Kenneth Beer, M.D. is a board-certified dermatologist and dermatopathologist in Palm Beach, Fla., and the director of, an online skincare company. He is also the director of The Cosmetic Bootcamp, which trains physicians in best practices for cosmetic medicine. Dr. Beer is an instructor in dermatology at the University of Miami, and he is an A.B. Duke Scholar at Duke University. He obtained his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and received his dermatology and dermatophathology training at the University of Chicago. Visit Dr. Beer's office at

Are Fat Injections Safe?

Tuesday, 20 November 2012 08:44 AM

Question: I have recently heard about doctors using a patient's own fat for injection into the naso-labial and marionette line areas, with stem cells. What is your opinion on the safety and effectiveness of this technique?

Dr. Beer's Answer:
I think that injections of fat with stem cells is safe. The effectiveness needs more study to determine the long-term success. As with any injections, there are always risks to putting a needle in the skin. These include minor but annoying ones such as swelling and bruising and more serious ones such as infections and nodules.

The technique is largely dependent on the skill of the dermatologist or plastic surgeon doing the procedure. When I used to do this procedure (without the stem cells) I found that it was not reliable. I could not predict who would or would not have a good outcome so I stopped using fat and now use different products to accomplish the same goal.

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