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Autologous Fat Grafting in Cleft Lip and Palate

Jones, Christine M., MD*; Mackay, Donald R., MD

Journal of Craniofacial Surgery: May 2019 - Volume 30 - Issue 3 - p 686–691
doi: 10.1097/SCS.0000000000005205
Original Articles

Structural fat grafting is a technically simple procedure that has revolutionized the field of plastic surgery, with applications ranging from tissue regeneration to scar modulation to volume restoration. This technique has found applications in the treatment of cleft lip and palate, where it can be used to fill deficient midfacial volume and treat velopharyngeal insufficiency. In this article, the authors summarize the current literature supporting the use of fat grafting in patients with clefts. Evidence as to the safety, efficacy, longevity, and potential complications of the technique are discussed.

*Division of Plastic Surgery, Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Temple University, Philadelphia

Division of Plastic Surgery, Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey, PA.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Donald R. Mackay, MD, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, 500 University Drive, Mail Code H071, Hershey, PA 17033; E-mail:

Received 1 November, 2018

Accepted 21 November, 2018

The authors report no conflicts of interest.

© 2019 by Mutaz B. Habal, MD.