Facial Fat Transfer in Boston

Why Choose Dr. Ahn and The Aesthetic Wellness Center for Your Surgery?

  • Dr. Ahn only performs cosmetic surgery on the face and neck.
  • Dr. Ahn has been performing fat transfer procedures of the face for nearly 20 years.
  • Dr. Ahn combines fat transfer with surgery (facelift, lower eyelid lift) for best results.
  • Dr. Ahn has an accredited, private office surgical suite located in the greater Boston area, central to all of New England.

Dr. Ahn’s fat transfer approach emphasizes the following principles:

  • Natural looking results
  • Avoiding excessive filling
  • Volumization without appearing puffy

Who is a candidate for fat transfer?

  • As we age, we lose volume of the face, particularly in the areas of known fat pads.
  • This loss of volume generally occurs in the lower eyelids and cheeks.
  • This can make the person look hollow and less youthful.
  • Ideal candidates have enough donor fat (below the belly button) and have a loss of facial volume.
  • They are in good health and range in age from 25-65.

Highlights of his fat transfer technique

  • Use of a fine cannula that is 0.9 mm in diameter
  • Placement of fine pearls of fat to create natural, smooth contours
  • Often combined with lower eyelid lift surgery or face lifts for best results

Do you perform stem cell transfers?

Dr. Ahn believes it is inaccurate and perhaps misleading to state that one performs a stem cell transfer exclusively. All fat has a certain number of stem cells and therefore when a fat transfer is performed, some stem cells are transferred. Theoretically the stem cells enhance the rejuvenating effects of the treatment. However, to claim that one performs a “stem cell” transfer is misleading until the technology becomes perfected for actual stem cell transfer.

Surgical Facility

For patients in good general health, all surgeries are performed at the Aesthetic Surgery Center, our on site, private, accredited office-based surgical suite. The Aesthetic Surgery Center is accredited by the Joint Commission (JCAHO), which is the accrediting agency for hospitals and outpatient surgical facilities.


All procedures at the Aesthetic Surgery Center are performed under intravenous sedation, also known as “twilight anesthesia.” We feel that procedures performed under twilight anesthesia are safer (without the risks of general anesthesia) and lead to a quicker and easier recovery.

Recovery after Fat Transfer

Typically swelling persists for at least 1-2 weeks after fat transfer. The patient is not able to apply ice to the area because cold temperature will decrease the chances of the fat surviving.

The insertion sites are closed with sutures that dissolve after several days and do not need to be removed. Most people are able to appear in public 2 weeks with a little cover-up makeup.

Depending on how quickly you recover, you may expect to resume light activity within a week to 10 days and start enjoying your new look within approximately 10-14 days.

If you have a special event planned, Dr. Ahn advises that you allow at least 3-4 weeks of recovery before the event.

Fat Transfer FAQs

Fat transfer is done to add volume to areas that are hollow. After fat transfer to the eyes, you will look less tired. Fat transfer to the cheeks adds volume so that the face looks more youthful.

Fat can look uneven if too much is placed in one area or if during the healing process the fat cells undergo certain changes. It is important to place very fine threads of healthy fat when the surgery is performed.

There is no bruising or pain after fat transfer but the swelling can persist for several weeks.

Fat transfer can be done to hollow lower eyelids, cheeks, the jawline, deep folds and creases.

While Dr. Ahn does attempt to achieve the desired effect with one treatment, on occasion more than one session is necessary.

There is no pain during the recovery. During the procedure the patient is either sedated or made numb with local anesthesia.

Fat that is grafted will last for a long time. It is subject to the natural aging process but will not dissolve, like fillers. Not all of the fat that is transferred survives. The vast majority does survive the transfer.

Fat transfer is more often done on patients older than 30.

Fat transfer is often combined with lower eyelid lifts, facelifts and minilifts.

The Dr. Ahn Difference

Dr. Ahn specializes in facial aesthetic rejuvenation and understands that patients need individualized care catered to their unique goals and considerations. Using his artistic eye, surgical experience and wide-ranging skills, he guides his clients through this highly personal process; whether it be a minimally invasive treatment or a cosmetically transforming surgery.

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