What is fat atrophy?

Also known as: lipodystrophy, progressive hemifacial atrophy.

Though fat is often seen as unwanted, it’s a critical part of the makeup of the body under the skin. When this fat degrades in an unusual manner and causes scarring or pitting on the skin’s surface, this can be due to fat atrophy.

Reviewed by: Pedro A Pagan Banchs, MD

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