Fat Grafting for the Nose

What is Fat Grafting?

Fat grafting is a technique that takes fat from one area of the body and reinstates it elsewhere. It has emerged as a popular and effective method to further enhance the results of facial cosmetic treatments or provide improvements to certain features. Structural fat grafting to the nose, in particular, can be used to fill in depressions or scars or address irregularities related to aging and damage.  The board-certified members of The Rhinoplasty Society are well-versed in all aspects of nose procedures, surgical and nonsurgical.

What Are the Benefits of Fat Grafting?

Skin filler injections are among the most sought-after aesthetic procedures performed around the world and can occasionally be effective as a nonsurgical rhinoplasty technique. But while these treatments use artificial fillers, facial fat grafting for the nose offers similar results in addition to numerous other benefits, including:

  • Injects your body's existing fat as opposed to formulated fillers
  • Fills out the nose's shape
  • Diminishes lines and creases
  • Minimizes the visibility of scars
  • Tightens and fills out skin
  • Reduced risk of allergies or rejection
  • Limited downtime
  • Long-lasting aesthetic improvement

Candidates for Fat Grafting to the Nose

Fat grafting to the nose can be used to:

  • Fill in scars and depressions
  • Improve symmetry
  • Address signs of aging or damage (such as volume loss, unwanted lines, and more)
  • Provide subtle improvements to a previous nose job

How Is It Done?

Autologous fat (or fat that comes from your own body) is used in fat grafting for the nose. This fat can be taken from any area of the body using liposuction techniques. Some areas from which the fat may be removed include the stomach, thighs, flanks, and more. Nano fat grafting, which uses tiny needles to address delicate facial tissue, can also be done. Once the fat is taken, it is purified before it is reinjected into the nose. The amount of fat grafting typically needed for the nose is small, so either general or local anesthesia could be used. Fat tissue can be volatile, but using fat from your own body can help produce smooth, consistent results.

Treat an Aged or Damaged Nose

If you have certain irregularities with your nose that can be fixed with added volume, fat grafting for the nose may be a great option. This technique uses your own tissue to add structure and symmetry to the nose while reducing depressions caused by scarring, damage, or aging. The Rhinoplasty Society wants to be your resource for all things rhinoplasty-related and help you understand how subtle, natural results can be achieved surgically and nonsurgically.

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How much does fat grafting cost?

The cost for a fat graft will include liposuction to remove fat and will vary based on how much volume is added. Following a thorough examination, a Rhinoplasty Society member will decide how much fat is required to achieve the desired volume and develop a personal treatment plan. Then, The Rhinoplasty Society can calculate costs, like anesthesia and facility fees. To help make your treatment easier to afford, The Rhinoplasty Society accepts many payment methods, including low-interest financing.

Should I get a dermal filler or fat transfer?

A facial fat graft and a dermal filler (like Juvéderm and Restylane) can improve the nose’s appearance and restore facial volume. While fillers can create beautiful results, a fat graft to the nose often looks more natural and lasts longer. If you need help deciding how much volume you want, a Rhinoplasty Society team member may recommend starting with wrinkle fillers. As soon as you have figured out what you like, a fat transfer will be scheduled for long-lasting results.

Can fat grafting be combined with another procedure?

A fat transfer may be performed with a nonsurgical treatment like a wrinkle relaxer (BOTOX) or a skin treatment (for example, a facial). A fat transfer has also become a good way to complement another cosmetic surgery. A fat graft can add volume that helps to improve the proportions of your face, which enhances the surgical results of a facelift, chin implant, or cheek implant. Talk to a Rhinoplasty Society team member in your consultation about all your needs and wants so they can create a plan with nonsurgical and surgical procedures that help you reach your goals.

*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.