Minimally invasive option for full facial rejuvenation
During the natural aging process, we tend to lose volume in our faces. This loss of volume contributes to a less youthful appearance. Volume replacement with your own fat can help counteract this process and restore a more youthful appearance. Facial fat grafting is a minimally invasive option for full facial rejuvenation.
When selecting a plastic surgeon to perform fat grafting in Calgary, it is extremely important you choose a surgeon who truly understands the anatomy of the face. Whether considering a surgical or a non-surgical procedure for your face, the key is to obtain a result that preserves your natural beauty. Rather than produce drastic change, Dr. Dawes will subtly enhance and refine your facial features.
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Is Facial Fat Grafting for Me?
As the face deflates further, nasolabial folds (laugh lines), marionette lines (lines beside the mouth) and bags under the eyes may become more prominent. The way to reverse these signs of aging is by replacing the fat that has been lost during the natural aging process. This fat is harvested from a donor site (such as the abdomen, waist, inner thighs or knees) utilizing a small cannula. The fat is purified, placed into small syringes and re-injected into predetermined areas of the face. Fat grafting provides long-lasting structural filler that does not involve any incisions or lifting of the skin. The goal is to use your own fat to restore a more youthful facial contour (not over-filled) and improve your skin quality. Facial fat grafting replaces the need for filler injections if you are looking for a more long-term solution.
How Is Facial Fat Grafting Performed?
Fat grafting can be performed under local anesthesia or under a general anesthetic. Fat transfer allows for larger volumes of augmentation to create permanent results. Dr. Dawes uses a gentle technique to harvest fat manually (using a grafting suction cannula). This technique ensures a precise and long-lasting result. Dr. Dawes understands the importance of a long-lasting natural result and does not believe in over-filling for an exaggerated result.
Problem areas that typically respond well to fat grafting:
- Hollowing of the temples
- Hollowing in the upper eyelid region
- Deep shadows under the lower eyelids
- Loss of height in cheek bones
- Deep nasolabial folds (smile lines)
- Marionette lines (lines extending down from the corner of the mouth)
- Thinning of the lip
- Shadows along the jowl and jawline
You may experience swelling and/or bruising for a few days to weeks. Many individuals go back to work within a few days after their facial fat grafting procedure.
Facial Fat Grafting FAQs
Side effects can include swelling, bruising, numbness or tenderness to the treated area. Dr. Dawes will discuss in details all of the potential risks associated with your fat grafting surgery during your consultation.
Patients who are concerned about hollowness in the cheeks, under the eyes, or have depressions on the face. Dr Dawes will determine which surgical technique and approach should be used in order to guarantee the best outcome.
Fat grafting is a more permanent option than temporary fillers. For patients who are looking for a more long-term and natural solution to facial volume loss, fat grafting may be right for you.
It is possible that patients who gain a substantial amount of weight can gain fat in fat grafted areas.
While dermal fillers are effective and convenient, they do need to be repeated every 8-12 months. Fat grafting is a more permanent solution. However, fat grafting is not appropriate for everyone – particularly those seeking more definition on what Dr. Dawes refers to as ‘structural changes’.
While fat grafting can be a more permanent solution, it may not be appropriate for those requiring more definition or ‘structural’ changes. Also, if patients gain significant weight, they can gain it in fat grafted areas.
Plastic Surgery in Calgary, AB
At the office of Jeffrey C. Dawes, M.D. FRSCS, we have helped many patients achieve exceptional results, and we are confident we can do the same for you. To schedule a facial fat grafting consultation at our Calgary office, call: 403-571-3141 or click the button below: