Fat injections: Fresh versus frozen

November 30, 2011

Fat injections: Fresh versus frozen
Fat injections: Fresh versus frozen

A Florida plastic surgeon's opening of a "fat bank" in which his patients can store fat to use as a filler in later procedures has some within the medical community debating whether previously frozen fat works as well as freshly harvested fat.

"We put the patient to sleep once. Do the [liposuction]. Get the fat out once and have as much as we need for later injections," the plastic surgeon told the Orlando Sentinel.

Once it is removed, the fat is drained and cleaned before being frozen at a temperature of minus 192 degrees Celsius. It's stored in a fat storage facility dubbed "The Liquid Gold Center." If it is needed to serve as a filler in a surgery, it is defrosted first and then injected.

But some surgeons are questioning whether previously frozen fat is as safe and effective as fresh fat.

"I think the argument that you can get equivalent results from frozen fat compared to fresh fat, I think that's a difficult argument to make with the science," a separate Florida-based plastic surgeon told WPBF News. "I think the verdict is still out as to the optimum way to preserve the fat, and certainly it's well understood that fresh fat tends to retain viability of the transferred fat cells and stem cells probably better than when the fat has been processed through a cryogenic preservation freezing process, then thawed again."

Individuals are encouraged to speak with a licensed, board-certified plastic surgeon to determine whether fresh or frozen fat is best for them.

According to the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), fat is a safe, long-lasting and natural-appearing filler that can be used to replace volume in areas where it is diminished. It is commonly used for areas of the body including the face, lips and hands.


The mission of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) includes medical education, public education and patient advocacy. Plastic Surgery News Briefs are summaries of current stories found through various news and magazine outlets that relate to or mention plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures. The views expressed in these news articles do not necessarily reflect the opinions of ASAPS, but are merely published as an educational service to our members and the general public. For additional information on these subjects and other plastic surgery related topics, please go to www.surgery.org

Search by location (Zip, City, or Country)

Related Articles

Some men refuse to accept "pancake butt" sitting down

August 7, 2013 - Jeff Vickers, owner of a construction company, told the New York Times that he had plastic surgery because he had “a nonexistent butt.”

Two women share nightmare medical tourism tale

July 19, 2013 - Houston’s KHOU 11 News recently reported on a story of two women who took a trip to Mexico in hopes of saving on plastic surgery costs.

Decrease your cellulite using the latest science

July 15, 2013 - It was assumed by many that poor circulation was the cause of cellulite - those miserable dimples and bumps that can ruin the appearance of the back of your thighs and buttocks.

Terms to add to your plastic surgery glossary

July 11, 2013 - If you're in the early stages of planning a plastic surgery procedure, you've likely come across a few terms that have made you stop and scratch your head.

Latest Articles

Plastic lips to get rid of wrinkles?

September 25, 2013 - Remember those wax lips you used to chew on when you were a kid? Well, they seem to have inspired the latest fad in the anti-aging realm.

Illegal buttock injections are more common than you think

September 19, 2013 - How many times have you read a story about illegal plastic surgery in the news?

Yet another anti-wrinkle cream faces lawsuit

September 17, 2013 - It seems to be almost cyclical - every few months, a brand new, game-changing anti-wrinkle cream is introduced to the market, only to face lawsuits due to suggestions that the "scientific" claims made on the side of the bottle are absolute bunk.

Study: If you've got wrinkles, thank Mom

September 12, 2013 - Have you ever wondered why some people get wrinkles at a young age and others don't?

About ASAPS
The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), is recognized as the world’s leading organization devoted entirely to aesthetic plastic surgery and cosmetic medicine of the face and body.  ASAPS is comprised of over 2,600 Plastic Surgeons; active members are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (USA) or by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and have extensive training in the complete spectrum of surgical and non-surgical aesthetic procedures. International active members are certified by equivalent boards of their respective countries. All members worldwide adhere to a strict Code of Ethics and must meet stringent membership requirements.

WE ARE AESTHETICS.

Website: www.surgery.org
Follow ASAPS on Twitter: www.twitter.com/ASAPS
Become a fan of ASAPS on Facebook: www.facebook.com/AestheticSociety
Join Smart Beauty Guide: www.smartbeautyguide.com
Locate a plastic surgeon in your area:  http://www.surgery.org/consumers/find-a-plastic-surgeon

Copyright © 2009-2012 ASAPS. All Rights Reserved.