recovery process of fat grafting
Skin surface may feel uneven due to
slight swelling, but there is not much
swelling on surgical site. You may wash
your face lightly and avoid rubbing the
grafted site for 34 weeks.
Fine sutures are removed
from the donor sites.
lce packs are applied on the graft
sites to prevent swelling.
Graft sites are normally painless
afterwards, but you may feel some
pain on the donor sites for which
prescribed pain killers should subside.
Bandages are removed from the
donor sites(abdomen/thigh)
so that it is possible to
take a shower.
Additional fat grafting may be considered
after the result has been observed.
Procedures of additional fat grafting
is identical without fat extraction.
post-operative care instructions
Major swelling develops between1-3 days, and subsides within 7-10 days.
  (Make-ups are allowed during recovery period)
Subsidence of swelling after 2 weeks should not be mistaken for fat resorption.
  (Temporary but noticeable facial asymmetry may develop during this period)
Forehead fat grafting can cause swelling around the eyes, and there may be
  some pain and bruising on the donors sites.
  (Degrees of pain and bruising varies upon individual basis.)
Stitches are removed from the donor sites(mainly thigh) on the 7th day after surgery.
  Another follow-up visit is needed after1-2months to observe the progress.
  (bandages on thigh may be removed on the next day)
Pressure or impacts on the graft sites must be avoided to prevent any irregularities
  on the skin surface. Avoid wearing hats.
(Do not apply either ice or warm pack on face. You must avoid pressure.
Smoking , drinking, facial massage, or hot bath should be avoided during the first month.
Small redness (1-2mm) on donor sites is an indication of normal skin reaction from
   which gradually disappears after 3-6 months.
   (However, it may last up to 1year depending on the individual)
Certain types of skin may form subtle scars, but they are nearly unnoticeable under
   normal circumstances.
A person's face is naturally asymmetrical to certain extent, but it is possible for one to
  feel more sensitive about the asymmetry after operation. Unless intended, fat graft does
  not function to neither correct nor exaggerate the condition.
Approximately 1% of who receive fat graft experience infection.
   It can usually be treated with antibiotics. Otherwise, grafted fat may need to be removed.
Successfully grafted fat forms new blood vessels and remain semi-permanently.
  Fat cells that fail to obtain adequate blood supply are reabsorbed.
  60-70% grafted fat completes this process within 2-3months. Secondary grafting may be
  performed to enhance the result if desired.

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