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Fat Transfer to the Face New York City and New Jersey

Autologous fat grafting to the face can replace and restore full or well-defined cheeks for those who have lost it, and improve the shape of the face for those who have never had full or prominent cheekbones.  Filling out the cheeks with your own tissue (fat) also can give the appearance of “Lifting” the face without a Face Lift.

Autologous fat grafting to the face can also be used to reverse the damage caused by chronic acne scarring, reconstruct the cheek, minimize the appearance of bulging eyes, and disguise or soften the appearance of silicone cheek implants.

Frequent Asked Questions about fat transfer to the face:

Is fat transfer to the face safe?
Autologous (your own) fat transfer to the face has been proven to provide a safe plastic surgery cosmetic surgical procedure. To date, millions of autologous fat transfer to the face has been performed, with no reported cases of allergic reaction. The fat is transferred to different layers of the soft tissue of our face to restore the volume and enhance the contours of your face.

How is fat transfer to the face in New Jersey and New York City performed?
Autologous (your own) fat transfer to the face procedures by Dr. John Mesa, MD can be performed on an outpatient basis. They can be performed using general anesthesia with the patient asleep, or using a local anesthesia to numb the treated area while the patient remains awake.

How is fat transfer to the face plastic surgery performed?
New Jersey and New York City Board Certified Craniofacial and Cosmetic Latin Plastic Surgeon, Dr. John Mesa, MD will perform your fat transfer to the face under either local or general anesthesia. Dr. John Mesa usually harvests the fat from the abdomen around the umbilicus (belly button) or from the inside of the thighs using a small cannula. Once the fat is harvested, and depending on the site you have chosen the transfer, Dr. John Mesa, MD will inject the fat with very small injection cannulas in the area to be treated. During your consultation, you will discuss the best location to transfer the fat. Because Dr. John Mesa, MD takes such great care, the injection sites leave minimal scarring is either not visible or very minimal, and fade over time. Dr. Mesa is fellowship trained in Craniofacial Surgery at Michigan University, which gives him additional credentials, experience and knowledge to perform high quality plastic surgery of the face including facial fat transfer to the face.

What other procedures may be performed along with fat transfer to the face?

  • Liposuction is part of a Face Lift and is used to reshape a more youthful jaw line and neck.
  • Neck Lift: it include repair of visible neck muscle bands, removing excess fat deposits, and smoothing loose skin.
  • Eyelid Lift surgery (blepharoplasty) is often performed to reduce heaviness and loose skin in the upper eyelids. Treatment of the lower eyelids will include filling out the deep creases to eliminate the tired look. This along with fat injection will brighten your eyes and energize your whole face.
  • Chemical peels may be done to smooth wrinkle lines in the lips, cheeks and forehead.

How will I look after fat transfer to the face?
Fat transfer to the face with New Jersey and New York City Board Certified Craniofacial and Cosmetic Latin Plastic Surgeon, Dr. John Mesa, MD is a safe and effective procedure that can enhance your confidence by freeing you from the emotional burden of sunken cheeks, hollowed temples or deep creases in your face. . After your surgery with Dr. John Mesa, MD, a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who is also fellowship trained as Craniofacial Surgeon, the structural appearance of your face will be more balanced and proportional, giving your face a more distinct, symmetrically pleasing look.

How long is recovery fat transfer to the face in New Jersey and New York City?
Very likely, you’ll be able to return to work in about 2 to 4 weeks. You should wait 4 to 6 weeks or longer before participating in strenuous activity and exercise. You may need special makeup to camouflage any bruising for a short time. Final healing may take up to 3 months and will continue to improve over the next year. We will closely follow your progress to ensure a smooth recovery.

When will I see results fat transfer to the face in New Jersey and New York City?
Within two weeks, you should see a significant improvement. Once the swelling and bruising are gone, you may have minor scars that are hidden by your hair. These too, will fade over time. Gradually, your new, younger face will emerge a few weeks after surgery. Most of our patients enjoy the benefits of a fat transfer to the face for many years. Depending on your age, you may have more than one fat transfer to the face in your lifetime.

Why not go to a Primary Care Physician Dentists, Obstetricians, Gynecologists, Internists and “cosmetologists” for fat transfer to the face plastic surgery?

Practitioners like dentists and other doctors who are not formally residency-trained and Board Certified to perform fat transfer to the face plastic surgery have been found to suffer a much higher rate of complications, as it’s a side interest to them, and not a treatment they’re certified to do all day long. One of the most common complaints is minimal improvement, asymmetries, “operated look”, etc.

Only a licensed professional with the knowledge, training and skills required to achieve optimum results should perform fat transfer to the face plastic surgery. Look for a plastic surgeon who is Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and who has completed his training at some of the top residency and fellowship institutions.

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