Exclusive: a revolutionary new ‘fat transfer’ filler is set to change the face of cosmetic procedures for the better, says leading surgeon
As we wait for some beauty treatments to resume, surprisingly cosmetic procedure clinics are back up and running. And while the ‘Zoom boom’ has caused a spike in virtual surgical consultations, the numbers of women having face lifts is declining year on year as non-invasive technology advances.
According to the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons annual audit, there’s been a 10% reduction in brow lifts and a 4% drop in face and neck lift procedures.
Furthermore, in a survey conducted by The Private Clinic, over half of respondents believe the next innovation will be focused around non-surgical facial treatments, and almost a quarter felt that ‘natural’ body-shaping procedures were a key 2020 trend – such as fat transfers, where the body’s own tissues are used to restore and reshape the body. So why not do the same to your face?
Enter, Uvence, the first quality controlled fat transfer facial injection created by leading body contouring expert and plastic surgeon, Dr. Olivier Amar. ‘Dermal fillers use hyaluronic acid which is present in our own skin. This misleads people into thinking fillers are natural, but they are not, they are made in a factory.’
He warns, ‘if someone starts having dermal filler regularly in their twenties, by the time they are 50, they will have had a room full of filler in their face. Surgeons are starting to see more and more complications from over-filling or poor techniques, which results in lumps under the skin, as well as a host of other complications in the long term. Dermal fillers have their place but they should be used sparingly when more natural alternatives aren’t available.’
As a third generation surgeon who already specialises in fat transfer procedures for the body, Dr. Amar was determined to refine the process for the face, in order to achieve an alternative to filler that is 100% natural. And it appears he is onto something as Uvence has already accrued a healthy waitlist of eager patients waiting for treatments to resume post-lockdown.
Why fat is anti-ageing
While fat transfers have been around since the 1980’s, not all fat is equal. According to Dr. Amar, fat is made up of hundreds of types of cells, but the good stuff lies in the adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells, which can harness the real potential of facial rejuvenation.
Nor are the methods by which the fat is extracted and purified, which is what makes Uvence superior. ‘Any surgeon can extract fat from the body and inject it back into the face, but if it’s not refined and purified to a high standard, you can end up with a face that puffs up like a souffle.’
He explains, ‘we have a way of preparing and purifying the fat whereby we wash and purify the cells and isolate specific sizes of fat cells. We only use the purest micro and nano fat as this is what gives the most subtle and natural look.’
How does it work?
The first step is to have a tiny amount of fat extracted by liposuction with a local anesthetic, usually taken from a pocket of unwanted fat on your body, such as your outer thighs. The appointment lasts 30 minutes and while you will feel some discomfort afterwards, the downtime is very minimal.
Next, your ‘super enriched tissue’ will be put into a medical-grade Uvence box and sent to the lab to be processed and stored (frozen) in a Cryyo Chamber and preserved for up to five years.
When you are ready for your fat cells to be injected into your face, Uvence supplies the cells in a syringe, like any other type of facial filler, then the needle and cannula are transported safely to your practitioner’s office. ‘We are the only cosmetic company certified to store and transport human tissue, an important part of ensuring the quality of your cells remain fresh, safe and potent, ready for facial injection,’ says Dr. Amar.
What results can you expect?
Unlike traditional dermal fillers, Uvence is not designed to create volume or fill wrinkles, instead it best for skin remodeling, such as improving texture, softness and restoring the plump youthful look of healthy skin, something that fades with age. Dr. Maryam Zamani was one of the first doctors to sign up for Uvence at her London clinic. She says: ‘many of my patients are beginning to lean towards more natural facial rejuvenation technologies. The future is all about age management, not age reversal, and Uvence is part of that movement. The results aren’t as dramatic and immediate as a face full of filler, but over the coarse, you will begin to slow down the look of ageing
and appear fresh-faced and youthful for longer – without looking like you’ve had work done.’