Can fat transfer be done to cheek area that already has cheek implants?

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Fat transfer

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Thank you for your question and the short answer is YES fat can be transfered in the presence of cheek implants with little morbidity so seek someone in your area that does fat transfer and be evaluated.

Dr. Corbin

Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Fat injections and cheek implants

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There may be an increased risk of infection of the implants if you have an exogenous product injected into the cheeks. If the implants get infected, they probably will have to be removed surgically and replacement might cause the same problem. 

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
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Having fat grafting after having cheek implant

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Yes, fat grafting can be done to the cheek area even if you've already had cheek implants placed in the past. It is a bit more complicated to do in these situations, but prior implants aren't a contraindication to considering the additional enhancement with your own fat.


Thomas A. Lamperti, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 22 reviews

Fat transfer to cheeks after cheek implants

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Yes, it is possible to further enhance the cheeks with fat transfer even after one has had cheek implants placed.  However, with a foreign object in the area (cheek implant) the risk of infection would be higher than not having had surgery in this area.  Another option would be a larger or more prominent implant.

Vincent D. Lepore, MD
San Jose Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 63 reviews

Cheek implants and fat transfer

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Yes,  if done appropriately, it is possible to get fat injections.

Often such treatments can mask the look of an implant etc and give a nice outcome and round out shapes well.

I am not sure of your circumstance on why this is a necessity, but fat injections can often improve outcomes of facial procedures.


Good luck.


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fat grafting / transfer may be done to plump up the cheek area that already has cheek implants.

if you want this to camouflage the implants and you don't want them removed, it is a great option

keep in mind that you may also have your cheek implants enlarged.

Dr. Carlos Cordoba
Plastic & Esthetic Surgeon
4055 Ste-Catherine O. Suite 100
Montreal, QC. Canada H3Z 3J8


Carlos Cordoba, MD
Montreal Plastic Surgeon

Can fat transfer be done to cheek area that already has cheek implants?

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Yes, but this requires a true expert in fat grafting. Seek many opinions before doing this. From MIAMI 

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