Some patients may find Fat Injection more effective than a mini-face lift. Most of the time, fat injection is performed together with a facelift. The procedure is done under local anesthesia, and you can return to work the next day.
There are numerous alternative filler substances used today as well. These include Restylane, Perlane and Radiesse. Each one of them has advantages and disadvantages. Dr. Shahar has selected only the best products, and will discuss the different options, available as well as the preferred substance for you.
The changes that occur with aging are a loss of volume, gravity changes, loss of skin elasticity, and the formation of wrinkles. Fat injection is a procedure that involves harvesting fat from other areas of your body to ultimately re-inject it in your face. The purpose of fat injection is to restore the loss of volume.
Fat injection is a procedure that involves harvesting fat with a small tube (called a cannula) from the abdomen or flanks, and injecting it to the face. It is vital to have a surgeon with an artistic eye for proper placement of the fat to produce optimal results.
Though this procedure is now gaining popularity, Dr. Shahar has been performing the procedure for the past 15 years. Having done thousands of fat injections, Dr. Shahar has the experience and expertise to obtain optimal results.
As filler, the fat injection can last for years in certain areas of the face and body. A fat injection can correct disproportion of facial features to bring balance and harmony to your face. It can enhance your cheeks, eliminate depression of your lower eyelid and nasolabial folds (deep folds that run from the side of the nose to the corner of the mouth), or eradicate the pre-jowl depression. It is the preferred method of choice since your own fat is being used. Compared to other injectables with temporary results, this procedure provides long lasting results.
"I saw Dr. Shahar to fix my under-eye area. Dr. Shahar thoughtfully recommended a fat transfer procedure and thoroughly explained to me why fat from my own body creates more desirable results in this delicate area (not to mention it lasts longer and is more cost-effective over time). After the procedure, I literally had no bruising and very minimal swelling. Within days, I looked completely refreshed. I looked younger, and everyone noticed it."
Fat injections, otherwise known as facial fat grafting, can be administered to the face. Fat injections requires harvesting from a specific “donor site” of your body (such as the buttocks or abdomen). A specific liposuction technique is used to extract the fat from the donor site, with a small tube (called a cannula). The suctioned fat from the donor area is then transferred to the face, as a graft.
You may consider facial fat injections / facial fat grafts when you have deep facial wrinkles, hollows or creases. You may consider facial fat injections if you are looking for a more permanent facial correction procedure (in comparison to temporary fillers). Fat grafting / fat injections are a good procedure when it comes to filling bodily depressions and rejuvenating the face.
The fat used in the fat injection procedure is autologous. In other words, it is taken from a donor site from your own body. This means allergic reactions are extremely rare and you also benefit from removing fat from another area in your body. Fat injection treatment is minimally invasive and does not require incisions.
Fat injections (or facial fat grafting) are considered relatively safe and risk free as a cosmetic surgery procedure. There is very little risks for adverse effects when using your own fat as a filler.
The discomfort from fat injections is usually minimal. It can easily be controlled with medication. Most patients take pain medication for the first two days. Doctor Shahar will provide you with the necessary prescriptions.
Some swelling, bruising may appear and last for about 48 hours. Patient should avoid the sun until it subsides. Recovery times vary from patient to patient. However, it should take no longer than 1-2 weeks of recovery time.
The results are permanent. However, a small portion of the re-injected fat will be reabsorbed during the first six months. For a long-lasting effect, facial fat grafting patients generally receive 3 to 4 treatments over a six-month period. Fat injections last longest when the fat is injected in stationary areas (such as the cheeks).
The costs of fat injections / fat transfers depends on the complexity of your facial fat transfer, the areas that require injections and your aesthetic goals. Additionally, facial fat injections require harvesting fat from a donor site. The fat needs to be processed before being re-injected. Please call our office at (212) 717-4066 (NYC) or Book a Consultation to arrange for a free consultation with Dr. Shahar.
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