BeautiFill™ Laser Lipo Fat Transfer
What it does at a glance:
Body sculpting and face contouring by way of transferring your own fat.
Imagine taking fat from one part of your body where you’d like to lose some anyway and being able to transfer it to another area where you desire a smoother, plumper look. Well, you’re in the right place. BeautiFill™ Laser Lipo Fat Transfer is an all-in-one liposuction and “autologous fat transfer” for holistic body sculpting and face contouring. This procedure allows Dermatologist Jill C. Fichtel, M.D., to take unwanted fat from one area of your body and transfer it to another area where you desire more volume, such as the face, chest, hands, or buttocks. Dr. Jill is actually among the very first physicians in the Nashville area to offer this cutting-edge procedure.
Here’s how BeautiFill Laser Lipo works.
We use a special laser to gradually melt the bands that hold your fat cells together while gentle suction removes the intact cells in a non-traumatic way to keep them healthy. The harvested fat cells are then purified for immediate reinjection into areas where you want a plumping effect. An added benefit to this procedure is that the heated tip of the laser also tightens the skin. Sounds like a win-win!
The difference between BeautiFill and traditional liposuction and fat transfer is that the specialized device we use maintains 95% viability of the fat versus 60% viability with traditional lipo. All that translates to better, more reliable and superior results for you. BeautiFill also uses a blunt tip cannula to ensure your utmost safety during the procedure.
Who is a likely candidate for BeautiFill Laser Lipo Fat Transfer?
Men and women aged 25-60 who are healthy and active but want to lessen the appearance of fat in one area of their body and restore volume in another are candidates. Many people like the idea of using their own fat versus a synthetic filler. After all, it’s your own tissue. You’re just moving it from one place to another.
What can I expect before, during, and after treatment?
Dr. Jill and the staff at Transformative Dermatology begin with a complete and thorough consultation. They get to know you on a personal level and make sure you’re a good candidate for the procedure. On the day of your treatment, you will be given medications to help you become totally relaxed. We’ll snap some before pictures, mark, numb, and sterilize the treatment areas, and then create small entry points for the blunt tip of the laser. It’s blunt in order to keep underlying tissues safe and protect you from any discomfort or burns.
Once enough fat is removed, a compression dressing is placed on the treatment area (which you will wear for 2 weeks). We then repair the transfer site while the harvested fat is prepared in a sterile field for reinjection. We use the blunt tip cannula, which minimizes bruising, and reinject the fat to the area where you want more volume. In a lot of cases, PRP (platelet-rich plasma) is applied to increase the blood supply to ensure the new fat thrives. If for any reason you’re anxious or uncomfortable, we have Pro-Nox™, also known as laughing gas, on hand to help you be completely at ease.
When we’re all done, a friend or family member will drive you home. We recommend no physical activity for three days after your procedure, and we make sure to check in on you daily. We will schedule an in-office checkup one week after the procedure. You can expect some swelling in the treatment area for up to two weeks following the procedure.
How long does the procedure take, and how many treatments are recommended for best results?
You can expect noticeable results typically with just one treatment! A treatment can take anywhere from four hours to the entire day, so it’s best to plan on being with us all day. Numbing the area, harvesting the fat cells, and reinjecting them, along with a break in the middle to allow you to rest, takes some time. We also order your lunch on the day of your procedure, so you won’t go hungry. Only one BeautiFill procedure is scheduled for the entire day in our office to ensure there’s no feeling of being rushed and to obtain the maximum results you’ve been dreaming of.
What are the typical side effects of BeautiFill Laser Lipo?
As the laser gradually melts the bands that hold the fat cells together, gentle suction removes the intact cells in a non-traumatic way. Even though this process is done in the gentlest way possible, it is indeed a surgical procedure that comes with the potential for side effects.
Some side effects may include bruising, unevenness, some discomfort at the treatment site, pockets of fluid/hematoma, and possible infection. The donor site may experience unevenness, fat necrosis, bruising, swelling, and possible infection as well. We use conscious sedation to ward off any discomfort. That includes giving you medications for pain and anxiety, using the Alpha-Stim® device to relax you, and administering Pro-Nox to make sure you’re as comfortable as you can be. Also, we use tumescent as the numbing agent for the treatment area.
Our goal is to prevent and eliminate any discomfort using these items in conjunction with one another.
Let’s talk about expected results.
Most people can expect an improvement in the appearance of the location where fat is removed and natural long-lasting enhancement of the transfer area. You’ll notice an almost immediate plumping of the area where the fat is injected. Lines and wrinkles will smooth, producing a more youthful, revitalized look. Since it’s your body’s own tissue, results tend to last longer as the fat grows with you. Using your body’s own tissue also eliminates many risks for side effects.
Are there any risks involved?
As with any surgical procedure, there are a few potential risks. Bruising, swelling, infection, unevenness, and fat necrosis are the most common risks with a BeautiFill procedure.
How much does a BeautiFill treatment cost?
Every patient is different. During your private consultation, Dr. Jill will discuss with you your desired results and map out a treatment path and cost best suited for your individual needs.
I’m interested in having this treatment. What’s the next step?
All you have to do is call us at (615) 905-4994 to set up a private consultation. We’ll set up a time that’s convenient for you.