Two Weeks Post Op Fat Transfer to Face and Lips- When Will Swelling Go Down? (photo)

The Dr. (who I love & did great work before) also performed a neck and mid face lift. Please tell me my face & lips are still swollen! Would compresses still help? Dr. says I'm doing well so I am trying not to freak about but when I look in the mirror - Yikes! Also, the area he harvest the fat from still has indentations from where he took the fat. Will this smooth out? I know I am getting better because the farmers have stopped chasing me with pitchforks but I am so worried! Thank you so much!

Doctor Answers 4

Fat transfer

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I agree that it is still fairly early. The swelling should minimize significantly over the course of 3-6 weeks. I would be careful about how much you talk for a while. I recommend my patients talk like a ventriloquist for a few weeks until the soft tissue has a chance to settle in. Be sure and keep up on the cleaning without being too aggressive in regards to pressure so you don’t displace the fat. It's always difficult to wait out the swelling period, it seems to always take longer than patient's expect. Overall you look great for two weeks post-op, I would only be concerned if the swelling increases rather than continues to decrease in the next few weeks, otherewise keep doing what you have been doing!

Bellevue Facial Plastic Surgeon

Please tell me I am still swollen!

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 From what I can tell from the picture you provided, I would not be worried. You actually look appropriate for two weeks postoperative. Fat transfers can lead to significant swelling which may not go down noticeably for 3 to 6 weeks. According to recent liturature from the ASPS, fat grafts may be not stable until a year after surgery. The problem with most grafts is that the majority of patients wish that more would've stayed (not for it to go away) so I don't think you have much to fear.

Erez Sternberg, MD
Jacksonville Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 33 reviews

2 weeks after fat grafting

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I agree with the others that you look good for 2 weeks.  The true results of fat grafting will not be apparent for at least 3-6 months.

Sam Naficy, MD, FACS
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 231 reviews

Swelling 2 weeks after fat transfer

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Goodness gracious!  Relax!  You look great 2 weeks after your procedure.  Two weeks from now most of what you see will have resolved.  Avoid the farmers until then!

Lawrence Kass, MD
Saint Petersburg Oculoplastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 140 reviews

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