Whether you long for a plumper, smoother facial complexion or want the benefits of dermal fillers without the synthetic substances or upkeep, you may want to consider a fat transfer. This cosmetic procedure uses fat from your own body to restore a lasting, more youthful look to your face.
Board-certified oculofacial plastic surgeon Robert M. Schwarcz, MD, is pleased to offer patients in Manhattan and Scarsdale, New York, state-of-the-art fat transfer procedures to help you reach your appearance goals. Here’s how it works and how we determine whether you’re a good candidate.
Understanding the fat transfer procedure
Fat transfer uses fat harvested from your own body as a filler to smooth out creases and shallows in your face and create a more youthful appearance. It’s especially popular for filling in areas around your eyes and mouth, as well as your mid-face.
You and Dr. Schwarcz decide on a donor area — such as your abdomen, buttocks, or thighs — to harvest the fat cells. He uses liposuction to collect small amounts of fat.
Then, he precisely injects the fat cells into your face. About 50% of the injected fat will redevelop blood supply, allowing it to stay put for a long time — or even indefinitely.
Fat transfer can take place as part of a standard facelift or mid-facelift procedure or on its own.
Benefits of fat transfer
In addition to lasting significantly longer than dermal fillers, fat transfer results look and feel exceptionally natural. Because your face naturally thins out and sags with age — and more so if you’re a smoker or if you’ve spent a good deal of time in the sun — the plumper, smoother look it brings can turn back the clock on your appearance.
As an added perk, fat transfer results in virtually no visible scars.
Good candidates for fat transfer
Some of the signs that you’re a good candidate for fat transfer include:
- Being in generally good health
- Having sunken cheeks
- Having bags or dark circles around your eyes
- Having thin lips
- Undergoing a facelift or liposuction procedure
- Having realistic expectations
During a consultation, Dr. Schwarcz can help determine whether fat transfer is a good option for you and help you understand other anti-aging treatments as well.
To learn more about fat transfer or to get started with your desired treatment, call one of our offices to book an appointment with Dr. Schwarcz today. You can also request an appointment through this website using our online scheduling tool.