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Preparing for Your Fat Transfer Procedure

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Dr. Hardik Soni

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How do I prepare for a fat transfer procedure?

Your surgeon will provide with preoperative instructions, answer any questions you may have, take a detailed medical history, and perform a physical exam to determine your fitness for this procedure.

  • Your surgeon may take pre-procedure photos.
  • Hydration is very important before and after surgery for safe recovery and the best outcomes.

In advance of your procedure, your surgeon will ask you to:

  • Stop smoking at least six weeks before the procedure. This is to avoid poor wound healing and scarring.
  • Please avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory medications such as, NSAIDs: Advil, Motrin, Aleve
  • Arrange to have someone drive you home after surgery and stay with you for 24 hours unless you and your surgeon have decided on other postoperative recovery options.
What can I expect on the day of fat transfer?
  • The amount of time your procedure takes depends on how much fat is removed and the number of liposuction sites.
  • You will receive medications to make you as comfortable as possible. A lot of the time, local anesthesia and intravenous sedation are used for patients undergoing fat transfer, however general anesthesia is sometimes beneficial.
  • Different monitors are used to check your heart, pulse, blood pressure and the amount of oxygen circulating in your blood, for your safety during the operation.
  • Your surgeon will follow the surgical plan discussed with you before your fat grafting procedure. Once the procedure has started, your surgeon may decide to combine different techniques or change a technique to ensure the best result. It is important that you trust your doctor to make these decisions.
  • After your procedure, you will be taken into a recovery area, where you will be closely monitored.
  • You will probably be allowed to go home after a short observation period.

Dr. Hardik Soni

MD, Founder/Lead Physician

About Dr. Hardik Soni

Dr. Hardik Soni is the founder and Medical Director of Ethos Aesthetics + Wellness. His primary focus is on minimally invasive and non-invasive cosmetic procedures including botulinum injection (Botox and Dysport), dermal fillers (Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse), laser hair removal, chemical peels, and laser skin rejuvenation. Dr. Soni believes in a more conservative approach and his first goal is education. Clients are able to determine the ideal treatments after discussion with Dr. Soni regarding the expected outcomes, cost, as well as risks.

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