As patients seek a more natural approach to their desired silhouette changes, the use of 3D imagery to give a clear and quantifiable view of different body areas can be a perfect match for new fat-transfer techniques and a more holistic approach to the figure.
Fat transfer, its growing popularity and potential issues
According to recent research*, fat-transfer procedures are set to grow exponentially in the next few years, with a potential global revenue of over 4 billion US$ projected for 2026. Why this sudden increase in popularity? Today’s patients are more aware of their own bodies. While wishing to appear youthful and in great shape, they also know of the potential risks and pitfalls of a projected procedure. Increasingly, given recent cases and trends, patients are also reluctant to resort to synthetic implants and injections, both for health reasons and because their desired result is a more natural one. Since it uses a material already present in the body, fat transfer is a perfect option for this audience. By offering to remove a much-derided substance from areas where it appears unsightly and to then inject it into areas requiring an additional volume, it also appears as a win-win situation for patients!
Yet, in part because of this “natural” aspect, fat transfer is by essence a more subtle solution. This makes it a perfect answer to the growing trend of shape and harmony against size at all costs, but also creates a potential issue for practitioners, who already know and experience the difficulty of demonstrating their careful results to demanding patients. 3D imagery appears as the ideal partner for this new art form, its visual clarity and precision providing a clear basis on which practitioners and patients can base their discussion.
Seeing the body as it really is
While a patient is often aware of their “problem areas”, they are unable to visualize their body as a whole.
If a practitioner is able to capture a rapid, detailed, 3D image of potential areas to treat prior to a procedure, this immediately assists in the patient’s all-round vision of their silhouette. It allows for quick identification of areas from which fat can be taken, and areas where it could be injected to create a visually harmonious shape. The patient instantly has a clear vision of a holistic result that goes beyond a single focus treatment.
“Creating” a new body with LifeViz® Infinity
In a few clicks, the 3D LifeViz® Infinity camera is able to capture a detailed, 360° image of the body. In this way, both patient and practitioner can view the area and engage in a projected outcome. The Clay mode enables a focus on body shape alone and provides the potential for “modelling” the area, visualizing how the body would look if volume was removed from certain areas and added to others. This allows for discussion and reassurance, with a clear picture of a final outcome.
LifeViz® Infinity: instant visualization and data
The 3D LifeViz® Infinity camera not only offers practitioners the possibility of capturing a 360° vision of the body, it also allows for volume variations assessment of specific areas. Circumference measures of different areas can also be compared to reveal even the most subtle variations . This clearly quantifiable information is essential during follow-up appointments, to show precisely what has changed, where, and by how much.On the patient side, changes in shape can be tracked and displayed easily: the Silhouette and Slider features offer two clear visual solutions by overlapping before and after 3D images.
Providing patients with both images and data, the LifeViz® Infinity is the ideal partner for fat transfer treatments, regularly lauded by specialists in the field for its reliability and the simplicity of its software.
In a world where natural transfers and a holistic vision of body shaping appear as trends that are here to stay, the LifeViz® Infinity is a must-have. Whether as a means of communicating with patients or to streamline the everyday running of a practice, its 3D imaging solution and tailor-made software is a prerequisite.