Embolism while having facial fat grafting done? Are there ways to avoid it?
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Fat Embolism And Fat Grafting
Embolism with facial fat transfer
Rare but tragic
Fat embolism is a well described complication of fat transfer to the face. It is rare but can result in the death of small areas of skin and fat in the face (necrosis) or even worse, blindness if the eye vessels become occluded. There are several techniques to minimise its possibility. Adequate anesthetic infusion followed by fat injection through a cannula rather than a hollow needle. Injecting the fat as the needle is withdrawn also helps to minimise the chance of a vessel being pranged and then injected into. All of these are technical tips for the surgeon. I am not sure there is anything you can do as the patient to minimise the chances. Just be aware it is very very rare. Hope that helps.Adam Goodwin
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