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Fat Grafting Post-Op Care


  • Have someone drive you home after surgery and help you at home for 1-2 days.
  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Follow balanced diet.
  • Decreased activity may promote constipation, so you may want to add more raw fruit to your diet, and be sure to increase fluid intake.
  • Take pain medication as prescribed. Do not take aspirin or any products containing aspirin unless approved by your surgeon.
  • Do not drink alcohol when taking pain medications.
  • Even when not taking pain medications, no alcohol for 3 weeks as it causes fluid retention.
  • If you are taking vitamins with iron, resume these as tolerated.
  • Do not smoke, as smoking delays healing and increases the risk of complications.


  • Do not drive until you are no longer taking any pain medications (narcotics).
  • Start walking as soon as possible, this helps to reduce swelling and lowers the chance of blood clots.
  • Unless stated on this form, discuss your time off work with your surgeon.

Treated Area Care

  • Wear a compression garment (i.e spandex type clothing) in the area where the liposuction was performed to harvest the fat for the fat injection for 2 weeks post-op or per the surgeon's recommendation.
  • Avoid exposing scars to sun for at least 12 months.
  • Always use a strong sunblock, if sun exposure is unavoidable (SPF 30 or greater).
  • Keep steri-strips on.
  • Inspect daily for signs of infection.
  • No tub soaking while sutures or drains are in place.
  • You may wear makeup with sunblock protection shortly.
  • Stay out of the sun until redness and bruising subsides (usually 48 hours).

What to Expect

  • Temporary stinging, throbbing, burning sensation, redness, swelling, bruising, and excess fullness.
  • Some swelling, bruising or redness in the donor and recipient sites.
  • Swelling and puffiness may last several weeks.
  • Redness and bruising usually lasts about 48 hours.


  • Improved skin texture.
  • Firmer and smoother skin.

Follow-Up Care

  • With regular follow-up treatments, you can easily maintain your new look.
  • Repeated treatments may be necessary.

When to Call

  • If you have increased swelling or bruising.
  • If swelling and redness persist after a few days.
  • If you have increased redness along the incision.
  • If you have severe or increased pain not relieved by medication.
  • If you have any side effects to medications; such as, rash, nausea, headache, vomiting.
  • If you have an oral temperature over 100.4 degrees.
  • If you have any yellowish or greenish drainage from the incisions or notice a foul odor.
  • If you have bleeding from the incisions that is difficult to control with light pressure.
  • If you have loss of feeling or motion.
  • If you have any sign of abscesses, open sores, skin peeling or lumpiness.

For Medical Questions, Please Call:

  • (734) 998-6022, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • After hours and on weekends, call Hospital Paging at (734) 936-6267 and ask for the Plastic Surgeon on call.