Facial Fat Grafting

Facial Fat Grafting with Dr. Subbio

A different kind of filler- completely natural and permanent. One of the most common signs of facial aging is the deflation of the smooth contours of the face through fat atrophy. Dr. Subbio is able to harvest fat from the abdomen or thighs using a special liposuction technique, but instead of discarding it, uses it to restore the natural facial fullness of youth. Unlike Juvederm and Restylane, this technique is permanent and does not typically need yearly touchups.

But what are his results like?

Ask my Patients! Look at RealSelf.

“I saw a video by Dr. Subbio on RealSelf, and I met with him twice before my explant surgery. He answered every question I had and gave me his cell number for any questions that may pop into my brain. He didn’t try to push me into getting replacements or a lift, tho he did… Read More »


“Dr. Subbio was very polite and kind. His nurse was just as great. I am so excited for the future relationship I have with his practice. I felt respected and just so excited. I was educated on the pros and cons of breast augmentation, he explained between round and shaped silicone breast augmentation and how… Read More »


“Dr. Subbio and his friendly staff immediately put me at ease. They listened to my concerns and offered filler solutions. Dr. Subbio has exquisite artistic talent and an eye for detail. I am thrilled with my results and will certainly return. The office is very clean and comfortable. I highly recommend Dr. Subbio.”


“My experience with Dr. Subbio was fabulous! As a 52 year old first timer for ANY cosmetic assistance, I was extremely nervous. Dr. Subbio and his staff not only put my mind at ease, but their work is meticulous. What I love the most is the look Dr. Subbio was able to create – softer… Read More »


Facial Fat Grafting FAQs

If you have any of the following, Facial Fat Grafting might be a good choice for you:

  • Lines and wrinkles on the face or neck
  • Sunken areas in the face or neck
  • Under-eye troughs
  • Sagging cheeks or jowls
  • Aging hands that have lost volume
  • Thin lips

Absolutely! During your consultation, Dr. Subbio will ask you what bothers you about the way you look. Then, he’ll tell you if Facial Fat Grafting is recommended or if another procedure might be a better option for you. He will then tell you what you can expect from your chosen procedure. He’ll even hand-draw you a projected result right in the office!

No. The Liposuction can be done using local anesthesia and sedation, while the Facial Fat Grafting can be done using a numbing cream on the areas that will receive the injections.

First, Liposuction is used to remove excess fat from an area of your lower body that you and Dr. Subbio have agreed upon. A small incision is made, and a tube called a cannula is inserted. The cannula is attached to a suction device that removes the fat. If the incision is large enough, it will be sutured. In many cases, however, the incision is small enough that only a bandage is required.

The fat is then treated, filtered, and purified using a centrifuge. A numbing cream is applied to the targeted areas of the face, neck, and/or hands. The fat is then injected into these areas to restore the lost volume.

The anesthesia will prevent you from feeling pain. The facial injections might sting a bit, however. All surgeries involve some discomfort after the anesthesia wears off. Most people find that the discomfort after Liposuction and Facial Fat Grafting is minimal, and we’ll give you pain medication to help you get through your recovery as easily as possible. Plus, you can text or call Dr. Subbio at any time with your questions!

Most people go back to work within a few days to a week.

We ask that you refrain from strenuous exercise for about a month.

You will see results right away, but some of the fat may be absorbed in the weeks following your injections.

We think there are several reasons! Here are just a few:
  • He gives all of his patients his cell phone number. He’ll call you the night after your surgery to check on you, as well as the next morning. And he’ll make sure your recovery is as comfortable as possible.
  • He’s a trained artist, and you’re his canvas. It’s the perfect marriage of science and artistry. In fact, he’ll hand-draw his projected results right in front of you during your consultation.
  • He’s fun! He likes to joke with his patients and put them at ease. Plus, we maintain a small office where we treat our patients like a part of the family.
  • He won’t try to convince you to have a procedure that isn’t best for you. He’d rather lose your business than sign you up for a procedure he isn’t 100% behind. And if he thinks you need a surgery or treatment he doesn’t offer, he’ll recommend a different surgeon for you.

Facial Fat Grafting involves using Liposuction to harvest excess fat from your thighs, abdomen, and/or buttocks. The fat is then treated and re-injected into your face, neck, or hands to restore lost volume to those areas and help you look younger. The other benefit is that you will also be a bit trimmer in the areas where the fat was harvested!

Fat grafting and dermal fillers work much the same way in that they restore lost volume, creating a more youthful appearance.

While dermal fillers rarely result in an allergic reaction, you’re guaranteed to have no reaction to your own fat. For this reason, more and more people are opting for Facial Fat Grafting, especially those who also wish to have Liposuction on the lower body.

Some of the fat that is injected will be re-absorbed by the body. This is not the case with dermal fillers. Dr. Subbio takes this difference into account when determining the amount of fat to inject in order to correct your particular signs of aging.

No. Facial Fat Grafting is an outpatient procedure. You will need someone to drive you home, however.

The whole procedure of Liposuction and Facial Fat Grafting takes about 1-2 hours, depending upon the patient.

For a few weeks, you can expect some swelling and a feeling of tightness where the fat was removed. You will wear a compression garment during these weeks in the areas where Liposuction has been performed.

You will probably experience some mild bruising in the areas where Liposuction was performed. Some patients also have slight bruising around the facial fat injection sites as well. These bruises should go away quickly.

There will be small scars at the Liposuction incision sites, but the incisions are very small and in discreet areas. They will also fade and become smoother over time. You won’t have facial scars.

The results of Facial Fat Grafting are permanent, but the aging process continues. For this reason, a subsequent procedure may be necessary after a period of years.

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Meet Dr. Subbio

Subbio Plastic Surgery and Medical Spa is a comprehensive center specializing in Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery. Located in Newtown Square across from the beautiful DuPont Farms, Dr. Subbio brings with him over 10 years of training and experience as an Attending Surgeon at the Lehigh Valley Health Network.

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Why Subbio?

 It’s the perfect marriage of science and artistry. In fact, he’ll hand-draw his projected results right in front of you during your consultation.

Dr. Subbio is Board Certified in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery by the prestigious American Board of Plastic Surgery.

He was inspired to become a surgeon after learning about plastic surgeons who volunteer their skill and artistic vision to help cleft lip and burn victims in India. Once he became a surgeon, he began volunteering himself, traveling to third world countries to perform procedures.

Dr. Subbio won’t try to convince you to have a procedure that isn’t best for you. Your safety, well-being, and satisfaction are paramount.