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Storing Fat Cells for Future Fat Injections

Fat Cell Storage
 
Thinking about facial rejuvenation sometime in the future? Here’s something to think about – you now have the ability to store your own fat cells for later use.

There’s new hype over freezing your fat cells for future use in cosmetic injections. Fat works as a great filler for your nasolabial folds, cheeks, and eye hollows. Using fat tissue from your own body has the added benefit of allowing your own stem cells to improve collagen growth and blood flow, an advantage over using synthetic injectables like Juvederm and Restylane.

The September issue of Bazaar reports that plastic surgeons are recommending their patients to place their fat “on ice,” particularly after liposuction. The first fat bank in the United States, BioLife Cell Bank in Dallas, has had an increase in activity since late last year, with the number of people banking their fat doubling every three months.

Meanwhile, a plastic surgeon in Orlando, Florida has also opened a “fat bank,” the Liquid Gold Center. Freezing the fat at a negative 192 Celsius degrees, it can be defrosted later for use in cosmetic injection procedures. The doctor says that his patented method of freezing fat benefits patients by making extra surgeries to harvest fat unnecessary.

The Ideal Age to Harvest Your Fat Cells

Don’t wait until your 50’s and 60’s to harvest fat – the best age to remove and store fat cells is during your 20s, 30s, or 40s, when your stem cells are still potent. Fat is able to be banked for at least 20 years. Therefore, if you bank it at 30 years of age, you can use it for cosmetic injections when you’re 45 years old, the common age where fat loss and tissue descent happen.

Thanks to new liposuction techniques, the process of harvesting fat has improved and become more reliable. New and gentler liposuction techniques used by Body-Jet and Vaser break down fat into small particles and then use a low pressure vacuum to suction it out.

What If You Don’t Need Liposuction?

Your plastic surgeon can remove 10 or 12 ounces of fat from your thighs or buttocks, which is enough fat to use as filler for a lifetime – within an hour and without pain.

The Procedure And Costs

After your fat is harvested, it is shipped to the bank, where it is stamped with a barcode and put into liquid-nitrogen vapor as a preservative. The fat storage costs $1,700 for the initial first year, and then $200 a year after that. All in all, the procedure can cost $2,500 and up.

When it’s time to use some fat filler for a cosmetic procedure, a part of your stored fat and stem cells is divided and recombined, put into a syringe and shipped to your doctor’s office via Fed Ex for about $2500. Although this may seem pricey, an article in the Bazaar magazine reports that if you reinject the fat in 5 years, this costs approximately the same as paying for Juvederm and Restylane injections twice a year for 5 years.

To store 250 to 300 cubic centimeters of fat, the Gold Center charges $900 for the first year and $200 every year after that.


 
Pros And Cons of Storing Fat Cells for Future Use

Both the ASAPS (American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery) and Surgery.org endorse the use of autologous fat as a long-lasting and safe filler that can be used to replace volume with natural-looking results. Fat grafting involves harvesting fat from one part of the body, purifying it and re-injecting it in specific areas of the face.

However, some doctors say that injecting frozen fat is a dicey proposition. A Georgetown University professor says that no substantial data supports the effectiveness of frozen fat and whether it is metabolically viable.

A Boston plastic surgeon who has worked extensively on fat transfers also asserts that the best fat bank is the human body, and since only 30 to 50 cc’s of fat is necessary for a facial procedure, it is easy enough to harvest this out of the human body.

LipoSonix – Eliminate Love Handles

LipoSonix for Love Handles
 
Love handles? No thanks. How about a small, slender waist instead? Well, you’re in luck. Another opportunity has come into the market to help slim those love handles down. The LipoSonix System is a new way to non-invasively reduce the size of your waist. More on LipoSonix

Lipofilling for Breast Reconstruction

Lipofilling
 
Without a doubt, Marilyn Monroe’s lush curves and hourglass shape have a sexy, healthy vigor that Twiggy’s sickly, wispy frame lacks. Ideally, our waists would be neat and trim, and our breasts full like Monroe’s, but our genetics have a mind of their own. More on Lipofilling

Is A Second Facelift Safe For Older Patients?

Facelift for Older Women 
What happens after you get your first facelift?
Your face looks more youthful, sure, but does this appearance last forever? Unfortunately, it doesn’t. Your face will continue to age and gravity will continue to exist. On the upside, however, you’ll have a younger-looking foundation to age from. More on Second Facelift

Ulthera And Its Many Off-Label Uses

Ulthera Uses
 
We all know disasters can result when things aren’t used for their intended purposes. A quick search on Youtube will find you any number of hilarious videos of treadmills used for skateboarding, trampolines used to pogo-stick and barbeque grills used for science experiments. More on Ulthera Off-Label Uses

Fixing Eye Bags and Sagging Eyelids Without Surgery

Fixing Eyebags and Sagging Eyelids

There’s a reason why doctors no longer perform lobotomies to cure common mental disorders, why you no longer see people walking around carrying “Zack Morris” cell phones the size of bricks or why laptop computers no longer weigh 24 pounds. As technology continues to improve by leaps and bounds, so, too, does the quality of our lives – people are healthier and live longer, information is readily accessible and things happen, well, almost instantly that it seems to be straight out of a science fiction movie. More on Fixing Eye Bags

Facial Bone Decrease Contributes To Looking Old

Facial Bone Decrease
 
If you think that a regimen of Botox, laser therapy and other wrinkle-eliminating treatments is enough to combat signs of aging, think again. According to new findings by doctors of the University of Rochester Medical Center, the above are merely facial “clothes.” More on Facial Bone Rebuilding

Ulthera to Correct Lip Filler Mistakes

Ulthera To Correct Lip Filler Mistakes 
For those who want a permanent beauty solution, a liquid silicone face injection sounds very convincing. The injection is currently popular as an off label practice that provides permanent augmentation, particularly for patients with retinal detachments. The permanence derives from the liquid silicone becoming encased in scar tissue. Sounds good, right? Unfortunately, there’s a bit more to this subject matter. Patients should be wary about two potential concerns. More Ulthera to Correct Lip Filler Mistakes

Exilis For Facial Tightening

Exilis for Facial Tightening
 
One of the sweetest ironies in life, and in facial anti-aging treatments, is that what’s often best for us is also quite painful. Without ice or a local anesthetic, Botox can sting worse than the average mosquito bite. Less gentleness can be attributed to Thermage, often described as the “most painful” non-invasive skin lifting technique. More on Exilis

Lip Sculpting

Lip Sculpting
 
Soft, voluptuous, kissable lips – who among us has not coveted Angelina Jolie’s trademark lips? Lip makeovers are becoming more and more popular as patients are attracted to their quick accessibility and non-invasiveness. More on Lip Sculpting