3 Reasons Fat Transfer is Right for You

3 Reasons Fat Transfer is Right for You

Fat transfer is a way to add volume to one area of the face or body while sculpting another. The process actually consists of two steps; removing fat from one area of the body and then replacing those fat cells in another area to restore youthful volume and fullness. For many patients, fat transfer has replaced injectable dermal fillers as the go-to choice in facial enhancement. Dr. Madnani and the staff at Madnani Facial Plastic Surgery has some good reasons why fat transfer might be the right choice for you as well.

Double Benefit

Unlike dermal fillers, fat transfer offers two benefits in a single treatment session. First, liposuction is used to remove fat from one area of the body. The procedure focuses on stubborn areas of fat that mar the overall body contour and do not respond to diet and exercise efforts. This minimally-invasive surgical procedure can be performed under local anesthesia and improves the body profile in those common problem areas like the waist, abdomen and thighs.

As one area of the body is carefully sculpted to create a smoother, leaner contour, another area in need of additional fullness can be enhanced. Removed fat cells are purified so that they can be injected in a similar fashion to dermal fillers. Common areas for fat injections include under the eyes, along the cheekbones or jawline or in the temple area. By plumping up these areas, we can effectively restore volume for a more youthful facial profile and appearance overall.

Safe, Natural and Long-Lasting

Using a patient’s own fat to augment areas of the face completely eliminates the risk of an allergic reaction. The results also tend to look and feel more natural than synthetic fillers, since it is the patient’s own cells that are used in the injection process. Fat transfer also lasts much longer than the results of dermal fillers. While more than half of the fat placed into the area will eventually be reabsorbed by the body, the remaining fat will maintain positive results for many years. On the other hand, dermal fillers only tend to last for 6-12 months before a touch-up procedure is required.

Customizable to Each Patient

Fat transfer is a highly customizable procedure that can be tailored to the unique needs of each patient. Liposuction areas can be carefully chosen based on the areas of the body that the patient is most unhappy with. As long as there is sufficient fat for the transfer process, patients can opt to remove isolated deposits from the midsection, hips, thighs, buttocks and back. Even smaller areas like under the chin and behind the knees can be sculpted through different liposuction techniques.

At the same time, injections of fat can also be strategically placed precisely where the patient would like to see improvements. Because there are no incisions involved with the procedure, there is no worry over leaving visible scarring behind. A single liposuction procedure may also yield enough fat cells to cover more than one area of the face, allowing the plastic surgeon to make subtle improvements throughout for an overall improvement in appearance.

Fat transfer is performed right in Dr. Madnani’s office, using local anesthesia for the liposuction procedure. Patients are able to return home the same day as treatment and most are back to all of their regular activities within a few short days. To learn more about how fat transfer can benefit you, contact Madnani Facial Plastic Surgery at 212-203-8591 or 6516-226-1080.

Which lift is right for you?

Know Your Lift: Which One is Right for You?

Lifts are surgical procedures designed to take years off your appearance by firming the skin and smoothing away facial lines. There are many different types of lift procedures available today, which can make it difficult to know which procedure will provide you with the best possible results. To make your choice a bit easier, we have provided the basic lift procedures we offer, along with their specific benefits.

Mini Lift

A mini facelift is a procedure often recommended to patients between the ages of 40 and 60 with some of the preliminary signs of aging. This procedure is less invasive than a full facelift, but also does not produce quite the dramatic results of a traditional facelift procedure. The surgery tends to focus on the mid and lower areas of the face. A mini lift is a good option for treating the following concerns:

  • Mild to moderate skin laxity around the midface
  • The beginning formation of jowls along the jawline
  • More significant facial wrinkles in the middle and lower face
  • Loss of definition to the cheekbones and jawline

This procedure is also performed on an outpatient basis using local anesthesia in most cases. Incisions for this procedure are smaller than those used during a full facelift and are usually disguised within the hairline or around the natural skin folds of the ear. The procedure involves less discomfort and typically a shorter recovery period than a traditional facelift procedure.

Facelift

A full facelift is more invasive than a mini lift, but will offer the most dramatic and longest-lasting results in the mid and lower face areas. A full facelift will address the same concerns as a mini lift, including sagging skin in the mid-face, the formation of jowls along the jawline and deep facial creases around the nose and mouth. This procedure will also begin to treat skin laxity of the neck, reducing the appearance of horizontal lines known as platysmal bands that appear on the neck over time.

Like the mini lift, full facelifts also uses incisions placed inside the hairline and around the ear to reposition underlying tissue and muscle, while removing redundant skin and creating a smoother, firmer facial profile. Dr. Madnani performs his facelifts with local anesthesia, resulting in a shorter recovery period than those performed under general anesthesia. Recovery period is generally only 7-10 days.

Neck Lift

If your signs of aging are primarily located around the neck area, a neck lift may be the procedure that offers you the best results. This procedure specifically focuses on creating a smoother, more youthful transition from the jawline to the chest. Specifically, it will address the following concerns:

  • Sagging skin around the jawline and neck
  • Loss of definition in the jawline
  • Loose skin under the chin that creates a “turkey wattle” appearance
  • The formation of a double chin due to redundant skin and excess tissue
  • Horizontal bands that form around the neck

Like other lift procedures, a neck lift can be performed on an outpatient basis using local anesthesia for most patients. The incisions for a neck lift are placed underneath the chin or behind the ears to minimize post-operative scarring. Through the incisions, extra skin and tissue are removed to create a smoother, sleeker neck contour.

Dr. Madnani is highly experienced in all of these lift procedures and will help you determine which surgery will provide you with the best possible outcome. In some cases, a combination of procedures may offer the best results. To learn more about the lift procedures available, contact Madnani Facial Plastics today at 212-203-8591 or 516-226-1080.

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