Nanofat refers to liquefied (emulsified) and filtered fat. The fat cells are crushed and filtered out, and what remains is a liquid comprising a high concentration of stem cells.
Stem cells are undifferentiated biological cells that have the ability to turn into specialized cells and can divide (via cell division) to create more stem cells. Stems cells are vital to the regeneration of damaged tissues.
In recent clinical research studies, there has been a dramatic improvement in skin quality six months after injecting nanofat superficially in the dermis and subdermis (uppermost skin layers). For this reason, many aesthetic medicine professionals have started to use nanofat for facial and hand rejuvenation.
Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery (VIPS), led by board certified plastic surgeons Dr. Burton M. Sundin and Dr. Reps B. Sundin, provides nanofat based treatments to patients in Richmond, Fredericksburg, Northern Virginia, and surrounding locations.
- Sustainable results
- Completely natural substance
- Day procedure with minimal discomfort and a brief recovery
- Minimally invasive with low risk of complications
- Small scars at the donor area and no additional scarring at the recipient site
- Improvement in the recipient site as well as the region from where the fat is sourced
However, the patients should noted that a minor surgical procedure will be required to harvest the fat from the donor site.
How do nanofat injections work?
In this procedure, a fat graft is sourced from any location on the body, usually the stomach or inside the upper legs. After this, the fat will be washed with saline, filtered, and injected into the superficial skin layer with multiple injections all over the region that needs treatment using a narrow, sharp needle.
How are nanofat injections beneficial?
Nanofat has proven to have a rejuvenating effect on aging, damaged skin (discolorations, sun damage). Cells within the fat grafts are capable of “repairing” compromised tissue and are presumed to encourage the skin cells to create materials that enhance skin elasticity and deposition of essential structural proteins.
In addition, it has a positive impact on scars as it makes them less conspicuous, particularly when combined with croton oil peeling and SNIF (sharp needle intracutaneous fat injection).
Who is an appropriate candidate for nanofat injection?
Any individual who has aged or damaged skin is a good candidate for this procedure. The individual should have adequate fat available to make the nanofat (from only a few milliliters for small regions up to 30 to 40 ml of nanofat for the entire face).
The sites where nanofat injections are commonly administered are as follows:
Individuals suffering from anorexia or athletes in whom no fat can be found for grafting.
What is the average treatment plan of nanofat?
Nanofat injections will be administered as an outpatient procedure as a stand-alone treatment. When performed as a stand-alone procedure, nanofat injections lead to hardly any inflammation, discomfort, or bruising.
What are the risks associated with nanofat injection?
To date, no fat cysts, infections, granulomas, or other undesirable side effects have been seen. There is no advance preparation involved in this procedure. Patients will undergo minimal downtime, and there is no specific recovery period.
Cosmetic surgeons at VIPS receive patients from Richmond, Fredericksburg, Northern Virginia, and nearby areas for nanofat based treatments.
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