Facelift after fat transfer?

Can facelifting be done after fat transfer? And if so how long is best to wait - of what is the minimum time people can wait?

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Facelift After Fat Transfer?

Yes a facelift can certainly be done after fat transfer has been performed. In fact, the facelift should enhance the overall results because the two procedures work synergistically. The changes of facial aging are a result of both volume loss (fat atrophy) and stretching or sagging of facial tissues. So a combination of both skin tightening and lifting (facelift) along with replacement of volume loss (fat transfer) will provide the optimal results. Often both of these procedures are performed at the same time because they are easily combined and it is a more efficient process. It isn't clear if you have already had facial fat transfer performed, but if so, I would wait at least 3 months before proceeding with the facelift. It takes time for the swelling to resolve and allow the living grafted fat cells to settle in and heal in the new environment.

Kirkland Plastic Surgeon
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Can Certainly Be Done, But Combining Is Best

Yes, although a better option is to do both at the same time. A facelift will lift the sagging jowls, tighten the neck, and remove the excess skin. The volume loss associated with the aging process can be addressed by replenishing it with your own fat. Lifts generally do not fill, and fillers or fat transfer generally do not lift. If you decide to do them separately, I would suggest waiting 3 to 6 months to see how much of the fat has survived. Stable facial volume will lead to a more stable lifting procedure, and you then have the option to add more fat at the time of the facelift if you so desire.

Louis C. Cutolo, Jr., MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Facelift after Fat Transfer

A facelift after fat transfer will improve your final result.  As we age, two important issues arise.  One is skin laxity, and the other is facial vloume loss or atrophy.  A facelift will reposition your skin and deeper structures, and fat  transfer will augment your faical shape.  These two procedures combined can result in very powerful results and natural improvement. My patients will typical undergo fat transfer at the time of their facelift procedure.

Steven H. Wiener, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
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Facelift: adding fat transfer

A facelift with fat transfer is a great combination approach to address loose muscle and loss of volume. Although I prefer to do these at the same time, since you've had fat transfer already, you can still do a facelift. I would recommend that your surgeon re-evaluate you in person at 2-3 months to determine how your healing process is going and what the best timing will be. This will often depend on which areas of the face that the fat was placed. 

Mark Karolak, DO, FAOCO
Bridgewater Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Facelift after fat transfer??

Thanks for your question.  Yes, you can do fat transfer after or at the same time as a facelift.  I often combine these 2 procedures as they compliment each other well.  But, you can certainly do the facelift after the fat transfer, remembering to wait at least 3 months after to let the fat survive and take hold before having the facelift.  These two procedures nicely address the two causes of facial again, skin sagging and loss of volume.  Best of luck to you and enjoy your new look!

Anna I. Wooten, MD, FACS
Pittsburgh Plastic Surgeon
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Facelift after fat transfer

You can certainly do a facelift after fat transfer.  Both of these procedures compliment each other and the facelift will enhance the results of fat transfer.  I typically wait 3 months or more after fat transfer before I would do a facelift.  It is important that the volume be stabilized before doing another procedure.  This also allows further fat transfer with the facelift if your surgeon and you feel this would be beneficial.  Take care.

Timothy A. Janiga MD, FACS

Timothy Janiga, MD, FACS
Reno Plastic Surgeon
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Facelift after previous fat grafting

You can definitely have a facelift after previous fat grafting.  I would recommend waiting 4 months to be sure all the swelling is gone and all the fat that has been transferred is alive and well.  Fat grafting during the facelift can also be performed to replace the areas that did not survive the first time.

Dr. Z.

Michael Zenn, MD
Durham Plastic Surgeon
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Facelift after fat transfer?

Yes a facelift can be performed after fat transfer. Wait until your swelling subsides (about 3 months). Facelifting and fat grafting are complimentary procedures. We frequently perform them at the same procedure.

Warren J. Katz, MD
Dallas Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Timing of a Facelift After Fat Transfer

A facelift can be performed after fat transfer, though at least a 3 month wait time would be recommended to allow for any swelling and potential scarring to subside. The type of facelift may depend on the area of fat grafting, the depth and the amount of volume retained from the fat. Typically, fat grafting does not take the place of a facelift, but they can compliment each other.

Andrew P. Trussler, MD
Austin Plastic Surgeon
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Facelift after fat transfer?

Thank you for your question.  Yes, A facelift can certainly be done after fat grafting to the face.  In most cases a facelift will improve the fat grafting result.  Once the swelling subsides some fascial laxity can recur and a facelift is the best way to tighten facial skin.  The swelling from fat grafting can take at least 3 months and possibly 6 so I would recommend waiting 6 months to make certain all the swelling from the fat grafting has resolved.

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