Nanofat is a cutting-edge treatment that offers amazing, natural results through the power of stem cells.
This procedure isolates and concentrates your stem cells and growth factors into a next-level injectable procedure. Nanofat has been used in orthopedic (bone and joint) medicine, dentistry, and reconstructive surgery to repair what age or trauma has destroyed. Now the field of regenerative aesthetics is bringing this same technology to cosmetic medicine.
- 1 What is Nanofat or Microfat?
- 2 What is Nanofat Used to Treat?
- 3 Adipose-Derived Stem Cells (ADSC) and Growth Factors
- 4 Frequently Asked Questions About Nanofat
What is Nanofat or Microfat?
Nanofat and Microfat are two words that refer to fat which is harvested from your own body and processed to concentrate the growth factors and stem cells within your fat to repair and restore your own body.
What is Nanofat Used to Treat?
Nanofat can be used to repair and rebuild areas that have been damaged by age or trauma, including:
- Wrinkles and fine lines from aging, sun damage, smoking, etc.
- Thin and crepey skin on the neck, lips, under eyes, hands, chest, or other parts of the body
- Scars, including surgical scars, scars from injuries, and acne scars
Adipose-Derived Stem Cells (ADSC) and Growth Factors
Your fat, especially the fat around your midsection (abdomen and love handles), is full of growth factors and stem cells. In fact, this is the highest concentration of stem cells that we currently know of in the adult human body. These Adipose-Derived Stem Cells can be used by the body to repair and rebuild itself.
Stem cells are “undifferentiated” cells that can become (differentiate into) bone, fat, nerves, blood and lymphatic vessels, collagen, skin cells, and other organ cells, depending upon where they are injected and what treatments they are paired with.1.
You can learn more about stem cells and their applications in cosmetic medicine by visiting our page on regenerative medicine.
Frequently Asked Questions About Nanofat
How is Nanofat Different Than Fat Transfer?
Both nanofat and fat transfer use your own fat to achieve long-lasting results.
- The goal of fat transfer is to move volume from one area to another.
- The goal with Nanofat is to harness the power of your growth factors and stem cells within your own fat so that you can repair and restore the skin where the nanofat is injected.
Nanofat can be used to help grow some new fat cells, in addition to other tissues, but you should not expect to see more than a very mild volume change at the site where nanofat is injected.
What is the ALMI Procedure?
ALMI is a brand name for a nanofat technique. It is an advanced technique most physicians using the TULIP brand of nanofat processors are performing. Our physicians are very familiar with this technique, and were performing their nanofat procedures this way before ALMI branded the procedure. We currently view this as the best way to perform the nanofat procedure, but will continue to pursue excellence in our procedures and make changes to our techniques as advancements occur. ALMI stands for Autologous Lipodocyte Micronized Injections, which is medical jargon for your own fat (autologous lipodocyte) turned into nanofat (micronized) and injected into your body.
What is the Nanofat Procedure Like?
We perform Nanofat treatments under local anesthesia in our private office located in Martinsville(Bridgewater Township), New Jersey.
During the procedure, fat is harvested from the stomach, love handles, and/or inner thigh, the areas with the best concentration of stem cells. The fat is then processed to isolate and concentrate the stem cells and growth factors, before being injected into the treatment area. The injections feel very much like having dermal fillers injected. Patients do have the option to receive additional relaxing medication by mouth, although that will require the patient to secure a driver for the ride home after the procedure.
Patients will see some swelling and occasionally some bruising following their procedure. Although many patients tell us they have gone out to dinner the evening of their treatment or the day after, you may want to take 1-3 days off from big events in case your swelling is more noticeable.
You should not expect a big recovery from the harvest site. You will most likely not need to wear a compression garment or follow special instructions like a liposuction patient would.
How Many Nanofat Treatments Will I Need?
Most patients will have a single treatment with Nanofat. Over time, the cells that grow as a result of your nanofat treatment will be subject to normal aging and wear and tear, just like your other cells, so you may decide to have more treatments in the future.
When Will I See Results From My Nanofat Treatment?
Results from nanofat injections begin to be noticeable within a few weeks and continue to develop for 3-6 months.
Why Combine Nanofat with PRP?
Platelett-Rich Plasma (PRP) isolates and concentrates the growth factors within your blood. The growth factors from PRP stimulate the stem cells within the nanofat and other cells in the area which the prp/nanofat is injected to develop new collagen, healthy blood vessels and other substances to rejuvenate the skin. We combine PRP with nanofat, to offer the very best results. You can learn more about this combination approach by visiting our Nanofat + PRP page.
1. Laura Frese, Petra E. Dijkman, and Simon P. Hoerstrupa; Adipose Tissue-Derived Stem Cells in Regenerative Medicine; Transfus Med Hemother. 2016 Jul; 43(4): 268–274.
Published online 2016 Jul 26. doi: 10.1159/000448180