At Solomon Cosmetic Center in Tampa, FL, a fat transfer process is a cosmetic surgery procedure in which fat is removed from one area of the body such as the stomach or buttocks and then injecting that fat into the face to reduce the appearance of aging.

Fat transfer can be used to plump the lips, cheeks, chin, and bags under the eyes as well as fill depressed scars or lessen lines from aging. It even helps increase blood circulation by transferring a small concentration of stem cells. When performed properly, a large percentage of the injected fat cells will survive.

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About the Procedure

Fat from one area of the body such as the buttocks, thighs, or stomach is extracted using a liposuction cannula. The fat cells are then treated or spun in a centrifuge to remove damaged cells or other fluid. This process prepares the fat for reintroduction into the body. The most common donor areas, where fat is taken from, are the stomach, thighs, and waist. The healthy, concentrated fat cells are then injected in the area of the face that you wish to plump, fill, or rejuvenate such as lip and nasolabial folds. Fat transfer can also be used for breast augmentation. Results of the procedure may not be visible immediately due to swelling and bruising in the treated areas. Full results may not be seen until two months after the procedure. After a fat transfer, the body will absorb some of the injected fat cells. However, some of the fat cells remain although those cells will still continue to age with your face from that point forward.

Aftercare and Recovery

You will experience some tightness in your face as well as soreness, pain, swelling and bruising where the fat was injected and also where the fat was removed. Full recovery can take up to one month. Dr. George Solomon will create a specific plan for recovery from a fat transfer procedure.


Ask Dr. Solomon, one of the best cosmetic surgeons in the Tampa Bay area, if facial fat transfer is for you. He and his staff treat each patient with dignity and respect while helping him or her to achieve the desired results. Call and schedule your appointment at Solomon Cosmetic Center in Palm Harbor, FL.

Each patient is unique; therefore, results of treatment may vary.