Joints suffering from damage and inflammation may have found some extra relief in modern fat-derived stem cell therapy which, in recent years, has become an available medical option for patients in pain. Often harvested from the patients’ stomach, the fatty stem cells can be transferred to areas of the body that have been severely damaged or worn out joints.
By treating joints inflicted with tendon disease with harvested stem cells, damaged cells are replaced and regrowth or healthy tissue surrounding the joint is stimulated. These treatments may help delay the need for a complete joint replacement by at least a decade or two and if developing joint diseases are treated early enough; their development into something more serious may be stopped altogether.
These up and coming fat transfer treatments for damaged joints are most suitable for patients who are dealing with early to moderate joint damage, though it probably can’t do much to solve the issues that have developed with severely damaged joints.
Modern fat transfer techniques have also been making headlines recently in popular cosmetic procedures for improving patient appearance. Using liposuction to take fat from certain areas of the body, it can then be transferred to add volume and fullness in areas that are lacking.
Fat transfer procedures are popular in modern breast augmentations for a more natural look and feel as the body’s own fat is removed from areas such as the abdomen, hips or thighs and carefully injected into the breast tissue to add a fuller, more youthful appearance.
Fat transfers are also popular for those who are looking for volume and lift in their posterior regions without having to turn to implants as a solution. Implants eventually need to be replaced at some point, but when the body’s own fat is used for reshaping, there’s no need for replacement and the risk is less as no foreign objects are inserted into the patient’s body.
Fat injections can also be used in small doses to fill in lines and wrinkles to create a smoother, more even appearance naturally.
For patients who are interested in how modern fat transfer techniques can benefit them, it’s best to start by scheduling a consultation with a doctor who has plenty of experience in performing fat transfer procedures. At The Laser, Lipo and Vein Center Dr. Wright and his experienced staff look forward to answering your questions regarding fat transfer procedures and how they can improve your life.