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Introduction Fat Grafting

Fat grafting is the hottest topic in plastic surgery in recent years. Used properly, it is one of the best materials to improve contour deformity and volumize the face and body. At our practice in NYC, fat grafting is frequently asked about. Changes in aging are three-dimensional. Gravity pulls everything down in the vertical direction but tissues also undergo atrophy in the horizontal dimension. In the long run, these issues can cause a loss of volume, saggy skin, and a much older look overall. In cases such as these Dr. William Lao has helped many patients reclaim their youthful aesthetic with a cosmetic procedure known as fat grafting.

Dr. William Lao is a top plastic surgeon specializing in fat grafting in NYC.

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What is Fat Grafting?

Fat grafting is a cosmetic procedure that involves taking fat from one area of the body to fill in lost volume in another. It is an advanced technique designed to restore the lost volume that occurs with aging. The most commonly used places for that reason are the face, breasts, hands, or feet.

Who are the Best Candidates for Fat Grafting?

Fat grafting is an excellent option for those experiencing the changes caused by the aging process and who want to improve the contours of their bodies without having to undergo a highly invasive surgical procedure. Depending on their cultural preference, younger people can also benefit from the volume augmentation provided by fat graftings such as buttock augmentation and breast augmentation. Ideal candidates for fat grafting should have an adequate amount of excess fat that can be removed from one area of the body and used on another.

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What are the Benefits of Fat Grafting?

Many of Dr. Lao’s patients have seen the benefits of fat grafting, such as:

  • Fills in wrinkles

  • Increases definition in desired areas

  • Improves your skin

  • Less chance of allergic reaction

  • Removes unwanted fat

What’s the First Step?

If you are interested in a Fat Grafting procedure, your first step is to call us and schedule a consultation with Dr. Lao. During this private consultation, you will be able to discuss your aesthetic goals as well as go over any questions or concerns you may have.

What to Expect on the Day of Fat Grafting

Fat grafting is a procedure that can potentially “kill two birds with one stone.” Liposuction is performed in places of the body where fat is not wanted, ie. flanks, abdomen, inner and outer thighs. This fat is then processed and transferred to areas where volume is desired, like the face, nose, breasts, buttocks, hands, and feet.

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Time: 1-2 hours

General Anesthesia or Local Anesthesia


Ambulate the night of surgery

Shower 2 days after surgery

2 to 3 days off work


Avoid heavy lifting and swimming for 2 weeks

Fat Grafting Recovery

Your recovery time will vary depending on the amount of fat that has been removed and how large of an area needed to be covered. In most case scenarios, you can expect a recovery period of around 48 hours after your procedure. During this time, you will notice that you start to feel more awake and your body will begin its physical restoration. You will also recognize your ability to move around more freely and resume more of your normal activities. During a longer-term recovery, it could take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. We do recommend that you take off the first few weeks of work during this time during your recovery, however, less time may be needed depending on the intensity of your procedure. You should be fully recovered after around four to six weeks after your procedure has been completed, with more intense procedures taking up to four months. You should make and attend follow-up appointments based on the schedule provided to you by Dr. Lao. Following this plan will ensure that you are recovering properly and that there are no additional issues that should be addressed.

Why Choose Dr. Lao?

Dr. William Lao is a board-certified plastic surgeon who is proud to have attended Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Lao has over a decade of experience and has been listed as a Top Doc in the aesthetic magazine, NewBeauty. Dr. Lao prides himself on patient safety and his ability to connect with his patients.

How Much Does Fat Grafting Cost in New York City?

The cost of Fat Grafting in New York City varies from patient to patient and depends on the needs of each individual. Factors that help determine the cost are the amount of fat being removed and the area(s) you desire to have corrected. We’ll assess your body to help determine the perfect treatment plan for your needs and discuss the associated cost.


Is Fat Grafting painful?

Fat Grafting is usually painless, however, you may experience slight discomfort during the procedure. Dr. Lao does take pride in making you as comfortable as possible during this time.

How many appointments will I need?

Depending on the surgical plan discussed with Dr. Lao during your consultation, you should only require 1 surgical appointment, followed by check-ups during your recovery. The number of check-ups will vary based on your recovery schedule given to you by Dr. Lao.

How long until I see results?

You should notice some drastic results almost immediately following your procedure. There will be some minor bruising and swelling, and your body will also begin to adapt to its new form over a few weeks. If you maintain a healthy lifestyle, you should see positive results for many years to come.

Can I combine Fat Grafting with other procedures?

Yes. Many of our patients like to combine Fat Grafting with other procedures like Breast Augmentation, Facelift, Liposuction, or Tummy Tucks. If you are interested in any additional procedure options, please discuss this with Dr. Lao during your consultation.

What are the risks associated with Fat Grafting?

Although the risks associated with Fat Grafting are minimal and rare, they aren’t non-existent. Dr. Lao works under sterile conditions and uses his many years of experience to ensure a healthy and positive outcome for your procedure, however here are some possible risks:

  • Bruising
  • Fat moving away from intended spot
  • Lumps (Calcification, Cystic, or Both)
  • Infection
  • Necrosis of fat cells
  • Redness
  • Scar Tissue

Schedule Your Consultation

Dr. William Lao has helped patients in New York experience the best versions of themselves with advanced cosmetic services. If you’re interested in scheduling a consultation for fat grafting in our Manhattan office, don’t hesitate to contact our office to schedule your consultation today.

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before + afters

Real patients, real results! Check out our before and after photo gallery and peruse through different gallery options of surgical and non-surgical patients!

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Out-of-town patients

Dr. Lao has provided surgery for patients from almost every continent in the world. With such a wide range, patients frequently ask about travel arrangements for surgery.

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Patient Resources

We’re here to help, with a number of patient resources designed to make your experience as comfortable as possible. Read through the materials below, and don’t hesitate to reach out and set up your consultation to learn more about what we can do for you.

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