Fat Grafting

Facial Fat Transfer in NYC

Losing fat is not always as good as it sounds—especially when it is coming from critical areas of your face. Believe it or not, a little fat goes a long way in making your face appear full and youthful, but as it decreases with age, you can be left with wrinkles and gaunt contours. With facial fat grafting, our team of New York cosmetic surgeons can reduce the signs of aging by transferring fat cells to the face from an area of the body where you don’t need (or want) the excess fat.

What is fat grafting?

Facial fat grafting or facial fat injection is the transfer of fat from one area of the body to the face. Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini uses the rejuvenating effects of fat grafting to drastically reduce facial wrinkles and fine lines. Our surgeons can also use your fat cells to add fullness under the eyes, to the cheeks, and to the lips. This minor surgical procedure yields extremely natural results for her patients.

Is fat grafting right for me?

Both men and women benefit from the revitalizing results of the fat grafting procedure. By re-injecting your own fat cells, Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini can add natural-looking fullness throughout the face. We can also make very detailed improvements to your nasolabial folds, eliminating the wrinkles and tiny lines that appear from the corners of the mouth to the nose. These simple changes will drastically improve your self-confidence and restore your youthful glow!

Fat grafting is also highly successful in correcting imperfections from acne as well as other forms of facial scarring.

How soon can I have fat grafting?

You will have an initial consultation with Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini to review your cosmetic goals and the procedure details, after which you may schedule your appointment.

When will I see the results of my facial fat grafting?

Fat grafting results are immediate. Just after the procedure, your enhancements may appear slightly larger or fuller than you anticipated. As Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini will explain, fat transfer requires the injection of slightly more volume than desired to allow for the body’s natural absorption during healing. This will resolve itself naturally as your face heals and the swelling subsides, resulting in just the enhancement you hoped for.

How should I prepare for fat grafting?

Very little preparation is needed for facial fat transfer, but smoking must be avoided for the month surrounding the procedure.

How is facial fat transfer performed?

Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini will perform your fat grafting in-office at our Manhattan location. Most often, only topical and local anesthetics are needed at the site where the fat will be harvested and then on the face where it will be added. Small amounts of fat are removed from one part of the body, often the abdomen, and then purified before being injected into specific areas of the face. Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini has extensive experience with fat grafting and other facial filler procedures – always paying expert attention to evenly smoothing the fat as it is being injected.

How long does fat grafting take?

The entire fat transfer procedure takes about 1.5-2 hours.

How long does recovery take?

Recovery from fat transfer is nearly painless. You may experience slight discomfort in the areas where fat was removed or added, but this is easily managed with over-the-counter pain medication. Any swelling or bruising will subside in a week or two.

What are the fat grafting risks?

Since fat transfer involves the use of your own fat cells, side effects are very minimal. As with other cosmetic procedures, the risk of bleeding or infection is possible. Your body will naturally reabsorb some of the fat cells, so it is possible to experience uneven results. These are easily corrected with a brief follow-up procedure.

Patients experiencing any unusual or concerning symptoms are advised to call Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini’s cell phone immediately.

How long does facial fat transfer last?

Unlike synthetic facial fillers, facial improvements with fat injections can last for years. Depending on the degree of enhancements, some patients require several injection procedures to achieve optimal results.

How much does fat grafting cost?

During your initial consultation with Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini all details of this affordable facial enhancement procedure will be explained.

What are patients saying about fat grafting?

Our fat grafting patients love their natural, younger-looking faces. You can read about their exciting results by clicking here.

What are the alternatives to facial fat grafting?

Patients who prefer synthetic facial fillers are in good hands with Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini, as well. Our New York cosmetic surgeons are highly experienced in the use of a full range of facial enhancement injectables and fillers such as Botox®, Dysport®, Juvéderm®, Restylane Lyft™, Radiesse®, and Restylane®, and will help you choose the product that’s right for you. Fat grafting can also be performed at the same time as a facelift or mini facelift.

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At New Look New Life, helping you achieve beautiful results with minimal time away from your busy life is our goal. Dr. Victoria Karlinsky-Bellini is a New York cosmetic surgeon whose eye for detail and careful attention to her patients showcases itself in the gorgeous and natural-looking results they are able to provide. To schedule your consultation with Dr. Karlinksy-Bellini give our office a call today at one of our two New York locations (Manhattan and Westchester) and get ready for a new, more confident you.

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Meet Our Physician Team

Victoria Karlinsky
Claudia J. Kim, D.O.
Benjamin Liliav, MD
Carey J. Nease, MD
Rita Shats, M.D. Cosmetic Gynecology in Manhattan

Victoria Karlinsky-Bellini, M.D., Claudia J. Kim, D.O., Benjamin Liliav, M.D.Carey J. Nease, M.D. & Rita Shats, M.D.

Our cosmetic surgeons are highly-skilled and trained as body scultpting, facial and vaginal rejuvenation specialists with extensive experience in all aspects of cosmetic surgery and treatments.

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