Facial Fat Injections Fort Worth

Facial fat injections can help restore youthful volume and contours to your face using your body’s own fat. Also referred to as facial fat grafting or facial fat transfer, facial fat injections are an alternative to dermal fillers for those who desire a more natural, long-lasting (permanent) facial filler. Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Emily J. Kirby performs fat injections in Fort Worth, TX.

How is facial fat grafting performed?

Facial fat grafting is performed as a multi-step procedure: 

Step 1: Fat is removed from areas of your body that contain a little extra cushion, such as your abdomen, hips, or thighs.

Step 2: Your fat is carefully separated and prepared.

Step 3: Your processed fat is strategically injected into areas of your face where a fuller appearance is desired. 

Dr. Kirby has a thorough understanding of facial anatomy, which allows her to address the distinct concerns associated with fat atrophy and volume depletion. She uses a “layered” technique when injecting fat to ensure your fat maintains its volume and viability, providing beautiful results that age naturally with the rest of your face.

What kind of anesthesia will I have for facial fat grafting?

Dr. Kirby performs facial fat transfer using general anesthesia in her private, AAASF-certified on-site surgical suite. You will be asleep for your entire procedure.

“Dr. Kirby is the key to looking youthful in Fort Worth.”



What areas of the face can be injected with fat?

Dr. Kirby can use fat to enhance the following areas of the face:

  • Temples & forehead
  • Under-eye area (tear troughs)
  • Nasolabial folds (smile lines)
  • Marionette lines (frown lines)
  • Cheeks
  • Jawline & chin

What are the benefits of facial fat grafting?

Facial fat transf can provide a number of benefits, including:

  • Volumizes & contours the face naturally
  • Fills defects such as acne scars
  • Softens scar tissue
  • May improve the quality of overlying skin in the treatment area due to fat’s stem cell content
  • Removes unwanted body fat
  • May be a more cost-effective procedure than fillers over time

Patients Love Dr. Kirby

“It meant so much to us to have a doctor like you. Someone who is willing to go above the standard of care of a patient. You have made us feel confident about everything and have reassured us along the way. Thank you so much for such great care!”*


Am I a good candidate for facial fat grafting?

You may be a good candidate for facial fat injections if you:

  • Want to increase volume and shape in your face
  • Desire a natural facial appearance
  • Do not smoke or use nicotine
  • Have excess fat on your hips, thighs, or abdomen
  • Are at a stable weight

What other areas of the body can I enhance with fat injection?

Dr. Kirby also performs fat grafting to enhance the breasts (a procedure known as fat transfer breast augmentation) and buttocks (a procedure known as a Brazilian butt lift, or BBL). For patients who also struggle with loose facial tissues and excess skin, facial fat grafting may be combined with a brow lift or upper eyelid surgery.

Fat grafting recovery & results

Facial fat transfer may require more than one treatment in order to achieve your desired volume.

After your surgery, you should expect to have some swelling, bruising, and temporary changes in sensation in your face and in the areas of your body that were treated with liposuction. These side effects typically subside within a few days to a couple of weeks. Most patients can return to a desk job and light activities within 1 week. Most of our patients see full results after about 6 months.

Dr. Kirby will place a compression garment over areas where fat was removed; the garment should be worn for about 6 weeks after your procedure to help flatten and smooth out these areas. Scars are typically small and easily concealed. Dr. Kirby will go over your scar care plan and options to help ensure that your scars heal as beautifully as possible.

Results from facial fat grafting can last for years, as long as a stable weight is maintained.

Expect Minimal Downtime, Thanks to ERAS

Dr. Emily Kirby uses Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) protocols, also known as “multimodal analgesia,” to minimize recovery time, and we see real results: our patients experience less nausea and feel more alert, mobile, and comfortable after their procedures.

“I had very hard recoveries in the past…it took me weeks to get back to caring for my family. With Dr. Kirby, I had a wonderful recovery and was back to my activities surprisingly quickly. Don’t tell the doctor, but I was at my child’s sporting event the day after my surgery, and I felt great!”

—Real patient of Dr. Kirby

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