Author Bio: Dr. Sanusi Umar MD is the author of this article.
Botox is the most common secret weapon that age-defying men and women add to their arsenal. But the process of injecting botulinum toxin into the skin to fight wrinkles and fine lines can lead to bruising and only lasts from three to five months. Enter nano fat grafting, a process that uses the fat from your own body and for transfer to other parts of the body to correct scars, wrinkles and other skin problems. Continue to learn:
- How nano fat grafting works
- What nano fat grafting can be used for
- The benefits of nano fat grafting
- The cost of nano fat grafting
- What to expect with nano fat grafting
How Nano Fat Grafting Works
Nano fat transfer takes place when fat is removed from other places on the body and transformed into liquid. It is then applied to better skin texture and tone, smooth out lip lines, crows feet, tear troughs and more. During this process, the patient gets rid of fat they’ve always wanted to see off, and will take on tiny bits of fat in their most refined state, right in the place they need them plus the ultimate accuracy!
Nano fat grafting technology relies on an abundance of growth factors that are mixed into your fat particles to encourage smoother and healthier skin. A growth factor is a naturally occurring substance that can stimulate cellular growth. The goal of nano fat grafting is to make aging go slower and grant a more effective means of removing scars, wrinkles, and other skin issues. Its prefix “nano” is a reference to the tiny particles of fat that the doctor uses for areas that have very defined contours, including the fine lines, wrinkles, temples, tear troughs and dark circles around the eyes.
What It Can Be Used For
Nano fat grafting has a variety of uses. Studies have shown that the process is effective for correcting scars (1). It’s also proven effective in treating wrinkles and skin discolorations (2). Those suffering from hair loss might also benefit from nano fat grafting. In 2017, researchers found that the process can also treat androgenetic alopecia (3). During hair restoration, nano fat is combined with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and injected into the scalp.
The process has also been used to heal sexual problems in both men and women. A 2017 study revealed that stem cells acquired from nano fat can restore sufficient erectile function in men (4). For women, it has also been proven to alleviate symptoms of vulvar lichen sclerosus, a chronic inflammatory disease of the anogenital area that can lead to a decline in sexual function and quality of life (5).
Nano fat grafting is an excellent alternative to traditional methods like dermal fillers because it lasts longer by invigorating regenerative facial structures, like natural collagen production at a molecular level. There is also no risk of allergic reaction as one’s own fat is being used. There is also less bruising, discomfort, and swelling than traditional procedures, which makes the recovery process faster and easier. The enduring results of nano fat grafting are also because the body’s fat is biocompatible and accepted without problems.
What to Expect
A local anesthetic is applied to guarantee patient comfortability. Afterward, the doctor injects a small needle attached to a syringe into an area with an overabundance of fat like the buttocks, abdomen, or flanks. Once the doctor takes out the fat, it goes for a spin in a centrifuge to separate the fat from other fluids. Next, the fat is micronized to nano fat using any one of several devices for nanofat processing. These nano fats contain regenerative cell components that include stromal vascular fraction along with other tissues. Next, the doctor injects the nanofat fat into areas of desired function.
Nano fat is not meant to recontour the body or facial structures. Therefore if the doctor wants to change the structure (recontour) of the face by imparting volume, structural fat which is fat that has not been processed into nano fat is used for this effect. Nanofat is used for its cell and non-cell functional regenerative and healing properties. Sometimes the doctor may choose to enhance the nano fat with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and stem cells for enhanced effect. The doctor implements said serum to improve the overlying skin’s texture and appearance. The results of nanofat are evident within days, but change becomes obvious at six weeks with improvements continuing into the sixth month.
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- Tonnard, Patrick, et al. “Nanofat Grafting.” Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, vol. 132, no. 4, 2013, pp. 1017–1026., doi:10.1097/prs.0b013e31829fe1b0.
- Uyulmaz, Semra, et al. “Nanofat Grafting for Scar Treatment and Skin Quality Improvement.” Aesthetic Surgery Journal, vol. 38, no. 4, 2018, pp. 421–428., doi:10.1093/asj/sjx183.
- Vestita, Michelangelo, et al. “Abstract.” Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Global Open, vol. 5, 2017, p. 90., doi:10.1097/01.gox.0000526293.77976.7f.
- European Association of Urology. “Stem cells shown to restore erection capability in men with erectile dysfunction.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 27 March 2017. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/03/170327083718.htm>.
- Tamburino, Serena, et al. “The Role of Nanofat Grafting in Vulvar Lichen Sclerosus: A Preliminary Report.” Archives of Plastic Surgery, vol. 43, no. 1, 2016, pp. 93–95., doi:10.5999/aps.2016.43.1.93.