Facial fat grafting performed at SpaMedica starts at $4,999 depending on the number of areas to harvest from and treat.
Recovering from a facial fat grafting takes 10-21 days.
Facial fat grafting is performed under simple, local anesthesia and sedation, laughing gas and takes approximately 1.5 hours.
Micro Fat transplantation is a procedure that takes fat cells from an area of the body you don’t want or need. The fat cells are prepared then transplanted through injections to areas where fat contouring and shaping is required.
Fat grafting to the face helps restore lost volume and shape and can diminish wrinkles and depressions in the skin. Facial fat grafting is a good option for contouring, shaping, and plumping up problem areas on the face such as the cheeks and lips. Micro fat transfer can also be used to fill hollows around the eyes, temples, cheeks, and to contour the jawline.
An ideal candidate for facial fat grafting has lost facial volume or always lacked facial definition. Facial fat grafting candidates have skin indentations, depressed scars, or deep wrinkles. The candidate may also have grooves, folds, or areas of soft tissue depressions. Someone who desires to enhance their lips is an ideal candidate, as well. Toronto micro fat transplantation patients should fill out the appointment request form and upload 3 photos for Dr. Mulholland and his team to review.
Shape and Contour Lost Facial Volume and Augment Cheeks and Chin
Whether you want to reshape your chin, restore the volume in your cheeks or fill hollow areas beneath your eyes, the results you’ll receive with facial fat grafting look both youthful and incredibly natural.
Minimize Skin Wrinkles and Depressions
As we age, collagen and elastin begin to break down, we lose facial fat volume, all of which creates those pesky fine lines and deep wrinkles, grooves, folds and laxity. Facial fat grafting is a minimally invasive procedure that can revitalize your youthful plumpness to the face without the need for surgery!
Enlarge and Enhance Lips
Finally, those big luscious lips you’ve always dreamed of – that will stay longer than a regular dermal filler! Roughly 50% of the fat injected will survive, and the surviving fat will last forever, leaving you with gorgeous lips for life that will naturally age with your body.
Reduce Fat in Other Areas
To begin the fat grafting process, liposuction techniques are used to harvest fat from another part of the body, such as the lower abdomen. Talk about a win-win!
As with any procedure, facial fat grafting has risks, although very rare these include:
● Bleeding or bruising at the site of injection
● Irregularities in the surface, contours, or firmness of the skin
● Damage to blood vessels (infrequent)
Dr. Mulholland has over 20 years of facial fat grafting and facial shaping experience and his team of body contouring experts have worked hard to create a welcoming and comforting environment throughout the entire process. They take the time to explain your facial fat transfer procedure details and options thoroughly, uniquely customizing it to reflect your aesthetic goals.
The best non-invasive alternative to facial fat grafting is facial shaping using ‘off-the-shape’ sugar gel, HA gel, Juvederm, Revanesse, Restylane or Teosyal. The advantage of using these dermal soft tissue fillers is that there is no donor site, less facial swelling and bruising and the effects are immediate. The disadvantage of gel dermal fillers for facial shaping is they last about 9-14 months, whereas, facial fat grafting, if the fat cells “take” and survive can last for years.
The patient’s fat is harvested from a donor area and re-injected using the micro fat techniques to the desired area. The small amounts of fat swell up the space to correct any depressions and fine lines or provide a lift. Unlike fat grafting techniques in the past, these tiny filaments are much likelier to pick up a blood supply, ultimately avoiding resorption and providing a long-term correction. The typical survival of fat grafting volume is 50-70% of the fat grafts injected.
The facial fat grafting procedure starts with a consultation with Dr. Mulholland, where loss of facial volume, folds, furrows and under volumized areas are discussed and analyzed. Dr. Mulholland will recommend the areas of the face that will benefit from facial fat grafting and fat facial transplantation, walking you through the entire procedure and post-op care.
After a micro fat transfer, there is some bruising and swelling for 10-21 days, especially if the procedure has been done on the lips. Follow your surgeon’s instructions for post-surgery recovery.
Because the normal facial aging process is a loss of facial fat volume, it is expected that patients who have a nice improvement following facial fat grafting may require another session or multiple sessions every 3-5 years. As patients age, they will lose their non-grafted facial fat as well as the grafted facial fat. Repeat procedures every few years may be required.
Week 1: Minor swelling and bruising will appear during the first week after your fat grafting procedure. In general, the swelling and bruising can be similar to a wisdom tooth extraction.
To ease any swelling and discomfort, you should:
● Avoid sleeping on your face
● Apply a cool ice compress
● Take any pain medication prescribed by your surgeon
Week 2: By the second week, most of the bruising will have gone away, although you will still be left with slight swelling in and around the areas of injection. While many patients feel ready to return to work after one week, every individual’s recovery time will vary.
Check with your plastic surgeon before resuming your normal activities.
Additional procedures that could enhance the result of fat transfers are other facial cosmetic procedures such as face lift, laser resurfacing, eyelid lift, rhinoplasty, endoscopic brow lift, blepharoplasty, ThreadLift™, or Botox injectable.
The actual injection of fat is performed under local anesthesia and is therefore not painful. The injection of the actual local anesthesia can be uncomfortable and is performed with oral sedation and laughing gas.
It has been reported that we lose 1 tsp of fat from our face every year from age 40 years old to 65 years old, at which time our facial volume has decreased by 25cc. Facial fat grafting performed at SpaMedica can last upwards of several years, many results can be permanent! Though it is important to remember that facial fat grafting does not protect against future aging, your fat will continue to lose volume as we age and even the fat grafts that survive will break down with time. While a facial fat transfer can minimize aging signs such as fine lines and wrinkles, facial fat grafting ages naturally.
Not much fat may be required for the actual procedure, but additional fat can be taken from the donor site for improved body contouring and shaping.
On average, 50-70% of the fat grafted cells survive the transplant procedure and then are subjected to normal biological aging.