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With fat transfer in Cleveland (also called “fat grafting”), Dr. Frankel removes fat from places on your body where it’s not wanted — such as the abdomen and thighs — and transfers it to areas of the face that need more volume.

In this way, your own fat can work like a dermal filler…only more natural and longer-lasting. Fat transfer can be used for either large or small areas and is excellent for facial volume in the temples, cheeks, nasolabial folds, and all over the body.

What is Facial Fat Grafting?

Like other fat transfer procedures, facial fat grafting is a surgical rejuvenation treatment that involves performing liposuction on certain areas of the body to harvest fat. This fat is then purified in a centrifuge and placed into small syringes. The practitioner will inject the purified fat into the problem areas of the face, restoring lost volume and revitalizing the patient’s aesthetic. 

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Advantages of Fat Transfer

  • Minimally invasive procedure
  • Tailored volume enhancement
  • No foreign substances/chemicals
  • No risk of allergic reaction
  • Results that look and feel very natural
  • Results last longer than dermal fillers

Candidates for Facial Fat Transfer

If you’re considering a fat transfer in Beachwood, Mayfield Heights, and Cleveland, Dr. Frankel’s procedure will help you attain your aesthetic goals.

Those who make the best patients for fat transfer are individuals who:

  • Have enough unwanted fat to use for injections
  • Are a non-smokers in general good health
  • Understand the procedure, risks, and the recovery period
  • Have realistic expectations for what fat transfer can do


Although the majority of fat transfer patients go back to work and normal life 3-5 days after the procedure, it will take about a week for the majority of bruising to resolve, and two weeks for the majority of swelling to improve. Light exercise can be resumed after one week, but intense exercise should be avoided for six weeks.


A big difference between dermal fillers and fat transfer is that results from fat transfer last longer, and greater volumization can be achieved. Final results may take up to six months (you will see gradual improvement and progress over those months). About 1/3 of the injected fat will be lost over the first six weeks. Additional treatments may be needed to get the desired amount of volume. Once the desired results are achieved, they can last many years.

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“Dr. Frankel and all staff were exceptionally well versed in answering all questions and concerns. They were gracious upon me entering during the exam and in leaving. Couldn’t ask for anything better, it was a great team.” 

How Much Does Facial Fat Grafting Cost?

A facial fat transfer procedure will usually cost anywhere from $4,100 to $7,100. However, these are not hard numbers, as there are numerous factors that can make the procedure cheaper or more expensive. During the private consultation, patients will receive an exact quote from our team based on their individually-curated treatment plan. 

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What Happens During the Procedure?

Fat transfer can be done under deep twilight or local anesthesia, depending on how much fat will be removed.

Liposuction will be performed in the area where fat is being taken (typically the central abdomen, flanks, or thighs), and the fat will be purified and put into a syringe. The purified fat will then be injected into the area where volume is desired.

Not only does this achieve more volume; it also improves the appearance of the skin. Fat transfer takes approximately one hour, depending on the area(s) to be treated. 

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Fat Transfer at Frankel Facial Plastic Surgery

Specializing in facial rejuvenation, Frankel Facial Plastic Surgery was founded by double board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Jonathan Frankel. If you’re in the Cleveland and Mayfield Heights area and you’re considering fat transfer, this is the perfect place for you. Not only are facial rejuvenation and fat transfer two of our primary services; Dr. Frankel also has in-depth expertise and specialization in procedures of the face and neck, and he does all injections himself to ensure quality. We offer concierge-type service that makes patients feel heard and understood, and we do our best to make patients feel as comfortable as possible during every point of the process. 

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