Fat Transfer

While we’re often concerned with losing excess fat, there are circumstances where having additional fat is desirable. The aging process and weight loss can lead to areas of hollowness on the face and body. As it relates to the face, this contributes to a tired and aged appearance when the eyes or the cheeks appear sunken. For the body, lax skin and flattened contours can diminish our self-confidence. In such circumstances, Oakville Plastic Surgery can implement a technique known as fat transfer to restore volume where it is needed.

Body Procedures


Oakville Plastic Surgery is committed to providing the highest level of care and safety to its patients. Plastic surgeon Dr. Nancy de Kleer will thoroughly assess your condition and conduct a general health assessment to determine treatment candidacy. Surgical procedures are performed in a fully accredited surgical facility.

The administration of a general anaesthetic will be discussed and explained prior to your procedure. Our team of highly skilled professionals takes every measure to ensure you’re fully informed and prepared for both pre- and post-surgical care.


How It Works

Fat transfer involves liposuction to remove fat from areas of adipose tissue abundance and transferring it to areas that require volume restoration. Small incisions are made to the treatment area. A thin cannula is inserted through the incisions to loosen excess fat, which is then removed using a surgical vacuum attached to the cannula. Fat transfer is used in and can be combined with a range of surgical procedures such as blepharoplasty, breast augmentation, breast reconstruction, butt augmentation and facelift surgeries.


The improvements to liposuction technology using fine cannula minimize trauma to the surrounding tissues. This combined with the use of adipose tissue from the patient’s own body minimizes tissue rejection and improves recovery. Compression garments or bandages will be applied to the treatment area to minimize swelling and support healing. Small drains may also be placed in the excision site to remove excess blood or fluid. The excision donor sites will take 7-10 days to heal while swelling can take several months to subside.

Number of Treatments


Treatment Time

1-4 hours depending on area and volume of fat transferred

Average Treatment Frequency


Average Recovery Time

7-10 days