Cell Assisted Lipotransfer (CAL): the “natural” innovative choice for breast augmentation at Nirunda Skin Clinic Thailand
Nirunda Aesthetic Clinic is one of the forerunners when it comes to beautifying and enhancing women’s assets in Thailand. Updated with Stem Cell-assisted cosmetic and plastic surgery techniques to enhance facial and body features, Nirunda specializes in Cell Assisted Lipotransfer (CAL) for natural breast augmentation, breast reconstruction and breast implant removal – where international and local patients could take advantage of.
The focal point of a woman’s body aside from her face is her breasts - as it brings balance and symmetry along with a shapely bottom. But there are a lot of women who are unsatisfied with the size and contour of their breast because of the effects of aging, pregnancy and diseases such as breast cancer – and turn to cosmetic surgery for a solution.
Nirunda Aesthetic Clinic is one of the new-age in beauty health care & therapy hubs in Bangkok, Thailand that offers Skin Care Treatments & Cosmetic Surgery at very affordable prices. Nirunda’s skin & beauty experts provide consultation services on skincare, body contouring, Top Anti Aging Treatments and Plastic Surgery procedures to enhance physical appearances in turn improving the self-confidence of patients. One of their newest offerings for their international patients is Cell Assisted Lipotransfer (CAL) for breast augmentation.
What is CAL?
According to Dr. Kotaro Yoshimura, M.D., from the Department of Plastic Surgery, University of Tokyo School of Medicine, and creator of CAL for breast augmentation, CAL is an “autologous adipose-derived stem (stromal) cell (ASC) supplementation that is used in combination with lipoinjection.” When it is used for breast augmentation, autologous fat cells (derived from the patient) are extracted thru liposuction and are then processed by collagenase treatment and centrifugation. The fat extract (that is rich in stem cells) is recombined with half of the remaining fat sample to increase its potency. After the enriching process, the fat cells are introduced thru injection to the breast tissue.
Although there is nil chance of rejection with fat grafts because the fats cells were derived from the patient’s body, there is still risk of interference with future breast cancer diagnosis and risk of tissue hardening (or calcification). To remedy the risks, Dr.Yoshimura thought of enriching the fat cells with high concentrates of stem cells – to regenerate fats cells which in turn preserves and stimulates new growth of blood vessels. Dr.Yoshimura believed that by increasing the fat cell concentration, he could enhance the survival rate of the fatty tissue and lessen post-operative atrophy (deterioration).
Best Candidates for CAL
To date, Dr. Yoshimura has performed this procedure on more than 400 women. Some candidates included women who had breast reconstruction after a mastectomy while others underwent CAL after the removal of their breast implants.
“Women who underwent radiation treatment and mastectomy are often in need of breast reconstruction but using an implant for the procedure may only raise risks for complications,”says Dr. POONPISSAMAI SUWAJO, CAL specialist at Nirunda Clinic. “Capsular contracture (scar tissue that may form and harden) and the side effects of radiation treatment may make me think twice if a client wants to have an implant placed as part of her breast augmentation or reconstruction procedure,” she explains. “This is where CAL comes in. At least now, we can provide another option that’s natural and side-effect free because we are using the patient’s own fat stem cells.”
“Aside from breast augmentation and reconstruction, CAL may also be an option for women who want to have an implant removal/replacement procedure and have CAL instead of a silicone implant, added Dr. CHATPONG SASTARASADHIT, CAL and Plastic Surgery Specialist at Nirunda.
Benefits of CAL
According to Dr. Joel Aronowitz, MD, a renowned plastic surgeon at the Cedars-Sinai Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Center in Los Angeles, USA and founder of the Breast Preservation Foundation, there are a lot of benefits when CAL is used for breast augmentation. He believes that since there is no implant, there will be no complications associated with it such as rupture, leakage, removal, calcification or deflation. Other advantages CAL brings include: low risk of rejection because it is autologous (from your own body), undesirable fats from your stomach & thighs can be used, and best of all, there is no cutting and scarring since your fat cells will be re-injected!
Full CAL vs. Mini CAL at Nirunda
There are two kinds of CAL that is offered at Nirunda: Full CAL and Mini CAL. The CAL Technique is also referred to as natural breast augmentation or California breast lift. In this method, Stem Cell harvesting methods are employed to harvest fat from the patient’s body such as such as the abdomen and thighs. After harvesting the fat cells, it is centrifuged and transformed to a stem cell-rich mixture before it is introduced to the patient’s breast thru injection. After the procedure, the patient is advised to wear a special brassiere to keep the injected fat in its position.
The difference of the Full CAL from the Mini CAL is that the latter is an option for lean or slim patients. The Mini CAL is performed under local anesthesia and involves a shorter processing time. “Overall, breast augmentation thru CAL is a minimally invasive procedure, reiterates Dr. Suwajo. “It involves less pain, its quick (more or less an hour to perform including liposuction) and best of all, it achieves your desired breast size – naturally thru your own fat cells!”
“There is still a lot to learn about stem cells and its use for treatment. Although it still remains a controversial method of healing especially in blood diseases and cancer, through continuous research and innovation, medical researchers continue to explore new possibilities of using stem cells in medicine and surgery,” says Mr. Pramod Goel, CEO of PlacidWay.
"It’s amazing how stem cells are now widely considered for cosmetic enhancement such as breast augmentation. I do believe that this new method will completely change the practice of Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery in medical tourism and the world,” concludes Mr. Goel.
PlacidWay partners with multispecialty medical centers and clinics around the world to help international health travellers get access to healthcare that is safe and affordable. PlacidWay and its affiliate medical centers ensures each patient receives a personalized (patient-centered) approach, as we all have different healthcare needs.
For more information about Full CAL and Mini CAL for Breast augmentation at Nirunda Infinity Skin Clinic please do not hesitate to contact us!