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RejuveFill™ Stem cell enhanced natural breast augmentation

No Implants, No Fillers, Pure You!

Shu Cosmetic Surgery Institute is Minnesota's first cosmetic center to offer RejuveFill™ Stem Cell Enhanced Natural Breast Augmentation.  This revolutionary breast augmentation procedure provides the latest technology and technique for patients wishing to restore volume and fullness in their breasts. Women can now get the breasts they want without the use of silicone or saline implants and scars, and other complications typically associated with invasive breast enhancement surgeries.

Using gentle Body-jet liposuction, a patented stem cell processing system and LipoCollector™ 3  technology, the patient's own body fat is extracted and harvested with adult stem cells, or Adipose Derived Regenerative Cells (ADRC’s) to create a concentrated material ideal for breast tissue replacement. With improved structural fat grafting techniques using state-of-the-art equipment, women can expect safer, more natural looking breast augmentation results.

Predictable Results

Patients are now able to predict their breast augmentation results. In the past, multiple fat transfer procedures were usually required for patients to achieve their desired breast size. With the addition of extracted stem cells and advancements in fat grafting technique, up to 90 percent of the harvested fat used for breast augmentation can be retained, eliminating the need for additional treatments. 

About the Procedures

RejuveFill™ Stem Cell Enhanced Natural breast augmentation is an outpatient procedure performed under local anesthesia. General anesthesia and a hospital stay are not necessary. The entire procedure, which includes liposuction of unwanted body fat, enrichment of the extracted fat with stem cells, and injection into the breast, takes about 4-6 hours. The patient can return home immediately after the procedure is completed. There is minimal downtime or pain.

First, unwanted body fat from areas like the abdomen, thighs and buttocks is first extracted using Body-jet liposuction techniques. A stem cell processing system extracts stem cells from a portion of the liposuctioned fat. The regenerative cells and stem cells are washed and concentrated before being combined with a portion of harvested fat cells.  In the meantime, the harvested fat cells are cleaned and concentrated with LipoCollector™ 3  technology before being mixed with the stem cells.  The final stem cell and fat cell mixture is injected into the breast, where it replaces tissue volume. The supercharged, concentrated fat graft creates the result with a natural looking, permanent breast augmentation.

The use of stem cells in this procedure allows for growth of new blood vessels to feed the fat. The stem cells also release anti-inflammatory substances that help with muscle and tissue healing, as well as growth factors that tighten the skin over the breast. Harvesting stem cells from the extracted body fat is extremely effective in aiding the body in healing and overcoming disease and tissue damage. What is even more remarkable is that fat grafting for breast reconstruction is now possible for women who have had mastectomies for breast cancer. In some cases, it may be necessary to use the Brava® external tissue expander to prepare the skin and breast tissues prior to fat grafting. It is also possible to use stem cell enhanced fat grafting to cover saline implant rippling and even for treatment of capsular contracture.

Natural Breast Reconstruction for Mastectomies

What is even more remarkable is that fat grafting for breast reconstruction is now possible for women who have had mastectomies for breast cancer. In some cases, it may be necessary to use the Brava® external tissue expander to prepare the skin and breast tissues prior to fat grafting. It is also possible to use stem cell enhanced fat grafting to cover saline implant rippling and even for treatment of capsular contracture.

For more information on liposuction with stem cell or ADRC enhanced fat grafting for natural breast augmentation, please contact Shu Cosmetic Surgery Institute to schedule a consultation.

Who is the ideal candidate for RejuveFill™, stem cell enhanced natural breast augmentation?

Anyone who wants to achieve a natural looking, permanent increase in breast size should consider RejuveFill™, stem cell enhanced natural breast augmentation. This procedure is ideal for women with moderate sized breasts who may have lost breast volume due to pregnancy or age. Younger women who only want a moderate enlargement, but who wish to avoid the use of breast implants, are also ideal candidates for this procedure. Natural breast augmentation is not fit for extremely slim women who want to achieve fairly large breast sizes, and it is ideal for patients who want to increase their breast sizes by more than 2 cups, in which case breast implants would be more suitable.

How is RejuveFill™ stem cell natural breast augmentation performed?

Natural breast augmentation is generally performed as an outpatient treatment.

First, unwanted body fat is first removed from areas such as the abdomen, thighs and buttocks using gentile Body-jet liposuction. Then, stem cells are harvested from one portion of the fat and added to the rest of the extracted body fat before being injected into the breast. The supercharged, concentrated fat graft creates the result with a natural looking, permanent breast augmentation.

Does the natural breast augmentation procedure use general anesthesia?

No, the entire procedure which includes liposuction and the actual breast augmentation are performed under local anesthesia and twilight sleep (intravenous sedation).

How long does the procedure take?

Natural breast augmentation, which includes fat and stem cell harvesting in addition to the procedure preparation time beforehand, takes approximately 4-6 hours to complete. After finishing the procedure, the patient should be able to return home.

What are the results of this procedure?

Patients can usually increase their breast size by 1 cup sizes after undergoing natural breast augmentation, as well as enhance the fullness of their breasts. The puncture sites created for the fat injection portion of the procedure will eventually heal without leaving scars. About 90 percent of the new breast volume is typically retained after the procedure, and patients do not need to return for additional follow-up treatments.

How are the stem cells harvested in natural breast augmentation?

The stem cells are extracted with a special stem cell processing system from the patient's body fat taken out during the liposuction portion of the procedure. The concentrated stem cells are then mixed with another batch of fat before being injected into the breast.

Will the harvested fat survive after the procedure is finished?

Yes, most of the fat injected into the breast will be retained. With the addition of stem cells, the survival rate of the injected fat is about 90 percent. In comparison, breast implants usually need to be replaced every 10 years and can often cause problems like ruptures and scarring.

Will the procedure cause future complications with mammograms and tumor formation?

Newer digital mammograms should not have any problems examining breasts that have undergone a natural augmentation procedure. In comparison, breast implants can block much of the breast from the view of mammograms. In terms of tumors, experienced radiologists are now capable of distinguishing tumors from the harmless calcifications that may develop with stem cell breast augmentation in x-ray images. It is important that you tell all doctors treating you that you underwent the augmentation procedure.

Is a hospital stay necessary after the procedure?

No, patients should be able to leave the office immediately after the natural breast augmentation procedure. The patient is fully mobile after the procedure since general anesthesia was not used during the procedure.

Can this natural breast augmentation method replace silicone implants?

In many cases, patients who want to remove their implants and go with the natural augmentation procedure can do so. Alternately, silicone implants can be left in place, and a more natural looking supplemental augmentation or rounding can be achieved using stem cell assisted fat transfer.

Can the stem cells also be used to make breasts firmer?

Natural breast augmentation with stem cells is generally best suited for restoring volume in the breast, not firmness. However, breasts augmented with stem cell enriched fat will usually appear fuller and firmer due to the additional volume and rejuvenating effect of the stem cells. If the breast firmness is our main concern, you may consider Vaser assisted RejuveBreast™ a scarless breast lift offered by Dr. Shu.

Picture courtesy of Dr. Todd Malan