In reconstructive surgery, there is a clinical need for adequate implants to repair soft tissue defects caused by traumatic injury, tumor resection, or congenital abnormalities. Adipose tissue engineering may provide answers to this increasing demand. This study comprehensively reviews current approaches to adipose tissue engineering, detailing different cell carriers under investigation, with a special focus on the application of adipose-derived stem cells (ASCs). ASCs act as building blocks for new tissue growth and as modulators of the host response. Recent studies have also demonstrated that the implantation of a hollow protected chamber, combined with a vascular pedicle within the fat flaps provides blood supply and enables the growth of large-volume of engineered soft tissue. Conceptually, it would be of value to co-regulate this unique chamber model with adipose-derived stem cells to obtain a greater volume of soft tissue constructs for clinical use. Our review provides a cogent update on these advances and details the generation of possible fat substitutes.