Over time, skin tends to lose some of its elasticity on areas of the face and body. During this time, fat volume can also be lost. This results in volume loss, lines, creases and depressed areas that can make you appear tired or drawn. It is common for lips to lose their volume and appear thinner as we age.
Fat transfer, also known as “Fat Grafting” or “Micro–Lipoinjection” can be used to correct many of these areas, as well as improve acne scarring. During the procedure, fat is harvested from one part of the body (donor) such as the abdomen, thighs or buttocks, and injected into the areas that require correction (target) such as the chin, cheeks or lips.
Fat Transfer Consultation in Greater Toronto Area
On your initial contact with our ICLS office, you will be assisted by one of our friendly patient coordinators who will provide you with general information on your fat transfer procedure and approximate fat grafting cost. Medical information will be taken at this time to ensure optimal efficiency when you come into the office.
Upon arrival to our state-of-the-art facility, you will be promptly greeted by a patient coordinator, who will make you comfortable while assisting you with basic administrative details. Then you will be escorted to meet with Dr. Khanna’s nurse, Brenda, who will discuss your medical history and provide insights on fat transfer procedures.
Dr. Khanna will then meet with you. She will listen to your concerns and answer any questions about fat grafting that you may have, and then perform a thorough medical exam. She will then make recommendations according to your body and needs, and answer any questions you may have. Typically, the time spent with Dr. Khanna is anywhere from 15-30 minutes.
After meeting with Dr. Khanna, you will meet with your personal surgical coordinator to discuss costs of the fat transfer procedure, surgical availability and your next steps. Your surgical coordinator will be happy to spend enough time with you to ensure all of your questions are answered. They will be your main point of contact through your fat transfer procedure.
Please allow at least an hour and a half for your initial consultation to meet with the entire team listed above.
What to Expect with Fat Transfer Procedure
The fat transfer procedure is a three-step process. The steps are fat removal from a donor area of the body, purifying it, then injecting the fat cells into the target site. The fat grafting results are usually immediate and can last for several years or can be permanent.
Performed alone, fat transfer is usually done with a local anesthesia. The type and amount depends on the amount of liposuction and fat transfer required. You should avoid blood thinners such as Ibuprofen and aspirin for two weeks prior to the procedure.
Fat removal is the first step of fat grafting. Liposuction is used to remove excess fat from the donor site. These can be the abdomen, buttocks, hips or thighs. A small-gauge hypodermic needle or cannula is used to limit damage to the fat cells.
Isolating fat cells is step two of fat transfer. The extracted fat is then spun in a high-speed centrifuge to separate impurities such as blood and anesthesia. Only whole, undamaged and clean fat cells are used for fat transfer
Re-injection of the fat is step three of fat transfer. The procedure is completed by purified fat cells being injected into the target site(s). Areas of your face, lips and under eyes will receive a new contour. A separate hypodermic syringe is used to inject in the target areas to achieve your desired look.
Fat Transfer Recovery
Patients will experience swelling and bruising after a facial fat transfer. This is temporary and should subside after a few weeks. Discomfort due to fat grafting will be controlled by pain medication and you will be given postoperative instructions from our professional team. Many of our patients, especially those in the public eye, take a week or two off work in order to recover from a facial fat transfer procedure. However, patients will be able to cover any bruises with makeup after 3-5 days of healing.
Choosing a Plastic Surgeon for Fat Transfer
Choosing a plastic surgeon for fat transfer has implications that can last for several years if not your entire life. A successful facial fat transfer will provide you with a new self confidence that will add many benefits to your existing lifestyle. Unsuccessful fat transfer at the hands of an inexperienced surgeon can be devastating. It can lead to more cost, more time and more headache.
It is critical to find a board certified cosmetic surgeon who has vast experience in fat transfer procedures. One who’s foundation is strong in education, compassion and success. Finding the right plastic surgeon is critical to getting the look you seek.
Why Dr. Khanna for Your Fat Transfer
As one of Canada’s leading cosmetic Plastic Surgeons, Dr. Julie Khanna looks beyond the surgical procedure to the patient as a whole, from inner self to outer beauty. “Each fat grafting procedure is unique to each patient. The best results come from first understanding patient needs and desires, and then providing a tailor–made solution that meets the personal expectations of that patient.”
While she helps both men and women, Dr. Khanna addresses the special concerns of her female patients. “Many of my patients prefer a surgeon who they believe understands their needs and how they feel about their bodies. We want every patient to be happy with their result and pleased by their experience here at ICLS.”
Dr. Khanna began her undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto, received her medical degree from the University of Ottawa and completed her training in plastic surgery at McMaster University. She is certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and a Diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgeons.
Dr. Khanna is a past President of the Canadian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, a member of the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons.
In addition to her private practice at ICLS, she is an attending plastic surgeon at the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital. Dr. Khanna has made many appearances in both print and television as she is a highly sought after key opinion leader in aesthetic plastic surgery.
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Fat Transfer Before and After Photos
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