Consultation and surgical procedure
During your consultation, Dr Schlaudraff will ask you what you would like to improve about your face, and your expectations regarding facial liposuction. Dr Schlaudraff will then carry out a thorough physical examination and thorough assessment of the quality of your skin, fatty tissue and underlying muscles, to decide if you are a candidate for stem cell-enriched fat grafting (healthy body weight, regular exercise, balanced diet). Based on this information, Dr Schlaudraff will work with you to create a tailor-made care plan that allows you to reach your personal goals and recommend any additional treatments or alternatives to lipofilling.
Dr Schlaudraff carries out stem cell-enriched fat grafting under a general anaesthesia, in Concept Clinic state-of-the-art surgical centre, which meets with the highest standards of comfort, safety and hygiene. In most cases, lipofilling will be preceded by ultrasound-assisted liposuction, in order to effectively and gently remove excess fatty tissue. Dr Schlaudraff then uses VASER® Hi Def™ liposuction to sculpt and redefine the target areas. The fatty tissue removed will then be divided into two samples. One will be treated with a special instrument from Cytori Celution® to extract stem cells and regenerative cells from the adipose tissue. The remaining fatty tissue will be washed and the cell fragments and other impurities removed, which will produce a sample of viable purified fat cells. The highly-concentrated sample of stem cells and regenerative cells will then be combined with the purified fat, thereby creating the cell-enriched fat graft. By means of a small cannula, Dr Schlaudraff will introduce this into the desired areas of the face. Lipostructure takes from two to five hours, depending on the quantity and complexity of the areas to be treated.
Recovery and results
After lipofilling, some patients may suffer from bruising, swelling and pain in the areas treated with liposuction, or the areas where the fat has been transplanted. These sensations will disappear within approximately two to six weeks after the procedure. You will be able to resume light activities a few days after the procedure, and return to a normal level of activity within seven to ten days following the procedure. The improved areas will be completely natural, both to the naked eye and to the touch. The transplanted fat integrates into the surrounding fat, creating the desired shape and volume for your face and lasting aesthetic improvements without using foreign materials and with no risk of rejection.
Complementary procedures to face lipofilling
Stem cell-enriched fat grafting is also used in corrective or aesthetic surgery for other parts of the body, except for the breasts. For example, it can correct many signs of ageing, reshape a natural curve, increase the volume of the buttocks or correct unsightly scars. It is also possible to restore volume on the backs of emaciated hands, or repair and tone up the soft tissue that sags on the arms and legs.
For patients who might not have enough surplus fat, Dr Schlaudraff may recommend an alternative treatment or a combination with cell-enriched fat treatment, in order to achieve the desired results.