure he meets your needs, and leaves you satisfied with the result.

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