The Amazing Power of Fat

Fat is a versatile tissue that plays essential roles in the way our body functions, but one of the most remarkable is the role that fat may play in how we heal. A variety of studies over many decades have been conducted exploring the healing potential of fat. There is even documentation describing the use of fat to accelerate the healing of soldiers’ battle wounds during World War I!1 So what have we learned from history and research about the healing potential of fat?

Fat Gets a Bad Rap

In the past, fat has been characterized as being bad for us; something to eliminate from a healthy diet and something to work off of our midsections. However, research has shown that not only is consuming certain types of fat beneficial to our health, our own body fat has many properties that are essential to optimize the body’s function, including cushioning of our joints and tissue repair.

Your own fat tissue is vital to your body’s health and well-being; it is used as an energy source, insulates and cushions your body, and is essential to the proper function of your nerves and muscles. Additionally, your fat can help aid in the repair of damaged tissues. In short, fat doesn’t deserve its bad reputation!


There are many advantages to using fat to aid in healing:

  • Fat is abundant in the human body.
  • Fat can be easily accessed and collected using a minimally invasive procedure and local anesthesia.
  • Fat contains many supportive and reparative cells that help to promote a healing environment throughout the body.
  • Research has shown that regardless of a person’s age, their fat maintains its reparative properties, unlike other tissues such as bone marrow, which may lose healing capacity with age.
  • What is Fat?

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  • Fat, also known as adipose tissue, is a complex tissue made up of many types of cells including adipocytes, reticular cells, progenitor cells, and perivascular cells (cells surrounding micro-capillaries). These cells are all within a supportive matrix referred to as the niche. Fat is a structural tissue that also plays a number of important roles in your body including insulation, cushioning against trauma, hormone management, and energy storage. While all of these functions are vital to your well-being, it’s the amazing structural properties and natural reparative potential of fat that hold the most promise for orthopaedic and soft tissue therapeutics!

Things to Consider:

  • One difficulty in unleashing the fat’s reparative properties to their fullest potential is that the cells and signals that are necessary to promote regeneration are protected deeply inside the structure of the fat tissue.5
  • Additionally, tissues taken from one part of the body and inserted into another are often unable to obtain nourishment from the surrounding tissues or are subjected to such a hostile environment that they are unable to survive.
  • Fat in its natural state contains toxins and inflammatory elements that need to be removed prior to therapeutic use.

Can these challenges be overcome in order to unlock the healing potential of fat? That’s the objective of the revolutionary technology, Lipogems.