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Facial fat grafting is often thought of as "permanent filler".  Dr. Givens works to analyze the face, and optimize facial harmony by balancing the facial features using fat injections.  Fat is harvested from unwanted areas such as the abdomen, flanks, or thighs, and then processed into microfat and nanofat to help balance the facial features such as the cheeks, jawline, under eye or teartrough, nasolabial folds, temples, and other areas.  In addition, nanofat is known to rejuvenate the skin, reduce scarring, and unwanted pigmentation such as melasma.  





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Imagine turning back time on your face, not with fillers or implants, but with your own natural tissues. Facial fat grafting offers a revolutionary approach to restoring volume and fullness, achieving a remarkably youthful and natural-looking result. This minimally invasive procedure utilizes your own fat cells, harvested from areas like the abdomen or thighs, and meticulously transplanted to depleted areas of the face.

Gone are the days of harsh lines and sunken cheeks.


Facial fat grafting can address a multitude of concerns, including:

  • Plumping hollow cheeks and temples

  • Smoothing laugh lines and nasolabial folds

  • Enhancing thin lips

  • Minimizing under-eye circles

  • Correcting facial scars and asymmetries


The beauty of facial fat grafting lies in its long-lasting results. Unlike temporary fillers, grafted fat cells establish a vascular network in their new home, becoming a permanent part of your facial tissue. This translates to natural-looking fullness that defies the hands of time, all while offering the added benefit of fat reduction in the donor area.

If you're seeking a rejuvenating solution that's as gentle as it is effective, facial fat grafting may be the answer you've been searching for. Schedule a consultation with our board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Givens in Dubuque, IA to discuss your unique goals and discover how this innovative procedure can help you reclaim your youthful radiance.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does fat grafting work?

Fat grafting involves delicately harvesting fat cells, which are loosely connected to their blood supply. The cells are gently extracted, processed, and then injected in a crisscross pattern (microfat grafting) into the target area, where they can survive and maintain volume if they establish a new blood supply.

Is fat grafting or filler better?

Both are good procedures. However, fat grafting is often thought of as a “permanent filler.”  Fat grafting uses the body’s own tissue and is suitable for a natural appearance.  

Is fat grafting permanent?

For most patients, the results of fat grafting are semi-permanent.  By three months, the total amount of fat remaining is apparent.  Fat is not over-injected or over-corrected, because a variable amount of fat can remain after injection.  

Where is the fat extracted?

The most common donor areas are the abdomen, flanks, or inner thighs.

Does fat grafting cause scarring?

Generally, the tiny incision heals very well and is minimally invasive. 

What areas of the face can be treated with fat grafting?

Common areas include cheeks, under the eye, or tear troughs.

How many fat grafting sessions are required?

The number of sessions varies depending on the patient and the desired outcome.  Most patients will see noticeable results after the first treatment but may choose to undergo a second treatment 3-6 months after the first.

How much fat is generally available for grafting?

The amount of available fat varies per individual. People with more fat typically have it harvested from the hips or abdomen, while those with less may require multiple donor sites and might benefit from weight gain before the procedure.

How is the fat extracted?

Fat is harvested using small cannulas under light suction to preserve cell integrity, with minimal anesthetic solutions to maintain fat cell viability.  This process is called microfat grafting.

How is the fat injected?

Fat is reintroduced using micro-grafting techniques with thin cannulas, creating tiny, crisscrossing tunnels at various levels in the augmentation area to facilitate new blood supply growth.

What does the fat grafting recovery process entail?

Recovery time varies by the treatment's extent and harvesting location.  Patients are asked to maintain light activity only for one week.  They are expected to have mild swelling and bruising for a week as well.  


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