Post-operative : Facial Fat grafting

The night of surgery

 You can expect to have pain in the area of the face and the area the fat was removed from (thigh, abdomen). There will be swelling and may be some mild bleeding from the areas. For your comfort we recommend:

  1. Keep your head elevated
  2. Take extra strength tylenol every 4 hours
  3. Take a medication like Gravol 30 minutes before taking your prescribed pain medication to avoid nausea and
  4. Take the pain medication as prescribed around the clock for 48 hours
  5. Take your antibiotics
  6. Avoid leaning forward or down with your head

Please contact us immediately if you experience any of the following

  • You have a fever of > 38.5
  • Severe nausea or vomiting
  • Are experiencing hallucinations or unusual behaviour
  • Your pain is not controlled with the pain medication
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Difficulty breathing

The day after surgery

  • You can expect the pain to decrease after 48 hours
  • It is best to keep your head elevated as much as possible to prevent swelling
  • You can shower 48 hours after surgery

Follow up and healing

  • You will be swollen for 1-2 months
  • You may have black eyes
  • You should rest for 1 week
  • You will have a follow up appointment with Dr Gdalevitch in 1 week to remove your stitches
  • You can leave the house after 1 week with make up

Fat grafts in the face can take up to 3-6 months to stabilize for you to see the final result