Fat grafting has a long medical history, dating back to 1893, when a German plastic surgeon used harvested fat to fix scars resulting from a bone infection. However, the procedure didn’t enter the mainstream due to the range of complications accompanying the harvesting and relocation process. It wasn’t until the 1990s that standard procedures developed for extraction, processing, and injection.
While these contemporary techniques improved upon those first efforts, cell viability remained unpredictable. Simply, fat cells often didn’t survive the liposuction harvesting process, rendering the grafts useless. Then, medical laser manufacturer, Alma™ Lasers introduced BeautiFill™, the first laser-based fat transfer system in 2019.
Dr. Kevin Chan and the team at Pineapple Health were quick to embrace the advantages of the BeautiFill system, which improves the survival rate of fat cells during the harvest and transfer stages. One in-demand application for BeautiFill is your face, used as a natural filler to counteract the effects of aging — namely volume depletion.
A key component of youthful-looking skin is abundant collagen, a nourishing and volumizing component of your skin’s middle layer. Typically in your 20s, collagen volume begins naturally to decline at a rate of about 1% every year. In addition, the matrix of collagen fibers starts to break down. These changes produce voids in your skin that become the lines and wrinkles you associate with getting older.
Some people turn to dermal filler gels formulated from synthetic forms of natural skin tissues such as hyaluronic acid and collagen. These temporarily reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles by literally filling in the voids left by skin aging. While fillers often produce excellent results, the gels eventually reabsorb into the body, and it’s time for another treatment within months.
The BeautiFill difference
The hypodermis, the bottom skin layer that sits atop muscle, is home to the fat cells in your skin. In theory, this layer should be an ideal recipient of fat grafted from other places on your body. However, the low efficiency and unpredictability of fat harvesting made using this layer a questionable practice.
That is, until BeautiFill arrived on the scene. BeautiFill’s laser streamlines the harvest procedure and provides results that are more consistent than other fat-grafting techniques. BeautiFill turns fat grafting into a simple office procedure with high dependability and predictable results that match dermal fillers’ rejuvenation capabilities.
However, unlike fillers, there’s nothing synthetic about a BeautiFill procedure. It uses your own body tissue, simply relocated from a donor site where you may want fat reduction anyway. And unlike synthetic fillers, your fat cells take up permanent residence. You’ll see the results until further collagen depletion becomes advanced enough to show.
Your face is just the beginning. In the coming months, you’ll see how BeautiFill can add to other parts of your body too. Contact the team at Pineapple Health to schedule an appointment in our Phoenix office by calling 480-531-6001 or by booking your appointment online.