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Lipotransfer effects can last 3 years

Laguna Woods, Calif. — For most patients, periorbital rejuvenation with periorbital lipotransfer offers aesthetic improvement, and mild improvement can last as long as three years, HealthDay News reports.

Plastic surgeons Cory C. Yeh, M.D., of Laguna Woods, Calif., and Edwin F. Williams III, M.D., of Latham, N.Y., investigated the long-term aesthetic results of autologous periorbital lipotransfer in 114 patients. Of these, 99 patients were included in the analysis. Patients were divided into five groups based on the total length of their postoperative follow-up. Three independent evaluators assessed periorbital volume augmentation and awarded scores based on a standard evaluation scale.

Drs. Yeh and Williams found a good correlation in the scores from the three evaluators. Aesthetic improvement was seen in 86.4 percent of all patients who had demonstrated improvement for the first three years of follow-up. The degree of aesthetic improvement decreased each year, and in most patients (68.2 percent) only mild improvement was retained at three-year follow-up.

“Results from most patients who underwent autologous periorbital lipotransfer demonstrated improvement that lasted as long as three years,” the authors wrote.

The study appears in the July/August issue of Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery.

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