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This is Dr. Ricardo Rodriguez on Cosmeticsurg.net. So we're going to talk now about the processing of fat. Okay, there is three different theories about doing it.

One is do nothing and reinject it. Okay, the science is in, don't do that. Or if your surgeons are doing that, don't listen to him.

The second one is washing the fat. That indeed is a solid approach. You're taking out a lot of the debris, and contaminants, and washing the cells, and it's very gentle on the cells when done correctly. Generally you like to have done three washes. Now there is a lot of systems out there where they just put it in a big can, and stir it, and wash it, and done with it. I think the best is the GID platform or Revolve by LifeCell, which has a propeller in the middle that gets rid of a lot of the fiber and debris before you inject the fat.

The third method, which I like the best, is centrifugation. Centrifugation is a stressor on the cells but it gets rid a lot of the unhealthy cells and it kills them right off the bat. It also gets rid of a lot of the water and impurities. What you're left with is called a fat cake or condensed fat that you can then inject. I think really that results with a good platform such as a GID and a carefully centrifugation are equivalent. Also of importance is a centrifuge itself. It's important that the doctor has a bench quality type centrifuge where you can lower the speed of the centrifugation to a level that it's not gonna damage the cells too much. Also don't do too much time on the centrifuge because that also damages the cells.

Anyways this is Dr. Ricardo Rodriguez talking briefly about fat processing and we'll talk again later.

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