Facial soft tissue augmentation using autologous fat mixed with stromal vascular fraction

Sang Kyun Lee, Deok Woo Kim, Eun Sang Dhong, Seung Ha Park, Eul Sik Yoon

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Background Autologous fat grafting evolved over the twentieth century to become a quick, safe, and reliable method for restoring volume. However, autologous fat grafts have some problems including uncertain viability of the grafted fat and a low rate of graft survival. To overcome the problems associated with autologous fat grafts, we used uncultured adipose tissue-derived stromal cell (stromal vascular fraction, SVF) assisted autologous fat grafting. Thus, the purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of SVF in a clinical trial. Methods SVF cells were freshly isolated from half of the aspirated fat and were used in combination with the other half of the aspirated fat during the procedure. Between March 2007 and February 2008, a total of 9 SVF-assisted fat grafts were performed in 9 patients. The patients were followed for 12 weeks after treatment. Data collected at each follow-up visit included clinical examination of the graft site(s), photographs for historical comparison, and information from a patient questionnaire that measured the outcomes from the patient perspective. The photographs were evaluated by medical professionals. Results Scores of the left facial area grafted with adipose tissue mixed with SVF cells were significantly higher compared with those of the right facial area grafted with adipose tissue without SVF cells. There was no significant adverse effect. Conclusions The subjective patient satisfaction survey and surgeon survey showed that SVFassisted fat grafting was a surgical procedure with superior results.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)534-539
Number of pages6
JournalArchives of Plastic Surgery
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Sept
Externally publishedYes


  • Adipose tissue
  • Cell transplants
  • Mesenchymal stem cells
  • Tissue grafts

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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