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Filling in the Details

A Review of Lipofilling of Radiated Tissues in the Head and Neck

Hammond, Sarah E., MD*; Samuels, Stuart, MD; Thaller, Seth, MD

Journal of Craniofacial Surgery: May 2019 - Volume 30 - Issue 3 - p 667–671
doi: 10.1097/SCS.0000000000005107
Original Articles

Adipose tissue is considered by many to be an ideal filler. Fat is the model filler in that it is biocompatible, autologous tissue which typically incorporates into the host tissue with minimal complications. Along with the increasing use of fat as a soft tissue filler has come a growing interest in the development of standardized technical protocols and indications for lipofiller use. In this review, we will examine the current literature regarding lipofilling techniques, explore the potential benefits of fat grafting in radiated tissue, and discuss recent scientific advancements to optimize fat graft survival and outcomes.

*Division of Plastic Surgery

Division of Radiation Oncology

Division of Plastic Surgery, University of Miami, Miami, FL.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Sarah E. Hammond, MD, Division of Plastic Surgery, University of Miami, 1120 NW 14th Street 4th Floor, Miami, FL 33136; E-mail:

Received 30 August, 2018

Accepted 19 September, 2018

The authors report no conflicts of interest.

© 2019 by Mutaz B. Habal, MD.