Stem cell-enriched fat grafting
Dr Kai-Uwe Schlaudraff is the first plastic surgeon in Switzerland to have offered stem cell-enriched fat grafting. He collaborated in the development of this technique, and therefore has the experience and expertise required to treat patients successfully. In a normal graft, when the fat is transplanted, the creation of a new blood supply is essential for providing the oxygen and nutrients necessary for its survival. Without this blood supply, the transplanted fat cells die. In plastic surgery, stem cell-enriched fat grafting improves the conventional fat grafting through a technology originally developed by Cytori Therapeutics. Fatty or adipose tissue contains high concentrations of stem cells, called regenerative cells. These facilitate healing and are essential for establishing blood flow. By combining purified fat cells, stem cells and regenerative cells from adipose tissue to form a cell-enriched fat graft, the survival of the transplanted fat is achieved. The fat integrates into the patient’s body, regenerating or increasing the soft tissue volume. Eventually, it functions as normal fatty tissue in the body,
For those who wish to store their cells for future treatments can do so with the Swiss Stem Cell Foundation (www.sscf.ch). Dr Schlaudraff has served on the scientifique committée of the Swiss Stem Cell Foundation since 2015.
Consultation and surgical procedure
During your consultation, Dr Schlaudraff will ask you to describe the improvements you hope to obtain for your figure, and your expectations regarding body liposuction. Dr Schlaudraff will then carry out a thorough physical examination and careful 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). On the basis of this information, he will work with you to create a tailor-made 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 or local anaesthesia, in the state-of-the-art Concept Clinic surgical theatre, 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 will then use 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 processed with a special instrument from Cytori Celution® to extract stem cells and regenerative cells from the adipose tissue. The other will be washed to remove cell fragments and other impurities, 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 that Dr Schlaudraff will then inject into the desired area(s) of the body. Lipostructure can take from two to five hours, depending on the number and complexity of the areas to be treated.
Results and Recovery
After lipofilling, some patients may suffer from bruising, swelling and pain in the areas treated with liposuction, and 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 operation, and return to a normal level of activity within seven to ten days. 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 body. This technique is ideal for anyone looking for lasting aesthetic improvements without using foreign bodies, and with no risk of rejection.
Complementary procedures to body lipofilling
Stem cell-enriched fat grafting is also used on the face in both men and women. Correcting the many signs of ageing or unsightly scars, reshaping the natural curve or increasing the volume of the cheekbones, or any other facial features, is becoming totally possible with lipofilling. Fat injections to the torso can also supplement facial lipofilling.