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Home Facelift Facelift vs. Facial Fat Grafting: Which Should I Choose?

April 19, 2024

As we age, our skin begins exhibiting signs and symptoms of age that can rob us of self-confidence. These signs and symptoms are often most evident on our face and neck, such as wrinkles, fine lines, lost volume, and sagging skin. Thankfully, there are a number of interventions that can provide you with a natural-looking, rejuvenated facial appearance. 

Two of the most popular procedures are facelifts and facial fat grafting. When you meet with your surgeon for a one-on-one consultation, you will learn more about which procedure is best suited to your specific needs and goals.

Deciding Between a Facelift and Facial Fat Grafting

Facelifts and facial fat grafting can both rejuvenate facial appearance. However, these approaches involve two different methods and offer differing results.

A facelift surgically eliminates excess skin and lifts the remaining skin to reduce wrinkles and fine lines. Facelifts can also eliminate targeted fat deposits that may make your face or neck look too flabby. In contrast, facial fat grafting uses liposuction to remove and purify excess body fat from one area of your body. Your surgeon will then inject the purified fat into your face, filling in wrinkles and lines while restoring lost volume.

Which Procedure is Right for You?

Ultimately, choosing the right procedure depends on your specific goals. Facial fat grafting can provide a more youthful appearance and greater facial fullness, but it will not eliminate stubborn fat deposits that cause turkey neck or other undesirable appearances. Similarly, a facelift can eliminate wrinkles and fine lines, but it does not add more volume to the face. 

As such, it is important to begin your journey with a one-on-one consultation, talking with your surgeon about the specific aesthetic goals that you would like to achieve. Your surgeon can then verify the procedure that is right for you.

Learn More About Facial Plastic Surgery

Ultimately, the only way to know whether a facelift or facial fat grafting is right for you is to schedule a consultation with a plastic surgeon to discuss your options. Emmett Plastic Surgery offers both facelifts and facial fat grafting as anti-aging solutions for the face, and Dr. Emmett can help you determine the right approach for you. To prepare for your consultation, read more about facelifts and facial fat grafting on our website.