Adipose Stromal Vascular Fraction Gel Grafting: A New Method for Tissue Volumization and Rejuvenation

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BACKGROUNDThe clinical outcomes of fat grafting vary and are technique-dependent. Stromal vascular fraction (SVF) gel is a novel, mechanically processed fat product with high concentrations of adipose tissue–derived stem cells and other SVF cells. This study evaluated the volumization and rejuvenation effects of SVF-gel.OBJECTIVEThis study evaluated the volumization and rejuvenation effects of SVF-gel.METHODSThis retrospective, single-center study included 126 patients who underwent SVF-gel grafting and 78 who underwent conventional lipoinjection for various indications from March 2015 to February 2017. Patient satisfaction and secondary surgery rates were evaluated. Samples of transferred SVF-gel were harvested and examined histologically.RESULTSAll patients showed improvements in facial augmentation and contour. Patients in the SVF-gel group experienced mild postoperative swelling and a low secondary surgery rate (10.9%). Assessment of patient-rated satisfaction on a 5-point Likert scale found that 77.3% of patients in the SVF-gel group were satisfied (54.5%) or very satisfied (22.8%) with their outcomes. By comparison, 53.8% of patients who underwent conventional lipoinjection were satisfied (48.7%) or very satisfied (5.1%). Moreover, SVF-gel showed effective antiwrinkle and skin rejuvenation effects. Hematoxylin–eosin staining showed a normal adipose tissue structure in transferred SVF-gel.CONCLUSIONStromal vascular fraction gel is effective for both volumization and rejuvenation, and may be superior to conventional lipoinjection for facial recontouring.

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