My lower blepharoplasty with fat transfer to tear trough/ lower eye socket and upper cheek pad was done exactly two weeks ago. The eyes are 90% back to normal without swelling, but the facial swelling is huge and makes me unpresentable to public still. How much longer do I need to sleep sitting up with head elevated through the night to minimize swelling? My lower cheeks are so swollen, I look like I have just had 10 root canals at once.
How Long is It Necessary to Sleep with Head Elevated, Post Fat Transfer to Face?
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Swelling after fat transfer
Swelling after fat transfer is rather unpredictable and can be different in each region of the face. This really depends on the amount of fat injected, the number of passes the doctor made in each area, and the degree of bruising after surgery. The bruising and swelling can last up to 4 weeks, although that is not the norm, it does happen. As a previous surgeon has mentioned, oral steroids may speed up the recovery. Keeping your head elevated also helps even 2 weeks out after surgery. Also, bromelain and quercetin supplements are very helpful.
Fat transfer with swelling how long to elevate head
Unfortunately there is no "exact" answer to this question......although it is a good question and very practical! The swelling may take a few weeks to really come down. The longer you elevate the head on two pillows the better.....essentially for as long as you can tolerate it until you see resolution. I would also suggest cold compresses to assist with this. If you are quite swollen and/or having discomfort then you need to see the practitioner. They may recommend a short course of mild steroids to aid in resolution of the swelling.
Post fat transfer recovery of face
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No longer necessary
If you are two weeks postop from surgery, sleeping with your head is no longer elevated. A lot of the "swelling" which are you seeing now is likely just the excess fat that your surgeon injected in anticipation that 40-60 will resorb. Every one heals a bit differently and reacts differently to the injected fat.
Have you discussed this with your surgeon? I'm sure he/she would be interested in hearing about your recovery, and possibly want to see you.