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Fat Grafting


  • Restores lost facial volume to improve shape and contours of the face
  • A natural approach that is longer lasting than fillers
  • Often performed in conjunction with facelifting to complement facial rejuvenation

Restore Lost Volume and Enhance Facial Contours

It’s hard to think of losing fat as a bad thing, but as a person gets older and essential fat and volume are lost from the face, it can result in an aged or gaunt appearance. Fat grafting helps to restore volume and create a fuller, more youthful contouring of the face. Dr. Zuliani’s Midwest patients love this natural approach to resolving a loss of facial volume.

Dr. Zuliani is a great talented surgeon and artist. Highly recommended!” – Patient

This fat grafting procedure consists of taking donor fat (adipose tissue) from an area of the body (abdomen or thighs) and then using it to add volume where needed in the face. Using his artistic eye, Dr. Zuliani is able to sculpt very natural-looking results that complement each man or woman’s unique appearance and background.

Who might benefit from fat grafting?

Fat grafting is an exciting option for men and women who are wanting to achieve improved fullness and contours of their face. Dr. Zuliani may recommend this procedure as an alternative to facial fillers or facial implants. When considering fat grafting, it is important that you have enough donor fat in an area such as the abdomen, thighs, or upper arms to be used for the fat transfer.

Fat grafting can be used to enhance areas of the face, such as the:

  • Temples
  • Cheeks
  • Tear trough

Men and women find fat grafting attractive because of how it is able to restore lost volume by using their own natural tissue. This makes for a procedure that is safe, natural, and permanent.

How is fat grafting performed?

Dr. Zuliani performs the fat grafting procedure under local anesthesia with some light sedation. Your facial fat grafting procedure will be performed by Dr. Zuliani onsite at Zuliani Facial Aesthetics in Bloomfield Hills or at an accredited surgery center nearby.

A small incision will be made near the donor area in order to harvest the needed tissue. Minor liposuction will be performed to extract the adipose tissue from an area of the body where there is some excess fat, such as the abdomen, thighs, or upper arms. Dr. Zuliani will then process the tissue and prepare it for injection via individual syringes.

Based on your consultation, Dr. Zuliani will then inject the precise pre-determined amount of tissue at the target areas of your face to restore volume. There is no need for any incisions in the face as the adipose tissue is injected beneath the skin by syringe.

What can be expected after fat grafting?

Your recovery following the fat transfer and grafting procedure will vary based on your specific procedure. Dr. Zuliani will provide you with specific post-treatment instructions and guidelines to assist with the healing process.

Following your treatment, you will notice an immediate improvement in the contours and fullness of your face. You may even experience a bit of a slimming effect at the donor site! It is normal for a small reduction in volume to occur over the following months as some of the tissue is naturally absorbed by your body, but the remaining living adipose tissue will gradually repopulate the area. Most of Dr. Zuliani’s fat grafting patients will see their final results at about nine months after their initial procedure.

Fat grafting is a very safe, natural, and effective method for restoring facial volume and enhancing the natural contours. Results are permanent but may, on some occasions, require a final touch-up treatment after one year.

Let's Discuss Your Goals

Dr. Giancarlo Zuliani is a double board certified facial plastic surgeon. His artistic eye, attention to detail, and individualized care allow him to achieve remarkable results that solve a person's concerns while preserving his or her unique identity. We would love to discuss your goals and begin working toward a more beautiful, refined, and confident you. Please give our office a call at 248.322.3362 (248.FACE.DOC) or click the button below to request a consultation with Dr. Zuliani at Zuliani Facial Aesthetics in Bloomfield Hills.