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Face / Fat Grafting

Fat Grafting

Body fat makes excellent soft tissue filler material. Fat injection (also called autologous fat transplantation) transfers fat from one part of the body to enhance another.

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How Can Fat Grafting Help?

Fat grafting can achieve several purposes, including:

  • Re-contouring the face
  • Filling the nasolabial folds
  • Augmenting the lips
  • Rejuvenating the hands or lower eyelids
  • Reducing the appearance of scars or wrinkles
  • Achieving definition in the cheeks and chin
  • Rejuvenating labia minora and major

Dr. DuPéré often uses fat grafting as part of a facelift or mini face lift to smooth out wrinkles and folds in areas not affected by the surgical procedure.

Dr. Marc DuPéré offers fat grafting (transfer) in Toronto for several areas of the body, including the face, the hands, the breasts and the buttocks (the so-called Brazilian Butt LIft).

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Dr. DuPéré’s Fat Grafting Techniques

Dr. DuPéré first injects both the donor site, where there is unwanted fat (for example, the abdomen, buttocks, knees, or thighs), and the treatment site with a local anesthetic. He extracts fat cells through a small needle attached to a syringe.

He then processes the fat to remove excess fluids and re-injects it into the treatment site using another needle. Because the body tends to reabsorb the injected fat in the weeks following treatment, Dr. DuPéré “overfills” the treatment area.

Dr. DuPéré also commonly harvests fat for re-injection by performing liposuction on Toronto men and women who want fat grafting.

Recovering from Fat Grafting

Fat injection is not always permanent and may require an effective maintenance program.

  • For best results, patients generally receive a series of treatments over a 6-month period.

Risks and Complications

Every surgery comes with potential risks. Though serious complications are rare, Dr. DuPéré educates all fat grafting patients about risks such as: scarring, opening of the wound, temporary discomfort, bleeding and bruising around the surgical sites, loss of sensation over the surgical site and around the scar, fluid accumulation (seroma and hematomas), non-viable fat, less-than-optimal volumization and requirement for a second fat grafting procedure, infection (extremely rare), nerve and vessel injury (a risk with any surgery), and skin necrosis (possibly treatable with wound care).

FAQ’s About Fat Grafting

  • Who is a good candidate for fat grafting?

    Good candidates for fat grafting are individuals seeking to enhance specific facial features or body contours using their body’s natural fat. Suitable candidates should have adequate fat reserves for harvesting, be in good overall health, have realistic expectations about the outcomes of the procedure, and not have any medical conditions that could increase the risks of surgery.

  • What areas can be enhanced with fat grafting?

    Fat grafting can be used to enhance various facial features, such as the cheeks, lips, temples, chin, marionette lines, pre-jowl depression, laugh lines, and mandibular angles, providing natural volume and rejuvenation. Additionally, it can be used to improve body contours, including the breasts, buttocks, hips, penis, labia majora and hands.

  • How is fat grafting performed?

    Fat grafting involves a two-step process. First, gentle hand-held fat aspiration (micro-liposuction) is used to harvest excess fat from areas like the abdomen, thighs, inner knees or flanks. The harvested fat is then carefully purified and processed. Finally, the purified fat is injected into the desired treatment areas to achieve the desired enhancement.

  • Will there be visible scarring after fat grafting?

    Since fat grafting utilizes tiny incisions for fat aspiration and grafting, scarring is generally minimal and well-concealed. The incisions used for mini-liposuction are strategically placed to minimize scarring.

  • Is fat grafting a permanent procedure?

    Fat grafting results can be long-lasting; however, some of the transferred fat may be absorbed by the body in the weeks following the procedure; for this reason, Dr DuPéré usually overfills slightly. Dr. DuPéré employs advanced techniques to maximize fat survival and provide natural-looking, long-lasting results.

  • What is the recovery period like after fat grafting?

    The recovery period after fat grafting varies depending on the specific areas treated and the amount of fat transferred. Patients may experience some swelling and mild discomfort at both the donor and recipient sites. Strenuous activities and heavy lifting should be avoided for a few weeks to promote optimal healing. The results of fat grafting look very good at 3-4 weeks but the final result is considered stable at 12 weeks. Patients must keep in mind that weight gain and weight loss over time will affect their facial volumes post fat grafting.

  • Can fat grafting be combined with other procedures?

    Yes, fat grafting can be combined with other cosmetic procedures, such as facelift, breast augmentation, or Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL). Dr. DuPéré will assess your unique needs and goals to create a personalized treatment plan that may include a combination of procedures to achieve the best results.

  • How can I get started with fat grafting?

    To get started with fat grafting, schedule a consultation with Dr. DuPéré. During this appointment, you will discuss your goals and concerns, allowing Dr. DuPéré to recommend the most suitable areas for fat grafting and create a personalized treatment plan. Dr. DuPéré’s expertise in fat grafting ensures that you receive the highest level of care and achieve beautifully enhanced facial features or body contours that complement your natural beauty.