Restoring facial volume is a critical step in the facial rejuvenation process. Typically, non-permanent injectable fillers are the product of choice for volumizing the face.
However, more recently, facial plastic surgeons are harvesting a patient’s own fat (usually from the abdomen, flanks or thighs) and injecting micro-droplets of this fat into deficient areas of the face. Dr. Alexander delicately collects these fat cells and transplants them with care and precision, using tiny micro-cannulas, to provide targeted, tailored facial volume enhancement. He will also extract growth factors from the blood, and stem cells from a patient’s own body to maximize the lifespan of the transplanted fat.
This is an ideal technique for restoring volume to many areas of the face, including:
- Under the eyes (tear troughs)
- Nasolabial folds
- Marionette lines
- For patients who have contour deformities following surgery to remove a lesion or mass, micro fat injections can be used to restore the normal contour and appearance
Compared to non-permanent injectable fillers, the main advantage of micro fat grafting is that it can be expected to provide much more long-lasting results using your own body’s native fat cells, while maintaining a natural appearance that is not overdone.
Fat grafting can be performed with local anesthesia and sedation, or general anesthesia. Downtime is minimal and full recovery can be expected in one to two weeks.
BUCCAL FAT REMOVAL
How does buccal fat affect the appearance of your face?
For many, a desirable facial shape includes a contoured cheek region that accentuates the cheekbones and gives the classic heart-shaped face. A large buccal fat pad can negatively affect the shape of the face, giving it a bloated or overly “cheeky” look. Most often, this excess padding is hereditary and doesn’t improve with weight loss. The fat compartment is found between the muscles of the midface. It’s important to note that buccal fat is unrelated to cheekbone fat, which is often enhanced to improve facial definition.
What are the benefits of buccal fat removal?
Buccal fat removal slims the face for a thinner, more toned appearance. Instead of a square or round face, with buccal fat removal a more oval shape is achieved, with a “V” from the cheekbones to the chin. This procedure itself is quite effective and straightforward, and is successful at producing a subtle but appreciable improvement where dieting and exercise have failed to streamline the cheeks.
Understanding the procedure
There is a choice of anesthesia for buccal fat removal, and Dr. Alexander will go over your options with you during consultation. You can receive either intravenous sedation or local anesthesia (more common). Total procedure time is usually 30-40 minutes, unless it is being performed in tandem with another treatment such as a facelift, brow lift or facial implant.
Dr. Alexander will create an incision on the inside of the cheek (no facial scars), through which he can easily extract the excess buccal fat pad. Dr. Alexander’s artistic sensibility, training and experience ensure that he does not over-operate. He will pursue a subtle, nuanced approach that leaves an appropriate amount of facial fat so that the patient’s results appear natural and refreshed. Hollowness and gauntness are avoided. Once the fat is thoroughly removed, dissolving sutures are utilized to close the wound.
Most Toronto clients find that recovering from buccal fat removal is swift and manageable. Some swelling, soreness and discomfort are to be expected, but these are easily alleviated with ordinary painkillers. Swelling will gradually subside and you will begin to enjoy your beautiful, slim cheek profile. You may return to normal activities within a day or two, and eat as you regularly do.
Why choose Dr. Alexander for Toronto buccal fat removal?
Double board certified with a focus on facial plastic surgery, Dr. Alexander has a reputation for superior results, innovative techniques and a kind, patient demeanor that draws clients from all over Toronto and beyond. After completing rigorous training at the top institutions in the world (Queen’s University, University of Toronto, New York University, and Sydney Head & Neck Institute), he has built a reputable practice founded on the principles of aesthetic excellence coupled with impeccable skill.
Dr. Alexander is passionate about natural looking results, and is conservative in his approach. He believes in listening to a patient’s wishes and needs, and carefully analyzing the options available to achieve the desired improvements.
If you are interested in buccal fat reduction in Toronto, don’t hesitate to book your confidential consultation with Dr. Alexander today. He offers personalized attention in a discreet setting, catering to your need for outstanding patient care.
Answering your questions and concerns is a top priority for Dr. Alexander, and he will spend ample time to make sure you are educated and well informed. Most clients leave the consultation feeling excited and relieved there is a solution to the problem of excess buccal fat.
Call today to learn if buccal fat removal is right for you.