What does recovery look like after facial fat grafting? January 25, 2023 Because facial fat grafting is a minimally invasive procedure and does not require the use of general anesthesia, there is less downtime (recovery period) associated with your procedure. It is normal to experience some redness, swelling, bruising, and tenderness around your treated areas for the first week following treatment. These side effects typically resolve on their own. We advise you do not press too hard on the face for the first four to eight weeks following your procedure to ensure the transferred fat has time to settle into its new position. Patients typically return to their normal daily routines about 24 to 48 hours following their facial fat grafting procedure.