Facial Fat Transfer

Q: Dr. Eppley, I hope I can ask you this: I just had a Facial fat transfer 2 weeks ago. My surgeon is on holiday now. Please help me. I was walking today and I came into a storm with around 38 km/h of wind. Often the wind blew directly in my face for around 20 minutes. Do you think that killed some of the 2 weeks old fat? Thank you so much and warm regards.

A: The simple answer to your question is that I doubt external cold wind could adversely affect the volume retention of a facial fat transfer procedure…at least on a limited time exposue. You are undoubtably drawing this potential analogy from technologies such as CoolSculpting where cold temperatures are used to aid in some fat reduction. While seemingly a relevant analogy it is not. These are devices that are applied directly to the skin and held there for a duration of time to really lower the temperatures of the tissues under the skin. That is quite different than an external wind chill, which while dropping the skin surface temperature, would have a much harder time dropping the temperature of the deeper subcutaneous tissues if only ‘applied’ for a relatively short period of time. Much longer exposures, however, would be likely to do it.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana