Florence, Italy — Autologous fat tissue for cosmetic transplantation can be harvested by either a wet or dry technique, with no substantial differences in adipose tissue specimens, according to results of a recent study.
Researchers from the University of Florence studied 65 patients undergoing reconstructive lipofilling. Subcutaneous fat specimens were collected through either the wet or dry technique using a two-hole Coleman blunt cannula attached to a 10 cc Luer-Lok syringe. The tissue preservation was then assessed and evaluated.
No significant differences were visually observed between adipocyte samples harvested with or without tumescent solution, according to the study abstract. Further analysis confirmed that the mean surface area and shape of the tissue specimens were not significantly different in the lipoaspirate.
“The results from the present study provide the first histologic evidence and cell viability assessment to demonstrate that there are no substantial differences in the adipose tissue specimens harvested with the wet and dry techniques,” the study authors wrote.
The findings were published in the August issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
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