Facial Fat Transfer Grafting

This article was medically reviewed by Op. Dr. Ahmet AYDIN

Reyap Hospital – Istanbul, Turkey

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FaQ – Facial Fat Transfer Grafting

How long do the results of facial fat transfer last?

The results of facial fat transfer can be long-lasting, but they are not always permanent. Some of the transferred fat may be reabsorbed by the body over time, so it’s possible that additional treatments may be needed to maintain the desired results. Generally, a significant portion of the transferred fat remains, providing results that can last for several years. Factors such as the patient’s age, lifestyle, and skin quality can influence the longevity of the results.

Is facial fat transfer a painful procedure?

Most patients report minimal pain during the facial fat transfer procedure. Local anesthesia is used to minimize discomfort during both the fat harvesting and injection processes. Post-procedure, patients may experience mild soreness, swelling, and bruising, which typically resolve within a few days to a week. The discomfort is usually well-tolerated and can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication.

What are the risks associated with facial fat transfer?

While facial fat transfer is generally safe, as with any surgical procedure, there are risks involved. These may include infection, bleeding, uneven texture, or irregularities in the skin’s surface. There’s also a risk of fat embolism, although it’s rare. The key to minimizing risks is choosing a skilled and experienced surgeon who specializes in this procedure. Additionally, following pre- and post-operative care instructions closely is crucial for a successful outcome and to reduce the likelihood of complications.

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