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Fat transfer (injection Grafting) / Volume Replacement for Face

 

Key Points

  • Outpatient procedure (no general anaesthetic)
  • Minimal downtime
  • No cutting, no pulling
  • Natural product - your own fat (and associated stem cells)
  • Volume replacement, a “volumetric face lift”
  • Good for tired, sad, burnt out looking face
  • Restores lost youthful look
  • Long lasting
  • Fat can be transferred to any part of the face or body (back of hands,buttocks, breasts, hollow scars).

FAT TRANSFER/FACIAL LIPO-FILLING/VOLUME REPLACEMENT: looking aged, bags under eyes, tired, lifeless dull skin?... stunning results by top Australasian expert Dr Beulink.
Auckland,Christchurch, New Zealand.
Now also consulting in Nelson  for this procedure.


 

(Also see under Dermal Filler for volume replacement of the hollow face, hollow cheeks, dark circles under eyes. Dermal fillers can give very similar results to Fat Transfer but do not last as long. Dermal fillers are also an option for those that have no or very little fat, and is an alternative option for those whose budget is limited or for those who only require small volume replacement for localised problems. However, costs for larger volumes of dermal filler become relatively too expensive when compared to fat)
 
Having started fat transfer procedures in early 2000, Dr Robert Beulink’s passion and keen eye for this procedure has elevated him to become a top expert in Australasia in this specialised field of lipo-filling. He has presented at numerous conferences and workshops on this subject matter, and has even been introduced at these venues as “one of the best in the world”. While many other doctors have struggled to realise the natural sculptured beauty or long lasting effects of fat transfer, Dr Beulink has achieved results and longevity that are second to none.


What is Fat Transfer?

Fat transfer is a simple and relatively painless technique being performed under light sedation and local anaesthetic. The treatment involves the harvesting of micro fat filaments from an area of excess fat, such as the stomach, “saddle bags” or the inner thigh. It is then cleaned and prepared using specialised equipment, before transferring it to a part of the body that is lacking volume. The micro filaments are injected into these hollows and depressions, building up the lost volume. Each individual micro fat filament acts as a mini tissue transplant becoming fully integrated with, and part of, the surrounding tissue that they are introduced into. The resulting lift becomes a living, long lasting, fresh and natural looking enhancement which feels, moves and behaves in a completely normal and intergrated manner.
 
Facial

Fat transfer is an exciting advance in the long lasting, cosmetic rejuvenation of the face. With no stitches, no general anaesthetic, minimal downtime, and most importantly, a result that carries no tell-tale tightening or “wind tunnel” look, fat transfer can provide a totally fresher and naturally lifted look to the face.

In normal ageing, collagen breakdown in the skin creates wrinkles, lines and skin laxity. However, beneath the skin, structural fatty tissue in the face also disappears, leaving empty sacs of skin. The consequence of this fat loss is the exaggeration of wrinkles with the development of folds and hollows. With time, the young fuller face, with its plumper lips and cheeks, becomes thinner, under the eyes become sunken or baggy and dark under eye circles may appear, cheeks begin to flatten and sag, temples hollow and the corners of the mouth start to turn downwards. Prominent points, such as the chin, nose and brows will appear more pronounced and the face may take on a more angular or skeletal look. The net result of facial fat loss is the appearances of an aged and tired look, a sad look or perhaps even an unwell look. Fat transfer replaces this fat loss, putting the lost packing or stuffing back into the ageing face.

Sculpturing the face with fat transfer recreates attractive facial contours which are natural to see and feel, and will give your face a softer, fresher and more youthful appearance. There are no radical changes. It is for this reason fat transfer can improve your appearance without the sometimes obvious or undesirable changes of a facelift.
 
 
         fat transfer before(250copy)    fat transfer after(250copy)    
 
Facial fat transfer placed in the mid face/cheeks regions can restore lost volume and "lift" the
jowls and lower face. Note also the improvement in skin tone, colour and pigmentation which
occurs due the presence of millions of accompanying regenerative stem cells.
 

  
                       fat transfer cheek + thread face lift before    fat transfer cheek + thread face lift after
 
In this example, in conjunction with a face thread lift, I have performed fat transfer to the cheeks.
The fat transfer has given natural volume back to the hollow mid cheeks and prevents what would
otherwise be a lift or pull with unnatural skeletal tightness. When combined with other treatments,
fat transfer for volume restoration can create a very youthful and natural softness.
Again, an early degree of skin improvement can be seen as a result of stem cell boosting.

