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How long did it take for all of the swelling to go away after facial fat transfer? Was your face uneven until then?

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  • 2 years ago

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I am 2 weeks out of a full facial fat injections and still swollen yet pleased that the swelling is daily diminishing and those areas that needed to be filled are still there. I am definitely beginning to look like myself although one side is more swollen than the other, it seems to be a good day to two days behind the other side but healing nicely regardless. Yes there is minimal bruising still under one eye barely, a smattering of yellowing on my cheeks but all other bruising is almost gone. I do not know how old others are here on this thread but I am 57 and thin therefore my face was quite skeletal and I saw my future of more prominent cheekbones, bony nose, loose skin, sagging neck etc.... Now I see even if I end up with 20% of fat the future of my face at least aging well and not like a walking skeleton. We can't truly blame the surgeon for our wants, knowing the risks is a must when going into any surgery, no matter what your Doctor says we must be held accountable for our research. This is why I like Realself although the mass majority are naysayers, still it allows for weighing in our options. Doctors are not perfect, too many emphasis is placed on their abilities including how they present themselves but I have never been one to fully put my trust in them because the medical field is so iffy. We take chances, whether it is in childbirth, cosmetic surgery or our yearly exams with these doctors so we have no choice to be as well-versed in fully armed with knowledge before we make decisions. I personally am glad I did it, although only 2 weeks out I can already see how well it is going but then I tend to be lucky that way. Each person heals differently and each body reacts differently from drugs to health food, one mans joy is anothers hindrance.
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Hi I was petty good 2 weeks after my surgery. But then i blew up like a baloon. I am 53. My surgeon said they call it the alien stage. I am still slightly swollen at the 3 month point. Under my eyes and buccal area. I am glad you are doing well.
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Alien face lol oh dear. Good to know though, although I haven't heard that happening but I'm SO glad you said something.
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It may not happen to you. I swell up with anything so I may have just been unlucky or it may have something to do with the combined procedures of fat transfer and face lift. Good luck and keep posting all these comments help people to make informed decisions before surgery
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ps if that is your profile photo you look amazing for 57
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Good luck to you all. You should read the 135 comments on problems with fat transfer. A lot can go wrong and make your doctor accountable!! I hope he wasn't like mine and did stuff in a way to cover himself. Doctors need to do a study of the face structure as a younger self and not over fill. over filling cause all sorts of problems. I pray you all had good doctors.
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I understand how scared you must be right now but trust me, this is not how you will look weeks from now. I am just about three months post op and I still have what I think is minor swelling and I have been petrified it wouldn't reduce anymore. But it just started to go down a little again a few days ago. Some of us for various reasons take longer to heal. But at 5 days you cannot judge anything. If I remember correctly, my swelling and bruising actually increased for a few days after surgery. It was around two to two and a half weeks that my swelling and fat absorption reduced by 50%, at one month or so it reduced another 25% and the remainder is going down ever so slowly. Three months really seems to be the magic number. Try not to panic, cry if you need to, lord knows I have, take a deep breath and give it the three months and maybe a little longer. Sending good thoughts your way
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thank you alice, your words were calming, this 6 days was like a nightmare to me but i feel the swelling is going down at right side of my face now and it gives hope to me, i'm glad to here calming words from someone who exprienced that, can you tell me did swelling in the jawline areas go down till 2nd week in your case? thanks
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It took about 4 weeks to see a significant difference. It seemed to stop going down at about 8 weeks. How are you doing now?
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I had my fat transfer done in combination with a deep plane face lift. I don't know if it is the face lift or the fat transfer which is causing the swelling. I am beginning to think it is the fat transfer. I had mine done on 12th November (so 6 weeks ago) and thought that by Xmas would be happy. I feel like crying all the time. Evey time I catch myself in the mirror or reflection it's like looking at another person. Not me!! I caught an eye infection that has left two little pouches under my eyes and my cheek/face area feels like a mask with big fat cheeks. Any tips to help with the swelling? I know we all react differently but when wee you actuallly happy with your result?
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I understand fully what you are going through right now and I would love to bring you some comfort. Unfortunately I cannot. What I thought was swelling has indeed turned out to be my personal nightmare. I cry almost every day. I no longer look like myself either. What is even worse is the two sides of my face don't even match. I look deformed, I am deformed. I've had several people not even recognize me. I have been so depressed I am barely functioning well in my life. I don't go out much for anything other than work. I have no money left to even attempt to have it fixed, if it even can be fixed. I feel so betrayed. The risks were not adequately presented to me. This is my life and it has just about been ruined. Obviously we come to these doctors becuase we are unhappy with our appearance. To now be expected to live and deal with looking deformed is heartless. I could not live with myself being responsible for doing this to someone. The "good" would never outway the "bad" and the pain and destruction I have caused in someone else's life. I hope that what you are still seeing is swelling, at six weeks it still may be the case. But be prepared that it may not. I am done with plastic surgery.
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Balloon face...hang in there...you are still early in the healing stages. I had a facelift and fat transfer 4 years ago. A facelift is major surgery. It will take months for the final results to be known. To help with swelling my doctor recommended using Arnica Montana. Check with your doctor about this. Also check with your doctor about the eye infection if you haven't already. Arnica Montana should not be used by people with high blood pressure. I also used over the counter hydrocortisone cream to help with the swelling. Again check with your doctor to make sure this is right for you before doing anything. Good luck.
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Alice345 I am so sorry to hear about your situation. Was it just a fat transfer that you had done? How long ago was the procedure? People heal at different paces. It can take many months for the final results to be known so if your surgery was fairly recent don't give up hope. Unfortunately good results aren't guaranteed and there is a risk with any cosmetic procedure. Thanks for sharing your story as this allows someone that is considering a procedure to see the positive and negative sides of plastic surgery. I hope you are still in the healing process and that your results will improve. I wish you the best.
