The BeautiFill device combines laser, gentle Tumescent liposuction (fat extraction) and processing of fat cells in one step.
Tumescent Liposuction: A solution containing a local anesthetic and drug called epinephrine will be injected into the targeted areas of excessive fatty deposits. The solution fills the fatty layer of the skin and causes it to swell and become firmer, allowing the doctor to have better control when contouring the area. The solution also causes the blood vessels to temporarily shrink, greatly reducing blood loss during the procedure, and reduces bruising, swelling and pain after the procedure.
After the solution is injected, the doctor makes a small incision in the skin and inserts a cannula — a small, skinny tube that is connected to a vacuum-like machine — into the fatty layer. Using back and forth movements, the fat is sucked through the tube into a sterile collection system. An elastic compression garment is then worn to help the skin contract and heal.
If you are considering tumescent liposuction, you will meet with the doctor to discuss your cosmetic goals and determine whether tumescent liposuction is the best approach to meet your needs. The doctor will examine your skin and the areas you would like contoured. A complete physical examination will be performed. Photographs will be taken before and after the procedure.
You will discuss your medical history, including previous surgeries, present and past health problems, medications, as well as nutritional and herbal supplements you are taking or have taken at some time.
If you decide to have tumescent liposuction, your doctor will give you specific instructions to follow before surgery. He will review medications you regularly take, including nutritional and herbal supplements, and tell you when to stop taking them before surgery.
Other instructions may include:
- If you smoke, stop smoking at least two weeks before surgery, as smoking can hinder wound healing.
- To avoid ingrown hairs, do not shave or remove hair near the areas to be contoured the day of surgery.
- Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before surgery. If you need to take medications that have been approved by your doctor, take them with a small sip of water.
- Wear loose-fitting clothing that opens in the front or is easy to remove over your head.
The local anesthetic injected into the fatty tissue lasts for about 24 hours following surgery. This greatly minimizes postoperative pain. Once this wears off, most patients experience some discomfort that is usually managed with Tylenol.
Most patients are alert and able to function without nausea or grogginess. Walking is encouraged immediately after the procedure to enhance healing. You may resume exercise three to seven days after the procedure. If your job does not involve heavy physical labor, you can probably return to work within a few days.
Most of the swelling goes down in a few days. Although you will see improvement within one to two weeks, it takes at least three to four months, and in some cases as long as six months, to see the treatment’s full benefit.
This process creates fat cells with very high viability for natural fat transfer.
Fat Transfer: BeautiFill fat can be used to fill and smooth all areas of the face including the temples, cheeks, smile lines, lips and jawline. BeautiFill fat can also be used to fill and rejuvenate depressed scars of the face and body. In a process called autologous fat transfer, this refined fat can then be grafted by your provider into other areas to restore volume to cheeks, hollow eyes, and thin lips while softening nasolabial folds. It can also fill pitted scars or create more fullness in the breasts or buttocks.
BeautiFill is FDA-approved and considered safe.
Patients should see results after one procedure, and the volumizing results last for years (possibly decades) longer than those from injectable fillers.
The procedure is quick, which decreases the risk of trauma to the skin. Down town is very minimal compared to traditional liposuction.
Like all surgery, tumescent liposuction carries both benefits and risks. Complications are rare and typically minor. The most common include skin irregularity, lumpiness, dimpling, loose skin, numbness, infections and scarring. If these do occur, they can be easily corrected in most cases.