Facial Fat Transfer

YOU CAN’T HALT THE AGING PROCESS, BUT YOU CAN IMPROVE THE APPEARANCE OF YOUR SKIN.

Over time, the natural aging process causes a number of distinct changes to the face. The tissue descends, which can be is corrected with surgical procedures such as a facelift, neck lift or brow lift. The skin quality diminishes, which may require laser to remove spots and minimize wrinkles, or may require Botox or Dysport to prevent the lines that come with muscle contraction. However, the most common change to the face that occurs with the aging process, is the loss of facial volume.

For many people, with the aging process, the fat volume that gives us a youthful appearance diminishes, as does the actual bone. There are a couple of ways to replace this loss of facial volume. The most common treatment is with fillers such as hyaluronic acid. It can work really well and is safe. The challenge with fillers is that they do not last forever. Different fillers and different locations on the face have different durations of effect. For some patients, they may be looking for a more permanent solution, and this is where facial fat transfer comes in. Facial fat transfer is performed by liposuctioning fat from an area of the body that is in excess, processing the fat carefully, and then injecting the fat into the multiple fat pads of the face. The goal is to replace the facial volume that has been lost to time.

Not all the volume that is injected into the face survives. Anywhere from 50-70% of the fat may survive, which means that extra fat is often placed at the time of the procedure, with the recognition that the fat will dissipate over the first few months.

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Perhaps the most important thing for the patient to consider prior to a facial fat transfer, is that they are at a stable weight which they can maintain for years to come. Fat that is transferred responds like fat anywhere – if you gain weight it will increase, and if you lose weight it will get smaller. The latter will take you back to your natural appearance. However, weight gain can look less than ideal if the fat in your face increases in size excessively.

Dr Shortt will go over your options, so you feel that your surgery is specifically planned for you.

When to consider having this procedure?

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restore loss of facial volume due to the aging process

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to decrease the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the face

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desire for something more permanent than facial injections

What is the recovery time?

Fat transfer to the face can cause a fair bit of swelling, so patients need to be prepared for that. Ice packs and elevation can help, but really it is a matter of time. Although you may feel a bit bruised, it is more the appearance of swelling that necessitates recovery time. It may take several weeks for the majority of swelling to resolve, and up to three months before seeing the final result.

As with any surgery under general anaesthetic, there are potential risks or complications to consider. During your private consultation, Dr Shortt will be able to estimate the time he expects it will take you to recover, and how soon you can expect to get back to the different activities you usually do.

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I’m very pleased with the results of my explant surgery.

Dr Shortt was recommended to me for my explant surgery. I was informed he was the best surgeon for the job and that I would be very happy with the results.
We met on a couple of occasions before the surgery and discussed the options of new implants, fat grafting or just an explant. He was courteous, respectful and very knowledgeable.
He respected my decision to just have the explant surgery and didn’t try to sell me on other procedures. He is all about what’s best for his patients. When I had my pre-op at the hospital, the intake nurse couldn’t say enough wonderful things about him and his skills. That solidified it for me.
I’m very pleased with the results of my explant surgery. It was a unique case in that the implants had completely liquified. They were done 8 years ago by another recommended surgeon in Burlington, not Dr Shortt himself. It seems they were just defective.
Dr. Shortt noted that he had never seen any implants come out in that condition. I appreciate that he is following up with the manufacturer to inform them of the situation.
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Dr. Shortt is a true professional, with an amazing bedside manner.

Recently I had Dr Shortt remove a large lump from the back of my leg. His genuinely friendly manner immediately put me at ease.
In the hospital, he explained how the procedure was going to work, which made me feel comfortable. The actual procedure took less than 5 minutes, with no pain. I was completely relaxed, knowing I was in good hands. Dr. Shortt is a true professional, with an amazing bedside manner. I’d trust him to do absolutely any surgical procedure and would feel confident that the outcome would be very successful.

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He is a masterful surgeon and he has exceeded my expectations.

Dr. Shortt performed breast reduction/tummy tuck surgery and I am very happy with the results. He is a masterful surgeon and he has exceeded my expectations. I’m a 64 yr. old woman who has lived with shoulder and back pain for years. I decided to have a breast reduction in the hope of easing this discomfort and improving my quality of life in retirement. I was able to discuss questions and concerns easily with Dr. Shortt. He has a quiet, kind manner , complemented by a good sense of humour. I would not hesitate to recommend Dr. Shortt to my family and friends. The office staff are also very professional, friendly and helpful.

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I went to Dr. Shortt for breast reduction in 2015 and things went sideways when they found an early form of breast cancer (DCIS). It hadn’t shown up on the mammogram 6 months earlier. Dr. Rodger delivered the news, and was gentle and frank about my choices. I had been thrilled and pleasantly surprised with the breast reduction. I was equally happy about what followed after the cancer news; no chemo or radiation required: just a series of surgeries starting with a unilateral mastectomy, DIEP Flap surgery for breast reconstruction, nipple reconstruction and scar remediation, all ending with a nipple tattoo by one of his expert colleagues. I’ve never been so well cared for in my life. Dr. Shortt and his teams, both at the office and in the OR, formed a circle of care that kept me comfortable, confident and happy.
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