Fat Transfer Overvew

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  • Fat transfer is the injection of fat to various areas of the body to increase volume. Fat transfer of viable fat cells can augment the treated area, such as the face, breasts, cheeks, lips, buttocks, and chin.
  • Fat transfer is also called fat grafting or fat injection.  The procedure is a complex process: fat must be harvested in such a way as to preserve the integrity of the fat cells. Ordinary liposuction, laser liposuction, and ultrasonic liposuction that disrupts the cell membrane of the fat cell will not produce living fat cells. Concentration of the fat and washing the fat will also affect the results. 
  • Results can be long-lasting, but should not be considered permanent. As you age and lose volume in your face, the fat grafting procedure may have to be repeated.
  • Bad results may be the result of a poor fat harvesting technique, causing the fat grafts to be not viable. 
  • Fat grafts take better in more highly vascularized area such as the face and do not do as well in highly mobile areas such as the lips. 
  • Fat transfer can also help reduce the appearance of acne scars.
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The most helpful comments I read here are from Dr. Robert Freund in NY. He said that the Viafill System is the only one that will centrifuge the fat at 50 G's for no more than two minutes and that it will filter out the contaminants with no trauma to the fat. (Higher centrifugate at 1287 G's which he said is common, will kill the cells) However, Dr. Michael Persky said he has gotten excellent long lasting results with simple straining of the fat. Dr. Michael Law get's fat from abdomen, hip or butt and uses centrifugation to eliminate undesirable components. Dr. Darryl Blinski, Miami mentioned SCAFT GRaft (Stem Cell Activated Fat) using lipoed fats processed with stem cell activating serums and a scaffold of HAs mixed in to provide longer lasting fat transplants. I hope this is helpful but I still find it confusing to understand what is the most reliable and long lasting way to achieve a good result. Are the other doctor's using the Viafill System and is it really the only good way to "spin" the fat?
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What is the cost of fat transfer
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The fat harvest should tranfer to the face as the same day to keep the fat a live
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