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December 20, 2017 | Dermal Fillers, Fat Transfer

Dermal Fillers vs. Fat Transfer


woman getting injections in a cosmetology clinicFacial volumizing and wrinkle correction can help you once again have a youthful appearance. Dermal fillers and fat transfer are two of today’s most popular anti-aging treatments for volume loss and wrinkles in the face. If you want to know which treatment is better for you, check out the pros and cons of each procedure, listed below.

Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers may be made of different substances such as hyaluronic acid or poly-L-lactic acid. This substance is injected into the face primarily to improve volume loss and correct moderate to deep wrinkles and folds. A variety of dermal fillers are offered here at PREMIERE Center for Cosmetic Surgery, including JUVÉDERM®, JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC, RADIESSE®, Restylane®, and Sculptra® Aesthetic. Treatments are customizable, and patients with signs of aging ranging from facial wrinkles and folds to hollow cheeks, thinning lips, or even facial scars can achieve a more youthful appearance with dermal fillers.


As a non-surgical facial rejuvenation treatment, the administration of fillers is quick and requires no rest or recovery. Results are also nearly immediate. Because the results are temporary, patients who are unhappy with their results can simply wait for them to dissipate naturally before selecting a treatment that is better for their needs. Patients who choose this highly customizable anti-aging treatment tend to be quite satisfied with their results.


Dermal fillers offer temporary results. Depending on the filler and where it is used, results may last anywhere from six months to two years before retreatment may be advised. While fillers are safe for use, an allergic reaction is a potential risk because they are made of a foreign material. There is also a risk of particle displacement after injection, which can adversely affect the results.

Fat Transfer

Fat transfer is a combination procedure involving liposuction and fat injections. Fat is harvested from a donor area of your body through liposuction; it is then processed and purified so that it can be injected into the face. Like dermal fillers, fat injections can reverse volume loss and correct wrinkles, folds, thinning lips, scars, depressions, and facial hollows.


Fat transfer uses a patient’s own body fat to enhance the contours of the face. Results tend to look very natural and are long lasting to permanent. There is no risk of an allergic reaction. Because the fat is removed from another area of the body, fat transfer has the added advantage of trimming down the donor site so that your body shape is slimmer.


After fat transfer, some of the injected fat cells will be reabsorbed by the body. This means that the final results are somewhat more difficult to predict and take longer to manifest. Additionally, because liposuction must be performed to harvest the fat, the harvest site will need to heal. The procedure is also more time consuming than dermal filler injections.

Whichever option sounds more appealing and appropriate for your needs, be satisfied that dermal fillers and fat transfer are both excellent anti-aging treatments. Our expert plastic surgeons at PREMIERE Center for Cosmetic Surgery can meet with you personally to help you determine the ideal customized treatment for your facial rejuvenation.

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