What is the recovery time from fat transfer surgery?

Recovery time is unique to every patient, but following fat transfer to the face you can expect to have some bruising and swelling that should subside within a couple of weeks. During this time should be able to cover any bruising with makeup.

You are able to work from home if you feel comfortable enough for the first few days following a fat transfer surgery. However, you must not exercise for 3 weeks to allow optimum survival of the fat graft. Keep your head up and use an extra pillow at night to increase the height. You should be able to travel into work depending on the swelling within 10 days, but avoid the gym for a further 2 weeks.

Recovery time for fat transfer procedures to the body, such as the breasts and buttock will be a little longer. Try not to lie directly on the fat grafted area for 3 weeks. Donor areas, which have undergone liposuction, although they will also be bruised and may take a few months to settle are really no handicap to exercise.

We expect 50% of the fat to survive, rather more, if enhanced with extra stem cells, and in fit non-smokers and in the face where the blood supply is so profuse. You will know how much has taken in a couple of months. although the final settling is more like 4 months.

No matter where on the body your fat transfer procedure takes place, it is important to give yourself time to rest. There is no guilt in taking the time to recuperate at home. Keep your environment low stress for at least a week following your procedure.

The surgical centre will provide you with instructions to follow post-procedure. The more diligently you follow these instructions, the easier your recovery period will be.

Here are some tips to help make your recovery as smooth as possible:

+ Stay hydrated before and after your procedure
+ If you had a facial procedure, keep your face elevated while resting
+ If you had a body procedure, don’t lie on or put pressure on the treated area
+ Wear your compression garment if provided with one
+ Don’t rush your recovery and cut back on the exercise.
+ Don’t rush your recovery!

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