Ask a doctor

Is It Normal to Have Lumps on Cheeks 3 Days Post Op from Fat Transfer?

I m currently 3 days post op. I ve had fat grafting to my cheeks ( I had hollow cheeks i wanted to correct) and some hard lumps are starting to appear on both my cheeks. Do you think it will go off as my fat transfer is recent?

Doctor Answers (5)

Fat Transfer

+1

Lumps after fat graft to the face is common. You should gently massage the area to help soften lumps, it usually takes four to six weeks heal. If still present cortisone injections may help reduce the lumps.

New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 27 reviews

Are lumps in the cheeks normal after fat grafting?

+1

This condition is extremely common after facial fat grafting. These lumps will largely disappear in the next four to six weeks as the grafts heal.  You should gently massage these areas 4-5 times daily to encourage healing and help with swelling.  Good luck.

Jacksonville Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 14 reviews

Lumps After Cheek Fat Injections

+1

This is extremely common after facial fat grafting. These lumps will largely disappear in the next four to six weeks as the graft heals, softens and undergoes some resorption.

Web reference: http://www.eppleyplasticsurgery.com/fat-grafting.html

Indianapolis Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 26 reviews

Lumps after fat transfer

+1

It is normal to feel the fat under the skin for the first week or so after the transfer. This will soften and improve over time. 

New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 25 reviews

Too soon after surgery

+1

It is difficult to know this early after surgery whether your irregularity is swelling or irregular fat. I would discuss this with your surgeon at your 1 week postop check. He/she may recommend massage and/or injections if it is indeed irregular fat.

Web reference: http://seattleface.com/html/dr_amadi.php

Seattle Oculoplastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 19 reviews

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.

You might also like...

Ask a Doctor

Get personalized answers from board-certified doctors. For free.