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Applications of Microfat and Nanofat in Plastic Surgery

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Many plastic surgery facilities have already adopted some form of fat transfer into their aesthetic and reconstructive practices, usually in the form of facial fat transfer, fat transfer to the breasts, fat transfer to the hands, or the Brazilian Butt Lift. While these offices have undoubtedly realized the vast aesthetic benefits of using fat as a natural augmenting material and the increased financial benefits, many others are still unaware of the cumulative regenerative benefits to patients.

These advanced techniques involve:

1. Harvesting small amounts of the patient’s own adipose tissue or Adipose Tissue Complex (ATC) and standardizing the injectability of the tissue. This is microfat and is a natural filler and volumizer.

2. Sizing the microfat down to Tissue Stromal Vascular Fraction (tSVF) or nanofat. Nanofat is regenerative in nature (not volumizing) and can be injected intradermally with a needle as small as 30g.

Tulip has a long history of working with aesthetic dermatologists in the area of fat grafting. Through years of working with researchers and private practice physicians, Tulip Medical developed technology that simplified obtaining microfat and nanofat in an office-based environment.

From volume enhancement to skin regeneration, microfat and nanofat offer much to cosmetic and plastic surgery practices — and the research is growing exponentially and indicates that human fat tissue contains more regenerative potential than any other part of the body.

Working with researchers and private practice physicians led Tulip Medical to develop technology that simplified obtaining microfat and nanofat (done previously only in the operating room) to a simple office-based procedure.

Plastic Surgery Uses for Microfat and Nanofat

Microfat and Nanofat obtained with the Tulip Nano System can be used in a wide variety of surgical and office-based procedures:

  • Aging and Sun-Damaged Skin

    Aging and
    Sun-Damaged Skin

  • Barcode Lip

    Barcode Lip

  • Blepharoplasty


  • Under-Eye Discoloration


  • Body Contour

    Body contour

  • Breast Contour

    Breast Contour

  • Breast Augmentation & Reconstruction

    Breast Augmentation
    & Reconstruction

  • Burns (pediatric, radiation, etc.)

    (pediatric, radiation, etc.)

  • Facelift


  • Facial Rejuvenation

    Facial Rejuvenation

  • Gluteal Grafting

    Gluteal Grafting

  • Hair Restoration

    Hair Restoration

  • Hand Rejuvenation

    Hand Rejuvenation

  • Microneedling


  • Neck Lift & Decolletage Rejuvenation

    Neck Lift &
    Decolletage Rejuvenation

  • Prejuvenation Treatments


  • Rhinoplasty


  • Scar Revision

    Scar Revision

  • Accelerate Healing Processes

    Controlled Trauma
    (used topically for faster healing)

  • Peripheral Neuropathy (migraine, post-op pain)

    Peripheral Neuropathy
    (migraine, post-op pain)

  • Wound Healing

    Wound Healing

Understanding the Differences Between Microfat and Nanofat

Microfat and nanofat are adipose fat tissues that maintain the regenerative properties of native fat. Microfat can often be delivered through needles or cannulas that range from 18g to as small as 25g in diameter, depending on the fibrosity of the patient’s fat. Microfat is injected subdermally with blunt injectors, adding volume and structure to the recipient site.

Nanofat’s primary benefit is regeneration. Nanofat consists of a regenerative matrix, which is key to tissue repair and skin rejuvenation. It is usually injected intradermally but can also be applied topically. True Nanofat™, obtained with the Tulip system, is validated to be injectable with needles as small as 30g. According to research by Dr. Ramon Llull, True Nanofat obtained with the Tulip Nano System demonstrates 10x more viable regenerative cells per cc than that produced by traditional enzymatically digested adipose tissue. For more details: Learn More

Together, microfat and nanofat have a wide potential to treat your patients without the need for invasive surgical procedures. They can also work in tandem with traditional surgical intervention to promote wound healing and scar mitigation. For more details: Learn More

“Filler Fatigue” is a growing concern to aesthetic practices and patients. More patients than ever are looking for a more natural alternative to manufactured fillers. Since microfat and nanofat are obtained from the patient’s own fat, they are a natural and sustainable alternative that patients can opt for in a same-day, office-based procedure. In addition, younger patients can be free of the concerns associated with long-term use of fillers.


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Incorporating Regenerative Microfat and Nanofat into Your Plastic Surgery Practice

Whether you are performing surgical fat grafting procedures or office-based microfat and nanofat treatments, Tulip offers a wide variety of innovative specialty solutions to make your experience with microfat and nanofat safe, easy, predictable, and cost-effective. As the leading company in fat transfer for over 30 years, Tulip has the expertise to enrich your armamentarium of Adipose Regenerative Therapy tools.

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Everything You Need to Obtain Microfat and Nanofat: The Tulip GOLD Kit

Tulip’s GOLD (Gentle Office-Based Lipoaspirate Delivery) kit provides everything you need to harvest and prepare microfat and nanofat for use in a surgical or office-based setting.

Using a closed syringe lipoaspiration system, our GOLD kits provide a less traumatic and more efficient approach to acquiring Adipose Tissue Complex (ATC) as a structural or regenerative graft without surgery.

  • The protocol and the kit have been clinically validated for safety, ease of use, and consistency of results.
  • The disposable instruments provide safe and efficacious low-pressure acquisition of ATC.
  • The drawn fat can be used as microfat (which is not sized down) or sized down into nanofat that can be injected with a needle as small as 30g.
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Profitability of Microfat and Nanofat

With our GOLD kit, your patients achieve the volumization and rejuvenation they want, and you reap the financial benefits.

  • The single-use Tulip GOLD kits allow you to avoid the time and expense of reprocessing and sterilizing instruments. You can schedule back-to-back, office-based appointments and know exactly what your cost for each treatment will be.
  • With a low consumable cost, the Tulip GOLD kit provides a profitable way to increase your revenue while delivering superior patient results. Practices are seeing anywhere from an additional $500–$2,000 of revenue per physician hour, starting with their first patient.
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Tulip GOLD Kits Provide These Advantages for Plastic Surgery

  • Safe and easy-to-use closed adipose tissue harvesting and sizing
  • Validated process resulting in consistently high concentrations of regenerative ATC and nanofat that is validated to be injectable with needles as small as 30g. For more details: Learn More
  • Increased patient safety by using their own tissue
  • Setting your practice apart by offering patients the regenerative therapies they’re looking for

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