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Facial fat transfer, or fat grafting, is the harvesting of healthy fat cells from one area of the body (a donor site) for the purpose of re-injecting the cells into the facial tissues. This procedure can restore lost volume and smooth lines and creases, resulting in enhancement of your facial features without the use of manufactured fillers or implants.

Dr. Antell: Anti-aging specialist in New York

Dr. Darrick Antell is one of the world’s most respected and sought-after plastic surgeons, who has gained acclaim for his work throughout his illustrious career. He was trained at Stanford and Cornell University and has been named a “Top Plastic Surgeon” by Harper’s Bazaar, Town and Country, Vogue, and New York Magazine. 

Many new patients come to Dr. Antell through referrals, which speaks volumes to how satisfied his patients are with their results. His approach to his work is that “plastic surgery should whisper, not scream,” meaning his goal is to achieve subtle, beautiful results that naturally enhance your facial features. With Dr. Antell as your surgeon, you can feel confident that you will leave with a rejuvenated, refreshed appearance.

Why choose facial fat transfer rather than fillers?

Facial fillers can produce a beautiful effect on aging skin. While effective, the results fade with time, requiring retreatment. Facial fat transfer involves moving healthy fat cells to smooth a specific facial area. As the cells become viable and establish a blood supply in the new location, they may have a longer-lasting effect than dermal fillers. Furthermore, facial fat transfer has the advantage of being entirely natural. As no synthetic material is involved, the body recognizes its own cells, meaning there is no risk of rejection.

Natural anti-aging: Fat transfer to restore lost volume

A custom facial fat transfer can restore lost volume to the following facial areas:

  • Sunken cheeks or temples
  • Under-eye hollows
  • Smile or frown lines
  • Nasolabial folds
  • Chin wrinkles, creases

How does facial fat transfer work?

This procedure involves harvesting healthy fat cells from an appropriate area of your body (a donor site), such as the buttocks or thighs. The fat is harvested with using specialized, gentle techniques to ensure that the healthy cells are not damaged. Once the fat cells are extracted, they are purified and prepared for injection. The cells are injected at a specific depth in your skin tissue to add volume in the desired area.

Where will my procedure be performed?

Dr. Antell has privileges in numerous hospitals throughout New York City, but most patients prefer for the procedure to take place in his discreet, private operating room located just across the street from world-renowned Lenox Hill Hospital. His facility has a private back entrance to ensure total discretion and all members of his staff have been thoroughly trained to offer personalized care. The state-of-the-art outpatient surgery facility is fully accredited, designed for your comfort, and equipped with the latest technology.

What type of anesthesia is used? 

A facial fat transfer procedure is typically performed with local anesthesia and intravenous sedation, or with another form of “twilight” sedation, as this allows you to be comfortable throughout the procedure. A board-certified anesthesiologist will monitor you during the surgery to ensure safety.

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What can I expect during recovery? 

After undergoing the surgery, you will recover in Dr. Antell’s state-of-the-art recovery suite while being monitored by one of his nurses until you feel well enough to be discharged. Facial fat transfer is an outpatient procedure, meaning you can return home the same day after the procedure. When performed with “twilight” sedation, you should be prepared to have an escort to bring you home, as you will not be able to drive for 24 hours after the administration of anesthesia. Upon leaving the facility, you will be provided thorough discharge instructions that will guide you through the initial post-operative period. Throughout the entire recovery process, Dr. Antell and his staff will be available to answer any questions you may have.

You will likely have some swelling and bruising, most of which will subside within the first two weeks. Applying ice to the area can be useful in reducing swelling. Many patients experience minimal downtime after the procedure and are able to return to their usual daily activities within a day. The final result may not be visible for up to a month due to residual swelling. 

How do I get started? 

Dr. Darrick E. Antell and his staff will be happy to provide a discreet and private consultation to evaluate your needs and discuss a facial fat transfer. Please call the office at (212) 988-4040 to schedule your consultation.

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Dear Patients,

We hope this finds you and your family in good health during these difficult times. For those who may have suffered a loss, we extend our deepest sympathies.

As many of you know, we decided to shift our practice almost entirely to telemedicine when the COVID-19 pandemic started. Being located in the heart of New York City, we felt this was a necessary decision to help keep you and our other valued patients safe. We want to thank you for your patience and understanding throughout the last few months as we navigated the new and unique challenges that this health crisis has thrust upon us.

We are happy to announce that we have resumed seeing patients for consultations, office procedures (including Botox and fillers), follow-up appointments, and elective surgeries. Please know that, as always, we are dedicated to providing our patients with the safest possible environment. With our own NYS registered and fully accredited operating room, we are able to perform all procedures in an environment that is clean, safe, and secure. Our office is following all recommended guidance from public health authorities, both local and federal, including best practices for hygiene, infection control, and office staff health. As a result, our office might look a bit different than it has on previous visits. We are implementing numerous new protocols, including limiting the number of patients we see each day, minimizing the number of people in our waiting room, and continually and thoroughly cleaning all surfaces and exam rooms to sanitize between patients. Please know that our staff will be utilizing the appropriate PPE to protect patients and themselves.

In order to keep our office a safe space for both patients and staff members, we are asking for your cooperation with the following:

  • Every patient must complete a screening questionnaire for COVID-19 exposure and symptoms prior to your appointment. We will be discussing these questions with you when we call to confirm your appointment. If there are any concerns, we may need to change your visit to telehealth.
  • All patients must wear a mask when entering the office (cloth or homemade is fine). Upon arrival to the office, we will ask you to clean your hands with sanitizer and will provide you with gloves.
  • Anyone entering the office, including staff, will have their temperature taken with a non-contact thermometer. Therefore, upon arriving to the office, please ring the doorbell to be properly screened prior to entering.
  • Patients should come alone for their appointment if possible. If you would like to bring a spouse, caregiver, parent, or friend, we must be notified at least 24 hours in advance of your appointment to make the necessary arrangements.

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors, and friends.

Darrick E. Antell, MD, FACS

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