Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

, Volume 38, Issue 1, pp 78–82 | Cite as

Simplified Lipostructure: A Technical Note

  • Guido PaoliniEmail author
  • Matteo Amoroso
  • Benedetto Longo
  • Michail Sorotos
  • Dimitrios Karypidis
  • Fabio Santanelli di Pompeo
Innovative Techniques Aesthetic



The Coleman technique is universally recognized as the gold standard for fat transfer, but although effective, it is tedious, time consuming, and costly. This report proposes a new and more efficient method of fat grafting (simplified lipostructure).


This report introduces a modification of the standard Coleman transfer and injection technique, performed by connecting a 10-ml syringe to a 1-ml syringe and to a blunt infiltrating cannula through a “three-way stopcock valve.” The study retrospectively evaluated two groups of patients who had undergone either Coleman or simplified lipostructure, comparing surgical staff, operative time, volume of infiltrated fat, cosmetic outcome, and complications. Statistical analyses were conducted using the Wilcoxon rank sum test and Spearman’s rank-order correlation.


The simplified lipostructure group compared with Coleman lipostructure showed a reduced operative staff (1 vs. 2 members), a reduced operative time (66 vs. 74.2 min) (α = 0.0035), and an increased volume of infiltrated fat (167.2 vs. 138.7 ml) (p < 0.0001) while retaining comparable cosmetic results (7.45 vs. 7.25; visual analog scale 0–10), and only minor complications.


The three-way stopcock valve system appears to be a smart technical solution that eases syringe refilling, improves fat transplantation times, and reduces costs. The findings show this technical modification to be easy and effective. The authors therefore recommend it to all surgeons performing fat transfer.

Level of Evidence V

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Lipostructure Lipofilling Lipografting Fat transplant Adipose tissue Coleman technique 


Conflict of interest

The authors declare they have no conflict of interest.

Supplementary material

Use of the three-way stopcock connector to perform lipostructure in a post-mastectomy breast reconstruction case. Supplementary material 1 (MOV 9766 kb)


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Guido Paolini
    • 1
    Email author
  • Matteo Amoroso
    • 1
  • Benedetto Longo
    • 1
  • Michail Sorotos
    • 1
  • Dimitrios Karypidis
    • 2
    • 3
  • Fabio Santanelli di Pompeo
    • 1
  1. 1.Plastic Surgery Unit, Faculty of Medicine and Psychology, Sant’Andrea Hospital“Sapienza” University of RomeRomeItaly
  2. 2.Plastic Surgery Unit, “Andrea Sygros” Hospital, School of MedicineUniversity of AthensAthensGreece
  3. 3.II Level Master on Breast Reconstruction, Faculty of Medicine and Psychology“Sapienza” University of RomeRomeItaly

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