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Facial Fat Transfer

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What is facial fat grafting?

Over time, everyone’s face starts to lose facial fat.  This is why thinner patients tend to age faster. This creates loose skin, aging and wrinkling.  It is common for the cheeks, lips, temples and even the earlobes to start to deflate.  Facial fat grafting can be used by itself or in conjunction with a lifting procedure to give your face a more youthful appearance. This procedure can also be performed in patients with HIV lipodystrophy.

How is the procedure performed?

Small incisions are used to harvest fat from the abdomen and/or love handle area. This fat is processed into pure fat that is very smooth.  This fat is injected into the affected areas.  Generally more fat than needed is injected as some loss in the weeks after the procedure is expected.  The fat cells “take” becoming part of the normal fat of this area.

What is recovery like?

Recovery is quick and bruising/swelling is expected.  There are no postoperative restrictions since only tiny incisions are used for this procedure.


  1.  Facial fat graft loss – we expect some graft not to “take”, however this amount may be more in some patients.  Some fat graft loss over time is expected.
  2. Lumps/bumps – although injected in a smooth fashion, sometimes there are areas that feel lumpy, this generally resolves with massage. 
  3. Harvest site issues – sometimes there can be lumpy skin at the area of fat harvest – this is more common in very thin patients.

Your Facial Fat Transfer will be performed in Dr. Praful Ramineni‘s surgery center located in Washington, DC.

This has been an amazing experience from the consultation to post-surgery!!! I honestly can’t even express how happy & grateful I am with the results. Everyone….Dr. Ramineni and his whole team are impeccable, to say the least. A very thoughtful, professional, kind, and knowledgable team. I will 100% always refer anyone I know to this amazing team…Dr. Ramineni had a challenge when I came to see him with my issue but he 1000% went above & beyond to achieve perfection with my results. I can’t thank this team enough!! I genuinely want to thank you so much!

- Sally T.

Dr. Ramineni was recommended to me by my plastic surgeon as a masterful surgeon who could figure out why I was having complications. He diagnosed the problem correctly and fixed it. I am grateful for his openness, his honesty, and skill.

- Saiyyaed A.

Life-altering surgeon. He helped make my dreams come true with the most flawless surgery I’d been waiting my whole life to get. Healing and recovery has been almost disturbingly easy and pain-free. I could not recommend enough. Everyone there is so sweet as well!

- Katie C.

Dr. Praful Ramineni



Dr. Ramineni is the founder of District Plastic Surgery. He is board certified and has over 15 years of experience in plastic and reconstructive surgery. He started his career as one of the busiest surgeons at Medstar Washington Hospital Center with a focus on complex reconstructive surgery including cancer and trauma reconstruction, microsurgery and aesthetic surgery.

Dr. Praful Ramineni

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