Fat Transfer After The Procedure

After Fat Transfer Surgery


  1. Continue to limit yourself to light activities the first few weeks after surgery. However, make sure that you don't stay in bed continuously. Make sure you walk around every once in a while to allow for blood flow.
  2. After the first week, limit yourself to activities that are comfortable. No strenuous aerobic activity for 4-5 weeks after surgery. No contact sports for 6 weeks.
  3. The night after surgery you will want to have some protective sheets or towels on your bed. Your incisions may ooze for the first one to two days.
  4. You can take a cool shower the day after. Let the water gently run over your face. Pat dry. Make sure someone is with you.
    Do not smoke for at least 2 weeks after surgery.
  5. Do not use aspirin-containing products for at least one week. You may take Tylenol or pain medications as prescribed.
  6. No weight loss diets for at least 3 weeks. Make sure to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet during this time.
  7. Avoid direct exposure of incision to sunlight for at least 6 weeks. After 6 weeks, apply sunscreen (at least SPF 15) to the area of the incision if you will be in the sun for extended periods of time.
  8. Be sure to finish your entire prescription of antibiotics.
  9. For incisions from liposuction at 2-3 weeks after surgery take your steri-strips off. Apply ScarLess® for 8 weeks.


  1. Immediately after fat transfer surgery, some patients feel groggy or nauseous. These feelings normally subside by the next day.
  2. You will probably be very sore for the first week. Bruising is normal and will mostly subside in 2-4 weeks.
  3. You may experience some numbness. Remember not to put ice or anything hot directly onto skin because you may have decreased awareness of temperature damage. Use wet gauze instead.
  4. Rarely, numbness may persist for up to 6 months.
  5. Post surgical bruising and swelling may temporarily cause the look of unevenness, skin changes, hard spots, and ridges.
  6. At 3-6 months liposuction scars will most likely fade to unnoticeable white color.
  7. Your incisions might itch, avoid scratching them.


Post surgical complications are rare and are often easily solved by the doctor if you notify us. Call us if you experience any of the following:

  • a temperature of 101°F or higher,
  • severe nausea and vomiting,
  • continued dizziness or incoherent behavior,
  • increased local redness or warmth,
  • chest pain,
  • shortness of breath,
  • legs swelling or calf pain or,
  • if you feel that anything might be wrong.

Please call the office during regular business hours @ 949-644-4808 or after hours page Joseph T Cruise, MD @ 949-310-8055.


Concern Instructions
Blood Clot
  1. It is important to walk at least every hour while you're awake to prevent blood clotting - do not over do it. Right after surgery you will be instructed to walk around every 1 hour.
  2. Pay specific attention to leg swelling. If you notice swelling on only one leg or calf pain contact the office.
  1. If you are constipated at day 2 stop taking Vicodin or Darvocet.
  2. Encourage walking, drink a lot of fluids, consider laxative (Ex-lax or Correctol).
  1. Make sure to cough and breathe deep as fever is usually in lungs for the first 3 days after surgery.
  2. You can take a cool shower the day after. Pat dry. Make sure you have someone helping you.
  3. Walk every hour while awake for the first day and then every 2 hours.
  4. Sleep at 45 degree angle for the first 3 nights.
  5. Regarding exercise: If it hurts don't do it. Wait for your body to tell you what you can do.
  6. You can resume exercise at 3 weeks. Avoid contact sports for 8 weeks.
Wound Care
  1. Avoid massaging injected area and overusing muscles in that area. If it is on the face – don’t talk much the first few days. If on the legs, minimize motion the first few days.