Laser/microneedling/Ultherapy post fat graft

Can you get laser resurfacing or micro needling w/ RF after a fat graft? Don't want my face to melt. I had it about 4 years ago and don't want to do anything to make my face look worse than it did going in. Thanks

Doctor Answers 3

Laser Resurfacing

Thank you for your question. There are many different types of cosmetic lasers being used. Some work well on removing wrinkles, while others work better on scarring. It is important to know the patient's medical history and goals in order to select the ideal laser. I suggest that you consult with a board certified facial plastic surgeon.

Best wishes,


Melbourne Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 95 reviews

After Fat Graft-Ultherapy, Lasers like Fraxel/Clear + Brilliant, RF like VIVA, Peels, Fillers, Skin Care

Without photos, it's difficult to assess what your goals are. But, you can get laser resurfacing and microneedling w/RF after fat graft.  I suggest seeing an expert for a formal evaluation.  Best, Dr. Emer.

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 165 reviews

Laser/microneedling/Ultherapy post fat graft

Dear Guacamoleandchips,

Laser resurfacing and microneedling are commonly performed on patients who have had fat grafting and I have never had anyone mention or notice and fat loss. There would be no scientific explanation if they had. I have seen one patient who did have noticeable fat loss after Ulthera (done elsewhere, but I had previous photos that documented the change). Radiofrequency also has the potential to atrophy fat, which can be a benefit when used appropriately.

Unfortunately I do not have experience with microneedling/RF. I would assume that a bipolar device would not have a significant risk, but hopefully someone with more experience using these can clarify this for you.

Now I want a margarita :)


Stacey Folk, MD
Denver Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 23 reviews

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