What is lipofilling?

Lipofilling, fat transfer, fat grafting, or fat injections is a procedure that uses an individual’s own fat to fill in irregularities and grooves. It is a less invasive way of correcting facial and body shape flaws. The procedure involves harvesting adipose (fatty) tissue from areas of the body where there are sufficient amounts of the tissue. The harvested sample (lipoaspirate) is then treated and adipose tissue transplants are finally injected into deficient zones.

What is it used for?

1. VOLUME MODELING:

  • contour face plastic: eye area, forehead, space between the eyes, nasolabial folds, temples, cheekbones, lips, chin
  • breast lipofilling
  • buttocks modeling
  • subcutaneous:
    – volume modeling after injuries
    – postoperative deformations
    – deformation due to sunburns
  • breast reconstruction in congenital or acquired amasty

2. SKIN QUALITY:

  • elimination of surface and deep wrinkles and atrophic scars
  • skin rejuvenation:
    – face
    – neckline
    – hands

3. CORRECTION OF SCARS OF DIFFERENT TYPES, LOCALIZATION, AND ORIGIN
4. STIMULATION OF THE HEALING PROCESS OF CHRONIC WOUNDS AND FISTULAS

What is it used for?

1. VOLUME MODELING:

  • contour face plastic: eye area, forehead, space between the eyes, nasolabial folds, temples, cheekbones, lips, chin
  • breast lipofilling
  • buttocks modeling
  • subcutaneous: – volume modeling after injuries – postoperative deformations – deformation due to sunburns
  • breast reconstruction in congenital or acquired amasty

2. SKIN QUALITY:

  • elimination of surface and deep wrinkles and atrophic scars
  • skin rejuvenation: – face – neckline – hands

3. CORRECTION OF SCARS OF DIFFERENT TYPES, LOCALIZATION, AND ORIGIN

4. STIMULATION OF THE HEALING PROCESS OF CHRONIC WOUNDS AND FISTULAS

What does the procedure look like?

The procedure involves the extraction of adipose tissue from an area where there are sufficient amounts of the tissue or from the areas where there is an abundance of the tissue, such as the abdomen or inner thighs. This is done under local anesthesia with anesthesiologist’s support. Depending on the target of an individual patient, the obtained lopoaspirate is then processed by centrifuging, filtering, or rinsing and then applied to deficient areas. Over time, adipose cells gradually adapt and complete adipose tissue is formed.

The tissue used in lipofilling is natural and comes with existing blood cells, giving an obvious advantage over artificial materials used in contour plastic. Apart from the effect on volume, lipofilling injections have a positive local trophic effect in tissue (feeding the tissue) and they also contribute to the formation of a new microvascular (blood vessel) network. On top of that, they also have beneficial effects on the skin and scar tissue and help prevent the appearance of severe scars.

The regenerative effects (stimulation of healing, enhancement of microcirculation, scar healing) of fat tissue are the result of multipotent mesenchymal stem cells, as well as progenitor cells. These cells regulate both natural mechanisms of self-repair and reparative processes related to the damaged tissue.

How does it work?

The procedure involves the extraction of adipose tissue from an area where there are sufficient amounts of the tissue or from the areas where there is an abundance of the tissue, such as the abdomen or inner thighs. This is done under local anesthesia with anesthesiologist’s support. Depending on the target of an individual patient, the obtained lopoaspirate is then processed by centrifuging, filtering, or rinsing and then applied to deficient areas. Over time, adipose cells gradually adapt and complete adipose tissue is formed.

The tissue used in lipofilling is natural and comes with existing blood cells, giving an obvious advantage over artificial materials used in contour plastic. Apart from the effect on volume, lipofilling injections have a positive local trophic effect in tissue (feeding the tissue) and they also contribute to the formation of a new microvascular (blood vessel) network. On top of that, they also have beneficial effects on the skin and scar tissue and help prevent the appearance of severe scars.

The regenerative effects (stimulation of healing, enhancement of microcirculation, scar healing) of fat tissue are the result of multipotent mesenchymal stem cells, as well as progenitor cells. These cells regulate both natural mechanisms of self-repair and reparative processes related to the damaged tissue.

Are there any side effects?

In the donor and the treated areas, the patient can notice some bruising, swelling (specially the lips if treated), and tenderness. To reduce the swelling, it is important to use a cold pack and compress in the first few hours after the treatment.

The postoperative swelling usually disappears after 2-4 weeks and in the course of three to six months after the procedure, the absorbtion of the transplant ends after which the volume of fatty tissue can be estimated.

Depending on the anatomical area and condition of the recipient zone (presence of scars, radiation damage), 50 to 80% of the volume of the injected transplant can be absorbed.

Are there any side effects?

In the donor and the treated areas, the patient can notice some bruising, swelling (specially the lips if treated), and tenderness. To reduce the swelling, it is important to use a cold pack and compress in the first few hours after the treatment.

The postoperative swelling usually disappears after 2-4 weeks and in the course of three to six months after the procedure, the absorbtion of the transplant ends after which the volume of fatty tissue can be estimated.

Depending on the anatomical area and condition of the recipient zone (presence of scars, radiation damage), 50 to 80% of the volume of the injected transplant can be absorbed.

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