I’d like to have a fat transfer to the area under my eyes. How long is the fat supposed to last? Is this something that needs to be repeated regularly like injectable fillers?
Fat transfer requires that the grafted cells become vascularized to the new location; in this case the under eye area. Because some of the grafted cells will not survive, you have to over-fill the area to some extent during the procedure. The cells that do become vascularized and therefore graft to the new location will be there for years. They do not behave like other injectable fillers such as Juvederm, Restylane,which last anywhere from 9-12 months or Sculptra which lasts 3-5 years.
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