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Douglas A. Taranow, DO, FACOS

Fat transfer is the transplantation of fat tissue from one area of the patient’s body to another. This procedure is most often used to add volume to the buttock, face; filling in wrinkles and lines and providing more fullness to the lips and cheeks.

The fat used for injection can be taken from numerous areas of the body, including the: abdomen, hips, thighs, flanks and arms.

Dr. Douglas Taranow is a board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon who often performs fat transfer at his practice.

The Procedure

Either local anesthesia or general anesthesia may be used for fat transfer, based on the extent of your procedure. Fat transfer, which may take between one to two hours, involves suctioning and harvesting the fat from one area of the body, washing/purifying it, and then using specially designed needles to inject the fat into the predetermined areas of treatment.

Most of the results seen after six months of healing are permanent. Patients desiring larger buttocks or more fullness of the face may require additional treatment sessions.


After the procedure, some swelling and bruising may appear, but this will subside within several days. The chances of complications, such as an infection or bleeding are very low. To ensure the best possible recovery it is important to follow Dr. Taranow’s postoperative instructions.

Feel free to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Taranow, our New York City board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon. You can do so by calling (212) 772­-2100 today.