We frequently use the patient’s own fat in plastic and cosmetic surgery as a natural and autologous filler to correct volume loss, whether to restore the effects of aging on the face or to correct relief after trauma or surgery.
In recent years, a major discovery has been made following observations on the improvement of skin texture in areas corrected by fat injection: Fat tissue is rich in regenerative cells (ADSC: adipose derived stem cells).
These cells have a very important role in tissue regeneration. When injected into the skin, they are transformed into fibroblasts and start to produce new collagen, elastin and structural proteins.
A new fat injection technique has resulted from these discoveries: fat is no longer used only to correct volumes, but also to improve the texture of the skin, as has long been the case with mesotherapy, for example.
The procedure is performed under local anaesthesia or light sedation. Fat is removed using a cannula and syringe. A few millilitres are required. It is centrifuged and then passed through a microfilter to break up all the fat cells and keep only the fraction rich in stem cells (vascular Stromal fraction). This preparation is very liquid and allows the surgeon to inject it with a fine needle in a very superficial way, as close as possible to the skin, directly into the wrinkle to be treated without any risk of irregularity.
This exciting treatment, with no risk of major complications, is indicated for improving skin texture, reducing fine facial lines, improving the appearance of a scar or tear trough or treating dark circles.