Fat Transfer

Fat Transfer in Long Island With Dr. Vandegrift

Fight back against aging with fat. As the body ages, fat plays a crucial role in the aging process. In the face, fat stores shift from the cheeks and mid-face leaving behind wrinkles and hollows. Fat transfer can restore youthful facial volume. If you’ve ever wished you could send the fat from your thighs to another area of the face or body, fat transfer may be the procedure you’re seeking.

Dr. Meredith Vandegrift offers fat transfer procedures for the face and body. To learn more about this procedure or to explore your options for facial rejuvenation in Long Island, contact Dr. Vandegrift today.

What Is Fat Transfer?

Fat transfer takes fat from one area of the body and moves it to another. First, Dr. Vandegrift extracts fat using liposuction. Then, she cleans and prepares the fat for injection into the treatment area. The injections are carefully performed to ensure fat is placed in ideal zones for even and smooth volumization.

Fat grafting can volumize many areas of the body. Dr. Vandegrift performs fat transfer to the face, breasts, and body. A Brazilian butt lift is an example of a fat transfer procedure performed on the buttocks. Fat can also be used for facial rejuvenation instead of dermal fillers. Fat offers a longer-lasting result than fillers.

Transferred fat cells will establish a blood supply and integrate into their new location. After an initial loss of fat cells during recovery, the remaining fat should offer long-lasting volume to the treatment area. Many patients enjoy near-permanent results with no need for retreatment.

Meet Dr. Meredith Vandegrift

Dr. Meredith Vandegrift is a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon who specializes in breast and body rejuvenation that restores a youthful, supple appearance after pregnancy or weight loss.

While offering a full complement of cosmetic and reconstructive procedures including breast lift, tummy tuck, vaginal rejuvenation, and oncoplastic breast reduction, Dr. Vandegrift also has a special interest and expertise in both invasive and non-invasive facial rejuvenation. With a focus on keeping your look natural, she provides a holistic approach to each patient, specifically tailoring a treatment regimen that will leave you looking and feeling your absolute best.

The Fat Transfer Procedure: What to Expect

Fat transfer is a two-part procedure. First, Dr. Vandegrift extracts fat cells using a process that is akin to liposuction. It’s possible to remove fat from any area of the body with excess, including the abdomen, hips, waist, thighs, or arms.

The second stage of a fat grafting procedure involves placing fat in the desired area through a series of small injections. Dr. Vandegrift carefully places the incisions to ensure a smooth and even result.

After providing the desired enhancement, Dr. Vandegrift wraps the donor area in compression bandaging. A brief stay in the recovery room allows our surgical team to monitor you. After a few hours, patients are ready to return home with a responsible adult driver.


Recovery After Fat Grafting

Recovery after fat grafting is a quick process for most patients. Many patients return to work about a week after surgery.

There are two surgical sites after fat grafting – the donor area, and the recipient area. Both may be tender, bruised, or swollen temporarily. Dr. Vandegrift will teach you how to care for these sites during recovery.

Results are immediately visible, but will improve as swelling resolves and fat levels stabilize.


Fat vs. Fillers: Which Option Is Best for Me?

Fat and dermal fillers are both excellent for facial rejuvenation. These two treatments offer similar results, as they both restore facial volume. Fat lasts longer than fillers. It is ideal for patients who want near-permanent results. Dr. Vandegrift also recommends fat grafting for patients who want to avoid synthetic substances or the rare instance where someone has allergies to dermal fillers.

Dermal fillers are a non-surgical treatment and require no downtime. They are ideal for patients that want to rejuvenate the face without downtime.


Am I a Good Candidate for Fat Grafting in Long Island, NY?

Fat grafting is ideal for many patients. Dr. Vandegrift regularly performs this procedure on men and women in Long Island and Westchester County. To find out if you’re a candidate, we recommend scheduling a consultation so you can discuss your health, goals, and medical history with a board-certified plastic surgeon.

Good candidates for this procedure are generally:

  • In good overall health.
  • At a healthy weight with some excess fat. Thin, very athletic patients may not have enough fat for this procedure.
  • Struggling with areas that need additional volume.
  • Seeking a longer-lasting solution than dermal fillers.

Your health, lifestyle, and medical history are crucial criteria for ensuring this procedure is safe for you. Dr. Vandegrift can help you explore this procedure or recommend other treatment options if fat grafting isn’t right for you.

Schedule Your Fat Grafting Consultation With Dr. Vandegrift

Refresh your appearance using your natural body fat. Dr. Vandegrift offers fat grafting for the face and body at her office in Long Island. Contact Dr. Vandegrift to learn more about this procedure or to schedule a consultation. Fat grafting offers patients natural-looking rejuvenation without synthetic fillers.

Frequently Asked Questions About Fat Transfer in Long Island

Fat transfer lasts much longer than many dermal fillers. Many patients will enjoy permanent results. To ensure long-lasting results, Dr. Vandegrift recommends that patients maintain a stable, consistent weight.

Many areas of the body can benefit from additional fat. Dr. Vandegrift uses fat transfer to rejuvenate the appearance of the face (brows, lips, cheeks, and under the eyes), breasts, and body. The buttocks area is a very popular area for fat transfer (Brazilian butt lift).

Scarring is minimal after fat transfer. The only incisions required are those needed for liposuction. These incisions are tiny, usually less than an inch, and carefully placed to hide scarring when possible.

The customized nature of fat grafting requires a personalized quote for the procedure. Each patient will receive detailed payment and pricing information from Dr. Vandegrift during their consultation.

Compassionate care meets superb surgical skills, providing Dr. Vandegrift’s patients with a unique plastic surgery experience. Dr. Vandegrift sees each patient as an individual and will work with you to create a personalized treatment plan. Dr. Vandegrift is willing to spend the time each patient needs to address questions and concerns while creating some of the best surgical outcomes in the Long Island area. She has extensive experience performing fat grafting procedures.

Any surgical procedure has risks, but Dr. Vandegrift takes special steps to minimize these risks and ensure a safe procedure for her patients. Dr. Vandegrift is a board-certified plastic surgeon. She has extensive experience performing fat grafting and follows the latest safety recommendations. Patients can minimize their risks after this procedure by not smoking and following the recovery instructions provided by Dr. Vandegrift.