BioLife Cell Bank in Dallas is the first fat bank in the U.S. !!
They have renewed excitement about fat as a cosmetic filler by offering patients a place to store their fat for later use.
Dr. Bishara has partnered with BioLife so that patients may bank their fat from liposuction and later inject it into the face to fill wrinkles. Fat can be stored for at least 20 years and for those who don't need liposuction, but want to store fat Todd Malan says, "We can easily remove 10 to 12 ounces, about the size of a soda can, from your buttocks or thighs, and you'll have enough face filler stored for the rest of your life." While fat removal solely for storage is not yet suggested, it may be the advice in the future due to potency of stem cells decreasing with age.
The fat is removed in an hour long procedure costing around $2,500. The fat is shipped to the bank and assigned a barcode-like identifier. When you're ready to re-inject the fat Dr Bishara will contact the bank and the bank then ships the ready syringes to your doctors office at approximately $2,500. If this sounds pricey please note that if you inject in 5 years the cost is roughly the same as what you would pay for twice yearly fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane. Reinjecting fat versus temporary synthetic fillers into the patient produces a more desirable and long lasting effect.
Mark A Bishara, M.D., P.A. Medical Director
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