Facial rejuvenation doesn’t always have to involve surgery to achieve an individual’s goals. Sometimes, the top alternative works wonders much in the same vein as a more invasive procedure, and when your face has lost a bit of its plumpness throughout the years, fat grafting would be an ideal choice for any potential candidate. Fat grafting is essentially taking fat from different parts of your body like your abs, hips, or buttocks and injecting them into the sections on your face that give off a hollowed-out appearance or other problem areas. At our NJ cosmetic surgery center, one of Dr. Robert Glasgold and Dr. Mark Glasgold’s primary focuses are facial fat transfer treatments for patients looking to address facial volume loss.
Our experts are some of NJ’s top doctors and specialize in a range of facial procedures, such as face lift, eyebrow lift, fat injections/ fat grafting, skin care, and more. During an initial facial fat transfer consultation, our doctors will provide an overview of what to expect during and after your injections, including how to care for the target area of skin post-treatment.
* Each patient is unique and individual results may vary.
What is Facial Fat Transfer?
We look beyond the lines and wrinkles most people associate with aging in order to evaluate volume loss. The loss of volume in the face can produce a sunken, drawn appearance, contributing significantly to the appearance of aging. Surgical techniques like “mini-facelifts” that rely on stretching or pulling the skin do not address the underlying loss of volume.
Facial fat transfer offers some of the most natural-looking and longer-lasting results than some other non-surgical procedures and injectables would, and addresses concerns that some surgical techniques won’t.
Used in tandem with face lift or eyelid surgery, for example, this fat transfer helps add volume to the areas around the eyes, cheeks, and mouth, providing not only a younger, refreshed look, but also ensures your facelift results last longer. The procedure, all in all, takes around two to three hours to complete, depending on the severity of a patient’s case and how many areas are to be treated. This facial fat grafting procedure allows us to sculpt and restore the face to its natural beauty.
We treat various patients from Princeton and surrounding areas for facial fat grafting amongst other non-surgical procedures. The New Jersey plastic surgeons at The Glasgold Group are internationally renowned experts in facial fat transfer. Dr. Mark Glasgold and Dr. Robert Glasgold authored a medical textbook on fat transfer and often instructs peers on the procedure. The Glasgold Group’s expertise in facial fat transfer reflects our unique approach to evaluating and correcting the signs of aging.
Natural Facial Fat Rejuvenation in New Jersey
“Volume loss in the face is an important and often underappreciated factor in assessing the aging face by both patients and surgeons,” Dr. Glasgold says.
Facial fat transfer is a minimally invasive procedure that uses the patient’s fat, harvested from the abdomen, hips, or buttocks. Because the injected fat does not move or shift as it becomes incorporated as living tissue, it is extremely long-lasting, if not permanent. This outpatient procedure usually requires only local anesthetic or IV sedation, and there are no dressings or drains.
“Facial fat grafting works best when it complements the other procedures I perform. It is the key to producing truly youthful and natural results,” says Dr. Mark Glasgold.
Benefits of Facial Fat Grafting
Among the many benefits of this method, most patients prefer having fat harvested from other parts of their body for the overall natural aspect of it. Rarely, some patients don’t respond well to other forms of injectables or dermal fillers, with risks and side-effects increasing gradually as a result. However, when compared to these types of injections, fat grafting consists of a smaller rejection rate than their filler counterpart since the fat cells are the patient’s own. This also removes unwanted fat from the harvest areas, which can be ideal from some candidates, with a number of patients describing it as a more natural feel than injections consisting of gel and other substances. It is also widely considered to be one of the more cost-effective injectable methods around since it requires fewer sessions than a normal dermal filler would.
Fat Transfer Recovery & Healing Process
Downtime is relatively easy and wouldn’t require much time off from work, though our doctors recommend a week to let some of the side-effects post-treatment wear off. We recommend our patients avoid any sort of strenuous or physical activity that may knock the injected sites off-balance, such as gym visits and exercise. There may be some redness or swelling as a side-effect, as with any injectable treatment, but this occurrence is temporary and can be covered up with light make-up for appearance purposes.
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Fat Transfer FAQs
A fat transfer is most effective and natural when small volumes are added to multiple areas. Most of the overfilled balloonheads result from too much fat being placed in a single area.
The under eye hollow is one of the best areas to treat with fat transfer. The take is excellent and the result is essentially permanent. We have up to 12 year follow up on some of our patients. It is a very unforgiving area and so it is important that the procedure is done by a surgeon with significant experience.
Fat transfer is most commonly used in areas where the primary cause of aging is volume loss. The midface which is the cheek, under eye, nasolabial fold region is the most common area. The mouth region particularly along the chin is also important. We will also commonly transfer fat around the upper eye area, temple, lips and jawline.
Why Choose the Glasgold Group?
Facial Fat Transfer is a complex and custom procedure that requires a high level of skill and knowledge to perform properly. At the Glasgold Group, our surgeons have decades of experience while patients and peers alike respect them for the beautiful, natural-looking results they produce consistently. By choosing the Glasgold Group for your procedure, you can expect results of the highest caliber and the knowledge that your safety and satisfaction are top priorities.
- Dr. Robert Glasgold has an American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Certification.
- Dr. Robert Glasgold is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and double board certified.
- Dr. Mark Glasgold is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and double board certified.
- Dr. Mark Glasgold is a co-director of the Facial Plastic Surgery Fellowship Program of AAFPRS.
- Dr. Mark Glasgold has an American Board of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Certification.
- Dr. Mark Glasgold has an American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Certification.
If you prefer undergoing a less-invasive treatment to address areas of concern on your face, consider the Glasgold Group for a solution to such issues. Meet with our top doctors in a one-on-one, patient-and-doctor consultation to see if a facial fat transfer or a different non-surgical treatment is right for you. The Glasgold Group is one of the most sought-after teams in all of New Jersey for its collective proven results in the facial plastic surgery field. Come view some of our before-and-after facial fat transfer results of previous patients of ours. Call us at 732-846-6540 for more information regarding fat grafting, or fill out our online contact form to learn more about this fat injections procedure.