1577 - Autologous fat grafting (AFG) by injection, for treatment of burn scars, and treatment of facial defects due to craniofacial abnormalities

Page last updated: 28 September 2020

Application Detail

Description of Medical Service

Autologous fat grafting (AFG) is the harvesting, preparation, and re-injection or autologous fat, with or without specialised fat grafting equipment. It includes live fat cells being harvested from a donor site on the patient, prepared in theatre by a variety of methods to separate and purify the fat cells, and injected back into the defective area. It relies on the fat stem cells remaining viable in the transferred site. Fat transfer, or fat grafting, or lipo-filling, or lipo-modelling, can be extremely useful for recontouring congenital facial deformities and serious burns scars.
AFG is more complex than scar revision and an item number will improve resource allocation and monitoring of use.

The proposed service is for autologous fat grafting (i.e. harvesting, preparation and injection of adipocytes) as an independent procedure or in conjunction with another procedure for:
i. Correction of defects arising from craniofacial disorders
ii. Correction of burn scars and associated contractures

Description of Medical Condition

Autologus fat grafting is relevant for defects arising from the following medical conditions:
i. Craniofacial disorders with facial asymmetry requiring reconstruction and recontouring These include congenital craniofacial syndromes and acquired defects due to disorders (including Parry–Rhomberg disease)
ii. Burn scars and contractures These include major burns where thin split thickness skin graft has been used.

Reason for Application

New application for Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) funding

Medical Service Type

Therapeutic medical service

Previous Application Number/s

Not applicable

Associated Documentation

Application Form

Application form (PDF 1102 KB)
Application form (Word 556 KB)

Consultation Survey

Consultation survey (PDF 463 KB)
Consultation survey (Word 67 KB)

PICO Confirmation

PICO Confirmation (PDF 1247 KB)
PICO Confirmation (Word 174 KB)

Assessment Report


Public Summary Document

Public Summary Document (PDF 669 KB)
Public Summary Document (Word 212 KB)

Meetings for this Application


8 August 2019


12 June 2020


28-29 July 2020