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Hi Misty H. I have high blood pressure so shouldn't use Arnica. However, I will try and get some hydro cortisone cream. My surgeon said he was very conservative with the fat transfer. I just don't get why I have lost the features in my face. I used to have definition between my lower face and cheeks. that has all gone now. I am just panicking because I can't work out what is swelling from the face lift and what is from the fat transfer. Therefore I can't work out if my face will look like this forever. I look worse than when I went in and definitely not like myself!! I thought by 6 weeks I would have seen some kind of light at the end of the tunnel as to what it might look like at the finish.
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I am at the 6 weeks stage and like you am petrified I will look like this creature for the rest of my life. Yes I feel like crying. I know it sounds dramatic but it's pretty hard to hide your face away till it gets better. I wouldn't have had the procedure if I had know I would have to suffer looking like this. I wanted to look better not like another person. I have lost all the definition from my cheeks down to my chin. I just look like another person. what did you do or did your surgeon recommend to help with the swelling. I cannot get hold of my surgeon right now, he must be away for the holidays. I cannot use arnica as I have high blood pressure. I am trying warm showers with gentle massage every other day.
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Thanks Misty. Mine was just fat transfer to the jawline. Unfortunately all my healing is done, my surgery was 7 months ago now. I know good results aren't guaranteed and that is the loophole that is used on the other side of a bad result. The risks are played down and grossly minimized. The almost guarantee is cleverly given when the surgeon is pitching his sale and his talents and the risks cleverly hidden in really fine print on a piece of paper you sign away just minutes before they wheel you in. Talking with plastic surgeons is like going to a car salesman. They're your best friend until they wheel you off the lot. Then if there is a problem you become a hysterical female that should've know the risks. I was not told to be prepared for severe asymmetry and the fat to take damn near 100%. I now look 10 years older than when I went in and have fat bulges that are quite large, not only that the fat bulges are very uncomfortable. I was not warned of the persistent discomfort. This surgery was presented to me as having minimal risk. It's not looking minimal to me.
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Alice345 I am so sorry to hear about your situation. It doesn't sound like your PS was very supportive. I wish I had some words of wisdom and comfort to offer. Thanks for sharing your story.
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Balloon face...check with your doctor first but the following may help with swelling. 1. Alternate warm compresses with cold compresses. Heat increases blood circulation to the swollen area and then use the cold compresses. 2. drink plenty of water as this will help flush your system. 3. consume foods rich in protein and Omega 3 as this helps the healing process. 4. Eat Pineapple as it contains a high amount of bromelain which is supposed to help. Chances are you will get some definition back in your face as your skin was tightened as well in the face lift. Your skin will start to relax. I know it is hard...but try to stay positive. Stress can negatively impact healing. Visualize the results you want like they have already happened. I know it is easier said than done but this can really play a big part in healing. Keep us posted on how you are doing. I wish you the best
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I am very curious .....was that first pic in your Q/A your recent b4? As I understand deep plane facelifts are known for slimming the jawline esp for those who do not have significant jowling as it seems from your photo that you do not. The swelling should be minimal by week 6 although more significant that the swelling created by a SMAS facelift or an even simpler mini lift. It would seem that most of the fullness is from the fat transfer plus the residual swelling. What does your PS say about the current level of fullness? Clearly he has a preferred technique and you are probably not the only patient who has had this issue. He must be able to show you photos of fat transfer patients who at their 3 month post op official pics appear to have lovely contours with swelling and fat absorption complete. Have you asked to review these photos again now that you really have a newly realization of what you'd like to see in your PS's typical post op deep plane with fat transfer...grace60
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Include lots of blueberry and pineapple in your diet it will hell the swelling to go down.
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hi, i had an overfilled fat transfer to my cheeks and jowline 5 days ago, i'm so disappointed now because of the volume of fat and swelling that have made my face like monsters, can anyone tell me if the excessive fat in my face will be diminished? if the swollen areas will be subside? and how much of this fat is going to be reabsorbed and how long does it take? thanks
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Sorry I didn't see this earlier Maxima22. How are you doing now. The surgeons have to overdo the amount of fat in the face as a good percentage is reabsorbed. I forget the estimated percentage but I think it is is around 30%. The major swelling goes away in about a week...but the final results take months so be patient.
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Lol, I looked like a horror story mess myself. I had fat transfer to the hollows under my eyes and my jawline three weeks ago. I still have two black eyes but it has become undeniably apparent that the fat transfer did not take to my under eyes, I'm quite disappointed. My jawline is still quite swollen, especially my left side, and the fat is not absorbing symmetrically. I'm trying not to worry and believe that it will even out in time. I was trying to keep the procedure a secret but I don't know how I will be able to. I look like I was in a car wreck. I just came back from a late night trip to the supermarket and it was hard for people not to stare.
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Haha! Know exactly how you feel girl. I'm trying to keep my procedure a secret too. It's funny how some people (women) get all annoyed with you because Lord forbid you want to look your best! I'd rather not announce to the world, "hey I had plastic surgery, feel free to call me vain and insecure." Lol! It's retarded. But ya I'm 1 week out. Just got my stitches out from thigh where they did the lipo, today. I have my before and afters too if your interested in seeing them. Huge difference! Hope your swelling and bruising goes away soon! Pineapple juice works! Take care and God bless you! Rachel:)
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It's no ones business but they all want to know. Hard to keep it a secret when you have a puppet face. I am 6 weeks in and still look like someone else. What is it like now at 4 months??
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