As we age, our facial volume tends to diminish, resulting in a hollow or sunken appearance. A fat grafting procedure is an alternative to collagen & fillers for those who have lost significant facial volume.
Dr. Weinberg can inject fat in the nasolabial folds, under the eyes, in the cheeks, in marionette lines and in a depression on either side of the chin below the jowl, known as the prejowl sulcus. He also uses fat grafting to achieve lip augmentation (enhancement) for Toronto area patients by injecting fat into the lips. Scars or skin depressions and hollows can be improved as well.
Because fat consists of living cells called lipocytes, these cells must be harvested from the patient. Thus fat injection actually involves two procedures: harvesting the fat, and then injecting it. Both of these steps are performed on the same visit.
To learn more about fat grafting, call our office at 905-273-3045 (Mississauga) or 416-207-9090 (Toronto) or request an appointment onlinerequest an appointment online. Dr. Weinberg looks forward to meeting with you and helping you achieve your aesthetic goals.
A Better Fat Grafting
You can trust Dr. Weinberg for your fat grafting procedure:
- Experience – Dr. Weinberg has extensive experience with the procedure.
- Total Rejuvenation – He can help you achieve a comprehensive rejuvenation by contouring and augmenting specific areas of the body and face.
- Options – As he is also a facial surgeon and filler injector, Dr. Weinberg can correctly assess the procedures that suit your needs, and can combine fat grafting with other procedures for optimal results.
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Fat Grafting Procedure
Harvesting the fat is achieved through liposuction, using a cannula (a surgical wand) to remove the fat typically from the abdomen, thighs, or buttocks. After the tissue has been obtained, it is placed in a centrifuge to separate the desired fat cells from other components. The grafting is also performed by means of a cannula, again requiring a tiny incision, and the fat is deposited in the appropriate areas. The procedure can be performed with local anesthetic or under sedation, depending on patient preference. As with all surgical procedures, there are possible complications that can occur with fat grafting. Potential complications specific to your surgery will be discussed in detail at your consultation. For a discussion of general risks of surgery, review Dr. Weinberg's Your First Visit page.
Fat Grafting Cost & Related Procedures
Fat grafting is performed using liposuction, but it can also be combined with other procedures including Botox Cosmetic to help rejuvenate and refresh your facial appearance. Fat grafting is also used as part of the Brazilian butt lift procedure. Cost will be discussed during your consultationyour consultation. with Dr. Weinberg and depends on the extent of treatment necessary.
After Your Procedure
After your Mississauga fat grafting treatment, it will take some time for the grafted cells to become established, as they must develop a blood supply in order to remain viable and survive. About 30 to 50 percent of the injected cells will usually survive the grafting process and become permanently established in their new location. In some cases, patients will require a second procedure some weeks after the first. However, once a patient has sufficient viable fat to achieve the desired fullness, the results are very long lasting.
Patients can return to their usual activities between 1 to 3 weeks after the procedure. Mature patients with multiple areas of age-related facial tissue loss resulting in multiple folds, lines and hollows may want to extend the results by choosing ongoing injections with other fillers.
For an overview of what to expect throughout the surgical process from consultation to post-operative period, including general risks and side effects, see the general section on surgical procedures.