Seminars in Plastic Surgery 2020; 34(01): 053-058
DOI: 10.1055/s-0039-3402517
Review Article
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Applications of Fat Grafting in Pediatric Patients

Linden Shih
1  Division of Plastic Surgery, Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas
,
Amjed Abu-Ghname
1  Division of Plastic Surgery, Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas
,
Matthew J. Davis
1  Division of Plastic Surgery, Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas
,
Amy S. Xue
1  Division of Plastic Surgery, Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas
2  Division of Plastic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Texas Children's Hospital, Houston, Texas
,
Robert F. Dempsey
1  Division of Plastic Surgery, Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas
2  Division of Plastic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Texas Children's Hospital, Houston, Texas
,
Edward P. Buchanan
1  Division of Plastic Surgery, Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas
2  Division of Plastic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Texas Children's Hospital, Houston, Texas
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Funding None of the authors has a financial interest in any of the drugs, devices, procedures, or companies mentioned in this article. The authors have nothing to disclose.
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Publication Date:
15 February 2020 (online)

Abstract

Autologous fat grafting has become a widely utilized technique for a variety of cosmetic and reconstructive procedures. Its potential for volume restoration and tissue regeneration has made it a popular method for treating soft tissue defects in both adult and pediatric populations. While autologous fat grafting in the pediatric setting is not as well characterized as it is in the adult setting, various reports have demonstrated the safety and utility of its applications in nonadult patient populations. In this article, we present the first comprehensive review of the current applications of autologous fat grafting in pediatric patients. Specific challenges to fat grafting in the pediatric setting and future applications will also be discussed.