Fat or adipose tissue harvested from specific areas of the body, can be preserved safely and re-injected in other areas such as chest, 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 Aqua Sculpture 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 Aqua Sculpture Liposuction 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
Face: 3-D Face Lift
Autologous fat transfer is a common technique used to rejuvenate the face. Furthermore, it has been found that the skin overlying the area of the transfer improves its texture and appearance due to the biologic activity of the new cells. In other words, transferred fat not only provides volume and structure to the recipient site, but also greatly contributes with nutrition and mediators that further enhance the appearance of the overlying skin.
Buttocks: Brazilian Butt Lift
Autologous fat transfer or fat grafting to the buttocks not only provides this region with more volume but produces a significant lift. This restores the youthful look of the lower body. Frequently, this procedure achieves results beyond expectations and especially for those who have tried intense work outs to achieve more defined buttocks and thighs. Fat grafting is accomplished through tiny incisions or puncture-incisions that leave no scars.
Fat or adipose tissue harvested from specific areas of the body, can be preserved safely and re-injected in the chest in order to re-create a natural aesthetic shape. The unwanted fat is injected in a series of small incisions into the top section of the pectorals, giving them a "lift". While a fat transfer to your pectorals will not increase your muscle mass, it will give the appearance of a firmer, more toned chest.
Hands: Hand Fat Transfer Rejuvenation
The dorsal aspect of the hand is one of the areas of the body that show the most volume reduction due to fat loss. This phenomenon reflects an aging hand that frequently causes aesthetic concerns. Autologous fat grafting of this region is easy and highly successful. This procedure is performed through one or two puncture incisions that leave no residual scars. The grafted fat blends with other structures of the dorsal hand such as veins and tendons restoring its youthful appearance. As with fat transfer to the face and other areas, the overlying skin texture improves due to biologic activity of the transplanted cells.
Who Are Good Candidates 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.