How is the adipose stromal fraction obtained?
Dr. Williams uses a minimally invasive liposuction technique to obtain the fat needed to make the adipose stromal fraction. Two small needlesticks are made through the skin of the abdomen; stitches are not required. Fat tissue is taken from the abdominal midsection or from fatty areas on the patient’s flank (“love handles”) using a large needle.
Next, the collected fat is processed in a special device, using a sterile saline solution. This process, micro-fragmentation, involves rinsing the fatty tissue, and disrupting the large fat globules into small clusters., Blood, inflammatory cells, and fatty oils are removed from the adipose sample; the pericyte concentration in the processed sample is increased. The resulting tissue is called the adipose stromal fraction (Lipogems®). Dr. Williams then uses a small needle to inject the Lipogems® tissue into the treatment site.
The Lipogems® procedure requires only local anesthesia at the harvest site. It takes approximately one hour in an outpatient setting and can often be done in a minor procedure room or outpatient surgery center. There is minimal recovery time from the Lipogems® procedure.