When is a Facial Fat Transfer Considered Successful?

 How Long Should I Wait After a Facial Fat Transfer to Consider That the Operation Succeeded?

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Fat Transfer and results

I have been doing Fat Transfer for 25 years and the wayt he fat is removed from the body is pertinent to it's absorption rate. The fat must be removed under a low pressure suction or by hand syringe and then purified and injected into the needed areas. Some of the fat will dissipate and the rest will secure a good blood supply allowing it to take and stabilize. In the first three to four months you will be able to see the majority of the volume that will stay present. Do give your procedure some time and discuss any concerns regarding the success of your procedure with your surgeon. This will hopefully give you some peace of mind!

Orange County Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Fat grafts

There's no right answer here.  Certainly by 3 months, "What you have is what you get."  But I guess, what you're really after is "Can I tell sooner than that if what I have is going to stay?"  In most people, you can get a pretty good sense around 6 weeks about what will stay and what will go. 

Robert K. Sigal, MD
Reston Plastic Surgeon
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1825 Samuel Morse Drive
Reston, VA 20190

Fat transfer results


I agree with Dr Lam that you can see changes at the 6-9 month mark too.  Fat transfers are meant to be permanent and changes do occur as time goes on.  You may find that a little more volume pops up as time goes on.


Nima Shemirani

Nima Shemirani, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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201 South Lasky Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

When fat transfers are successful

Fat transfers in to the face have become very important in rejuvenation and are a part of most facelifts as volume loss is a component of aging. The grafts will fill hollows, folds and restore volume and are considered a success after about three months of healing. Often the grafts will be repeated and layered to increase the fill and contour after that time.

Best of luck,


Peter E. Johnson, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Successful fat transfer

You can expect to see the outcome of fat grafting techniques at about 3 months after surgery.  Your result at 3 months usually represents your result after your swelling and fat absorption as taken place.

Delio Ortegon, MD
San Antonio Plastic Surgeon
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San Antonio , TX 78251

Fat transfer

We see long term result if the correction persists approximately 2-3 months after surgery.

Mohsen Tavoussi, MD, DO
Newport Beach Facial Plastic Surgeon
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1441 Avocado
Newport Beach, CA 92660

How long does it take after fat transfer to get final result?

Fat transfer, if done well, can be extremely rewarding and successful.  This is a highly specialized procedure that requires both experience and expertise.  Fat transfer relies on establishing a blood supply in order for there to be a permanent result.  You will see this by 2-3 months in most cases.  However, in some cases, the fat can take a bit of a dip during this period followed by a rebound starting at 6 months and continuing for another 1 to 2 years following the transfer.  

Amir M. Karam, MD
San Diego Facial Plastic Surgeon
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11943 El Camino Real
San Diego, CA 92130

Successful Facial Fat Transfer typically seen at 3 months

Hi canada2078 in canada,

Fat injection is a good option for non-surgical facial rejuvenation, including lip augmentation or cheek enhancement. Fat may provide natural, soft enhancement of the cheeks, lips, and under eye areas. Fat is typically harvested from the abdomen or flanks, purified, and injected into the desired areas.

However, there is a certain level of unpredictability with fat injections as always less than 100% of the fat survives long-term. In addition, the face continues to age naturally, so touch-ups may be required for some patients. Typically, plastic surgeons will judge results between 2-3 months. Some plastic surgeons may not judge results until 1-2 years after treatment, due to very slow changes to the skin and surrounding tissue. The injected fat may actually improve the treated area beyond the fat itself, felt due to the largely poorly understood stem cell effect.

Speak with a plastic surgeon who can provide a comprehensive evaluation and help determine appropriate options for you. Best of luck.

Dr. Chaboki

Houtan Chaboki, MD
Washington DC Facial Plastic Surgeon
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2300 M St NW
Washington, DC 20037

Facial fat transfer results a 3 months should last

There is always some swelling, and the potential for some fat injected to tha face to not "take" but after a few months, the fat cells will be gone unless they are healthy and living. Most of what you see at 3 months tends to be very long lasting.

Richard Baxter, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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6100 219th St SW
Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043

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