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What Is Fat Grafting & Fat Freezing?

Learn about fat grafting and fat freezing from plastic surgeon Robert J. Morin, M.D. in this Howcast video.


Man 1: We're going to discuss fat grafting in terms of plastic surgery. Basically what fat grafting is, is, fat is taken from one part of a patient's body, and it's removed by means of liposuction and transferred to another part of the same patient's body and injected into this other part of the body. Common areas where fat grafting is performed is along the nasalabial folds, commonly, either in the office or during a face lift.

During breast reconstruction, sometimes fat grafting is performed around the reconstructed breast to make sure that it's completely smooth. Fat grafting can also be performed in the cheeks during a face lift to restore volume of the face to give a more youthful, full face appearance. Another interesting aspect of fat grafting is that fat cells tend to exist with stem cells and the stem cells are often frozen and preserved. The science behind stem cells and fat cells is very interesting and is currently ongoing, and at this point in time there are a lot of theoretical uses that one might have in the future for these stem cells and these fat cells. However, we're not exactly sure what those uses are going to be now.

There is a large industry, however, around storing these fat cells and these stem cells because of all of the theoretical possibilities that these cells can be used for. So, you may consider asking your surgeon, if you're planning on having either liposuction or fat grafting procedures, if he or she has an entity that can store some of these fat cells or these stem cells in a facility that will freeze them in the event that they are needed or potentially useful to you at some point in the future.

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