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fat cells harvested by liposuction for breast reconstruction by lipofilling
Why lipofilling?
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  The derivation of the terms “adipose” and “lipid” originate, respectively, from the Latin “adeps” and the Greek “lipos” for fat. Adipose tissue is present in all mammalian species and a variety of non-mammalian species. White adipose tissue is the only tissue in the body that can markedly change its...Continued
close-up of fat cells in syringes and preparing for lipofilling in plastic and reconstructive surgery
History of fat grafting
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On the 5th of July, 1601, the Archduke Albert began the siege of Ostend – described as ‘the long carnival of death – with 20,000 men and 50 siege guns. After each terrible encounter the Dutch surgeons brought in great bags filled with human fat, which was then esteemed...Continued
  • fat cells harvested by liposuction for breast reconstruction by lipofilling
  • fat cells and adipose tissue used for lipofilling in plastic surgery
  • preparation of fat cells and adipose tissue used for lipofilling in plastic surgery
Where do you get the fat from?
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In humans the fat is stored in different “depots” in the body: 1/ in the abdominal cavity (visceral fat), 2/ the bone marrow and 3/ under the skin (subcutaneous fat depot). Humans do have a subcutaneous fat layer which is different from other primates. This fat layer functions as...Continued
plastic surgeon performing lipofilling with fat cells and adipose tissue
Stem cells in fat?
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Essentially, there are two categories of stem cells: the embryonic stem cell and the postnatal or adult stem cell. The embryonic stem cell is derived from the embryo, while the adult stem cell is derived from postnatal tissues. Already in 1963, McCulloch, Becker et al. reported on the presence of self-renewing cells within...Continued