 


Body
Lipo-filling or fat transfer to other parts of the body can be performed wherever volume enhancement is desired. Hand rejuvenation is particularly suitable. Often overlooked however, hands can certainly be a give away tell tale sign of ageing, especially when mismatched with a rejuvenated face.  The backs of ageing hands lose volume, becoming gaunt-looking with loose skin. Visible veins and ropey tendons become increasingly prominent. By filling in the backs of hands with fat, the hollow channels are plumped back up, the skin is re-supported and veins become once again hidden.
Because of the large volumes of harvestable fat that may be available, this procedure can also be an excellent alternative to body implants. In the case of buttocks, whether it is a genetic or an aged related hollowing of the outer cheeks that requires correcting, or whether it’s an enhanced “Latino Booty” look that is desired, fat transfer to the buttocks can provide a natural, curvaceous and shapely lift.
For breasts, fat transfer can provide a natural alternative to breast implants, helping to restore some of the lost volume and shape that occurs with ageing. Typically, a cup size enlargement may be expected.
Another area for fat enhancement that is becoming increasingly popular is the labial (vagina) region. With increasing age, this area loses fat volume, becoming less toned and visually more saggy. Lipo-filling to the labia can restore the cosmetic appearance and improve the tone, function, and even sensitivity of the area.

 

 

 

Dr Beulink’s Personal Comments – Fat Transfer

Fat transfer is a precise, sculpturing cosmetic procedure. A surgeon with a creative and artistic eye is paramount in order to produce a beautiful and natural result.


This procedure is very much a passion of mine. I was one of the first and only doctors in Australasia to pioneer and push the boundaries of this procedure to include full facial rebuilding.It is only now, nearly a decade later, that other doctors are finally realising the paramount importance that volume replacement plays in a natural looking cosmetic rejuvenation of the ageing face (it is now even gaining the popular term "volumetric face lift"). At least hopefully now, with this widespread realisation and new found understanding we shall hopefully see less of those ghastly "Hollywood Lifts", where thinning aged faces have been simply hoisted up or back, creating an unnatural guant and tight appearance...beautiful???...I believe not.

One of the benefits of this cosmetic procedure is the fact that I am using the best natural product available to you - your very own fat filaments! So there is no way you will ever be allergic or react to this treatment.


How long does Fat Transfer last?  There appears to be a general misconception that fat transfer injections don’t last. Obviously, I cannot stop the ageing process, and although I never use the word “permanent”, in my hands this procedure can be deemed “very long lasting” (in the flashing sequence of photos above, at least 2 of the after photos were taken 7-8 years later.......that's up to 8 years later, still looking 5-10 years younger than they did 7-8 years ago....WOW!). Does fat transfer last? Done correctly it most certainly does.
 Once the mini transplants have integrated into the new area, the transferred fat becomes a living part of you again, but with time (years), these too will age naturally like the surrounding tissues.

The Stem Cells: Myths and Facts

The Facts:Very soon after commencing facial fat transfer in 1998, something became very apparent to me. Something else was happening, over and above the volume replacement, that this treatment was improving. What I noticed on patient follow up, was not only did they look volumetrically improved, but the patients actually felt better within themselves, and their skin in the treated areas "bloomed". Scars got better. Pigmentation and sun damage improved. In all aspects, the skin just looked better! At first, I assumed that of course these people felt so much better, as they were obviously happy that they looked better. I assumed the skin changes were merely temporary and simply due to the swelling from the treatment (as the fat transfer is placed under the skin, not in the skin and so theorectically should not have any effect on the skin at all). However, surprisingly as the weeks and months went by, this beneficial effect on the skin remained, and was photographically evident, being very obvious in many of the before and after comparisons. I still see patients today, who more than a decade after their fat transfer, still have skin that is significantly (and I mean significantly) better than it was before treatment. In the early 2000's, I theorised that this could only be due to the thousands of micro packages of grafted fat underlying the skin, having established new and increased blood supply, meaning more blood flow and better nutrition to support the skin. This was very plausible, but really didn't go quite far enough to explain the regenerative changes that I was seeing. Then in about 2005, while talking to a research scientist about this, I was given the "key".........I suddenly realised it was all about the stem cells! It is stem cells, in their 10's -100's of millions, that are "piggy backing" along with the fat and regenerating the skin. It explained everything: local effects like the new blood vessel growth essential for the fat transplant to live, the regenerative effects on the skin and the remodelling of scars; general systemic effects such as wellbeing and medical positive side effects like allergy improvement and reduction in aches and pains. The local effects are due to the high numbers of stem cells attached to the fat tissue (fat tissue is an extremely rich source of adult mesenchymal stem cells, of which lower abdominal fat has the most; this explains why for many years I always insisted on my preference for harvesting abdominal fat rather than off the buttocks or love handles etc - I just found it gave the best results). These stem cells regenerate and boost the local aged tissues. The generalised positive effects occur because amongst the lipo-harvested fat tissue, there become many loose and dissociated stem cells, which when injected into the face, are simply free to go "walk-abouts" into the general system.

The Myths:  However, when it comes to cosmetic fat transfer, there is currently an ever increasing amount of misinformation being spread on the web. Sites are touting "The Stem Cell Face Lift". This is purely a new marketing spin on an old wheel. An attempt to gain an edge by offering something that appears new, innovative and better. There are claims that fortifying the fat with extra stem cells gives better results, and is possibly claimed in order to try and excuse previous treatments obtaining no or poor results. I feel this is absolute rubbish, as good technique from the harvesting through to the fat infiltration will ensure the natural transfer of 10's-100's millions of associated adult mesenchymal stem cells anyway (I know this for fact as I am involved with stem cell treatments for various medical conditions at the NZ Stem Cell Clinics, and personally oversee the cell counts that come from the harvested fat). Fortifying the fat by adding more loose stem cells will simply mean more cells will go "walk-abouts" systemically. That's possibly nice if you have an arthritic knee (but then a proper stem cell treatment for that would be much better), but does not necessarily give better (cosmetic) results locally.

