Fat Grafting Vs Filler: Choosing the Right Treatment for Your Aesthetic Goals

Fat Grafting in SeattleIf you are considering undergoing cosmetic treatment to improve your appearance, there is no shortage of options from which you can choose. Aging can produce many unflattering effects, such as wrinkles, creases, and a loss of volume. At Cascade Facial Surgery and Aesthetics, Dr. Grant offers patients fat grafting and filler treatments to restore a youthful look.

Filler Material

There are many types of facial filler, but fat grafting is the only treatment that involves using fat from the patient’s own body. Other fillers include:

Restylane®: The Restylane® range of fillers utilizes hyaluronic acid to smooth out lines and wrinkles in specific areas of the face, such as the cheeks, and around the nose and mouth. The boost in plumpness and elasticity in the face creates a youthful appearance. Products include Restylane® Silk, Restylane® Refyne, and Restylane® Volume, with each formulation designed to address a different cosmetic concern. Our skilled team will recommend the right product for you, based on your needs.

Juvéderm®: This hyaluronic acid-based collection of fillers delivers a smoothing effect to the lines near the mouth while plumping hollow areas beneath the eyes. This type of filler is also excellent for creating natural-looking volume in the lips.


Both fillers and fat grafting are effective at improving the contours of the face, smoothing out wrinkles, and creating a refreshed appearance. However, the type of filler you decide to use depends on several factors like personal preference, allergies or sensitivities to certain filler materials, and the specific treatment area.

The Procedure

Facial fat grafting begins with harvesting fat from an area of the patient’s body called the donor site. The fat is then purified and prepared for injection. In a safe and convenient procedure, the fat is injected into specific regions of the face that need volume. Similarly, fillers are injected into the face in a quick, in-office procedure.


Fat grafting is a type of permanent filler, which means the effects of this treatment are lasting. However, achieving the desired result may take more than one treatment session, due to the natural reabsorption of some of the fat. Hyaluronic acid fillers can also provide lasting results; most patients will need to touch up their results after six to 12 months.

Schedule Your Appointment Today

When it comes to your cosmetic treatment, it is essential to choose a skilled and experienced surgeon you trust. Dr. Grant will evaluate your candidacy and factor in your specific goals for facial rejuvenation before he recommends the best course of treatment for you. Schedule your consultation today by calling our office.