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Fat Grafting vs Tissue Fillers: Which Rejuvenation Treatment Is Right for You?

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Get instant, natural and total facial rejuvenation results with the safe & minimally-invasive facial fat grafting procedures at our Kelowna private hospital. 

While it may be true that you can’t stop the aging process, at Okanagan Health Surgical Centre, our team can help you naturally slow down its progress through the use of powerful treatments, including traditional face surgery and newer, less-invasive skin care methods such as dermabrasion.

Such treatments can provide a wide range of benefits including:

  • Improved tone, texture and firmness of your skin
  • Elimination of any unwanted fine lines and wrinkles
  • Reduction of any age-spots or sun damage
  • Natural, youthful and fresher appearance

Customized Cosmetic Treatments

The team of board-certified plastic surgeons at our Kelowna private hospital understand that every patient’s cosmetic needs are unique.

That’s we strive to provide a wide range of safe & effective procedures including facial fat grafting, facelifts, dermabrasion, and more, to help you achieve all your aesthetic goals.


Fat Grafting or Tissue Fillers?

Both face grafting and soft tissue fillers can be used to address a number of anti-aging concerns, particularly a loss in facial volume. Common sites for augmentation include:

  • Lips
  • Cheeks
  • Around the mouth region
  • Lower eyelid

This then leads to a common question: fat grafting or tissue fillers? When considering either cosmetic procedure, it’s important to understand the key differences between them, so you can make a more informed and safe decision.

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Facial Fat Grafting

An innovative and safe cosmetic procedure, facial fat grafting uses a patient’s own fat (from areas such as the abdomen and thighs) to augment certain areas of the face. This gives you a healthier glow and rejuvenates what the added years have been taking away.

A facial fat grafting process typically involves:

  • Carefully removing some fat from a predetermined donor site
  • Maintaining its viability
  • Filtering and injecting it into facial areas that have lost volume

This minimally invasive treatment is performed under local anesthetic and takes approximately 1-1.5 hours. You will be able to go home immediately afterwards. 


Benefits of Facial Fat Grafting

When performed by a skilled and knowledgeable plastic surgeon, fat grafting is a safe and effective procedure.  It has many benefits over other cosmetic treatments including:

  • It is a minimally invasive procedure compared to other face surgeries and is performed under local anesthetic.
  • It is an outpatient procedure so you will not be required to stay in the hospital.
  • Results are natural-looking, yet dramatic
  • There is considerably less pain when compared to a facelift
  • No scarring
  • No lengthy recovery time off work or away from daily activities is required
  • You will notice the results immediately - your face will look fuller, healthier and more youthful.


Fat Grafting Downtime


Although specialized techniques keep the downtime of this procedure to a minimum, you should expect some bruising to develop in the treatment areas. Depending on these, you can return to work or social activities within a few days.

Harvest Sites

The harvest sites (where you graft the fat from) tend to settle down within a week or two. Compared to other face surgeries, this downtime is significantly minimal.


One of the significant benefits of having a facial fat grafting procedure over tissue fillers is the length of the results. Unlike tissue filler treatment, which has to be repeated every 6-12 months, a face grafting procedure can lead to permanent augmentation.


Tissue Fillers

As your skin ages, it loses the collagen that helps shape and support it. Tissue fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane are naturally-derived materials that are injected beneath the skin to make it fuller, fresher and more supple.

A tissue filler treatment is a short, simple, yet effective, cosmetic treatment that involves your skin care specialist injecting the filler into the areas that are causing you concern.

These tissue fillers work by:

  • Plumping up the tissue beneath the skin
  • Shrinking wrinkles
  • Stimulating collagen production
  • Restoring volume to your face.

As a result, skin becomes firmer, smoother and younger-looking. While the length of the procedure will vary depending on the size and location of the treatment area, one tissue filler treatment takes 30-60 minutes.

Benefits of Tissue Fillers

Tissue fillers are becoming one of the most popular cosmetic treatments in Canada, and for good reason. They provide many benefits over more invasive face surgery including:

  • Quick treatment time
  • No downtime required
  • Procedure can be tailored to your particular aesthetic goals
  • No need for allergy testing with hyaluronic fillers
  • Minimal side effects

The results of tissue fillers are long-lasting, but they are NOT PERMANENT. Depending on the type of filler you choose, repeat treatments will be required every 6-12 months.


Book a Consultation Today

The first step in deciding whether a facial fat grafting procedure or a tissue filler treatment is right for you is to book a consultation with a plastic surgeon.

They can assess your aesthetic goals, general health, and unique skin type to best determine which cosmetic treatment is right for you.


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To find out more about the wide range of face, general and plastic surgery at our Kelowna private hospital, contact our team today at 250-868-9799 or fill in the online contact form.

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