Renuva is a new generation office-based, cosmetic filler injection by MTF Biologics that can help correct unwanted areas of volume deficiency by replacing fat loss with your own fat and collagen.
Because Renuva stimulates the production of new fat cells in the injection area, it is considered long-lasting with results that can last upwards of years after treatment.
How Does Renuva Work?
So how does Renuva work? Simply put, when Renuva is injected into the soft tissue, it gets replaced by your body’s own fat, or adipose tissue. That is why some doctors will refer to Renuva as an adipose matrix, or scaffold – because it is essentially a supporting framework system that helps promote repopulation of fat cells wherever it is injected.
Biologically, Renuva is an allograft tissue complex. The microscopic framework is comprised of the same protein components and growth factors – such as FGF-2, VEGF, and collagen subtypes – that are found in your body’s own adipose tissue. So after treatment with Renuva, your body will help bring in more blood flow around the matrix and stimulate remodeling with new fat cells. This is shown here in the adjacent diagram.
Think of Renuva as being like an off-the-shelf version of fat transfer. Renuva is injected into the soft tissue much like any other dermal filler. Thereafter, Renuva stimulates your body to bring in more blood flow and regenerate new fat cells. This occurs on the order of 6-12 weeks after treatment. Clinically, this process results in added volume wherever the Renuva was placed.
Think of Renuva as giving the same effect as fat transfer – just without having to have fat transfer surgery!
Renuva Treatment Areas
Renuva is most commonly used in facial rejuvenation to provide cosmetic volume enhancement in the following areas:
- Smile lines (nasolabial folds)
- Jawline and jowls
It is also frequently used in other areas of the body, such as the breast, abdomen, hips and thighs to correct irregular divots and depressions. For instance, many patients will develop depressed scars after body liposuction, which can contribute to abnormal shadowing. Renuva can be used to correct these irregular contours by plumping out the soft tissue to restore a smoother overall contour.
Renuva treatment is done just like any other filler injection. The procedure is done in the medical spa setting and takes 15-30 minutes depending on the area being treated. Much like injectable fillers, there is really no downtime and most patients can return to routine daily activities that same day.
Over the course of the first few months after Renuva injection, the matrix will begin to disappear. As this occurs, your body will begin replacing the matrix with it’s own fat cells. It is thought that fat cells naturally have a lifespan of approximately 5-10 years. So it is postulated that Renuva will last in a similar manner.
This is a female patient bothered by mid-face hollowing and premature aging. As you can see, her lower eyelid cheek junction was quite sunken from a lack of volume. She underwent Renuva injection with one syringe used on each side to help stimulate her own fat in these regions. Here she is months after only 1 treatment session showing a remarkable improvement.
Could you benefit from more volume in certain areas of the face and/or body? Contact our office today to schedule your personalized consultation with Dr. Hilinski or his incredible medical spa staff to see if you are a candidate for Renuva treatment.
Dr. John Hilinski has either authored or reviewed and approved this content.