Fat transfer is a revolutionary technique that removes fat cells from one area of the body and uses the fat as filler, injecting it into another part of the body to replace atrophied tissue or enhance a feature. LipoStructure® is a safe and effective technique used at the Cancun, Mexico practice of Perfection Makeover and Laser Center to transfer fat and provide needed volume. Patients who have lost volume in their face or body because of the natural aging process or a traumatic event like a car accident will benefit from this technique. To learn more about LipoStructure®, please contact our surgical team; we would be happy to schedule a consultation with you at our facilities.
LipoStructure® is recommended for individuals who have depressed areas, often due to trauma or aging, that they would like to revitalize. It flawlessly enhances features such as the lips, eyes, or cheeks. Because LipoStructure® uses natural fat that is carefully extricated from the body and purified, the procedure has a long-term survival rate. It can be used to:
fill or smooth wrinkles
restore fullness to a gaunt face
improve the contours of the cheeks
fill in a depression or indentation on the body resulting from an injury
correct irregularities caused by scars
During the first phase of the LipoStructure® procedure, our plastic surgeons gently harvest fat from a donor site on the patient’s body, using special instruments designed to remove the fat without damaging the cells. The abdomen or buttocks are typical donor sites. Our surgical team is very creative in finding places from which to harvest fat; if a particular patient does not have a lot of body fat to donate, our surgeons may consider the inner thigh, the mons pubis, or areas of the buttocks.
The fat is refined, concentrated, and layered into strands. The strands are then injected into the recipient site. Common recipient sites include the face, lips, buttocks, or areas of the body which have a “dent” in them due to trauma or aging.
The reason fat transfer procedures are so advantageous is because the fat has a long-term survival rate. When fat is removed from the donor site, it’s isolated from the surrounding muscle, skin, bone, cartilage, and connective tissue. When it is placed, it assumes the texture of the surrounding tissue, incorporating nicely into the donor site. In most cases, the donor fat does not feel like fat, but rather simple tissue.
There are limits to the amount of fat that can be placed at one time; therefore, certain patients may require several LipoStructure® sessions at our Cancun, Mexico practice.
After the procedure, patients should expect a degree of swelling and bruising, similar to that associated with liposuction. This will last for a few days (or up to two weeks) but can be counteracted with pain medication and cold compresses.
Some of the most notable benefits of undergoing LipoStructure® include:
No possibility of allergic reaction or rejection
Fat incorporates nicely with the surrounding tissue, and is nearly undetectable
Fills in “fat fractures” or indentations due to trauma
Adds volume to lips
Smoothes the contours of scars
Softens facial lines associated with aging
When the procedure is carried out correctly, there are few risks involved. The patient may be at slight risk of infection, post-operative bruising and swelling (similar to liposuction), or hypercorrection, an injection of an excessive quantity of fat that results in an undesirable outcome. However, this is quite rare.
LipoStructure® can be uncomfortable for the patient because there are two surgical sites (donor site and recipient site). If you are concerned about this, and want to know what steps are taken to mitigate this discomfort, speak with one of our surgeons.
If you have more questions about LipoStructure®, contact the Cancun, Mexico office of Perfection Makeover and Laser Center. A member of our staff would be happy to explain the pros and cons of the procedure and why it may work for your needs.
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