Soft Tissue Restoration Using Tissue Engineering Academic Article uri icon


  • The correction of soft tissue defects caused by trauma, tumor resection, congenital abnormalities, and aging presents a challenge in plastic surgery. Soft tissue defects run the gamut in terms of volume, from restoring the fullness of the face by removing wrinkles to restoring the breast mound after mastectomy. The limitations of current techniques have served as drivers for the development of adipose tissue as an application area for tissue engineering. Tissue engineering is a growing field that combines bioengineering, the clinical sciences, and the life sciences to repair or regrow tissues. This article discusses the inadequacies of current methods of correcting soft tissue defects and the innovative adipose tissue engineering strategies under pursuit to abrogate these limitations and improve patient outcomes and quality of life.

published proceedings

  • Seminars in Plastic Surgery

author list (cited authors)

  • Patel, P., Robb, G. L., & Patrick Jr., C. W.

citation count

  • 6

complete list of authors

  • Patel, P||Robb, GL||Patrick Jr., CW

publication date

  • January 2003