Medical manufacturer Cytori recently announced the launch of the PureGraft 250, a fat grafting technology used to standardize the graft preparation process for use in aesthetic body contouring. They will begin showing the device at this weekend's meeting of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS) in Washington DC.
The concept of fat transfer is simple. Fat is removed from a part of your body where you don't want it, prepared and filtered, then re-injected in the areas where you do want it. The preparation and filtering of the fat is critical to the success of the procedure, which is where PureGraft comes in. The system allows a physician to purify a fat graft and remove excess 'graft fluid' in a controllable manner on the sterile field. The fat is added to the system and 15 minutes later, excess tissues such as blood cells and tumescent chemicals are removed.
The PureGraft System is set apart from other similar technologies because of its speed, simplicity, safety and precision. In only 15 minutes, the device can process 50-250 mL of fat. PureGraft technology 'dialyzes' off everything but the pure fat tissue.
In 2008, there were more than 46,000 fat transfer procedures performed in the US, according to ASAPS. Patients often want to add facial volume to areas such as the cheeks, chin and jowls. Some physicians are also using the fat for more extensive implantation procedures such as breast and buttock augmentation.
Physicians have historically used varying methods of harvesting fat and re-injection resulting in some inconsistent results. Cytori aims to standardize these processes and improve the results of body contouring with fat grafting.