The reason I'd like to know is because I had fat grafted to an indent after lipo to my flanks/lower back and I hate what I see. The fat grafted was not placed to the indent instead right above and I'd like to know if that fat "dies" within a certain period of time? Or if it remains 50% or less in that area? Does it disappear eventually? Thanks.
Approx. 50% of Fat Survives when Fat Grafting but What's the Time Frame for This to Happen?
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Fate of Grafted (transferred) Fat
Injected Fat Result Will Take At Least 3 Months To See
The survival of fat grafts after injection can be quite variable in terms of ultimate survival and retention. However, the process to get to the final result seems to be fairly consistent. My observation has been that what you see at about three months after the procedure is what will be retained on a long-term basis. This will obviously depend on how much fat was injected. Smaller amounts will show sooner how much fat will stay versus larger volume fat grafts will take longer to see the final results due to a more protracted absorption phase.
Misplaced Fat Transfer
The fat that is present 5 to 6 months after fat transfer should be your permanent living fat. At that time you should consult with a fat transfer physician with better eye sight than you first. Good luck and be well.
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