Facial Fat Grafting in NYC

This procedure is a more natural alternative to synthetic fillers, with a similarly minimal downtime.

Beautiful Older Womans Face After a Facial Fat Transfer

What is Facial Fat Grafting?

Facial fat grafting, or facial fat transfer, is a cosmetic procedure that restores volume and contour to the face. This treatment is beneficial for those experiencing a gaunt appearance or natural loss of volume, caused by aging.

During the procedure, Dr. Singh harvests fat from the areas of the patient’s body, like the thighs and abdomen. He then transfers it to areas of the face that have become hollowed or that lack volume. Patients commonly request a transfer to their cheeks, lips, jawline, and under the eyes — as well as to smooth out wrinkles and lines.

What are the Benefits?

The procedure presents a solution to common aging concerns, like sunken cheeks and hollow under-eyes. The results are permanent and appear more natural than synthetic counterparts, like cheek augmentation and injectable fillers.

Individuals turn to fat grafting for a variety of reasons. These most commonly include combatting the signs of aging or simply wanting facial rejuvenation. This surgery can correct many concerns, most notably:

  • Hollow or sunken areas around the eyes and cheeks
  • Fine lines and deeper wrinkles
  • Loss of definition in the jawline and cheekbones

How Dr. Mansher Singh Performs It

During consultation, Dr. Singh evaluates the facial structure, discusses goals, and determines where to remove and re-inject fat. This individualized approach achieves results that look natural and fulfill the patient’s unique needs and aesthetic desires. Usually, the end goal is a rejuvenated, more youthful appearance.

For the surgery, Dr. Singh uses liposuction to gently extract fat from either the abdomen or thighs. He then processes the fat using a specialized system into micro and nano fat for transfer. Once ready, he carefully injects it into the treatment areas that require volume. Most commonly, these are the cheeks, under-eye areas, lips, or nasolabial folds.

Using advanced techniques, he evenly distributes the fat, for a balanced and aesthetically pleasing outcome. Unfortunately, not every transferred fat cell will survive. Patients typically retain about 60% of it.

Facial fat transfer typically takes about 1 hour and is done under local anesthesia. He also offers IV sedation or general anesthesia depending on the number of procedures and patients’ preference. 

Facial Fat Grafting Recovery

Thanks to the minimally invasive nature of this procedure, the recovery process is generally speedy. Patients commonly experience swelling and bruising at the donor and injection sites. But these symptoms are mild and will subside within the first week post-op. For a smooth and effective healing process, Dr. Singh provides specific care instructions and emphasizes their importance.

For the first few days, patients should avoid strenuous activity, apply cold compresses, and keep their heads elevated. Most patients can return to work and daily routines within a week. While patients can see improvements almost immediately, the results may require a few months to realize.

  • Day 1-3: Patients may notice mild swelling and bruising. Dr. Singh recommends using a cold compress.
  • First Week: Noticeable reduction in swelling and bruising. Most patients are able to return to work, light exercise, and daily activities.
  • Week 2-4: Continued improvement and the majority of the swelling subsides.
  • Month 1-3: Results begin to stabilize as the fat grafts integrate with the facial tissues.

Am I a Candidate?

Those considering facial fat grafting are typically seeking a way to improve volume for a more youthful appearance. Ideal candidates are experiencing a loss of volume from aging, weight loss, or medical conditions. Usually, they experience hollowness in their cheeks, under-eye areas, or temples. The procedure also defines the jawline and cheekbones, as well as minimizes wrinkles, fine lines, and scars.

Most importantly, patients should be in good overall health and should not be actively smoking. Smokers should be willing to quit for 2 weeks before and after the treatment since it negatively affects recovery.

A consultation with Dr. Singh will help determine if you are a suitable candidate for this procedure.

Facial Fat Grafting with Dr. Mansher Singh

Entrusting your facial rejuvenation to Dr. Mansher Singh is the right choice. He is renowned for his expertise, bedside compassion, and personalized approach. With a background at Harvard and Johns Hopkins, he is more than qualified to achieve the desired results.

In a consultation, Dr. Singh will discuss every detail and possible outcome, to ensure you fully understand the procedure. To schedule a one-on-one meeting, call his Manhattan office at (212) 470-4020, or visit his website.

Facial Fat Transfer Before and After Photos

Before and After Facial Fat transfer Patient NYC
Facial Fat Transfer Before and After Side View

FAQ About Facial Fat Transfer

Is it painful?

The discomfort during the procedure is minimal since local anesthesia or sedation numbs the treatment areas. When removing or transferring large volumes of fat, he may recommend using general anesthesia instead. During surgery, many patients report feeling pressure, rather than pain. At home, over-the-counter pain relief medication can help manage any soreness.

Will there be any visible scars?

To harvest and inject fat, Dr. Singh must make small incisions. With any wound, there is a possibility of scarring. By concealing the incisions in natural creases and folds, he ensures potential scars will be difficult to spot. In some situations, Dr. Singh may make a small incision on the inside of the mouth, to prevent visible scarring.

Are the results permanent?

The results of facial fat grafting can be long-lasting, but they are not entirely permanent. The body may reabsorb some of the transferred fat over time, but a significant amount of volume will remain for the long term. Results from this treatment can last for years.

How fast will I recover?

Recovery varies by individual, but most patients’ swelling and bruising subside within the first week. Around this time, they can also begin returning to work. After 1 to 3 months, most patients can appreciate their results becoming fully apparent.

How much does this treatment cost?

The cost of facial fat transfer varies from surgeon to surgeon. It also depends on the treatment areas, geographic location, and extent of surgery. For an accurate and personalized estimate, it’s best to consult directly with Dr. Singh.

What benefits should I expect?

Patients often benefit from restored facial volume, improved contours, reduction in wrinkles and fine lines, and natural results. Some patients also note that their scars appear less visible.

How long is the facial fat grafting procedure?

The surgery’s duration depends on the number of treatment areas and the amount of fat Dr. Singh must transfer. Depending on these variables, it can take between 1 and 3 hours to perform. If the patient requested other simultaneous procedures, it may take even longer.

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