Fat Transfer / Fat Injections
Often patients ask us to remove fat from one area, but not waste it! Often times it is possible to sculpt an area of excess fat, and through a process attributed largely to the success of Dr. Sydney Coleman from New York, Dr. Chernoff is able to meticulously inject your own fatty tissue into areas where aging has caused fatty deposits to deteriorate. The most common areas of fat injection/fat sculpture are in the area of the brows, or under the eyes to fill in a gaunt or sunken in look. Other areas include marionette lines or nasolabial folds. The utilization of your own fat to augment subcutaneous defects in your facial appearance is totally proportional to the imagination and ingenuity of the operating surgeon. Your own fatty tissue can be stored for several months giving you the ability to re-inject your own fat as a "top up" procedure.
The fact that this is the patient's own tissue also is very attractive to patients seeking augmentation procedures in their body.
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Autologous Fat Transfer
As we age, our faces and bodies go throughinvolutional changes as result of lost fat. Our eyes and cheeks can appear sunken in. We develop vertical l lines around our mouth commonly mistaken for smokers lines”. Our hands start looking boney and our buttocks flattens. All of these changes are a result of lost fat.
Autologous fat (stem cell) transfer is a method of facial and body contouring that involves reshaping of undesirable parts, by removing fat from where it is excessive and moving to areas that are deficient. Fat transfer is “autologous” because it’s your own fat rich with stem cells making it an ideal method to plump the face and add volume to areas of the body. Autologous fat transfer is safe, natural and non-allergenic.
Autologous fat transfer is performed with Ultrasound Assisted Tumescent Liposuction or non-surgical needle suction aspiration to harvest the fat. Other procedures such as brow lifts, eye lifts, face lifts or breast augmentation can be performed at the same time.
Unlike synthetic fillers, fat transfer is permanent. The transplanted fat cells develop their own blood supply and will remain in their new location. If you are considering a fat transfer, it’s important to select a board certified plastic surgeon with experience and expertise performing fat transfer.
Greg Chernoff, M.D., is a Triple Board Certified Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon with over 20-years of experience. Dr. Chernoff has performed thousands of fat transfer procedures with excellent results.
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