Facial Fat Transfer Overview
Facial fat transfer is a form of fat grafting in which the patient’s own fat is grafted (transplanted) into the face. Fat is a natural substance, unlike other cosmetic “fillers” which are generally synthetic materials. The fat gets sourced from areas where it is unwanted, such as the abdomen, thighs, and buttocks.
After the fat is removed from the donor area, it’s re-injected into specific locations on the face. Usually, the areas of the face that are treated include the cheeks, lips, under the eyes, and the chin. But, facial fat transfer can also be done in other areas of the face.
Facial fat transfer is a cosmetic procedure that is done under local anesthesia. The donor and recipient areas become numb, and the whole procedure takes around two to three hours to complete.
Recovery Time For Facial Fat Transfer
Once you’ve had facial fat transfer cosmetic surgery, there will be a period where you experience swelling on your face. Usually, the swelling will start to dissipate within one week after your surgery.
Although it’s not major cosmetic surgery, it’s advisable to take a week off from any work activities after the procedure. Doing so will allow you to rest and will give your face a chance to recover more quickly after the surgery.
Once the swelling starts to subside, you can then resume normal work activities. The good news is that it’s not a cosmetic procedure that you’ll need to keep repeating every so often. That’s because the effects are usually long-lasting.