Facial Fat Grafting for a Chiseled Jawline Appearance

When Should I Consider Facial Fat Grafting?

  • Weak jawline.
  • Improved definition to facial structures including the jawline and chin.

Anticipated Results:

  • An improved profile.
  • More definition to the jawline.
  • A more attractive jawline which creates a better balance between the chin and the other facial features.

Dr. Kimberly Short has been performing fat grafting and sculpting for improved facial definition for over 15 years in her practice.  Dr. Kimberly Short has adopted the “Coleman” technique, the most widely used technique and instrumentation in the United States.  Dr. Kimberly Short trained with Dr. Sydney Coleman and has used this opportunity to perfect this technique for her patients.  Structural fat grafting is a procedure used to restore fullness and provide enhanced angularity for males. Fat grafting is an all natural option for facial re-shaping that produces permanent results, creating soft, natural contour changes.

Fat grafting is a procedure in which fat cells or grafts are removed from a desired area on the body such as the neck or abdomen with a special harvesting (liposuction) cannula to gently remove fat cells and the fat cells are then transferred, or re-implanted to the facial area(s) to improve the jawline appearance, provide projection to the chin, and enhance the angles for improved masculine traits.  The harvested fat cells are  treated very carefully to ensure  longevity of the desired outcome.  Dr. Short re-injects the fat grafts through a special “Coleman” injecting cannula that is blunt and designed for the facial area.  The blunt instrumentation minimizes bruising and swelling to the facial areas. Dr. Short’s fat grafting technique allows the  transfer of fat grafts in small aliquots within the dermal layer rather than large clumps, creating a very smooth contour.   By performing this technique with emphasis on minimizing trauma to the fat grafts, the survival of the fat grafts is extremely high and longevity is permanent.  Due to the relationship between the blood supply and survivability of the fat grafts, cessation of smoking is required a minimum of 3-6 months prior to surgery for optimal results.  The incisions used for harvesting the fat and transferring the fat grafts are 1-2 cm and are very well hidden.  The incisions are closed with very fine sutures, removed after 3-5 days following surgery.  To improve the jawline appearance, removal of fat may be recommended to the neck area to emphasize the jawline with a more desired neck angle.

Planning for Surgery:

Time off work:

7-10 days is recommended for reduction in swelling and bruising after surgery.


You will need a caretaker for the first 24-36 hours after the procedure.

The Day of Surgery:

The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis under light or general anesthesia.  The procedure will typically take 1.5-2.5 hours.

After Surgery:

Light dressings are placed and the incisions are covered with skin glue adhesive and steri-strips.  A compression wrap or binder to the harvesting site, neck or abdomen, is placed for 1-2 weeks following the surgery to reduce the swelling as quickly as possible.  Light activities may be performed after 1 week and lifting may be resumed after 2 weeks.  Sleeping at a 45 degree angle is recommended for the first 7-10 days to reduce swelling to the facial area.  A cooling mask (designed by the NASA program) may be used instead of regular ice application to provide a uniform cooling temperature directly after surgery. You should anticipate swelling and bruising for the first 2 weeks, but oral medications recommended prior to surgery, Arnica and Bromelain, may reduce these effects following surgery. The use of the external ultrasound as post operative massage will reduce the swelling and any areas of firmness as well.

Note: It is important to address any concerns with Dr. Short at the time of your consultation. There is some risk, as with any surgical procedure. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally. Major complications are unusual. Dr. Short can explain the procedure and potential complications to you in detail, and she can assist you in determining if fat grafting is best for you.

What Patients Are Saying

I had a face lift, eyes upper and lower, neck. To this day I still get the comment. “You look so good” What did you do? It was the best thing I ever did and would recommend it to anyone. No pain, No problems. Thanks to Dr. Short and her team, they make you feel at home. They are the BEST !!!! * 



Penny O

I would refer Dr.Short to all of my friend and family. She are her staff was very professional and was willing to answer any question that I had. My surgery was a breast augmentation, I was a size A and went to a cup size D. I am very pleased and so happy with the out come. Dr.Short is the best there is. I would never even consider going any place else. *

Jennifer K

I came to Dr. Short for a Breast Augmentation and tummy tuck about 3 1/2 years ago. I was a mother of 5 children and had spent the past 15 years giving birth and taking care of kids. Even before the kids though, I struggled with a poochy tummy. I decided for my 40th birthday that I was finally going to do something about it. I searched the internet extensively and finally found Dr. Short. The results she was showing on her website were exactly what I was looking for. I flew out from Washington State for my consultation and immediately liked her and her entire staff. They put me at ease and answered all my questions.

I was thrilled with the results of the surgery. I went immediately from a size 12 to a size 4. I couldn’t believe it. The surgery got me so motivated that I continued to diet and exercise and have now dropped another 13 pounds and now wear a size 0. In addition to the fantastic results, Dr. Short and her staff made me feel like a girlfriend. I felt that they truly understood what my needs were, not just clinically, but from a woman’s perspective. I can’t recommend Dr. Short and her office enough for any cosmetic procedure. Thank you so much. It’s the best thing I’ve ever done for myself. *

Allissa S

I went to Dr. Short 2 years ago with an A cup breast size. She gave me a low C cup, and i get compliments on my breasts daily. They are very natural looking and feeling. A lot of people do not even believe me when I tell them I have had breast augmentation. Shes the best and I’m very very pleased with the outcome of the surgery. *

Deborah M

I used Dr.Short for a breast enlargement. I was more then impressed with the results. They did a great job and I recommend her all the time to people who ask for a Dr. I went in with a lot of questions and attended a seminar that helped me feel at ease. The surgery was not as bad as everyone makes it out to be. I was back to normal in no time. The scars left are not even visible unless you look really hard. I highly recommend Dr.Short. They made me feel comfortable by having proper follow up appointments to make sure that everything was ok with surgery. I have nothing bad to say about my whole experience. It is going on three years now and I have had no complications at all. Dr. Short does a great job of giving you a natural look and making sure she keeps the look proportional to your body type. She really does a great job. *

Amy B
* Disclaimer: The claims made on this website are not intended to represent the results that every patient can expect. Surgical results vary greatly from patient to patient and are not guaranteed.

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