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How Long Does Fat Grafting to Upper Eyelids Last?

What is the cost of a Fat grafting for hollow upper eyelids? How long the result would last?

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Fat that survives after 3 months is usually (not always) permanent


40-60 % of grafted fat should survive transplantation to the upper eyelid-which is a "priveledged site" for fatr transplantation.

In my opinion, there is a significant difference between fat injection--referred to as fat transfer--through a needle, and composite fat grafting, in which a whole piece of fat is transplanted surgically under direct vision.

In my experience, (not a scientifically proven study), composite surgical grafting rarely requires a second procedure as is so common with fat injection.

Boston Plastic Surgeon
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Permanent but can require multiple treatments


Fat transfer is generally thought to be permanent. Recent studies published in the January issue of Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery indicate that 50-60% of fat transferred to the face exists at 18 months. Therefore, it may take 1-2 treatments to get desired results.

D.J. Verret, MD
Dallas Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Survival of fat grafts to upper eyelids.


There are no adequate studies to support any definitive answers in this regard. This can vary tremendously. In my own personal experience this can last many years (more than 10).

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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