Stem Cell Fat Muscle Augmentation
“Dr. Chugay, I’m just not comfortable having buttock augmentation using buttock implants. I’ve heard that they can become infected, can move, and may have other problems.”
If you’re one of the many patients desiring implant augmentation who feel like the person above, you’re not alone. For many years, doctors have yearned for a method of body contouring other than body implants—an alternative to muscle augmentation using prosthetic implant devices such as calf implants, buttock implants, pec implants and bicep implants (also abdominal, deltoid and cosmetic hip implants). Sadly, even though there have been many attempts at such augmentation in the last few years, including the so-called Brazilian Buttock Augmentation, the results have been less than satisfying when the objective is to achieve a more voluminous appearance, or look.
That is, until now . . .
Introducing Stem Cell Fat Muscle Augmentation (SCFMA™ )
Dr. Nikolas Chugay—well renowned globally with only a few other surgeons who specialize in complete body implant muscle augmentation—has now perfected the Stem Cell-enriched Fat Muscle Augmentation method (SCFMA™) using adult stem cells mixed with autologous fat. Dr. Chugay’s pioneering SCFMA Method has been perfected over years of safe surgeries with outstanding results. He is now able to offer his SCFMA Method to any patient who seeks significant gains using one’s own tissue, as an alternative to calf implants, pec implants, butt implants, bicep or tricep implants, deltoid implants and thigh implants (cosmetic hip implants). Dr. Chugay’s SCFMA Method is specifically intended for patients who desire to use their own tissue(s) for body contouring enhancements instead of a traditional silane-shell /copolymer implant. Safe, effective and extraordinarily natural feeling SCFMA represents an alternative to a prosthetic implant because there is NO IMPLANT used. Instead, only one’s own fat tissue is used enhanced with stem cells to aid in new growth of the injected tissue.
How Stem Cell Fat Muscle Augmentation Is Done
Depending on the specific implant or muscle group being augmented, the technique varies. It first begins with harvesting some autologous fatty tissue from the patient. Some of this tissue is used to isolate adult stem cells, which are concentrated and reintroduced in high serum amounts back into the remaining fatty tissue to be injected back into the patient as needed.
Body contouring of the larger muscle groups, such as the gluteus maximus (buttocks) requires placement of the treated tissue in multiple layers, both fascially and sub-fascially. The incisions are very small unlike implant placement procedures. During the buttock augmentation procedure using autologous fat treated with Stem Cells, (Stem Cell Fat—SCF) it is possible to layer tissue in considerable amounts, if done correctly. Dr. Chugay has been able to commonly place 500-600 cc of treated tissue within the buttock region per side without complications. In the biceps/triceps area, Dr. Chugay has easily shown gains of 1-2 inches in volume mass. In the buttocks, as much as 3-3.5 inches can be achieved in projection volume—or augmentation. It’s been found that injecting SCF into highly vascularized regions, such as muscle tissue results in better fat take and improved chance at permanent. Reabsorption of the SCF back into the patient’s body is common, but Dr. Chugay has been successful in limiting this reabsorption to less than 15% in most cases. The key to achieving good results is to sculpt the implanted SCF carefully with regard to final external muscular appearance—and any absorption of SCF back into the body is generalized, not localized, hence there is no visible external indicators of the small loss of volume.
Calf implants are done the same way. In the case of calf augmentation with implants, Dr. Chugay uses SCF injected into the Soleus and Gastrocnemius muscles and subcutaneously to achieve final sculpting effects. Dr. Chugay can perform SCFMA for pec implants, deltoid implants, thigh implants, cosmetic hip implants and even sculpt abdominal muscles using his proven method, achieving volumes that are similar to a regular prosthetic implant. Additionally patients will exhibit limited scarring, unlike a procedure using silicone gel implants, which require 2-3 inch surgical openings to assure correct seated placement in the aforementioned muscular planes. All of the work for SCFMA in Dr. Chugay’s method is performed using a cannula (a small tube-like instrument).
Who’s The Best Candidate for Stem Cell Fat Muscle Augmentation?
Anyone who has a concern with using an artificial body implant in the muscle region is a perfect candidate for SCFMA. Because the tissue to be implanted—the autologous fat treated with Stem Cells—is harvested from the patient, it is genetically identical to the patient’s own tissue. Hence there is little to no chance for rejection, complications or side effects. The feel of the SCF once in place is very soft and mimics the feel of the muscle tissue. As well, because the incisions are very, very small—in many instances less than 3-4 mm (approx. 1⁄4”)—patients who wish to limit scarring appearance, something normally present in silicone implants, can do so with ease. The only limitation is that the patient must have enough fatty tissue available within their own body to provide the volume necessary for the harvest, treatment and reinjection. The majority of patients have this tissue available without problem. Dr. Chugay, however, will evaluate you individually and if SCFMA is a viable surgical alternative to an implant, he will discuss both options with you during the consultation.
