Journal of Maxillofacial and Oral Surgery

, Volume 18, Issue 1, pp 112–123 | Cite as

Buccal Fat Pad-Derived Stem Cells for Repair of Maxillofacial Bony Defects

  • Mitsu Meshram
  • Sonal Anchlia
  • Harsh Shah
  • Siddharth Vyas
  • Jigar Dhuvad
  • Lalit Sagarka
Original Article



The purpose of this study was to evaluate the use of buccal fat pad-derived stem cells (BFPSCs) as a source for full thickness bone defect repair secondary to pathology in maxilla or mandible.


Fat-derived stem cells were isolated from buccal fat pad, differentiated into osteocytes in osteogenic medium, and seeded onto human bone defects. Autologous buccal fat pad was harvested and BFPSCs cultured within 4–6 weeks. Bone defects secondary to enucleation of pathologic cyst or tumors were reconstructed with osteogenically differentiated fat-derived stem cells. Hematoxylin and eosin staining, immunohistochemical staining for osteocalcin, alkaline phosphatase and genotypic and phenotypic marker analysis, and histomorphometric measurements of new bone were performed.


Maxillofacial bone defects were successfully reconstructed by BFPSCs, which after implantation at an in vivo site yielded faster osseous regeneration. BFPSCs were associated with superior bone density formation, better blending of margins with enhanced bone trabecular formation, well-organized and well-vascularized lamellar bone with Haversian channels and osteocytes resulting in superior functional and cosmetic results with better quality of life and with significant decrease in secondary complications.


Buccal fat pad is an ideal tool in the hands of an oral and maxillofacial surgeon for tissue engineering and clinical use requiring bone tissue growth and repair, secondary to large osseous defects. This study demonstrates the feasibility of reconstructing bony defects with fat-derived stem cells.


Buccal fat pad Buccal fat pad-derived stem cells Enucleation Tissue engineering 



We wish to acknowledge the fruitful contribution of our former H.O.D., Prof. Dr. Babu S. Parmar, to this study.

Compliance with Ethical Standards 

Conflict of interest

The authors hereby wish to state that this paper does not have any financial and personal relationships with other people or organizations that could inappropriately influence (bias) their work.

Ethical Approval

All procedures performed in this study involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Informed Consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.117, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial SurgeryGovernment of Dental College and Hospital, Civil HospitalAhmedabad-16India

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