Recovery from facelift, fat transfer and CO2 laser procedure.
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Recovery Time after Facelift, Fat Transfer and CO2 Laser
Everything you describe is very normal one week following surgery, fat transfer and CO2 laser. You are likely quite swollen from this combination of treatments, which can can diminish your smile and make your face feel puffy and firm. Things should certainly improve greatly in the next two weeks, with diminished swelling, tightness and the return of your smile. The long term results with fat transfer are quite variable but in most case fat survival is less than 50%. Remember, it will take several months before you feel back to "normal and numbness can take 6-12 months, or longer, to resolve. The speed of healing benefits from a positive attitude, good nutrition and sleep. You can also ask your doctor when it is appropriate for you to consider massage and range of motion exercises. Best wishes.
Recovery from facelift, fat transfer and CO2 laser procedure
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The symptoms and physical signs you are describing are perfectly normal and even expected one week out from facelift, fat grafting, and CO2 resurfacing. Sensation will return over the next few weeks and almost never stays numb. Much of the firmness you describe is swelling that will resolve over the next weeks to months. Around 4 months after the procedure is a good time to reevaluate swelling and the amount of fat retention.
Facelift recovery varies
Andrew Campbell, M.D. Facial Plastic Specialist Quintessa Aesthetic Centers
Face lift, laser and fat transfer recovery
- It sounds as though you need to see your surgeon to discuss all your concerns -
- Part of the fee you pay for surgery is for post-operative care which is very important.
- You have had a lot done and are probably very swollen -
- In general, numbness and swelling can take 6 - 18 months to fully subsides.
- About 50% of the fat injection is absorbed.
- Neck tightness usually improves within 2 weeks.
- Without a photo one can't say what is affecting your smile.
- Hope all continues to go well!
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