New Device for Faster Cleaning of Fat Grafts Approved by FDA
A new device for cleaning fat grafts used in cosmetic body contouring has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The PureGraft® system will simplify and speed up surgery, according to its maker, Cytori Therapeutics, Inc., of San Diego.
Body contouring expands on standard liposuction by removing unwanted fat from one part of the body and reinjecting it in an area the patient wants filled out. Fat removal and relocation are second only to breast enhancement in cosmetic surgery popularity. About 46,000 body contouring procedures were performed in 2008.
System is Simple, Sterile, and Fast
The PureGraft® is a suspended plastic bag with filters for removing blood, lipids, and surgical fluids from extracted fat. During the process, the fat is contained within a sterile environment. In as quickly as 15 minutes, the fat is ready for reinjection.
A video on the Cytori Web site demonstrates the use of the PureGraft® device. Fat volumes of from 50 to 250 milliliters can be processed. It is a table-top non-mechanical, non-electrical system that takes up little space in an operating area, all advantages touted by the company.
Cytori plans to market the PureGraft® system right away, with a formal introduction at a May meeting of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons.
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