Loss of volume, particularly from the temples and cheeks, is a natural part of the aging process. The age-related loss of midface volume can make your face appear hollow, sunken, and gaunt, making you look and feel older. Facial fat grafting is a minimally invasive procedure that involves transferring excess fat cells from one part of your body to the cheeks to restore your facial fullness. Dr. Lisiecki performs a highly personalized facial fat grafting in NYC to add youthfulness to your cheeks.
About Facial Fat Grafting
What is facial fat grafting?
Facial fat grafting, also known as a fat transfer, is a minimally invasive procedure that involves transferring fat cells from one part of the body to the cheeks. The surgeon uses liposuction to extract excess fat cells from the donor site, such as the abdomen or thighs and injects them into the cheeks or temples. The fat cells are completely natural and drawn from your body, so there is minimal risk of allergies or infections. This procedure restores facial volume.
The primary goals of facial fat grafting:
- Enhance or restore midface volume in the cheeks
- Fill out the deep tear troughs and under eye hollows
- Reduce facial creases and wrinkles on the cheeks
- Reduce excess fat cells from the donor site
- Enhance overall cheek volume and contours
Benefits of facial fat grafting:
- Extremely natural results that align with your anatomy
- Minimal risk of allergic reactions and harsh complications
- Foreign substances aren’t injected into the body
- Excess fat cells are removed from other parts of the body
- The results are long-lasting or permanent
Fat grafting vs. dermal fillers: which is better?
Dermal fillers are cosmetic injections that add volume underneath the facial tissues to restore midface volume. Dermal fillers are usually made of synthetic hyaluronic acid or other components that stimulate collagen production. You can get dermal fillers to restore volume if you have mild to moderate loss of volume. But our facial fat grafting in NYC provides better volume correction, and it’s based on natural components derived from your body, so the results are better. Your plastic surgeon will recommend the ideal method based on your goals and needs.
Dr. Lisiecki’s unique facial fat grafting technique
Dr. Lisiecki performs facial fat grafting as a minimally invasive procedure in his state-of-the-art surgical center. The procedure involves three steps — liposuction, purification, and injection.
Step 1: Liposuction
The surgeon uses a hollow needle called a cannula to extract excess fat cells from the donor site, such as the thighs, abdomen, or hips. The incision will be extremely small.
Step 2: Purification
The harvested fat cells are purified to prepare them for injection.
Step 3: Injection
The surgeon will carefully inject the harvested fat cells into parts of the face needing volume correction. The fat cells will be inserted using a cannula for optimal precision.
Recovery after the facial fat grafting surgery
You should expect mild post-treatment swelling and bruising after your facial fat grafting in NYC. Approximately 50% to 70% of the fat cells will “take” to the new environment, and the rest will be metabolized by the body as waste. The final results will appear after about six months and last for several years. Most patients need to take a week off work to recover completely. Please follow Dr. Lisiecki’s aftercare guidelines to ensure optimal recovery.
Schedule a consultation in Manhattan
Dr. Jeffrey Lisiecki is a highly skilled and reliable aesthetic plastic surgeon specializing in plastic surgery on the face, nose, breast, and body. He listens to your unique concerns and goals to curate a personalized surgical plan, ensuring results that align with your anatomy, goals, and overall expectations. Dr. Lisiecki also accompanies his patients through every step of the recovery process, ensuring they’re never alone. Please schedule a consultation to explore your facial fat grafting options in Manhattan.