When fat is combined with Selphyl for a facial fat grafting injection, it may increase the graft’s survival rate, reports Cosmetic Surgery Times.
Facial fat grafting adds volume to your face using your own natural fat. Fat is removed from one area of the body, such as the abdomen or the buttocks, and is then processed to remove excess fluids, before being injected into the face.
The Selphyl system used in the study takes a small amount of the patient’s blood to prepare platelet-rich fibrin matrix, which is combined with the patient’s fat before being injected back into the body.
The case study examined a 37-year-old woman who had fat taken from her outer thighs and grafted on two sites on her abdomen. One site had her injected fat and the other had her fat combined with Selphyl.
Eight weeks later, the tissue was examined. Both sites had viable fat, but the site where the fat was mixed with Selphyl had an increase in blood vessels, which is crucial to improving the chances of long-term fat survival.
Fat Grafting Results Can Vary
During facial fat grafting, it’s not possible to predict how much fat will survive after the procedure, as fat has a tendency to become re-absorbed into the body. Therefore, a follow-up visit may be needed to monitor results.
The study’s authors noted that variability of graft survival (typically 50–70%) is considered a downside to the procedure, but the case study shows that adding Selphyl to fat could improve the survival rate.
“The result of this case study indicates that fat mixed with Selphyl may improve graft survival by increasing both neovascularization and total cell number,” the authors concluded.
Read the study’s abstract in the American Journal of Cosmetic Surgery, and learn more about facial fat grafting in Cleveland, Ohio.