Facial Fat Grafting (Autologous Fat Transfer to the Lips and Cheeks) – New York, NY

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About Facial Fat Grafting

There are different treatments that rejuvenate the volume and contours of your face, but fat grafting to the face is increasing in popularity due to its natural outcomes and lasting benefits. Loss of volume, often due to aging, tends to be most pronounced around the cheeks, eyes, and jawline. Fat grafting to the face can be used to minimize the most common signs of aging, and it rebuilds fullness by smoothing lines, wrinkles, and folds throughout your face with your own fat. By removing unwanted fat from your body, world-renowned plastic surgeon Dr. Daniel Del Vecchio can skillfully apply the fat into the needed parts of your face for lasting, beautiful results. Dr. Del Vecchio is a leading expert in fat transplantation and has invented the expansion vibration lipo filling method (EVL), which allows him to safely and effectively transfer fat. With fat grafting to the face, you not only get a rejuvenated facial appearance, but you also get to improve your body. To find out more about facial fat grafting, contact Uptown Body Contouring in New York, NY to make an appointment with Dr. Del Vecchio.

Ideal Candidates

Facial fat grafting is good if you want to add natural-looking volume to specific areas of your face. A facial fat transfer can fill in wrinkles, like smile lines, laugh lines, and Crow's feet. Grafted fat can also reduce the appearance of acne scars and pitted areas. You can also add volume to your lips and cheeks for a more youthful appearance. Similar to the results of an injectable dermal filler, like Juvéderm, a fat transfer is a good option if you want your results to last for much longer. To be a candidate for fat grafting, you should have enough excess fat to meet your goals.

Surgical Technique

A fat transfer is a two-part surgery that includes harvesting the fat and placement. Since such a small amount of fat is needed, Dr. Del Vecchio typically uses local or twilight anesthesia. To begin, Dr. Del Vecchio will perform liposuction to remove fat, which will probably come from your flanks, abdomen, or hips. When the fat is harvested, it will be purified and then prepared for injection. Dr. Del Vecchio will use his signature EVL technique and precise injection angles to ensure high immersion rates into your skin to create optimal results. Based on your plan, fat may be grafted to your cheeks, lips, and/or below your eyes to add volume, as well as to improve wrinkles and facial scars.

What to Expect

After your facial fat transfer, your incisions will be sutured and cleaned before you are sent to a recovery area. Dr. Del Vecchio or a member of his team will apply dressings, compression garments, and monitor you until you can be sent home with a friend or family member. Before your surgery, Dr. Del Vecchio will tell you what to expect after surgery and how you can heal more comfortably. Follow-up appointments should be scheduled at Uptown Body Contouring so Dr. Del Vecchio can assess your recovery and progress. Your recovery will vary based on how much fat was removed and transferred, but you should plan to take a few weeks to rest and recover. At first, you may feel sore with bruising and swelling in the liposuction site(s) and the grafted area(s). You may notice some improvements right away in your face, but it will take several weeks before you'll be able to see your final results. A small amount of fat may be reabsorbed by your body, but with good care, your results should last for many years.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does facial fat grafting cost?
Costs for facial fat grafting will include fat removal and will vary based on how much volume is being added. After a thorough assessment, Dr. Del Vecchio will determine how much fat is needed to create the desired volume and will prepare a custom plan. Then, he can begin to estimate costs, like facility and anesthesia fees. So your procedure is easier to afford, Uptown Body Contouring accepts many payment methods, including low-interest financing.

Should I get a dermal filler or fat transfer?
Both a facial fat graft and a dermal filler (like Juvéderm) can improve the appearance of lines and wrinkles, as well as add volume. While dermal fillers can give you beautiful results, a facial fat transfer typically looks more natural and lasts longer. To help you decide how much fat you want to add and where, Dr. Del Vecchio may suggest starting with dermal fillers. Once you have figured out what you want, Dr. Del Vecchio can perform a fat transfer for results that last years instead of months.

Can facial fat grafting be combined with another procedure?
Facial fat grafting can be combined with nonsurgical treatments, such as BOTOX (a wrinkle relaxer) or a skin treatment (for example, a facial). Facial fat grafting has also become a popular treatment to complement facial surgeries. A fat transfer can add volume to improve the balance of your face, which enhances the surgical results of a facelift or chin augmentation. Talk to Dr. Del Vecchio during your consultation about your wants so he can create a plan with surgical and nonsurgical treatments that reach all your cosmetic goals.

How long does facial fat grafting take?
How long it takes to complete your fat transfer will vary, depending on how much fat is being removed, as well as the volume needed to attain the desired result. When your plan is created in your consultation, Dr. Del Vecchio can go over what you should expect, for example, the time it will take for liposuction, fat preparation, and grafting. Dr. Del Vecchio takes his time to carefully inject thin layers of fat with innovative techniques (such as EVL) so your results look natural.

Which areas of the face can be improved with fat grafting?
Fat grafting can be used in a number of locations to add volume or decrease wrinkles. Fat grafting is ideal to augment the mid-face so that this area appears fuller and lifted without surgery. In addition, fat can also be used to add volume to your upper and/or lower lips. You may also get a fat transfer to fill the sunken or hollow areas under your eyes. Facial fat grafting can even correct scars and wrinkles (like brow furrows and marionette lines). Dr. Del Vecchio will create your personal treatment plan to address your unique concerns and cosmetic goals.

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A facial fat transfer is an incredible way to increase volume, smooth out fine lines, and accentuate your beautiful profile. If you desire a younger, radiant appearance with little downtime, we invite you to learn more about facial fat grafting at Uptown Body Contouring and how it can help you achieve your desired appearance. It is an outstanding option for men and women wanting a natural improvement and lasting results. Call our New York, NY office right away to schedule your consultation with skilled plastic surgeon Dr. Daniel Del Vecchio for this groundbreaking procedure.

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