Fat Transfer Case Study 7 With Before And After Photographs
Other Patient Case Studies Featuring The Fat Transfer
- Cheek fat transfer in female patient
- Reduction of jowl heaviness in female patient
- Cheek fat transfer in male patient
- Reduction of wrinkled skin
- Ageing hands reduction
- Tear troughs fat transfer
- Hand rejuvenation
- Male face fat transfer
In What Way Has Fat Transfer Changed Over The Last Few Years?
Fat transfer has changed and improved significantly since we started this procedure over 20 years ago. One of the major breakthroughs is the method in which we can clean and purify the fat so that we get pure fat cell transfer. This means that there will be less risk of infection and inflammation and a better chance that the fat will take. Dr Lanzer currently uses a system called Adivive. There are specialised syringes, where the fat is centrifuged in a fast spinning device. The oils and unwanted materials come to the top and the pure fat is kept for the injection. As it is a fully self-enclosed system, there is little chance of bacteria getting into the fat, which would reduce the chance of infection.
What Is The Role Of Stem Cells?
Scientists and dermatologists have now become aware that fat contains a lot of stem cells. Stem cells are the regenerative cells that help healing and may enhance fat transfer survival. The other role of stem cells may be to improve the skin texture. This is why we sometimes find that the skin texture appears better following a volume filler. Technically speaking, a volume filler should just be deep in the dermis and have no effect on the skin texture. However, if you look at the post photograph of this lady, one can see that the skin is smoother and cleaner, and it could be that the stem cells are having an effect on the actual outer layer as well.
How Does One Utilise The System?
Stem cells are naturally present in all fat cell transfers. However, we also extract stem cells using chemicals and re-inject those stem cells into fat that is about to be injected. This means that the fat that is going in under the skin has a hyper concentration of stem cells. This may enhance the survival of fat but also will give an overall better result.
Where Are The Stem Cells Extracted?
The whole procedure is performed in our day surgery centre in Malvern. The fat transfer is initially arranged through the extraction of fat using the tumescent liposuction technique. The stem cells are removed and then injected under the skin.
Do I Need To Be Asleep For The Procedure?
No. Stem cell and fat cell transfer can be done awake. There is a little bit of discomfort and pressure when the injection is done into the face. Dr Lanzer does this procedure either awake or asleep and it is the patient’s choice.
Can Fat Be Injected Into The Lips?
Yes. In the case above, fat has also been injected in and around the lips. This has given the lips a slightly more inverted appearance and more volume. Sometimes as in the case here, fat is also injected into the fold along the nasal labial and marionette line below the lip.
What Is The Downtime And Recovery Following Fat Transfer?
Most patients do develop some swelling after the procedure. Makeup can be worn immediately. Usually it is recommended to take a couple of days off of work and to take things easy for a short period.
Can I Smoke Whilst Having A Fat Transfer?
It is generally encouraged not to smoke as smoking may affect the blood supply and there is more risk that the fat will fail.
What Is The Chance Of Fat Failure?
Fat is a graft and therefore, one can never give 100% guarantee that the graft of the fat will take. Nevertheless, with the new techniques we find that mostly fat does take, and patients are happy with the results. Fat can last for years, indefinitely, or just a few weeks or months.
What Is The Point Of Putting Fat In The Fat Bank?
The advantage of the fat bank is that fat can be injected at any point without having to extract fat again.
Where Else Can Fat Be Injected?
Fat transfer is also commonly performed on the backs of the hands to give a more youthful appearance. It tends to remove the prominent appearance of the superficial veins and the fine wrinkling in this area. Often patients say that the hand is what gives their age away and therefore it is a great area to treat with fat. Dr Lanzer also injects fat into the buttocks. This is becoming a very common procedure to produce the so-called Brazilian butt lift.
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All photographs represent one person's experience, and results may vary for each patient. All photographs are of actual patients of Dr Lanzer. The visible change in these photographs has occurred as a result of the procedure/s undertaken.
Some before and after photos shown are not exact, in that they vary in light, contrast, clothing, background, distance from camera, hairstyle and make-up.