What if you were able to take unwanted fat from your body and use it to volumize other areas that have started to show their age? Well, that is essentially the purpose of fat grafting, or autologous fat transplantation. Fat cells are literally taken from areas where your body has excess and are re-injected into areas of the face to provide for a more youthful appearance.
What Can Fat Grafting do for Me?
This procedure of facial fat grafting can be used to treat common problems such as:
- Sunken cheeks
- Nasolabial folds
- Forehead furrows and folds
- Thin Lips
Dr. Scheinman may recommend fat grafting as an alternative to some facial fillers because using your body's own cells eliminates the chance of an allergic reaction. People are also often drawn by the fact that fat will be removed from areas of the body where it is not wanted. Using fat cells may also provide for more volume than certain dermal fillers available.
What to Expect During Your Fat Grafting Procedure
Dr. Scheinman will begin your procedure by numbing the donor and recipient sites with a local anesthetic. The donor site will be discussed during your consultation. Fat cells can be taken from areas such as the abdomen, hips, buttocks, etc.
The fat cells will be extracted from the donor area by using either a syringe or a liposuction cannula. Dr. Scheinman will then prepare the cells for injection and then carefully administer treatment to the recipient site much like a dermal filler or Botox.
Dr. Scheinman may need to "overfill" the area, especially when augmenting the cheeks, in order to account for your body's reabsorption of some of the fat cells.
Fat Grafting Recovery and Results
Like with other non-surgical facial injections, fat grafting normally does not require any period of downtime. You may experience some mild swelling, redness or bruising, but this should fade fairly quickly over a few days. Dr. Scheinman will provide you with detailed care instructions after your procedure.
How long will my fat grafting results last? The length will vary from patient to patient. Some are able to sustain results for up to a year. Touch-up treatments can be performed to maintain an ongoing youthful appearance every 3-6 months.
Fat Grafting in New York
If you would like more information about our fat grafting procedure or would like to schedule a consultation with New York plastic surgeon, Dr. Marcel Scheinman, give our office a call. Services areas include: Lawrence, Rego Park, Valley Stream, Oceanside, Garden City, Freeport, Rockville Centre, Cedarhurst, Hewlet, Inwood, and Woodmere New York.