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Cosmetic Fat Transplantation: A Review

Author(s):

Sarah Davis, Joseph Rizk and Jenny E. Gunton*   Pages 1 - 9 ( 9 )

Abstract:


Aim: To review current techniques used in fat grafting to optimise graft persistence and achieve optimal cosmetic outcomes.

Background: Fat transplantation has been used extensively in the reconstruction and cosmetic industry for many years. However, there is significant adipocyte loss and reabsorption rates; leading to the loss of external cosmetic volume and the need for repeat procedures. Adipocyte loss can occur at all four stages transplantation and this review discusses each of these methods with aim to optimise graft outcome.

Results: Several new techniques have been discussed including liposuction techniques, fat processing, and assisted fat grafting which show an improvement in adipocyte survival, revasculisation and graft outcomes.

Conclusions: There have been many improvements in fat grafting the implementation of these will optimise surgical outcomes but there are still strategies to improve further. However, there is still a lack of standardised techniques and training. More research is needed in the areas of fat processing and the use of additives to the fat graft. More clinical research is needed in the fat placement technique which has very little published evidence and current techniques are mostly anecdotal by cosmetic surgeons.

Keywords:

Liposuction, fat transplantation, human fat processing, fat graft, cosmetic fat graft, fat graft survival

Affiliation:

Centre for Diabetes, Obesity and Endocrinology (CDOE), The Westmead Institute for Medical Research, The University of Sydney, Faculty of Medicine and Health, The University of Sydney, Centre for Diabetes, Obesity and Endocrinology (CDOE), The Westmead Institute for Medical Research, The University of Sydney



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