Fat or adipose tissue harvested from specific areas of the body, can be preserved safely and re-injected in other areas such as breasts, buttocks, face and hands in order to re-create their most natural aesthetic shape and restore a youthful appearance. Fat transfer is done using a local anesthetic and mild sedation. A small surgical instrument known as a cannula is inserted into the area of fat removal. The cannula is attached to a vacuum source, which provides gentle suction to remove the emulsified fat.
Modern techniques of liposuction target fat cells leaving behind a normal collagen matrix. Medilaser, Cosmetic Surgery and Vein Center introduced AquaLipo® Liposuction. This amazing technique uses pressurized water or water jet to obtain fat tissue sparing not only that remaining matrix but also the integrity of the graft adipose and stem cells. This concept renders enough cell survival that there is no need to enhance the graft with PRP (platelet rich plasma) or stem cell isolation and enrichment. As with other techniques such as vibroliposuction, fat is emulsified while simultaneously extracted. After being processed through a LipoCollector® 3 device, this fat is then ready to be grafted or transplanted.
Fat transfer is not new; it has been performed for decades. However, its results were suboptimal due to the poor graft survival in the past. This has changed considerably with the advent of modern liposuction techniques. Water assisted liposuction, ultrasound liposuction, power assisted liposuction and vibroliposuction are the most recently developed techniques responsible for the current success of fat transfer today. Medilaser surgeons, Drs. Robinson and Giraldo, were the first surgeons in the United States to perform liposuction using vibrating cannulas. They taught surgeons from different parts of the country this new minimal invasive technique. Today, many patients have successful procedures with long lasting transplants that give them younger looks.
In order to maximize the integrity of fat cells for transplantation, Medilaser adopted AquaLipo® technology as the best way to obtain fat cells today. In an evidence based review article published in the Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, water assisted liposuction and power assisted cannulas were found to be the best liposuction techniques available today. This translates to exceptional and consistent harvesting procedures for fat transfer.
Recipient Areas That Are Eligible for Fat Transfer
Healthy individuals who want natural volume restoration of specific areas to create a beautiful and harmonious contour. Also, patients interested in correcting areas of the body previously distorted by trauma, surgeries and earlier cosmetic procedures become excellent candidates for autologous fat grafting.