Know What to Expect: How to Prepare for Facial Fat Transfer

Prepare for Facial Fat Transfer

Know What to Expect: How to Prepare for Facial Fat Transfer

Facial fat transfer is a procedure that increases volume in the face to restore a youthful appearance. As with any procedure, it is important to know what to expect. Here are important tips to help you prepare for facial fat transfer.

Know the areas it can enhance.

As a person gets older, their skin may start to sag and look drawn. Adding fullness to the face, fat transfers can improve the appearance of cheeks, lips, and fill the hollows around the eyes.

Choose the best doctor for you.

When choosing a doctor for this procedure, take the time to look at their previous experience. You want to find a board-certified surgeon who has specific knowledge on facial fat transfers because they will have the necessary expertise to explain what they are able to achieve and how they can achieve it.

Make the most of your consultation.

Facial fat transfer generally yields high satisfaction amongst patients that get it, but it is still important to go into the procedure with realistic expectations. The best way to do this is to make the most of your consultation prior to the procedure. In doing so, you can have an open conversation with your doctor about the procedural process, what can be accomplished, recovery time, and the results to expect.  

Facial fat transfer is different than dermal filler.

Compared to injectable fillers, facial fat transfer requires longer recovery time and final results to appear. This is because fat is first removed from one part of the body and then injected into the face, making it more complicated than dermal fillers.

Expect some bruising.

While less invasive than fat transfers on other parts of the body, facial fat transfer procedures will cause temporary bruising and swelling in both areas of the body where fat was removed and injected. Swelling in the injected area will last 7-10 days while swelling in the donor site can last 10-21 days. Even after the swelling and bruising go away, it takes several weeks to a few months to see final results.

Results are long-lasting.

Once you attain the results you are looking for from a facial fat transfer, they will last for several years.

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