What’s the Best Application for Dr. Chugay’s SCFMA Method?
Patients who desire the most realistic appearance to a body muscle augmentation, don’t like an artificial body implant, or desire less scarring are perfect candidates for SCFMA. Perhaps most importantly, in such muscle groups where there is considerable flexion and extension—such as biceps/triceps or deltoid muscles—SCFMA can help one achieve both good volume in the area, without the potentially unnatural look of the implant beneath the skin that can often be seen in the extension state. Lastly, capsular contracture, when fibrosis of connective tissue forms around the capsule (the implant body) of an implant causing hardness, won’t occur because there is NO implant. Some patients have a tendency for capsular contracture and in severe cases—where the capsule fiber can’t be broken externally—the only alternative is the removal, and/or replacement of the implant. Because this risk is eliminated, (no implant is used) patients who have a history or tendency for contracture can be assured that this won’t be an issue.
How Do You Get Started With Stem Cell Fat Muscle Augmentation?
It all begins with a patient consultation with Dr. Chugay. At this juncture, he will have already viewed photographs that you’ve provided, to assure the proper fat is available for the procedure. He will also have discussed realistic expectations with you and any possible risks, complications and negative outcomes from anesthesia. Simply email Dr. Chugay, or call him. He’ll get you started on achieving the most natural look you can, using your own tissue.
Stem Cell Fat Muscle Augmentation Risks & Recovery
Stem Cell Fat Muscle Augmentation has few risks as the tissue used is directly harvested from your own body. Infection risk is also limited because the incisions used for cannula insertion are extremely small. Pain is limited and much less than what you’d expect or experience as with having an actual implant inserted because there is less trauma to the surgical area. Typical risks with any surgical procedure can include bleeding, infection, anesthesia, and scarring. Although these events are usually infrequent, they sometimes can occur. These will be discussed with you during the consultation for your procedure.
Recovery is fairly uneventful. After your procedure you’ll be required, usually, to wear a pressure garment for about a month—not constantly, but as directed by Dr. Chugay.
SCFMA Costs & Financing
While costs are similar to that of having an implant surgically placed, the benefits—depending on the surgical candidate—can be enormous in recovery time, less pain, less chance of surgical risks, better natural feel and appearance. Dr. Chugay will discuss all aspects of cost and financing with you in advance of your surgery.
Stem Cells—What You Need To Know About the Science & Realistic Expectations
You’ve probably read and/or heard many things about stem cells . . . and the ensuing discussions about the pros and cons of using stem cell “science” in medical procedures. Some say that stem cells represent an elixir to all disorders and medical afflictions. Some say just the opposite. Some people talk about stem cells and fail to even differentiate between “adult” stem cells, and “embryonic” stem cells. What you need to know, without getting into a detailed genetics/embryology discussion is that there are two basic approaches to utilizing these purely undifferentiated (embryonic), or partially differentiated (adult) somatic cells in medical procedures.
Embryonic or ESC, (pluripotent stem cells) have a nucleus that is undifferentiated, hence can “assume” the cellular structure of virtually any specific type of cell . . . whether it be nervous tissue, connective tissue, vascular tissue, muscular tissue, etc., and fully develop into that specific tissue as needed. ESC, while showing pure medical application and cellular lineage, carries with it the political and social implications of being derived from placental tissue. There are many people who object to this application. As well, in some cases, there is a chance of rejection of ESC.
Similarly, adult stem cells, found in a variety of tissues throughout the body have been linked to the ability to regrow or heal injured tissue, differentiating into the similar surrounding tissue in which they are found.
Dr. Chugay does not utilize ESC or iPSC methods and only uses unaltered, untreated somatic cells (Adult Stem Cells) in his procedure derived from fatty tissue (adipose tissue)—remaining in compliance with FDA standards—that show little to no chance of rejection, adverse reactions (fever, cyst formation, infection, mastitis), or other complications. Nevertheless, when having Dr. Chugay’s SCFMA procedure performed, he will advise you of potential results in advance of surgery so you are fully knowledgeable in what can be realistically achieved.