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Facial Fat Grafting or Fat Transfer

Fat atrophy and volume loss in the face has recently been recognized as a major contributor to facial aging. Hollowness of the cheeks, temples and the lower orbital region, sharp demarcations in between different areas of the face and a facial contour transition from oval to rectangular are all manifestations of volume loss in the face. These are subtle changes that combine to give one a deflated and aged appearance. As part of our non-surgical treatments, fat transfer can help rejuvenate the face by erasing such volume changes.

Facial volume augmentation is a facial cosmetic treatment that can be achieved in several ways. There are a number of commercially available injectable fillers to augment the face; products such as Restylane, Juvederm, Scupltra and Radiesse. Although these fillers are easy to administer, they lack permanency. Fat grafting is a permanent way to restore facial volume, and an attractive alternative to commercially available facial fillers.

Dr. Khosh performs fat grafting in Manhattan, as an in-house procedure. A small amount of fat is gently harvested from the lower body, prepared carefully, and then meticulously injected into designated areas of the face. Fat transfer can be used to enhance the appearance of the cheeks, brow, temple and orbital regions. After this procedure, you will notice not only improved facial contours, but may also notice more vibrant and healthier skin.

Facial Liposculpture

In some cases, fat does not need to be added, but reduced, which will enhance a patient’s facial features. Facial liposculpture is used to remove fat from under the skin, usually in the neck or jowls. This can give a thinner appearance and is often combined with a neck or face lift to remove or tighten excess skin.

To learn more about fat grafting, fat transfers or facial liposculpture, contact the office of Dr. Khosh to schedule a private consultation.

Fat Grafting New York, NY

Case Study

This 46 year old patient requested consultation for facial rejuvenation. She wanted natural appearing enhancement of her face. I recommended upper blepharoplasty and fat transfer. She underwent fat transfer from the abdominal area to the upper and mid face.

  • Patient: 46 year old female fat transfer candidate
  • Problem: Aged appearance of the face
  • Procedure: Fat transfer, Upper blepharoplasty

Disclaimer: These are actual results for patients of Dr. Maurice Khosh. Plastic and cosmetic surgery results can vary between patients.

Frequently Asked Questions

The volume of fat transfer is dependent on the needs of each patient. On an average patient, 10 to 15 ml of fat is transferred during one session.

In order for the transferred fat cells to remain viable, the liposuction needs to be performed with a delicate low suction technique. The standard body liposuction is performed under high suction with possible addition of ultrasound or laser, both of which are disruptive to the fat cells. One option would be to harvest the fat transfer cells before the standard liposuction during one procedure.

Yes, but not necessarily due to the transferred fat cells. The face always becomes fuller with weight gain and this process will not be significantly affected after fat transfer.

Fat cells can be harvested from the abdominal area, the flank area, the outer thigh or the inner thigh. The incisions are only 3 millimeters and do not leave a visible scar.

Most patients reach their desired results with only one session of fat grafting. In some patients, a second procedure may be necessary.

The donor area may be sore or slightly bruised for one week. The face is swollen for less than a week. There is minimal discomfort and patients typically return to work and social activities within one week.

No. Most our patients undergo the procedure under local anesthesia. Occasionally sedation is used to relax a very nervous patient.

Related Procedures

Fat transfer is a rejuvenation procedure for the face. Other facial rejuvenation procedures can add to the effects of fat transfer include: minor office procedures such as Botox injections or laser skin resurfacing with fractional lasers, small surgical procedures such as blepharoplasty or neck liposuction, and larger surgical treatments such as face lift, brow lift, or neck lift.

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What Dr. Khosh's Patients Say


Based on 174 reviews

Meredith G.
Saw Dr. Khosh for a fractured nose. He reset my nose beautifully (and with little discomfort to me) and then discussed some of my sinus issues with me upon my follow up visit. Never felt like he was rushing me out and felt very confident in his abilities. I would highly recommend to anyone needing plastic or reconstructive options!
Jackie C.
Great front office, really good experience after what was a terrible accident. I was made to feel comfortable. Dr. Khosh is very good at what he does. I'm still healing but I'm confident of the results
Kaitlin M.
Dr. Khosh takes exceptional care of his patients. He has operated on me twice, each time making me feel extremely comfortable and satisfied with the results. His staff is also very kind and knowledgeable.
Diana G.
Dr. Khosh & his staff Susan & Christine are absolutely amazing! They were so supportive & helpful from beginning to end & they are just wonderful people. Thank you guys I truly appreciate everything you guys have done for me. I would recommend them to anyone & everyone!
Joann M.
After visiting and being evaluated by several doctors, I kept going back to Dr. Khosh. His tranquil spirit and professionalism were captivating. Thank you for a job well done and keeping me calm throughout the entire process. A special thanks to your staff Susan and Christine for all of their support as well. Hi highly recommend Dr. Khosh.
Leah G.
Upon hearing of the overwhelmingly positive experience a friend of mine had in choosing Dr. Khosh as her surgeon, I decided to make an appointment for my own septoplasty/rhinoplasty/turbinate reduction. Although I was slightly skeptical as the praise I had heard seemed a bit hyperbolic, all uncertainty dissipated after meeting the Doctor and his staff. My pre- and post-operative experience was excellent in terms of concerns adequately addressed prior to the surgery and mitigation of any bruising in the convalescent period. Despite my apparent predisposition to rather slower healing, a year after the surgery, my nose looks really pretty and my breathing entirely unobstructed! I highly recommend Dr. Khosh!
Courtney G.
AMAZING!!!!!! I had Dr Khosh perform lipo on my chin/neck and my result is unbelievable! Better than I could have expected! I met with a couple of surgeons and the second I met with Dr Khosh I knew he was the one I was going with. He was compassionate and explained every detail of what would take place during the surgery and what to expect during recovery. I even emailed a few times during recovery with various questions and he got right back to me asap which was really comforting! I honestly fully recommend Dr Khosh, he did an amazing job and is an amazing person.
Frieda S.
i can finally breathe!! Dr. Khosh made the entire experience a breeze, it was truly a pleasure to be under his care. I am forever thankful and highly recommend him. Not only does his work speak for himself, but he has excellent bedside manner. His kindness and patience is above and beyond. He takes the time to answer to every question you have to help you understand the process while at the same time making you feel so comfortable. From the first consultation i knew i was in good hands. I am so pleased with the result and forever thankful.
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