In 1983 the prevalent feeling was that liposuction was dangerous and ineffective!
Not 10 years latter it became obvious that when performed correctly, liposuction was safe and effective, and it soon became one of the most performed cosmetic procedures in the world.
Those of us that became involved in liposuction from its early stages, always had misgivings of throwing away perfectly healthy fat, specially when the patient might have benefited by having it placed elsewhere.
Early on we began to inject small amounts of fat, usually in the face for volume enhancement, but in 1987 the American Society of Plastic Surgeons published a statement suggesting that fat grafts should not be done; and until 2007, this edict held.
By 2009 the Society slightly relaxed their ban, and finally had to recognize that fat injections to face and other body areas could be very effective. Their exception was fat injections into the breast, under the premise that it might interfere with the detection of breast cancer.
Today, fat transfer is not only out of the closet; time has proved that it is not only effective, but that it has additional benefits related to the fact that fat aspirate contains more stem cells than any tissue, including bone marrow, consequently helping restore damaged tissue.
Alleluia, those of us who have been performing fat grafts have been re-vindicated!
However, as useful as fat transfers might be, don’t be swayed by claims of stem cell enrichment systems until more science proves their claim.
I will continue to use fat grafts, I am happy with the results I have obtained and so have been my patients.
We have been proven right.