The fact is, good technique is still the most important aspect ensuring a good result, and far outweighs questionable and expensive add ons. Done properly, fat transfer worked perfectly well in 1998, and still does.

 

One spin off from my association with NZ Stem Cell Clinics, has been the use of Growth Factor (GF) to stimulate the stem cells in the harvested fat immediately prior to transfer. This is autologous (meaning your own) and is derived from a blood test done in-house at the commencement of the fat transfer. From your own blood we obtain a large amount of highly enriched platelet cells, which, through an activation process, releases GF. Natural human GF is an extremely potent activator of stem cells, boosting or kick-starting dormant stem cells into a highly regenerative mode. Do not confuse this with other clinics offerings of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), which at best is low dose and mildly enriched plasma only. Platelets (and hence PRP) do not excite stem cells. It's the GF that they may release, that does. Due to the association with the NZ Stem Cell Clinics, we are able to process and obtain large amounts of your natural GF at a very affordable cost. Adding this to the fat transfer does beneficially affect the stem cells and theoretically has merit with regard to improving results.

In summary, with regard to stem cells and fat transfer:
There is still no substitute for good technique, and there never has been!  
Adult stem cells have always been present in human fat. This is nothing new.
Fortifying fat transfer with stem cells to give good or better results I feel is hearsay and unfounded. Before I knew about stem cells, I still got good results!
Stem cells will not "lift" your face. Fat, through the process of revolumisation especially in the upper cheeks, may "lift" your face.
The use of PRP in fat transfer is questionable. The use of Growth Factor however, almost certainly has merit.
The cost of adding significant numbers of quality stem cells to a cosmetic fat transfer would be relatively prohibitively expensive.
The cost of adding your Growth Factor by me is relatively very cost effective and has become routine in all my fat transfers over the last 3 years at no extra cost to the patient.

Stem cells and associated regenerative medicine, are showing promising signs of having a significant contributory element to mainstream medicine over the next decade. If you wish to know more about these incredible cells and what they are capable of, please go to: New Zealand Stem Cell Clinic stemcelltreatment.co.nz .

 

How much fat do you need?

I can take as much or as little as I need, or you have to give, to rebuild the lost fat areas, volume is not restricted (unlike off the shelf, pre-packaged filler products).
 

This cosmetic procedure is ranked very highly by all my patients for ease of procedure, negligible discomfort or downtime, and great results. It is therefore also very suitable for out-of-town patients.

This procedure is perfect for under eye bags and the dark circles under eyes. Bags under the eyes are a result of fat in the cheeks disappearing with age. As the cheeks hollow, there is a loss of structural support for the lower eye lid fat pads above, causing these pads to bulge out and hang by their hammock-like ligaments underneath - hence the "baggage" appearance. Dark under eye circles or tear troughs are usually caused by an aged related loss or genetic lack of fat and tissue in the upper cheeks. This lack of tissue allows the deeper darker muscle colour to show through. There are no creams that will or could ever possibly replace this fat loss. Creams can only affect pigmentation and pigmentation is seldom a major factor in dark under eye circles. Volume replacement only will correct these problems and that volume can only be replaced naturally by fat transfer or in less severe cases with dermal fillers.

 

One of the most common statements I hear from patients before fat transfer is “people always say I look tired, but I’m not”, or “I look burnt out”. If you stand back from the mirror and see this tired appearance, rather than just wrinkles, then this is very likely a procedure well suited for you. By far, the most common statement made by patients after fat transfer is “people say I look well!”
 

This cosmetic procedure is precise, yet wonderfully but subtly dramatic. The aim is to give you back your youthful facial structure, returning to you a softer more youthful self identity, NOT to create something that is foreign to you.
 

With all the work being done underneath the skin surface, the typical temporary visible hallmarks of other face-lift procedures are usually absent. Downtime (hide away time) can be minimal. Without the need for camouflage make up it is also an ideal procedure for males.
 

As no one treatment can possibly fix all aspects of ageing (structural volume, sagging, skin texture, etc), combining fat transfer with such treatments as facial thread lifting, neck liposuction or laser resurfacing can create some truly stunning results.


See also:

Liposuction
Thread lift
Erbium Laser Resurfacing

 

If you are considering the fat transfer procedure, you would firstly need to have a half hour, one on one, initial consultation and assessment with Dr Beulink. He will go over your concerns with you, see whether you are an appropriate candidate for fat transfer and that it will give you the results you are looking for. He will also discuss downtime, before and after photos, results, side effects, costs, and any other procedures that may be of benefit for you. At the end of this consultation you will have a full idea of exactly what fat transfer can do for you, and just what it would take to have this procedure. 

 

Contact us NOW to see what Fat Transfer can do for you!

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