Fat Transfer / Fat Grafting in New York City

Find soft, youthful fullness again by replenishing areas that have lost volume over time.

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“My sole stipulation was that I look “natural” and the fact that I had cosmetic surgery should not be obvious. Dr Kolker recommended fat transfer to give me a “softer” and more natural appearance. I accepted his professional opinion and agreed to his recommendations without hesitation... Now not only do I receive many compliments on my appearance, I finally look the way I feel.”

— J.F. / NYC

As we age, we lose volume. Imagine a baby, brimming with youth, and the full features and soft transitions of the face.

As time and gravity exert their effects, these transitions become more pronounced as soft tissue volume slowly dissipates. The transition from face to lip (the nasolabial fold or melolabial fold), the junction of the lower eyelid and cheek (the nasojugal fold, or "tear trough"), and the progression of the jowl to the chin (the marionette line), all tend to become accentuated by shadow as we age.

Elsewhere on the face, full cheeks may lose their prominence, and lips may seem to thin and wrinkle. Restoring volume to smooth these transition zones and to refill areas where fullness has been lost is a wonderful solution that minimizes the effects of age, and restores youth and beauty. There are a variety of "fillers" that can be used to replenish lost facial volume: injectable fillers, such as Restylane and Juvederm, and your own tissue filler, fat. Fat cells can be harvested as fat grafts from your own body and injected to smooth wrinkles and other areas in need of volume.

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Dr. Kolker will carefully help you to plan the combination of chin implant or facial implant techniques that will help achieve your most natural and desired result.

Known as autologous fat transplantation, fat transfer, autologous fat grafts, or mico-lipo injection, fat cells are gently removed from the abdomen, thighs, or buttocks, prepared as fat grafts, and transferred to problem areas of the face or elsewhere.

Fat transfer or autologous fat grafts can be used to rejuvenate the face by softly filling folds and wrinkles, to restore volume to your lips, to highlight cheek areas that have become less pronounced, and to fill areas in need virtually anywhere on the body. Fat grafts can be used to refresh tired, aged hands, and can also be used to replenish or add volume to arms, buttocks, and elsewhere. As fat grafts are fat cells from your own body, it is the most natural filler choice. Fat grafts are often performed in conjunction with other procedures, such as liposuction, facelift, blepharoplasty (eyelid lift), and other facial and body plastic surgery procedures.

Ideal Fat Transfer Candidate

  • Wrinkles, folds, or areas of volume loss of the face, or elsewhere on the body

Fat Transfer Advantages

  • Restores volume with your own natural filler
  • Fat takes as a graft
  • Long lasting

Fat Transfer Techniques

  • Fat Grafts to Nasolabial Folds, Fat Grafts to Glabellar Lines, Fat Grafts to Lips, Fat Grafts to Eyelids
  • Fat Grafting to Tear Troughs or Nasojugal Folds, Fat Grafts to Cheeks, Fat Grafts to Hands, Fat Grafts to Buttocks

Autologous Fat Transfer Stats

  • Fat Grafts to Nasolabial Folds, Fat Grafts to Glabellar Lines, Fat Grafts to Lips, Fat Grafts to Eyelids
  • Fat Grafting to Tear Troughs or Nasojugal Folds, Fat Grafts to Cheeks, Fat Grafts to Hands, Fat Grafts to Buttocks

The fat cells are removed using a very small cannula, or tube, and are then carefully prepared as fat grafts. The fat grafts are then transferred to into an area of wrinkling or hollowness using a small needle.

Because these fat graft cells are your own, they will not be rejected. Although some resorption is possible, fat grafts last considerably longer than most fillers. As the fat grafts will be "accepted" by the tissue to which they are introduced by the local blood supply, the fat grafts are ultimately incorporated as soft, natural tissue that is indistinguishable from the native soft tissue in the area.

Fat grafts in New York are performed in Dr. Kolker's office-based surgical suite, accredited by the American Association for the Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF). Depending upon your needs, the fat graft procedure takes between 30 minutes (for very mild corrections) and 3 hours (for more substantial volume restorations).

When performed as an isolated procedure, fat grafts can be performed under local anesthesia. More often, the fat transfer or autologous fat graft process is combined with another cosmetic surgery procedure, and is performed under light sedation or general anesthesia when indicated.

Fat transfers, or autologous fat grafts, are most often performed in conjunction with other cosmetic surgery procedures. Fat transfer is very often performed in conjunction with a facelift or facelift and necklift, as well as with the blepharoplasty or eyelid lift procedure.

By adding volume with fat grafts in each of these procedures, it promotes a smooth, natural rejuvenation, and balances the removal of excess skin with the more natural and appropriate restoration of volume to achieve a more youthful, more beautiful result. For those who desire additional plastic surgery or cosmetic surgery enhancements, fat transfer or fat grafts are a logical addition to body contouring procedures, particularly liposuction, as the removal of fat is a part of the process; it is simply the addition of the gentle harvest of fat cells before the definitive body contouring portion of the procedure that enables their preparation as fat grafts, and ultimately the correction of lines or folds or areas of deficiency with the fat grafts.

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