Facial Fat Transfer

In Long Island


Facial Fat Transfer

As we age, parts of our body lose volume and elasticity, and it is especially noticeable in the face. While there are many injectables out there to improve this look, there are many people who are looking for a more natural approach. A Facial Fat Transfer can help reverse this volume loss and restore your youthful look with fat harvested from other areas of your body. This minimally invasive cosmetic procedure can provide a plumper, more youthful look.

Dr. Cohn routinely sees Facial Fat Transfer patients from all over Nassau County, Suffolk County, Long Island, and even from Manhattan. His boutique office is located in Smithtown, New York, making it a convenient destination for any Facial Fat Transfer patients on the North Shore.

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What is Facial Fat Transfer?

Also referred to as Fat Grafting, a Facial Fat Transfer is a cosmetic procedure that increases the fullness of specific facial features through the use of the patient’s own purified fat tissue. Fat Injections are commonly used to rejuvenate areas of the face that look prematurely aged or sagged. Through the combination of Liposuction and cosmetic filling, Dr. Cohn can enhance aesthetic issues like hollow cheeks, recesses under the eyes, scars, or depressions. 

Some of the most popular facial procedures we implement at Cohn Plastic Surgery include: 

  • Fat Transfer to the Face: Provides additional volume and contours to your features and can even reduce the signs of aging.
  • Fat Grafting for Lips: An alternative to lip fillers, but very similar in its goal, fat transfers create more luscious lips that last longer than hyaluronic acid fillers.
  • Fat Transfer to Cheeks: Cheek augmentation with fat injections adds volume to naturally flat cheeks and can even reduce wrinkles in the lower part of the face.

Who are the best candidates for a Facial Fat Transfer procedure?

 If you have areas in your face that you would like to add volume to and you have sufficient donor sites from which fat can be taken, a Facial Fat Transfer in Long Island may be an option for you. The following is a list of what makes a good candidate: 

  • Are in good overall health.
  • Nonsmoker
  • Not have any circulation problems, life-threatening illness, or medical conditions that can impair healing
  • Maintain realistic goals and a positive attitude
  • Committed to maintaining a healthy lifestyle through diet and exercise following your transfer 
  • Have an area with sufficient fat to remove

What are the benefits of Facial Fat Transfer?

 The main benefit of Facial Fat Transfer in Long Island is that it can turn back the clock of aging a bit without using artificial means. By injecting fat from other areas of your own body, you can: 

  • Restore your youthful appearance
  • Redistribute unwanted fat
  • Smooth out aging or sagging skin
  • Give your lips additional volume
  • Smoothen out and plump up the skin around your nose and lips
  • Reduce the severity of deep forehead creases
  • Reduce your chance of allergic reactions to foreign substances by using fat from your own body (as opposed to dermal fillers)
  • Get more natural, longer-lasting results (compared to temporary fillers)
  • Improve your self-image and self-confidence

First Steps

What’s the first step?

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The first step to getting a Facial Fat Transfer in Long Island is to book a consultation at Cohn Plastic Surgery. When you come in for your appointment, you will get to meet Dr. Cohn, learn more about what a Facial Fat Transfer treatment involves, and decide whether this is the right procedure for you. Dr. Cohn will examine your body and your face, and ask you questions regarding your lifestyle and medical history.

If you choose to move forward with this procedure, Dr. Cohn will create your procedure plan and our Patient Coordinator will help schedule your appointment. Photos will be taken to map out a treatment plan and Dr. Cohn will also provide you with a list of directions to follow before surgery, which can include fasting for a certain amount of time before surgery and avoiding certain medications such as blood thinners.

What to expect on the day of Facial Fat Transfer surgery

On the day of your surgery, Dr. Cohn will walk you through the procedure as discussed in your consultation. First, he will numb the areas being treated with a type of anesthesia. 

Next, he will focus on fat harvesting. He will make a small incision on the selected site(s) for fat removal. Using a sterile technique, Dr. Cohn inserts a cannula connected to a syringe to carefully extract fat.

After fat harvesting is the purification and transfer of the fat. After obtaining enough fat from the donor area, Dr. Cohn will process the fat and prepare the fat cells for the transfer. To purify the fat cells, he will use a centrifuge to spin the fat or a filtration process to remove impurities. The processed fat cells are then placed into small syringes that they will use for the fat injection.

Following the purification step is the placement. Dr. Cohn prepares the receiving area of your face and inserts a needle into the incision point of the site to be augmented. He will usually pass the injection needle in and out of the augment areas multiple times. Each time the needle is withdrawn, a line of fatty tissue parcels is carefully deposited in natural tissue planes. Dr. Cohn will repeat this process until reaching your desired results, creating a grid of grafted fat. Once this process is complete, Dr. Cohn will close the incision and place a dressing or bandage over the grafted area.

Before leaving our clinic in Long Island, Dr. Cohn and his team will ensure you have all the information you need for a smooth recovery. We also recommend arranging transportation to and from our clinic on the day of your surgery so you can avoid placing stress on your body.

Facial Fat Transfer Recovery

Your recovery time will vary depending on how much fat is removed and the location of the liposuction incision site. Dr. Cohn will let you know how long it will be before you can return to your normal level of activity and work. You must follow all the patient care instructions Dr. Cohn and his team provide. It is also important to know that the amount of time it takes for recovery varies greatly among individuals.

During the first week, your swelling and bruising will be significant, and you will not be ready to see others socially or professionally. You will likely need to wear compression garments to keep your skin compressed and prevent swelling. Dr. Cohn will tell you how long to wear these, usually for weeks. 

Your incisions may be leaky or drain fluids for several days. In some cases, Dr. Cohn will insert a drainage tube to drain fluid away from the wound and give you instructions about emptying and resetting the drains.

In the second week, the bruising resolves, but you will still have swelling. You will likely see the greatest improvement between the seventh and tenth days, but you may still not be ready to go out in public. If you can only take off one week of work, try to plan your surgery to include two full weekends for recovery. If you can, try to take at least two weeks off.

By the third week, you will begin to look more like yourself. You can carefully apply makeup to camouflage any residual signs of swelling or bruising. Once the swelling recedes, you will be able to appreciate the results, but subtle swelling may persist for weeks.

Facial Fat Transfer Cost

How much does Facial Fat Transfer cost in Long Island, NY?

The cost of Facial Fat Transfer in Long Island varies based on numerous factors, including the amount of fatty tissue harvested, the time needed to perform the procedure, and the severity of aging features and wrinkles being treated During your consultation, Dr. Cohn will assess your goals and needs, map out a treatment plan for you, and our Patient Coordinator will let you know the price you can expect to pay.

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When you choose Cohn Plastic Surgery, you are placing your aesthetic needs and goals in the expert hand of Dr. Jason Cohn. If it’s life-changing confidence with the looks to match, you have come to the right place. Dr. Jason Cohn is a Long Island native and AAFPRS fellowship-trained facial plastic reconstructive surgeon based in Smithtown, NY. Dr. Cohn enjoys connecting with his patients in a meaningful, approachable demeanor. He aims to assist you in achieving your aesthetic goals with natural, high-quality results. Call us today to learn how Dr. Cohn can restore your confidence in your body, as you put your best foot forward in the world.


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If you’re interested in Facial Fat Transfer in the Long Island area, contact us today to get started on your road to transformation! Our highly-trained staff will take care of your scheduling needs and set up a consultation that could change your life. We offer in-person and virtual appointments to best accommodate your needs. Dr. Cohn is ready to help you achieve your best look and give you the confidence you need. Call us today at 631-759-9173 or use our website to request your appointment and a friendly member of our team will be in touch with you.

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