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How Long Does It Take for a Fat Graft to Heal?

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Thanks to the rise of modern technologies, many industries have changed, for the better. It could be said that the sky’s the limit when it comes to all the opportunities that can be found, whether we’re talking about artificial intelligence, virtual reality, cryptocurrencies or finally – beauty.

The Beauty Industry in 2024 is stronger than ever and is only going to continue growing. As a matter of fact, when it comes to its growth rate, some predictions say that it will reach $750B in 3 years. Pretty impressive, isn’t it?

But what if we talk about plastic and reconstructive surgery? It could be sad that it has been booming for the last 10 years. And new procedures are being invented every day, moving this industry forward along with its achievements and potential. One of the biggest both points when it comes to plastic surgery and reconstructive surgery is the fact that these Industries have gotten new ways to promote and advertise their services. What do we mean by this? When social media evolved into what they are today, and that is an ongoing process, the way of promoting products, services and global phenomena has tremendously changed.

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Innumerable number of companies and businesses around the world have decided to promote what they have to offer through influencers and micro influencers. Considering the fact that so many people use social media on a daily basis and that they are more powerful than other traditional types of advertising, it doesn’t come as a surprise that people got familiar with many cosmetic procedures as soon as they entered the stage of cosmetic surgery. Not only that, but social media serves as a good way to educate people about the possibilities of reconstructive surgery and the risks as well, so that they could weigh out all the pros and cons and make the best decisions for themselves.

One thing is sure, you can now change something you don’t like about yourself in no time, and you can remove all the obstacles to having a high self-esteem and a better quality of life.

What are the most common plastic procedures globally speaking? Although the list of the most common procedures is quite long, liposuction, facelift, breast augmentation as well as breast reduction, rhinoplasty, blepharoplasty and hair transplantation seem to be the ones that are being done thousands of times on a daily basis. But there is one that is not focused on a segment of your face, it’s not specifically about your nose, eyelids or anything else. It is rather a procedure that helps refresh and rejuvenate your whole face making you look younger, more voluminous, rested and healthier. That is facial fat grafting.

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But what is facial fat grafting anyway? This procedure is somewhat easy to understand. Simply put, fat is being taken from your body and it is being placed into areas of your face where the doctors think it is required. Of course, the fact is being harvested first, and there are steps in between.

Considering the fact that everybody is different, the section of your body that contains enough fatty tissue that can be used for this procedure can be different from other individuals. This is something that your doctor and other professionals will discuss with you in order to find the best solution. Some of the most common body areas or places where fat is being harvested from are buttocks, hips, thighs, upper arms or back, depending on your body type, fat percentage and body composition in general.

What is the point of facial fat grafting? As we’ve already mentioned, when you do this procedure you’ll be able to look younger with results that last for a long period of time, compared to the procedures and processes that you need to repeat after only a couple of months such as injecting fillers. This procedure falls into the category of permanent surgeries so this means that you’ll be able to see the peak of your results after 6-months.

And they will be permanent, unless you want to repeat the procedure at some point of your life. It is also important to mention that fat grafting in general isn’t an invasive surgery, which is essential for the majority of people who refuse to undergo surgery that would be dangerous for their health.

How will you know if you’re a good candidate for this procedure or not? The answer is simple. First of all facial fat grafting is made for people who have lost their facial volume with ageing. As we age, our faces are changing tremendously which includes migration of certain parts of your face structures and thinning of your face features. For example, your cheekbones might not be that visible as they were before, while your smile lines might be very deep, making you look different from what you looked like when you were younger.

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According to Dr Simone Matousek, aging is different for everyone, which is why the criteria for face fat grafting are not the same for everyone. Some people could have voluminous faces with little to no deep wrinkles in their 40s while others may start aging visibly in their late 20s. Since there are no rules, the best and the most important criteria is the fact that if you don’t see the 3D contour and shape of your face that you had before, it means that undergoing facial fat grafting could be beneficial for you and could help you freshen up.

Some of the very important information you should know is information about recovery.

The recovery from facial fat transfer usually lasts around 10 days which means that you should stay away from any activities that would disrupt this process. You should be at home avoiding social activities and physical activity. At first, you can expect bruising and swelling but after two weeks you can start seeing the fat settling, and after around 6 weeks you can expect to be fully recovered.

However, as we’ve mentioned before, after a couple of months, up to 6 month, your facial fat graft will settle and you will see the best results. For some people, this could even happen sooner. As long as you do follow ups and communicate with your doctor, you will be able to track the progress and the final results. Your dream face is only minutes away, so don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation!