Many physicians and plastic surgeons are now relying on fat grafting procedures for body recontouring and facial rejuvenation.
Fat grafting is the process of extracting body fat from certain areas of the body – typically the hips, thighs and abdomen – and re-injecting it into the facial or body tissues that need more shape. In order for this procedure to work, the fat must be sterilized and separated into fat cells and stem cells. It is then purified and prepared for injecting.
Medical manufacturer Cytori has recently released the PureGraft 250 technology, a system that standardizes the fat grafting and preparation process. The company demonstrated this device at the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS) in Washington D.C. earlier this month.
Unlike other fat grafting technologies, the PureGraft System is can process between 50 to 250 milliliters of body fat quickly and precisely, and it is one of the safest and fastest processes available. The technology helps to separate the graft fluid so that only the pure fat tissue remains. This is an important step, because the body’s tissues will not be able to reabsorb the fluid if there is an excess of graft fluid in the injectable.
Over 46,000 fat transfer procedures were performed in the United States in 2008, according to the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons. The most sought-after procedures were those that increased facial volume in the cheeks, jowels and chin , and these were preformed as an alternative to facelift surgery and injectable fillers made with hyaluronic acid.
Some plastic surgeons are also experimenting with fat transfer procedures as an implant procedure. Patients interested in breast or buttock augmentation may be able to achieve natural-looking results with a fat transfer procedure that removes fat from the “love handles” hips and thighs. The fat can be transplanted to other areas of the body to create a more balanced, contoured appearance.