Is Facial Fat Transfer Performed Differently on Men?

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By Azul Team

When you think cosmetic surgery, who do you think gets more procedures done? Men or women?

I suspect most people would instinctively say women. Cosmetic surgery has been marketed to women almost exclusively since it became mainstream a few decades ago. It was somehow considered taboo for men to even consider wanting to look their best with the help of a few procedures. Thankfully, that tide has turned and today, men make up almost 15% of clients at Azul — and that number is growing.

One of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures for men is a Facial Fat Transfer. As we age, we lose subcutaneous fat volume in our faces. This leads to the appearance of hollowed out eyes, drooping skin and other common signs of aging. A fat transfer is exactly that, we take fat from areas where you have a bit extra and inject it into your face, replacing the fat that was lost. This can create an incredible rejuvenation, with longer-lasting and more natural results than you could get with facial fillers.

Here’s a question that we get asked from a lot of men: “Is there any difference between facial fat transfers for women and for guys?” Our answer is… yes and no. It all comes down to the technique used and the procedure itself. Confused? Read on.


The techniques used for Facial Fat Transfers are exactly the same for both men and women. We use a tiny cannula (tube) and remove a small amount of fat from areas where there is often a bit extra (love handles, thighs, under the arms). This part is essentially a mini-liposuction procedure. We then purify those living fat cells and then inject them in the desired areas of the face through tiny puncture wounds. Keep in mind that this is surgery, so we will be putting you into a twilight state in order to perform the procedure, and you can expect about a week or two of swelling while the tissue heals and the newly injected fat cells settle. Once they do, you will see those previously hollow-looking areas of the face vanish, replaced with the natural, full facial features that you remember from the mirror years ago.

So, in terms of the technique, there is absolutely no difference between men and women. There is a bit of a difference when it comes to the procedure itself, however…


Although the fat replacement technique is the same, we usually aim for slightly different results with men than we do with women. This means that the procedure itself is tweaked as we want to inject the fat cells into slightly different areas of the face.

Whereas many women want a softer, rounder result, men generally want their strong jawline and cheekbones restored. So, we inject the fat under the eyes to fill out any hollowing that makes you look fatigued, we inject the fat into the midface to give that area a natural lift that will emphasize your cheekbones, and finally, inject it along the jawline to restore that definition that you lose with age. Generally, we tend to aim for slightly subtler results when it comes to male facial fat transfer. The aim isn’t to augment, it is to rejuvenate and restore what was already there.

So, there you have it. The fat transfer technique itself is exactly the same, but the desired results are slightly different for men than women due to the desired feminine or masculine look that is desired. But for both men and women, a Facial Fat Transfer is one of the most powerful tools we have to restore facial definition lost due to aging. As we are injecting your own fat cells, they aren’t slowly absorbed like facial fillers are, meaning that you will be able to enjoy your results longer.

If you’d like to learn more about Facial Fat Transfer for men, or any of the other procedures that we offer specifically for men, feel free to visit our website at or give us a call at (239) 415-7576 to book a free consultation with me. Man or woman, it doesn’t matter when it comes to cosmetic surgery, because everyone deserves the chance to have a fully harmonious rejuvenation!

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