Why Choose Dr. Parakh?

Dr. Parakh, MD, FACS, is a board-certified leader in the field of aesthetic surgery who places the highest value on customized results in a welcoming, inclusive practice environment. Precision-oriented and meticulously detailed, Dr. Parakh goes above and beyond to ensure that each client’s unique vision for improvement is achieved according to their wishes. After graduating at the top of her class from one of the top five private medical schools in India, Dr. Parakh completed General Surgery training at the New York Presbyterian Queens Hospital. After discovering a growing passion for the art and science of plastic surgery, she was accepted to an elite, highly competitive Plastic Surgery training program at Cornell and Columbia Universities at New York Presbyterian Hospital.

She also received extensive training at the world-renowned Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital, Lenox Hill Hospital, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and Hospital for Special Surgery.

Dr. Parakh is a Verified Doctor and Top Doctor on RealSelf, and has been recognized as one of the Castle Connolly Regional Top Doctors®: 1st Edition and Castle Connolly Top Doctors in the New York Metro Area for 2019, 2020, and 2021. She was also named as one of Bergen County’s Top Doctors and was hand-selected by NewBeauty as a Top Beauty Doctor.

What is Facial Fat Transfer?

For patients who desire natural-looking enhancement and who do not wish to augment their facial contours with hyaluronic acid fillers, facial fat transfer offers a safe, effective means of rejuvenation. Because the fat is taken from the patient’s own body, there is little risk of allergic reaction, ensuring candidacy for most.

The procedure transfers fat from an area of excess to a region of depletion, accomplishing two contouring goals at once. Facial fat transfer can help restore a youthful aesthetic beneath the eyes, in the lips, around the nose and mouth, in the cheeks and temples, and along the jawline, reversing hollowness.

What Areas Can Be Restored With Facial Fat Transfer?

  • Hollow-looking cheeks or temples
  • Volume depletion beneath the eyes
  • Smile lines
  • Frown lines
  • Nasolabial folds
  • Creases in the chin
  • Lips
  • Jawline
  • Chin
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Facial Fat Transfer Vs. Facial Fillers

Facial fillers can be used to reduce lines and folds, augment facial volume, and reshape the facial contours. Results typically last 6-18 months. With facial fat transfer, enhancement is longer-lasting. No synthetic materials are used, only the patient’s own fat cells, which establish a new blood supply in the recipient areas of the face. Some patients prefer facial fat transfer for anti-aging, since there is virtually no risk of an allergic reaction and the changes are more sustainable.

How is the Treatment Performed?

Facial fat transfer can be done under local anesthesia or with sedation anesthesia. During a fat transfer procedure, fat cells are extracted via liposuction from a donor area, such as the thighs, belly, or flanks. They are then purified and sterilized before being injected into areas of the face that have suffered volume loss over time, typically the cheeks, temples, lips, chin and jawline. Because not all of the fat cells that are transferred will survive, patients may need to undergo more than one session as needed to achieve their unique anti-aging goals.

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What Can I Expect During Recovery?

After your treatment, you will be carefully monitored to ensure you are well enough to go home. Patients who received IV sedation will need to be driven home by a friend, family member, or another responsible adult.

Dr. Parakh will provide detailed aftercare instructions along with prescription pain medications to ease any discomfort. Patients can expect mild swelling, bruising, and tenderness at both the donor and recipient sites.

Ice packs applied to the skin do well to ease any lingering discomfort. Most patients can expect to resume normal activities within a few days. As swelling fades over the next month, patients will see their new, more youthful countenance slowly emerge.

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What are the risks?

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What are the risks?

When performed by a trusted, board-certified plastic surgeon such as Dr. Parakh, risks of facial fat transfer are minimal. The most common risk is that the transferred fat will not survive. Patients can typically expect around 60-70% of the transferred fat cells to survive. However, it is different with each patient. Some may need to undergo additional fat grafting sessions to achieve their ideal results.

How many sessions are required?

Most patients can achieve their desired outcomes within a single fat grafting session. However, depending on the amount of fat that survives, some clients will need to repeat their treatments.

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