Dr. Dickie uses Micro-Fat Grafting techniques to aid in rejuvenating and contouring the face to provide long-lasting, pleasing aesthetic results.
Who is a candidate for Facial Micro-Fat Grafting?
Over time, your face may have lost volume due to aging. If so, you are most likely a good candidate for this procedure. Micro-fat grafting can restore the lost volume to your face and can be used to enhance your cheek bones or chin, shape and frame the bone around your eyes, raise your eyebrows, shape your nose, fill nasal labial folds, restore fullness to your lips, correct scars, and rejuvenate the skin.
Micro-Fat Grafting procedures vary according to the individual need(s) of the patient and also according to the area(s) to be treated. Micro-Fat Grafting can be performed under either a general or local anaesthetic with sedation, depending on the individual patient’s requirements.
Dr. Dickie harvests the patient’s fat from area(s) with excess fat. This is typically the tummy, flanks, or thighs. Harvesting the fat can also depend on the preferred area(s) of the patient, the volume of fat required, and the quality of the fat. It is important when harvesting fat to avoid creating a defect in the donor area. Dr. Dickie may advise you to wear a compression garment after harvesting the fat.
Fat harvesting is done using a small syringe, and then is prepared and placed in other small syringes for the injection(s). The area(s) to be contoured are anaesthetized, then the fat is injected in tiny amounts. This is mostly in the deep layer, next to the bone if possible, so that visibility or palpability is not an issue. The deep layer of placement also improves the percentage of fat survival. A small cannula is used so that small packets of fat are placed which can easily take on a new blood supply necessary for survival of the graft.
Dr. Dickie encourages his patients to resume normal activities post-operatively. This helps to decrease the amount of discomfort and increase the recovery time. The area(s) of the face where the fat was placed should be left alone, unless the patient is instructed by Dr. Dickie to massage that area(s). A compression garment may be required for one to two weeks after surgery, depending on the degree of swelling. No sutures or drains are used.
You may experience some bruising for up to three weeks in the fat donor site(s). Changes in your size may occur for the first month as the swelling resolves; however, this will normalize six weeks after surgery. You may also experience some facial bruising; this typically can last up to three weeks, but can vary according to individuals.
Contact the Royal Centre of Plastic Surgery for more information on micro-fat grafting and other possible cosmetic enhancements that you might be considering and to schedule an in depth consultation with Dr. Dickie. Let us help you achieve your desired look, we are committed to helping you look and feel great.