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Dr. Marin offers facial fat grafting in San Diego.
Facial Fat Grafting is a cosmetic procedure that adds volume to your face to rejuvenate your appearance. This is achieved using fat and stem cells derived from fatty tissue harvested from other areas of your body. This refreshes your facial features and enhances your natural youth and beauty.

Dr. Vincent Marin of Marin Aesthetics is among San Diego’s leading board-certified plastic surgeons. With over 20 years of experience under his belt, he provides hundreds of patients from all over the globe with increased facial volume via highly successful facial fat grafting procedures.

Cost & Financing

In San Diego, the typical facial fat grafting procedure costs $2,500 – $7,500. The final price may vary depending on the location of the donor sites, the number of injections required, or other miscellaneous fees.

Marin Aesthetics accepts cash, personal checks, and all major credit cards. Schedule your consultation with Dr. Marin today to know if you are qualified for the facial fat transfer procedure!

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To learn more, you can schedule an appointment online or you can call 858-638-9800

The Procedure

You will get a chance to discuss your goals and concerns with Dr. Marin during an initial consultation. This will also allow him to determine the ideal injection sites on your face, as well as whether you have sufficient fat cells to perform a fat transfer.

Before the surgery itself, Dr. Marin will use a surgical pen to mark tiny entry sites on your face and fat donor areas. A Scripps Memorial Board Certified anesthesiologist would provide either local or general anesthesia, depending on your comfort.

Fat will be harvested from the donor areas with a liposuction cannula. This fat will be separated into its various components using a centrifuge, and only pure fat and stem cells will be placed into syringes and used for fat injection. Dr. Marin will then use these fat injections to add volume to your face and alleviate wrinkles, fine lines, and other signs of aging.

Facial fat grafting procedures take 1 – 2 hours to complete.




1 – 2 hours


Fat may be re-absorbed by the body too quickly


Immediately after surgery


Local anesthesia


2 – 5 days; 1 – 2 weeks if a large amount of fat was harvested


One year




Bruising and swelling

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Recovery & Scars

There is no significant downtime associated with most facial fat grafting procedures, but if a large amount of fat was removed, you might need to recover for 1 – 2 weeks. You may apply topical arnica or bromelain to the areas on the face to minimize bruising and swelling during this time.

Dr. Marin will also recommend compression garments that you must wear on the donor sites for up to 2 weeks. No significant scars should form after recovery.


"After researching consulting many doctors in three different states I opted to go with Dr Marin because he was the only doctor that not only offered his professional opinions but truly considered my personal concerns expectations He knows what hes doing he truly cares about his patients I..."
"I cant say enough amazing things about Dr Marin and his incredible staff I had a consultation at a different place a year prior and thought it went well until I met Dr Marin and was completely blown away They care so much and I felt so comfortable and confident There is no other place I will e..."
"I could not be more pleased with not only my results but Dr Marin and his whole staff My overall experience has been amazing I would do it all over again My only regret is not having had the courage to do it sooner I spent a year pondering on whether or not plastic surgery was for me A whole y..."
"Doctor Marin and his staff have been outstanding They have been excellent throughout my initial consultation surgery and post op I can not express how grateful I am to Dr Marin His surgical skills have changed my life Im 2 weeks post op already my results are incredible I had severe deformit..."
"Dr Marin and his staff were absolutely amazing A lot to be said about a doctor and staff that take the extra time to make you feel like more than just a number Dr Marin himself is a very well educated man that is an expert in every service he has to offer It is very evident that he does not cut..."

Your New Look After the Surgery

The results of fat grafting manifest immediately after surgery, but your body will absorb some of the injected fat. After 6 – 8 weeks, your results can be considered final, with the fat grafts augmenting your face’s natural contours and youthfulness. Also, the added volume helps remove any signs of aging such as wrinkles, crow’s feet, or fine lines. The injected fat that remains should last for many years to come, and any volume loss can be restored with another session of fat grafting.

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*The images and content provided on this website are developed to educate the public on the procedures offered at Marin Aesthetics. Individual results vary per patient. To assess your candidacy per procedure, we strongly recommend scheduling a formal consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Vincent Marin.

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In light of the state wide restrictions on non-essential businesses to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, we are rescheduling all of our elective appointments until the global circumstances improve. Our necessary post-operative appointments will be made, as needed, to address immediate surgical concerns such as suture removal and acute postoperative issues. All non-acute follow up appointments, fillers and Botox will need to be postponed until after the quarantine period mid April. Our office will reach out to all patients who need to be rescheduled.

We will be offering new patient virtual consultations online and via Skype that can be scheduled through our website or by emailing Also, we will offer follow-up appointments in the same manner to help manage our patients’ concerns while still respecting the need for social distancing.

We appreciate all of your understanding during these difficult times for all of us.

Stay safe,

Dr. Main and the Marin Aesthetics Team