Facial Fat Grafting Gone Wrong? (photo)

I had a facial fat injected from my own body back in 2009 in Seoul, Korea. At that time my face was very round and deformed. Today, after 3 years I am very unhappy with the results. There are internal lumps in my cheeks, the corner of my lips look like a sad person and my face are complete different. I used to have a petite oval face shape, now I am not sure what it looks like. I look horrible in pictures, I am self-concious and I feel ugly. Please, I need help.

Doctor Answers 4

Fat Grafting correction

Fat grafting is now in demand more than ever. This means that many doctors without proper training, expertise  or instrumentation or expertise are jumping on the bandwagon to offer this procedure. Unfavorable results can be changed. Look for a plastic surgeon wit  considerable experience with fat grafting. 

Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 120 reviews

Fat transfer

It looks that the fat was put too low in the face to begin with.

The lumps need in person examination, could be fat necrosis. Need in person evaluation to see what your needs and desires are and what procedure is best for you. May need more than one procedure.

Samir Shureih, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

Fat transfer and bumps

Dear AnaPaula,

It is far enough out that you may want to undergo a revision.  This is best done with an in-person consultation to evaluate your face and to feel the bumps.  Bumps can be avoided with careful handling of the fat and precise injections. Bumps can be treated with steroid injections as well to soften them up.  Placing fat a little higher in the cheeks can lift up the face a little bit and treat the sad look. 


Nima Shemirani

Nima Shemirani, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 74 reviews

Unhappy with fat grafting

Thank you for your questions and photos. There is no substitute to direct examination. I do see some facial asymmetry and can understand your concerns. The treatment can be surgical with fat injection or non surgical using sculpture. 


Moneer Jaibaji, MD
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 15 reviews

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