“It’s a new device that uses helium to cut and tighten tissue without creating heat or thermal damage,” Dr. Jeff Popp said.
The next wave of fat injections will utilize fat from cadavers. Yes, it’s true. Fat will be harvested from the deceased’s body. The advantage is these are purified fat cells without any “triggers.”
“When you take a foreign substance from another animal, human or plant, and put it in someone else’s body, the body tends to reject it,” Dr. Popp said. “The substance has triggers that stimulate the immune system to attack and destroy it. But cadaver fat doesn’t have that problem.”
Right now, the most popular method is to take patients’ own fat to fill in their wrinkles and depressions.
Autologous Lipocyte Micronized Injection (ALMI)
ALMI converts fat into a consistency that can be injected with a really small needle.
“It liquefies it enough you can get it through a needle. Regular fat is the consistency of cottage cheese,” Dr. Popp said. “So it’s tough to get it through a syringe. It’s just too granular and bulky.”
With ALMI, the consistency of traditional fat injections is micronized into liquid form.
He said this works not only with fat cells but also with stem cells and platelet-rich plasma (PRP), among other approaches.
Internal Radio Frequency Tightening
Another technical trend is internal radio frequency tightening. The device inserts probes below the skin’s surface to use radio frequency energy to tighten collagen, take away wrinkles and reduce sagginess.
Dr. Popp said this may actually work better in some cases than devices like Exilis, which work from the outside in to tighten.
Tumescent Anesthesia Antibiotic Delivery (TAAD)
Doctors now use tumescent anesthetic to deliver antibiotics and other drugs to specific parts of the body. This would be used to prevent broad infections while doctors or general surgeons address localized issues and infections.
Use the trends
“We expanded our PRP and stem cell work. We haven’t done ALMI yet but probably will,” Dr. Popp said. “We do have the skin tightening devices, but not an internal one. However, we’ll wait and see how it all pans out.”
He said it’s important to await results before you commit to new devices and procedures. Only time will tell.