Long-term biobanking of intact tissue from lipoaspirate

Michael S. Badowsk, Angela Muise, David T. Harris

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Autologous fat grafting has now been extensively and successfully performed for more than two decades. Although most adipose grafts and adipose-derived MSC therapies are done with fresh tissue, cryopreservation of tissue allows for much greater flexibility of use. Over the course of five years, 194 cryopreserved adipose samples were thawed and then returned to the collecting physician for subsequent autologous applications. Samples were stored with a mean cryogenic storage time of 9.5 months, with some samples being stored as long as 44 months. The volumes of tissue stored varied from 12 cc to as large as 960 cc. Upon thawing, the volume of recovered whole adipose tissue averaged 67% of the original amount stored for all samples, while the samples that were stored for longer than one year averaged 71%. Recovery was not found to be a function of length of time in cryopreservation. No significant relationship was found between tissue recovery and patient age. While an average recovery of 67% of volume frozen indicates that the use of banked and thawed tissue requires a larger amount of sample to be taken from the patient initially, an experienced clinician easily accomplishes this requirement. As cryopreservation of adipose tissue becomes more commonplace, physicians will find it helpful to know the amount and quality of tissue that will be available after thawing procedures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number327
JournalJournal of Clinical Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2019


  • Adipose tissue
  • Autologous
  • Cosmetic surgery
  • Cryogenic storage
  • Cryopreservation
  • Fat grafting
  • Lipoaspirate
  • Regenerative medicine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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