Published: November 9, 2023
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When it comes to fighting hair loss, you might have tried everything from topical treatments to specialized shampoos and even medications. But have you ever considered a treatment that could not only restore your hair but also provide the added bonus of a little body contouring?

Say hello to nanofat hair restoration, a groundbreaking approach that combines the benefits of liposuction with advanced hair regeneration techniques.

What Is Nanofat Hair Restoration?

Nanofat hair restoration is an innovative treatment that utilizes your body’s own fat cells to combat thinning hair. During this procedure, a small amount of fat cells are harvested from an area where you have excess fat — often the abdomen or thighs — through small-cannula liposuction. This fat is then processed to harvest your own adipose-derived stem cells, which are then injected into the areas with thinning hair to stimulate hair growth.

The Science Behind the Treatment

The key to this technique lies in the richness of stem cells found in adipose (fat) tissue. These stem cells are known to secrete growth factors that can activate dormant hair follicles and encourage the growth of healthier, thicker hair. Unlike PRP, the beneficial effect of adipose-derived stem cells is sustained for a prolonged period of time, reducing the need for maintenance treatments. Nanofat can be used together with topical and oral medications, PRP, exosomes and even hair transplants to yield the best results.

The entire process is minimally invasive and requires little to no downtime, making it an excellent option for those looking for a natural yet effective way to address hair loss.

Liposuction: More Than Just a Source of Fat Cells

While the main objective of nanofat hair restoration is hair regrowth, the liposuction aspect of the treatment offers an additional perk. Liposuction is a well-established method for body contouring that removes unwanted fat deposits, shaping a more slender figure. Therefore, when you opt for nanofat hair restoration, you are not merely getting a treatment that targets hair loss; you are also undergoing a cosmetic procedure that can tweak your physical appearance. It’s a win-win!

Understanding the Nanofat Hair Restoration Procedure: Step by Step

  1. Consultation: A preliminary consultation with one of our board-certified physician and hair experts will determine whether you are a suitable candidate for nanofat hair restoration and help you understand what to expect from the treatment.
  2. Fat Harvesting: Dr. Ridenour or Dr. Wick performs liposuction on the chosen area to collect a small amount of fat.
  3. Processing: The harvested fat is then processed using the latest technology to separate and concentrate the stem cells.
  4. Injection: The processed nanofat (stem cells) is injected into the scalp (or other targeted areas of hair loss) using a fine needle.
  5. Post-Procedure Care: Instructions for aftercare will be provided, which typically include avoiding strenuous activity for a short period.

Nanofat Hair Restoration Cost and Financing Options

While nanofat hair restoration offers dual benefits, it is an investment, but an investment in yourself. Prices can vary depending on various factors, such as the extent of the area treated and the number of sessions required.

At Ridenour Plastic Surgery in St. Louis, we accept various payment methods, including PatientFi financing, to make this revolutionary treatment accessible to as many people as possible.

FAQs About Nanofat Hair Restoration

Is the Procedure Painful?

Most patients describe the procedure as virtually painless, thanks to the local anesthesia applied during liposuction and the scalp injections.

How Is the Fat Processed for Nanofat Hair Restoration?

Once the fat is obtained through liposuction, it undergoes a series of steps to prepare it into nanofat for hair restoration. The processing of the fat is a crucial step that transforms it into a stem-cell-rich material suitable for injection.

Mechanical Emulsification

First, the collected fat is converted into smaller micro-fat particles. The microfat is then mechanically emulsified. This process involves breaking down the fat into a more fluid state using a specialized device that applies force to disintegrate the fat tissues. This step helps separate the valuable stem cells and stromal cells from the larger, more cumbersome fat cells.


The emulsified fat is then passed through a fine screen filter to remove the non-viable fat cells, leaving behind a solution rich in stem cells, stromal cells and other growth factors. The filtration process ensures that only the smallest and most beneficial components are retained for injection. This is known as nanofat.


In some cases, the nanofat is further processed to create a product more stem cell-rich, known as the stromal vascular fraction. A combination of mechanical microfragmentation with ultrasharp blades and centrifuge are used to concentrate the stem cells further. During centrifugation, the fat solution is spun at high speeds, which causes the various components to separate based on their density. This allows us to isolate the stem cell-rich layer more effectively.

What Are the Side Effects of Liposuction and Nanofat Injections?

Common side effects include mild swelling or bruising at the liposuction site and mild swelling and redness at the injection sites, all of which usually resolve within a few days.

How Soon Will I See the Results From Nanofat Hair Restoration?

Many patients report noticeable hair growth within three to six months of their nanofat hair restoration procedure.

How Can I Protect My New Hair Growth After Hair Restoration?

After undergoing a hair restoration treatment, protecting and nurturing your new hair growth can help keep it looking its best. You maybe advised to continue topical and/or oral medications to achieve the best outcome. While each individual’s hair care regimen may differ based on various factors, including hair type and lifestyle, here are some general tips to help maintain your luscious locks.

Use Gentle Hair Products

Opt for shampoos, conditioners and other hair care products that are sulfate-free and contain natural ingredients. Harsh chemicals can irritate your scalp and weaken hair strands. We carry several shampoos and conditioners that are specifically made to boost thin hair.

Scalp Massage

Regularly massaging your scalp can help improve blood circulation, which, in turn stimulates hair follicles. You can even use oils like coconut or jojoba for added benefits. We also offer Hydrafacial Keravive, a relaxing 3-step scalp treatment designed to cleanse, stimulate and nourish your scalp and hair follicles for fuller, thicker, healthier-looking hair.

Mind Your Pillowcase

Consider switching to a silk or satin pillowcase. These materials create less friction than cotton, reducing potential hair breakage while you sleep.

Check out our other blog for more ways to protect your restored hair, especially in the warm summer months.

Why Choose Ridenour Aesthetics in St. Louis for Hair Restoration

When you’re considering a procedure like nanofat hair restoration, you’ll want to consult professionals who not only understand the science but also have the skills and experience to deliver exceptional results. Ridenour Plastic Surgery was established in St. Louis in 2003, and we pride ourselves on offering state-of-the-art treatments administered by highly trained specialists. With a strong focus on patient satisfaction, we aim to provide you with a comfortable and rewarding experience from consultation through recovery.

Say Goodbye to Bald Spots and Love Handles With the Dual Charm of Nanofat Transfer

While there’s no one-size-fits-all solution for hair loss, nanofat hair restoration stands out as an effective option with multiple advantages. It can be combined with topical and oral medications and offers the potential for longer-lasting benefits than PRP or PRFM. This innovative treatment not only offers denser, revitalized hair but also a pathway to a slightly enhanced physique. By utilizing your own fat cells, nanofat hair restoration provides a natural approach to combating hair thinning while accentuating your body contours.

Schedule a consultation with Ridenour Plastic Surgery in St. Louis to explore the possibilities of hair restoration and body contouring in one procedure. Schedule your consultation online or give us a call at 314-878-8600 today!

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