Some of the most popular cosmetic procedures performed in the United States, tummy tucks, and liposuction, are designed to slim the figure and remove fat. As such, it may come as a surprise that fat is becoming a hot commodity in the world of plastic surgery. Over the past few years, the use of fat in cosmetic procedures has increased by 13 to 72 percent in procedures ranging from dermal fat grafts and breast augmentation. Further, the use of fat tissue is having a major impact on the healing of skin and appearance of scars. Just when you felt like fat fell out of fashion, fat became the new black. Fat and Cosmetic Procedures Plastic surgeons can do a lot more with fat than just remove it. A procedure known as a fat graft can be performed nearly anywhere on the body, and involves removing fat from one area of the body and injecting it into another. The report mentioned before was released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. This report found that fat grafting has been increasing in popularity quite significantly. Minimally invasive facial fat injections increased by 13%, fat repurposed for buttocks and breast augmentation have increased 26% and 72% respectively.  The use of a patient's own fat as a dermal filler or augmentation substance is very effective because it is autogenous tissue, and results tend to last longer than other types of fillers. Of course, the use of fat in augmentation procedures differs significantly from implant procedures. It will be very important to talk with your Melbourne, Florida plastic surgeon to discuss your expectations with any procedure to ensure that you choose the procedure that best meets your desires. With the use of fat in cosmetic procedures on the rise, patients are provided with more options to rejuvenate their skin and plastic surgeons are forging into an area of medicine that can have a significant impact on the health and well-being of their patients. Fat and Follicles:  Adipose Tissue Removing Scarring In the not-so-distant past, fat was the evilest word in Western society. It was stripped out of foods and condemned for being on the body. Liposuction was huge and skinny/svelte was in. Now, the benefits of fat in both food and bodies are coming to light and adipose tissue, or fat, is revealing itself to be very beneficial in our lives. One of the most interesting studies recently conducted found that not only is fat important for healing, but it can also eliminate the development of scars and be manipulated to fill wrinkles. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine have found a way to manipulate a human wound to heal without scar tissue. This technology is still in trials, however, the finding is monumental for not only plastic surgeons, but surgeons of all specialties. When wounds heal cells called myofibroblasts are formed. These cells are the most common type of cell found in scar tissue and are unique because they do not heal with any hair follicles. The lack of hair and abnormal pigmentation are what make scars so noticeable and unsightly. Scientists found that if they regenerated hair follicles in healing wounds that these myofibroblasts would be manipulated into adipose cells. The combination of fat cells and hair follicles caused the wound to heal as regenerated skin instead of scar tissue. When hair follicles are introduced into a healing wound a factor called Bone Morphogenetic Protein (BMP) sends signals that instruct cells that would become myofibroblasts to become adipocytes, which regenerates healthy skin tissues. With this new finding - that scar tissue can be manipulated into something as important as fat tissue - new wrinkle reducing treatments are on the horizon. Fat is indeed an amazing tissue that researchers, scientists, and medical professionals are all beginning to unlock the power of. If you have questions about how fat can be of benefit to you, don’t hesitate to call our Melbourne, Florida cosmetic surgery facility today. Dr. Lawler can explain to you why fat is the new black.