How Long Will Fat Transfer to Pecs Last?

I am a male who had a fat transfer to my pecs which I'm not satisfied with. I heard that these results are not permenant and after a period of time they disolve? Please clarify.

Doctor Answers 4

Fat transfer to pec muscle want removal

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Fat transfer is permanent once the fat has established its own blood flow. It is possible to remove the fat to make you more symmetrical but it needs to be physically removed which is complicated by the fact that fat is in your pecs. This is not an easy problem to fix. Sorry! Visit with a board certified plastic surgeon.

Fat transfer can last long term

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When fat cells are transferred to another area, some of the cells die, always! There is never 100% take as the new area must provide oxygen to the fat cells so they live, before new blood vessels grow into the area supplying them with oxygen.  The fat grafting / fat injections / lipo-transfer / lipoaugmentation procedure can involve a series of treatments, each building on the prior treatment's success. Once the fat cells live, they may live for many years in their new environment.  You should not think that fat injections are temporary, although no guarantee can be given that they will last long term.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
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The volume retained after fat injection is unpredictable.

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There is always some volume loss after fat transfer as not all the cells can survive.  The contribution of stem cells in not understood. Your pectoral volume should become stabilized after a few months.  Further injections will be needed if you need more volume.

How Long Will Fat Transfer Last

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As you may have already noticed, not all the volume of fat transferred will stay. Some (10-50%) of the fat will get absorbed in the first few months. But whatever you are left with after this initial period (say 6-9 months) is likely to be permanent.

Anindya Lahiri, FRCS (Plast)
Birmingham Plastic Surgeon

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