Facial Fat Transfer in Chicago and Vernon Hills, IL

Rejuvenate your face with your own fat.


Introduction to Facial Fat Transfer

Facial Fat Transfer

Aging results in loss of soft tissue volume of the face and accentuation of the folds around the mouth. Off the shelf fillers are nonsurgical ways to replace the volume and improve the folds but have a limited longevity. Fat transfer involves harvesting your own body’s fat, washing and filtering the fat, and then injecting the fat into the face.

Am I a candidate?

Treatment Type

Cosmetic Surgery

Treatment Time

45 to 60 minutes


Local Anesthesia

Back to Work

1 to 3 days, with restrictions for up to 2 weeks to promote optimal healing time

Total Recovery Time

Up to 3 weeks depending on healing time

Duration of Results

Long lasting

# of Treatments


Treatment overview

Loss of soft tissue volume and deepening of folds in the face are addressed with fillers. “Off the shelf” fillers have both the advantage and limitation of lasting a defined period of time, often anywhere from 6-24 months. Fat transfer is the use of your own body’s filler and has the potential to last longer. Think of the fat harvested as a “seed” and the face as the “soil”. In this analogy, the seeds that are planted into the soil that “take” can provide long-lasting facial rejuvenation.


Used to Treat

There are a number of reasons you may want Facial Fat Transfer. These include:

Age related loss of soft tissue volume

Deep facial folds


Benefits of a Facial Fat Transfer

Patients undergoing a Facial Fat Transfer procedure can expect:

  • Improves the contour and appearance of the face
  • Can be performed under local anesthesia with minimal downtime
  • Improves self-confidence

How it Works

The Consultation

At RL Center for Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa, each initial patient consultation is different. Depending on your needs, desired treatments, areas of concern, and simply who you are as a patient, we will schedule you with an actual treatment provider to discuss your goals, budget, and more. During this appointment, we will go through before & after photos, your medical history, and any questions you might have. Only then can we make a recommendation for which procedures or treatments may be right for you and why. We will be sure to educate you on how the treatments work, including what to expect during and afterward.

We charge $100 for surgical consultations that last about 40 minutes. At the end of your consultation, you will leave our office in Vernon Hills with a thorough, personalized treatment plan. And when you’re ready, we’ll schedule your surgery for a day and time that works for your schedule.

The Procedure

Fat transfer can be performed under local anesthesia as an outpatient procedure, meaning you will go home the same day.

Typically, fat is harvested from the lower abdomen or thighs by liposuction with a special small cannula attached to a syringe. After hand-harvesting the fat, the fat is washed and filtered to
capture the best “seeds” for the transfer. The face is anesthetized with nerve blocks and the fat is injected into the face using blunt cannulas. Care is taken to assure an even placement of the fat. The fat can be placed in the cheeks, tear-trough, temples, lips, nasolabial folds, marionette lines, chin, glabella, forehead or any areas of soft-tissue deficit.

There will be swelling that will improve over days to weeks and usually it takes about 6 weeks to know how much fat takes for the long term.

The Recovery

Immediately following the procedure, you will be placed in a compression garment to deter excess swelling and for optimal healing.  Although each patient is given individual instructions for recovery care, we require ample rest in order to promote healing and comfort.  Your surgeon will expect to see you within 24-48 hours following the surgery in order to ensure your healing is on track for the best results.

Before & After

Results of a Facial Fat Transfer

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Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs about Facial Fat Transfer

Facial Fat Transfer near you

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Happy patients


Dr Lu and his staff are wonderful! I’ve gone through two surgeries and have not been disappointed. I can’t say I’m looking forward to the next surgery, but I know I’m in good hands and will be well taken care of. There isn’t any other team I would place my trust in.

Katie is a gem and the best addition to that team. I have so many questions and she is always there ready to deal with my anxiety with a calm voice of reason and a smile. I feel like she has truly listened to me and genuinely cares about me.

-Nicole Hatfield

Dr. Lu and his staff were professional, efficient and very friendly throughout the entire process. They addressed any concern I had and answered all my questions. I never felt rushed with any appointment and they made me feel like I was a priority.

On the day of the surgery, any nerves I had were reassured by the professionalism and experience Dr. Lu and his staff demonstrated. It was great getting a text from Dr. Lu the next day to see how I was doing, and knowing I could text him any time with concerns or questions.

I would highly recommend Dr. Lu for any cosmetic surgery, he’s the best in the area. I had gone to a plastic surgeon a couple years ago in Schaumburg and I had a totally different experience. The staff there seemed ‘bothered’ with questions I asked and the doctor made some troubling comments when I had expressed some concerns about my results. So when I met Dr. Lu, I knew I was making the right choice to have him do my surgery.

-Dru Hay

Dr Lu and his associates are wonderful and always explain everything in detail. They took time to answer all my questions and my surgery results look better than I anticipated.
-Nina Whittaker

Very friendly team, they are all very professional, it is a very clean facility. Dr.Leonard Lu does wonderful work. I am very happy with my results.

-Cynthia Brechel

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