What is Nanofat Hair Restoration?
Nanofat hair restoration involves the use of tiny injections where the patient’s own processed fat cells will be placed. Fat grafting has been used in the past to restore volume loss and redefine the facial features. But now, evidence suggests that fat grafts can also effectively stimulate hair growth when placed into the hair follicle, similar to the PRP hair restoration process.
Who is a Candidate?
Candidates for nanofat hair restoration are those who experience hair thinning, a receding hairline, or balding due to aging or other factors. Nanofat hair restoration can be an effective alternative for those who are not candidates for other hair restoration techniques like PRP or NeoGraft. To be a successful candidate for nanofat hair restoration, patients must have enough excess fat to be used for placement and be ready to undergo liposuction to obtain the fat cells. Many patients are drawn to the fact that they can receive the slimming benefit of liposuction on one area of the body, and put their own natural fat cells to good use restoring their hair.
Nanofat hair restoration begins by obtaining the fat cells for placement. This is done using liposuction techniques where adequate fat is present, typically on the thighs, hips, abdomen, or buttocks. Liposuction requires tiny incisions where a cannula device can be inserted and used to break up and gently remove the fat cells. This can be done under local anesthesia. The fat cells are then processed and purified and placed into a syringe. Small injections of the fat cells will then be placed in the scalp where thinning and balding have occurred.
Recovery and Results
After nanofat hair restoration, you can expect some redness and swelling in the injection sites, as well as some general discomfort, swelling, and bruising in the liposuction treatment area. Patients should plan for about a week off work to properly recover. Over the next several weeks, patients can begin to notice hair regrowth in the placement areas that will continue to improve over the next several months.
To learn more about nanofat hair restoration and find out if you are a candidate, contact our office and schedule your consultation with Dr. Homas in San Antonio, TX.