Title

Unilateral atrophy of the cheek: Autologous fat injection as treatment of choice

Date of this Version

3-1-2009

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Details

Interim status: Citation only.

Gassling, V. L., Douglas, T., Wiltfang, J. and Warnke, P. H. (2009). Unilateral atrophy of the cheek: Autologous fat injection as treatment of choice. Journal of craniofacial surgery, 20(2), 423-425.

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Abstract

Lipodystrophies are a set of heterogeneous conditions resulting from defective lipid metabolism and characterized by adipose tissue atrophy. We report on a 54-year-old woman who presented at the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery with an increasing unilateral atrophy of her left cheek for the past 3 years. The patient's history showed that she had sustained a left zygoma fracture 35 years ago but did not have any other disease. According to the patient's wish, a correction of the left cheek was performed by autologous fat injection, which led to a highly acceptable postoperative result. We compare this treatment with different alternatives.

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