Fat Transfer in New York City
with Dr. Shridharani

Q: What is a fat transfer procedure?

Autologous fat transfer is removing fat (liposuction) from one area of the patient’s body (for example, the tummy and love handles) and then re-injecting into an area of the body where contouring is desired, for example, the buttocks. The fat is used as a natural filler.

Q: Where can the fat be placed?

Fat can be placed in just about any location where the patient desires volumization. Certain areas are more popular than others and certain areas are dangerous to have fat injected. Popular injection sites include, but are not limited to: buttocks, breast, lips, cheekbones, and around the mouth.

Q: From where do you get the fat?

The fat is liposuctioned from many different areas. During your consultation with Dr. Shridharani, he will review areas that YOU would like to have contoured and examine those areas to see if that is a good option for you. Common areas to liposuction include:

  • Abdomen (tummy)
  • Waist (love handles)
  • Pubis (lower abdomen)
  • Upper back (back bra roll)
  • Hips
  • Thighs
  • Arms
  • Knees
  • Calves
  • Ankles
Q: Will I have scars?

Anytime an incision is made on the face/body, a scar will result. The goal of a good aesthetic surgeon is to place as few incisions as possible in areas that conceal well. During your consultation, Dr. S will thoroughly review with you the location of your anticipated incisions.

Q: Can I have another fat transfer to the same area if I want more volume in the future?

Absolutely! Since we anticipate not all of the fat surviving during transfers, patients seeking further natural enhancement of certain areas may opt for another procedure spaced months after the first procedure. Giving adequate healing time to see how much total fat survived and the current contour is important.

Q: Will I have tubes/drains sticking out of me?

Dr. Shridharani rarely uses drains/tubes during fat transfer surgery. There is little need to use drains for this specific procedure.

Q: Is fat transfer safe?

YES! When a procedure is performed with appropriate precautions taken, you can have a streamlined overall experience. Even in the best circumstances, some complications can occur. Working with a surgeon you trust and feel comfortable with is paramount.

Q: Are there things that I can do BEFORE surgery to help maximize my chances of my fat surviving?

Absolutely. Dr. Shridharani will go through several tips with you prior to your procedure and during the planning phase. Being overall healthy and not having any tobacco/nicotine in your system for several months are just two quick tips to help speed up the recovery process.

Q: What can I do AFTER my surgery to help maximize the chances of fat surviving?

There are many things that one can do after surgery. Throughout your preoperative visit and during your postoperative check ups, Dr. S and his team will review with you very thoroughly several things you can do to help expedite healing and maximize your results.

Q: When can I expect to see my final results?

It takes the body six months to one year to see the FINAL results of most surgeries. However, you will see the overall change in contour and fullness within days after the procedures. It is common to have swelling and bruising during this time, so the shape will change and improve in the ensuing weeks to months.

Q: Where do you generally perform the procedure, and would I have to spend the night?

My patients have the ability to have their procedures performed at my office or at area hospitals and “surgicenters” in New York City. My operating room and facility have certification and accreditation by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF). Our team provides patients with the option of having their procedure performed in the safety, convenience, and comfort of our office/facility.

Patients are not required to stay overnight and generally go home the same day. Some of our patients choose to stay in a nearby luxury hotel with private nurses who monitor them overnight while they rest and recover.