Fat Grafting Subjectively Improves Facial Skin Elasticity and Hand Function of Scleroderma Patients.

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Global Open
Amy L StrongPaul S Cederna


Systemic scleroderma is a chronic connective tissue disease characterized by internal organ and skin fibrosis. Unfortunately, there is a lack of efficacious treatments for cutaneous manifestations, and alternative interventions should be considered. Fat grafting has gained significant attention due to its regenerative properties and success in improving skin quality and volume deficits in fibrotic diseases. While some studies have investigated the efficacy of autologous fat grafting, we utilized the Coleman method for harvesting and processing to determine the efficacy of fat grafting to improve skin fibrosis in the hands and face of scleroderma patients without excess processing of adipose tissue. Patients with a diagnosis of scleroderma who underwent fat grafting between March 2015 and March 2019 at the University of Michigan were included. Ten female patients were identified that met inclusion criteria. The mean age at the time of surgery was 48.7 (± 17.6) years. An average of 53.2 (± 15.5) ml of fat was injected into the hands and 26.1 (± 16.4) ml into the face. Patients were treated with 1-4 rounds of grafting depending on the initial severity of skin fibrosis and volume deficiency. Fat grafting subjectively and qualitativ...Continue Reading


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