Facial Fat Grafting
Smooth , firm skin is often associated with youth and vitality. Aging and substantial weight loss can often contribute to loss of volume in the face. This can be present as fine lines and wrinkles throughout the face, bags under the eyes, loss of the youthful cheek projection and shape, and thin lips. This loss of volume can often make the individual look and feel older than their age, and cause them to become self-conscious. While a facelift and neck lift can lift and reshape the face, cheeks, jawline and neck, they cannot increase volume. For patients looking to restore youthfulness by regaining lost facial volume, fat grafting may be the solution. Fat grafting consists of removing fat from one area of the body to be used as a natural filler in another area.
What is Fat Grafting?
Fat grafting, also known as facial fat transfer, is used to treat volume loss in the face. It is a two part procedure which involves the extraction of fat from one area of the body, and the injection of that fat into an area that requires more volume. Fat injections in the face can restore lost volume, eliminate the signs of aging, enhance the cheek shape, reduce lines and enhance lip volume, enhance and contour the jawline, and fill temporal volume loss. In addition, Dr. Barr has extensive experience in Nanofat grafting that is used to rejuvenate and correct aging facial skin in the lower lids, upper lids, upper lips and other areas of the face.
The area from which the fat will be harvested will be determined with Dr. Barr prior to your procedure. Common areas that serve as the extraction site include the abdomen, love handles, hips, thighs and back of arms. The fat is extracted in a microscopic liposuction procedure through a 2 mm access point under a dilute solution of local anaesthetic. This fat is processed, purified, concentrated and then injected into the desired treatment area.
Educate Yourself on Your Procedure
If you are a patient considering a fat grafting and nanofat grafting procedures, please continue reading for further information on this procedure and what you can expect. If you have any questions about fat grafting or any of our other procedures, please contact us.
Who is a Candidate for Facial Fat Grafting?
The ideal candidates for facial fat surgery are healthy men and women who need some volume correction in the facial region or who want to harness the regenerative healing capacity of nanofat grafting. Younger patients tend to pursue fat grafting procedures to augment areas which they would like to add volume to such as their lips or cheekbones, while in older patients it is used to restore the volume loss that occurs naturally with aging.
What are the Benefits of the Fat Grafting Procedures?
Fat Grafting patients often pursue these procedures in order to correct a number of issues, including:
- Restoring volume to the face
- Contouring the face and jawline
- Filling in depressions in the face from age, injury or hereditary condition
- Improving the look of wrinkles and lines
- Filling in hollows in the upper eyelids, lower eyelids and temples
- Enhancing the projection of cheeks and thin lips
- Improving confidence
Like the thousands of patients who undergo this procedure every year, you too can acquire the proportional measurements you’ve always wanted, and gain the confidence you deserve.
Risks of Fat Grafting in the Face
There are very few risks associated with facial fat grafting. You may experience some minor swelling and bruising at the harvest location and some mild swelling following your fat graft face procedure. Your expected results and recovery will be detailed for you during your consultation with Dr. Barr.
Why Сhoose Dr. Barr
Choosing the right surgeon is essential in realizing your aesthetic objectives from facial fat grafting. Dr. Scott K. M. Barr is dedicated to delivering extraordinary results tailored to each patient’s desires. His commitment to an in-depth, thorough consultation ensures that patient decisions are well-informed and educated.
Communication is vital to achieving the best possible surgical outcome. Dr. Barr’s approachable demeanor fosters trust and security, creating a comfortable environment for effective communication, easing anxiety, and generating excitement for the transformation ahead.
Choose Dr. Barr for a professional and technologically advanced approach to achieving the rejuvenated appearance you’re seeking.
Fat Transfer on Face Before and After
Preparing for Your Fat Grafting Contouring Procedure
What is the first step in pursuing the fat grafting procedure?
You should be prepared to discuss your medical history, including any medical conditions, drug allergies, medical treatments you have received, previous surgeries, all current medications, as well as any significant weight gain or loss.
During your consultation Dr. Barr will carefully examine your areas of concern and assess your general health. Different surgical approaches and options will be discussed and he will explain which surgical approach would be best suited to you based on your individual characteristics and aesthetic goals.
The benefits, risks and potential complications associated with fat grafting procedures will be thoroughly explained during this consultation. The information provided at this initial consultation will be comprehensive and thorough, and should enable you to make an informed decision as to whether or not either of these procedures is the right choice for you. A comprehensive instruction package will also be provided to you at the time of consultation, and includes instructions for before and after surgery as well.
Am I a candidate for a fat grafting procedure?
Younger patients often use fat grafting techniques to augment areas which they would like to volumize such as lips or cheekbones. Older patients or patients who have lost a lot of weight typically use the procedure to restore fat to areas that have lost fat such as smile lines, marionette lines, eyelids, temples, cheeks and lips.
Fat grafting is often pursued by patients who prefer the use of use of their own fat, rather than injectable fillers for volume, as it is longer lasting and reduces the risk of allergic reaction.
Can I combine another surgery with my fat grafting procedure?
What will I need to do prior to surgery?
Where will my procedure be performed?
Northern Ontario Surgical Centre has been awarded accreditation by the CAAASF (Canadian Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities) for meeting the standards of a hospital in regards to monitoring, emergency and resuscitation equipment. With two levels and entrances that conceal the actual size of the facility, the centre itself spans 8000 square feet and incorporates fully equipped major and minor operating rooms, a monitored multi-bed recovery area, 10 laser and treatment rooms, spacious consultation areas, private offices to discuss financing options, elegant waiting areas and a private waiting room and secure rear entrance/exit for additional privacy when desired.
How is the fat grafting procedure performed?
The area from which the fat will be harvested will be determined with Dr. Barr prior to your procedure. Common areas that serve as the extraction site include the abdomen, love handles, hips, thighs and back of arms. The fat is extracted in a procedure similar to liposuction, processed and purified, and then injected into the treatment areas. Prior to treatment you may be given local anaesthetic with sedation.
How long will my results last?
How soon can I expect results?
Who can I contact if I have any questions or concerns?
How much does a fat grafting procedure cost?
Is full payment required or do you offer a financing plan?
Affording your procedure can be made simpler by using Medicard which enables you to pay for your surgery with monthly payments. Please note that this company is not affiliated in any way with Barr Plastic Surgery. For more information on how financing can help you afford your procedure, visit:
- Fax, online, phone application
- Approval within 1 business day
- Payment terms: 6 months to 5 years
- No down payment
- Rates based on overall credit history (11.9% – 25%)
- No penalties for early payments
Is my procedure covered by insurance?
What is included in the surgical fee?
You will also be provided with prescriptions for medications to be taken after surgery. These prescriptions are subject to the same coverage you would receive from your medical insurance. If you do not have personal insurance then these are extra costs to you.
Is a deposit required? When is it due?
This deposit is payable upon scheduling a surgery date. This fee is non-refundable should you change, reschedule or cancel your surgery within 4 weeks of the surgery date.
When is payment for the surgery due?
- Payment for your surgery is due 14 days prior to your surgery date. Payment can be made by:
- Certified Cheques
- Mastercard or VISA
- Financing plan
Will I need to stay overnight during my surgery?
How long will it take me to recover from my procedure?
Out Of Town Patients
Many clients travel from out of town to pursue cosmetic surgery at Barr Plastic Surgery. We often welcome patients from cities located in the Northern Ontario region, including North Bay, Thunder Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Timmins and all the towns and cities in between, as well as patients located in Southern Ontario and across various regions of Canada. Patients requiring information or assistance in selecting appropriate accommodations can discuss travel arrangements with our patient coordinators.
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