Facial fat grafting is quickly becoming one of the most popular treatments at plastic surgery practices across the country. This procedure involves harvesting fat from another part of the body – typically the thighs or stomach – and re-injecting that fat into key parts of the face. This procedure is done to naturally enhance facial volume, which provides contouring benefits while minimizing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
Like all cosmetic procedures, facial fat grafting comes with side effects, including swelling and bruising. That’s why it’s important for patients to have a realistic expectation for how they’ll appear after the surgery and how long the swelling from fat grafting will last.
Swelling from facial fat grafting tends to vary from person to person. In general, the process of injecting fat causes swelling itself. In addition, the body tends to absorb some of the fat that is injected. Therefore, at times this is taken into account in determining how much to inject at the time of surgery.
Patients should expect to have their most notable swelling resolve by approximately 2 weeks. Some swelling will persist up to 6 weeks but should be much less noticeable. Bruising tends to follow this same time course as well.
Want to learn more about what to expect from a facial fat grafting procedure? Schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Rudy Coscia at one of his two practices in Sacramento and Roseville, California. Dr. Coscia can walk you through the facial fat grafting procedure, as well as help you understand what to expect immediately after your treatment. Call one of our locations to learn more: Sacramento 916-929-1833 & Roseville 916-773-5559