Cheek Augmentation Fat Transfer

About Cheek Augmentation Fat Transfer

Cheek augmentation with fat transfer is a type of plastic surgery to improve facial fullness. Fat transfer is considered the most natural method of cheek augmentation, because unlike cheek implants or dermal fillers, the material used to increase the fullness is produced by patient’s own body. Accordingly, it will not be rejected by the body as a foreign substance.

Cheek augmentation with fat transfer is combined with liposuction. Because the fat should first be retrieved from the body, then injected to the cheeks.  

Please note that cheek augmentation with fat transfer is not a permanent method to enhance the cheeks. If you are looking for a more permanent procedure, you should consider cheek implants.

time requirements

Minimum stay

3 to 5 days

Hospital stay

Not required

Operation duration

1 hour

Anesthesia type


Back to work

2 days

Post visit

1 trip

Before Cheek Augmentation Fat Transfer

The patient meets the plastic surgeon and discuss about the different methods of cheek augmentation. If you would like to do cheek augmentation with fat transfer, the followings are recommended:  


  • Don’t eat or drink at least 8 hours before the surgery
  • Stop smoking at least two weeks before the surgery
  • Avoid taking aspirin, ibuprofen 2 weeks before the surgery

How is Cheek Augmentation Fat Transfer performed?

Cheek augmentation with fat transfer is done under local anesthesia. Liposuction procedure is first performed to suction out fat from predetermined areas of the body. This is done through tiny incisions that leave almost no scarring. In the next step, fat cells are cleaned and purified for injection.


Usually, 10-15 CC’s of fat will be injected to each cheek. However, the placement and amount of injected fat might be different from one cheek to the other. Since the fat is natural and absorbable by the body, the doctor usually injects more fat to the cheeks. The patient will be discharged on the same day. A touch up might be required in couple of days to reposition fat.


Cheek augmentation with fat transfer is a fairly gentle procedure. It doesn’t leave any scar on the face or any part of the body and will be recovered soon. However, you should notice that it needs maintenance every 1 to 5 years.

Anesthesia type

Cheek Augmentation Fat Transfer

Fat transfer is a non-invasive method for cheek augmentation.

Recovery procedure

Possible discomfort

It is normal for the injection areas to be bruised, red or swollen. The symptoms will fade in 10 days.  

Post procedure care

  • Rest at least for 2 days
  • Don’t sleep on one side of your face
  • Sleep on your back with your head elevated using 2 pillows for 3 nights
  • Don’t do rigorous workout at least for one week

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What you need to know

Not recommended for

  • People under 20
  • People with coagulation or lipid metabolism disorders
  • People with acute infection
  • Very thin patients (slim with no fat)

Potential risk

  • Infection
  • Allergy to anesthesia
  • Asymmetric cheeks
  • Prolonged edema
  • Fat necrosis
  • Fat calcification

Cost parameters

  • Anesthesia type
  • Place of the incision
  • Other procedures done alongside (such as facelift or blepharoplasty)
  • Qualification/expertise of the surgeon


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