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An age-reversing treatment with an innovative use for fat cells

Facial fat grafting comes with a host of benefits, from improving your appearance to elevating your self-confidence. During the procedure, fat cells are extracted from donor regions such as the belly or hips, accomplishing a secondary goal of slimming and toning these areas. These are just a few of the many reasons why patients at New York Laser Vision love undergoing the treatment with Dr. Julia Giyaur, our resident aesthetic expert.

What is facial fat transfer?

Facial fat transfer, or fat grafting, is a cutting-edge technique for restoring youthful radiance, vitality, and fullness in the complexion. Instead of relying on synthetic compounds or injected serums, the procedure uses the patient’s own fat cells to boost volume in depleted areas such as the cheeks, temples, and lips. 

Facial fat transfer can also address asymmetry and skin irregularities due to acne scarring and other conditions. Because the substance used is an autologous material, there is little risk of rejection or allergic response. Many patients who wish to avoid fillers have had success with facial fat grafting. 

What are the benefits?

  • Rounder, more youthful facial contours
  • A healthier, more inviting appearance
  • A more positive self-image
  • Sculpts and reshapes the donor regions
  • Long-lasting results
  • Little to no risk of allergic reaction
  • Short recovery time
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Who is a good candidate for facial fat transfer?

Ideal candidates for facial fat transfer are unhappy with the way that volume loss has made them look less vital and attractive. They may have noticed a hollow appearance in the midface and temples and a thinning of the lips. Loss of fat volume in the jawline may have led to a gaunt look over time. 

When it comes to candidacy, overall health is more a determining factor than age. It is important that patients are non-smokers and are free from any untreated medical concerns that might pose a problem during or after surgery. Additionally, patients need to have ample available fat in the donor regions in order to make fat transfer possible. 

What can I expect during the procedure?


As part of the preparation for your procedure, Dr. Giyaur will identify the best areas from which to harvest the fat cells. These are called donor sites. During treatment, these regions will be numbed, and a small incision will be made. A specialized tube called a cannula is then used to suction out fat cells.


Once the fat has been harvested, it is then readied for transfer. The extracted cells are placed in a centrifuge that separates out the essential fat from other fluids and oils, purifying them. This stage of the process improves the viability of the transferred fat and ensures only healthy, stable fat cells are chosen.


Once the fat has been purified, it is then injected into the appropriate areas of the face where volume loss has compromised the patient’s naturally youthful contours. A cannula inserted through a tiny incision is used to deliver the fat gradually until the desired level of fullness is accomplished.

Is there any downtime with facial fat grafting?

After a facial fat transfer in Mahattan, patients may encounter mild swelling and bruising for 1-2 weeks. Remember that healing will be taking place in two areas: the donor region and the recipient areas of the face. Any discomfort can be well-managed with prescription pain medications supplied by the doctor. Ice packs can also be used in both areas for the first few days to help minimize tenderness. Dr. Giyaur will send you home with a detailed aftercare plan so you know exactly what to expect from the healing process.

Why choose Dr. Giyaur for a facial fat transfer procedure?

At New York Laser Vision, we are committed to excellence, whether it is performing complex, vision-saving eye surgeries or helping to restore your complexion with an innovative facial fat grafting procedure. Dr. Giyaur has been delivering natural-looking cosmetic enhancements for over 15 years and holds membership in the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, and the New York State Ophthalmological Society. She is a founding director of New York Laser Vision Aesthetics. Her precision-oriented approach results in elegant, nuanced changes that help patients reclaim their confidence and quality of life. 

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