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What is Nanofat?

shutterstock_121361392-200x300 What is Nanofat? | Northern VirginiaNanofat is an innovative concept in fat grafting, enabling the doctor to address very fine wrinkles and thinning skin associated with aging using very small parcels of matrix, and a stromal vascular fraction, which includes growth factors, stem cells, and other regenerative substances. 

Stromal vascular fraction was initially used in cosmetics in 2003. In a study of eight patients, stromal vascular fraction (a form of Nanofat) was injected in the smile lines and fine lip lines of the face. The final outcomes were highly cosmetically attractive with no poor effects reported. 

Modern Body Contouring & Laser Center (MBody), led by board certified plastic surgeons Dr. Burton M. Sundin and Dr. Reps B. Sundin, provides advanced nanofat based treatments to patients in Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Loudoun, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Chevy Chase, Richmond, Fredericksburg, and surrounding locations.


Steps in Nanofat Extraction 

Six steps are involved in obtaining Nanofat from a person’s body:

  1. Application of local anesthesia and a needle puncture in the skin to draw blood
  2. A tiny quantity of local anesthetic is introduced using a rounded cannula, which is more gentle than a needle
  3. Withdrawal of one or two syringes, a little bigger than the tubes for drawing blood
  4. The fat is then washed and purified using an innovative process
  5. The fat is progressively made into tinier microscopic parcels of fat by a special device
  6. The microscopic fat parcels are further modified into Nanofat by passing through numerous screens

Nanofat is an effective solution for patients seeking a superficial fat replacement to restore thinning skin to a more youthful state. Studies undertaken in Italy indicate that stromal vascular fraction and nanofat will reverse certain structural changes in collagen and elastin, actually showing tissue regeneration. 

Nanofat has been proven to enhance hair growth in males and females with thinning in the initial stages of alopecia (baldness) as well as address the appearance of scars and heal certain wounds. The underlying reason for these changes seems to be an increase in the blood flow to the tissues. 


Different Applications of Nanofat

A cosmetic surgeon may use Nanofat and stromal vascular enriched fat as a tissue graft for the following:

  • Forehead rejuvenation, smoker lines around the lips (perioral rhytids), fine lines
  • Sun damage, usually in combination with fractional lasers (Nanofat Laser)
  • Nanofat microneedling for deep dermal recovery, to soften acne scars

Additionally, surgeons use Nanofat during laser surface to deliver stem cells, growth factors, and other regenerative cells into the skin, similar to the manner in which platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is used. The primary difference is PRP has smaller quantities of growth factors and tends to enhance the blood flow but does not regenerate collagen and elastin as much as Nanofat and Stromal Vascular Fraction.

Fat grafting of the entire face can be undertaken with nanofat at the time of a facelift, laser treatment, eyelid rejuvenation, or as an individual procedure under local anesthesia. Fat grafting of the hands may be undertaken simultaneously if desired. 

Researchers have developed new concepts of re-defining the fat graft into various forms based on the unique needs of the patient. These cutting-edge approaches to fat processing, emulsification, and nanofat have garnered accolades from plastic surgery professionals across the globe.

Cosmetic surgeons at MBody receive patients from Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Loudoun, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Chevy Chase, Richmond, Fredericksburg, and nearby areas for nanofat based treatments.  

For more information on the surgical and non-surgical procedures and treatments by Board Certified Cosmetic Plastic Surgeons Dr. Reps Sundin and Dr. Burton Sundin please visit

Serving Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Fairfax, Loudoun County, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Fredricksburg, Chevy Chase, Potomac, Maryland Richmond, VA and surrounding communities.

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