Lipofilling

Lipofilling is a surgical technique that removes fat tissue via liposuction and injects the removed fat elsewhere in the body. Lipofilling or fat grafting is used in aesthetic and reconstructive surgical procedures.

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History

Lipofilling or fat grafting is not a new technique but exists since decades. However, the procedure of fat grafting has been refined with better clinical results. Research has also demonstrated how fat behaves and how transplanted cells survive.

close-up of fat cells with lipofilling
What is fat?

Fat or adipose tissue is an organ with several important functions. It is a connective tissue that protects our body and regulates our body temperature …

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How does grafted fat survive?

The lipofilling procedure is a “reversed approach” to treat soft tissue deficiencies. Cells, in particular adipocytes and their stromal counterparts are harvested in a traumatic manner through liposuction, centrifuged and injected in a recipient site or wound bed that is devoid of any supportive matrix.

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HOW DOES LIPOFILLING WORK?

Lipofilling or fat grafting removes fat and transplants it to another location. It is used to treat soft tissue deficiencies or to rejuvenate the skin. The technique itself is not difficult but some basic principles need to be respected to obtain the best results.