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Enhance Hollow-Looking Cheeks with Facial Fat Grafting

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Age and other factors can contribute to volume loss in the face, which often gives patients an older, worn, and even saggy or droopy appearance. One of the areas most commonly affected by natural volume loss is the mid-face and, more specifically, the cheeks. While cheek fillers are a relatively popular option for plumping up hollow cheeks, many patients prefer a more natural alternative to injectables that provides longer-lasting results. For these patients, Atlanta, GA, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Brandon-Dzung Mang and the dedicated team at Rejuve Aesthetic Surgery may recommend facial fat grafting. Let’s take a closer look at how a fat transfer to the face can be used to refresh flat cheeks and provide natural-looking and feeling enhancements that can last for years. 


Why do cheeks start to sink in when you get older?  

A natural loss of collagen, elastin, and sometimes fat can contribute to the classic sunken or hollow look that affects many people’s cheeks as they age. This process can be further exacerbated by genetics, diet, lifestyle, weight loss, and other variables. 


Should I get cheek fillers or fat transfer?  

Injectable dermal fillers have several benefits that make them a popular option for restoring lost cheek volume, including relatively immediate results and a quick, convenient treatment. However, some patients are interested in a solution that does not require upkeep once or twice per year and is also considered safer and more natural overall. Additionally, patients who may be allergic to ingredients in dermal fillers are also often interested in a more natural filler alternative – like a facial fat transfer. During your initial consultation for cheek augmentation in Atlanta, GA, Dr. Mang can help you better understand whether fillers vs. fat grafting may be the most appropriate and effective option for you. Some of the most popular benefits of fat grafting for the cheeks include:  

  • Almost immediately visible enhancements 
  • Removes unwanted fat from another area of the body 
  • Longer-lasting results compared with fillers 
  • More natural alternative to dermal fillers and implant-based augmentation 
  • Results feel and look natural 

How does a fat transfer to the cheeks work?  

For facial fat grafting to enhance the cheeks, Dr. Mang first performs liposuction to harvest unwanted fat from another area of the body, such as the:  

  • Hips 
  • Abdomen 
  • Buttocks 
  • Thighs 

The extracted fat is then purified and prepared for transfer. A syringe is then used to carefully inject the fat into the cheeks, and Dr. Mang may perform manual massage to ensure the fat is evenly and appropriately distributed for a smooth, symmetric, optimal look and feel. After treatment, patients can expect mild swelling to last for a few weeks, after which time the final results of the procedure will start becoming visible. With a stable weight and healthy lifestyle, patients can enjoy the outcome of their facial fat transfer for many years and, in some cases, up to a decade or longer. 


Give your face a fresh new look with facial fat grafting in Atlanta, GA  

Sagging cheeks and flat features can age your face beyond its years, but aesthetic treatments — like facial fat grafting — can help to restore the youthful, natural look you desire. Start your journey toward regaining your facial contours and rebalancing your facial harmony by calling Rejuve Aesthetic Surgery to schedule your consultation for cheek enhancement in Atlanta, GA, with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Brandon-Dzung Mang today. 

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.