Facial Fat Transfer (Lipofilling) Montreal

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Facial Fat Transfer

As we age, we lose volume in certain areas of our face, and other areas descend due to increased elasticity and skin laxity. Dermal fillers (with hyaluronic acid, usually) are used to restore volume and help reposition descended tissue. However, dermal fillers are temporary, and can get quite expensive. 

Facial fat transfer is an alternative where fat is harvested from the cheeks, neck, or body, prepared, and transferred into the face. This fat survives by direct contact with the tissue as little vessels grow into the fat. Not all fat survives however, with approximately 50% of the fat not surviving. This is why surgeons slightly over-inject fat transfer. Final results take 6 months to appear.

Fat transfer is usually a good solution for patients requiring larger volumes of facial injectables and who desire a more permanent solution.

Fat can also be further purified into smaller particles like sharp-needle intradermal fat (SNIF) and nanofat. SNIF uses fat as a permanent filler for wrinkle correction, Nanofat uses stem cells from the fat for skin regeneration

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What Is Facial Fat Injection Surgery?

Facial fat transfer involves taking fat from the cheeks, neck, abdomen, thighs, or hips and strategically injecting it into areas of facial volume loss. Facial fat grafting solves multiple cosmetic facial issues without major invasive surgery. It improves the look and symmetry of your face without using synthetic filler products or implants.

This procedure creates an improved appearance and smoother skin by using fat cells taken only from another part of their body.

Cosmetic procedures are making a shift towards less invasive and more natural methods. Fat grafting is a great example of this trend.

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How Does Fat Injection Surgery Work?

With a fat transfer procedure, fat is harvested from the cheeks, neck, thighs or abdomen and is injected into the face to enhance facial volume and contours. The fat is harvested by liposuction and prepared using a special procedure to be reinjected into the face as a permanent and natural filler that we like to call “liquid gold”.

After injections, around 50% of the fat is lost. But that’s normal, with the rest of the fat staying permanently. Final results are at 6 months.

Fat grafting is an appealing option for certain patients, as a safe and durable alternative to dermal fillers. With fat grafting, surgical incisions are not required and it is minimally invasive.

Fat is injected in small droplets using a thin needle. The microdroplet technique ensures a high blood supply to the fat, ensuring smooth and effective results.

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Comparing Fat Injections To Dermal Fillers

As a facial fat transfer uses your body fat, there is no danger or risk of introducing foreign materials into your body. Side effects are therefore very rare and non-existent in most cases.

They are an ideal solution for people who are sensitive or allergic to dermal filler products.

Fat injections also last for several years as the fat is integrated into the body. Certain patients may require multiple sessions.

Facial fat transfer gallery

Warning: These photos are published as an indication to provide information on the nature of the intervention. They do not constitute a guarantee of results.

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Who Is An Ideal Candidate For Fat Injections?

The ideal candidate for the injected fat procedure is a patient with realistic expectations that wants a more permanent solution to facial volume loss, and that is not planning any extreme weight variations as this can affect results.

A minimal amount of fat must also be present in the cheeks, neck, abdomen or thighs. The procedure can be performed under local or general anesthesia depending on patient preference.

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How Many Treatments Are Needed

Some facial areas will only require one fat injection treatment for long-lasting results, while other features may require several visits to the clinic. During your initial consultation, your cosmetic doctor or surgeon will discuss the areas you want to improve and outline how to achieve optimal results.

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Benefits of Facial Fat Transfer:

The main benefits of facial fat transfer are the restoration of facial volumes and enhanced facial harmony. Some other benefits include:

The fat harvested contains stem cells that provide growth factors, contributing to facial rejuvenation

Fat grafting lasts for several years, and maybe permanent. Results achieved with soft tissue fillers on the other hand only last 6-9 months.

Since facial fat grafting uses the body’s tissue, the immune system won’t view it as a threat when it is injected into the face. Synthetic fillers are more likely to cause an allergic reaction.

Outcomes look less drastic and appear more natural. The subtle results are a big part of the appeal.

Much shorter recovery time compared to other surgical procedures such as a facelift.

This procedure is considered minimally invasive with no incisions and few risks.

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FAQs

The facial fat transfer usually takes an hour and a half to perform. The final results take six months to show but surgical results last a lifetime.

Patients can return to work, school, or social activities the next day. However, swelling is to be expected especially during the first few weeks. Light physical activity can be resumed after a week, but you should refrain from heavy lifting for three weeks to prevent bleeding.

Pain, bruising, bleeding, infection, visible scarring, unsatisfactory cosmetic result, asymmetries, irregularities, bumpiness. and requiring multiple injection sessions.

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Facial features are what makes each of us unique, and enhancing the appearance of facial features can have a significant effect on self-esteem. Over the counter facial products and makeup provide temporary results, but our procedures offer more durable and dramatic results. Our goal is to identify each patients’ facial aesthetic potential and optimize it.

Clinique Face MD is an aesthetic medical center that specializes in cosmetic enhancement procedures for the face and neck. With our offering of injections, surgery, and state-of-the-art technologies, we are the only clinic in Quebec that provides such a complete service offering dedicated exclusively to aesthetic enhancement of the face and neck.

Our team of facial specialists – overseen by the highly decorated head and neck specialist Dr. Sami Moubayed – are able to improve facial features and help you maximize your aesthetic potential.

We use safe and effective treatment methods using the latest technology – with results that will not only enhance your appearance – but make you feel proud and confident with how you look.

For long lasting, safe and evidence based facial enhancement procedures, go with a name that many other Canadians trust. Trust your face to Face MD!

Check out our other injectable medispa treatments: Dermal FillersDysportLip FillersNon Surgical Nose Job

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