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Use of Fat for Volume Enhancement

What is Fat Transfer and Fat Grafting?

The use of a patient’s own cells and growth factors to repair, restore, and rejuvenate is the fundamental concepts of Regenerative Medicine. This exciting cell targeted therapy constitutes the most natural and long-lasting treatment methods in aesthetic medicine. Fat grafting or fat transfer, often combined with multiple growth factors (PRP or platelet rich plasma) can benefit anyone interested in reducing scars or tissue damage, rejuvenation aging skin, restoring natural, youthful volume to the face, breasts, and buttocks.

Fat Transfer Candidates

A fat transfer can be utilized in a number of different procedures to enhance or reconstruct the body. Those who desire a more natural approach to their procedure might benefit from a fat transfer or fat graft. Successful patients should have a donor site with a sufficient amount of fat for the transfer. Because the procedure is highly individualized, a consultation with Dr. Frank Barone or Dr. Peter Koltz is necessary to determine if patients are candidates for this technique.

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Fat Transfer Procedure

Depending on the individualized treatment plan and patient goals, fat can be harvested from any donor site where there may be excess using a gentle form of liposuction. For smaller volumes, fat is suctioned with a small syringe under local anesthesia, adding sedation if needed, in the office procedure room. Larger amounts are usually obtained during body contouring or facial aesthetic surgery under general anesthesia in the outpatient surgery center. The PRP (platelet rich plasma) is extracted after drawing the patient’s blood and combined with the processed fat grafts for injection.

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Fat Transfer Results

After a fat transfer, patients should expect some discomfort at the donor site as well as the placement site. Recovery will depend on which procedure is being done and how the fat transfer is utilized. Using the patients own fat typically reduces the risk of complications and infections during recovery. Once swelling has diminished, patients can enjoy the results of their fat transfer for a natural enhancement, reconstruction, or restoration.

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What are the Benefits of Fat Grafting?

  • Fat grafts, which contain powerful stem cells, something combined with the signaling natural growth factors in PRP have a variety of exciting and research proven benefits for patients.
  • Facial Rejuvenation – Purified living fat grafts used along can restore volume and youthful contour to aged or deflated skin areas of the cheeks, lips, face, breasts, and These are termed ‘structured fat grafts.’
  • Structured fat grafts are also beneficial in restoring contour to damaged and scarred tissue after trauma or surgery.
  • Hair restoration – fat grafts combined with PRP have been shown in clinical studies to noticeably reduce and prevent hair loss for men and women, but also stimulate new hair growth by uniquely rejuvenating inactive hair follicles.
  • Breast reconstruction and breast augmentation – fat grafts and PRP can be used as a type of ‘natural filler’ to enhance breast size and shape as well as provide improved and long lasting results for women after mastectomy and radiation for breast cancer treatment.

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Schedule Your Consultation

If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of fat transfer and Regenerative Medicine in Toledo and Northwest Ohio, please contact our office to schedule a personal consultation.

Fat grafting, stem cells enrichment and PRP therapy are the fundamental treatments of Regenerative Medicine which is the concept of using a patient’s own tissues to repair, restore and rejuvenate. The potential of Regenerative Medicine therapy to naturally restore youth and function to aging or damaged tissues is one of the most exciting and revolutionary concepts in aesthetics in many years.

Don’t hesitate to contact us today for further information.

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