What is ALMI?
ALMI (autologous lipocyte micronized fat) is a revolutionary, minimally invasive skin rejuvenating procedure that harnesses the natural power of your own body to repair, restore, and regenerate damaged tissue. Houston, TX facial plastic surgeon Dr. Gene Alford uses the ALMI procedure to improve elasticity, add volume, and repair soft tissues in the hands, face and restore hair growth in patients with thinning hair. ALMI ignites the natural process of tissue regeneration as a simple and nonsurgical procedure, involving the removal, processing, and injection of your own fat cells. Effects are progressive and long-lasting with very few side effects or risks. Schedule a consultation at Alford Facial Plastic Surgery to learn more about the procedure some are calling the "natural rejuvenation solution."
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"Dr. Alford is hands down the most amazing plastic/reconstructive surgeon out there. I was involved in a terrible accident that left me in a coma with MAJOR facial trauma from the bed of an 18 wheeler. I was so scared to wake up and dive into the medical world but Dr. Alford made me feel not only in the best medical skilled hands, but so comfortable and that I one day could return to what I once looked like before the wreck. If anyone wants to see truly MIRACLE before and after photos at the hands of Dr. Alford, please reach out. If anything ever came up again, I wouldn’t go anywhere except Dr. Alford. Can’t recommend him enough! Ps: if you love dogs, his service dog, Sam, is the best add on to the office. 10/10!"- H.E. / Facebook / May 05, 2019
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"Dr. Alford is an excellent facial plastic surgeon! He is meticulous and technically superb! He has cared for many of my friends and family and I have worked with him for many years. He is the most caring and conscientious surgeon I know!"- C.S. / Facebook / May 05, 2019
"Outstanding Plastic Surgeon! - I have seen Dr. Alford several times and everytime has been a productive experience with excellent results. I am very pleased with all the advice & work Dr. Alford has done on me and look forward to having a fat transfer done soon! Dr. Alford is extremely knowledgeable and uses his knowledge brilliantly. Love my cheeks & lips now! Lindsay is wonderful to work with. Dr. Alford and..."- R.M. / RealSelf / Mar 08, 2019
During the ALMI procedure, Dr. Alford or a member of our team will use local anesthesia to numb the area that the fat will be harvested from. When you are comfortable and numb, a manual liposuction method will be used to collect adipose tissue (fat) from either the hips or abdomen. The tissue is placed in a centrifuge and separated using careful ALMI protocols. The adipose fat is then placed into syringes and incorporated into the treatment area(s). The technique used is very similar to that of injectable fillers or fat transfer. During this time, we may also draw a small amount of blood to prepare a platelet-rich plasma (PRP) serum. This will be applied to the treatment sites after your injections to promote faster healing and cell regeneration if Dr. Alford feels that it would be beneficial.
As ALMI is a minimally invasive procedure, you are free to return to your daily activities following treatment. Dr. Alford and our team will provide you with comprehensive aftercare instructions and will ensure you know how to care for your treatment sites post-procedure. You may feel mild discomfort, and the harvesting site may be bruised, red, or inflamed for a few days following treatment. These symptoms should subside in the days following your procedure. Some results will be noticeable immediately while others will appear as healing progresses.
You will enjoy a smooth, rejuvenated look with hollowed areas appearing more filled out. Wrinkles and fine lines will be less obvious. ALMI can help define your jawline for a more defined, taut appearance. In addition, you will notice improved skin texture, tone, and elasticity in the treated areas. As your natural production of collagen is stimulated, your results will become more radiant over time. When used on the scalp, the ALMI procedure stimulates natural hair growth to prompt the follicles to self-heal and produce at a faster rate. For many patients, this means thicker and healthier hair.
How Much Does ALMI Cost?
The cost of your ALMI procedure will be determined during your consultation after a discussion about your aesthetic goals. In order to create a comprehensive treatment plan, Dr. Alford will need to determine the amount of adipose tissue that will need to be harvested and the number of treatment areas that will be addressed. Additionally, your procedure may or may not involve the use of PRP therapy, which may also affect the cost of your treatment.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What conditions can ALMI treat?
While the ALMI procedure can be used in many applications on the body, Dr. Alford treats hair loss, lack of collagen, and volume loss with the ALMI procedure. Discuss your hand, face and/or hair concerns during a consultation at our Houston, TX facility to learn how ALMI can help you achieve your aesthetic goals.
Who is a good candidate for ALMI?
Any man or woman who is in overall good health that is dealing with thinning hair, fine lines and wrinkles, and skin texture, tone, or elasticity issues may be an ideal candidate for ALMI fat injections. During a consultation, Dr. Alford can explain your treatment options and help you decide if ALMI will effectively address your needs and concerns.
Can I combine ALMI with other aesthetic procedures?
Yes, many of our patients choose to combine ALMI with other surgical and/or nonsurgical procedures. Patients often opt to add an injectable filler to further plump their lips. If you are considering combining another procedure with your ALMI fat injection, be sure to be forth-coming during your consultation so that Dr. Alford can further customize your treatment plan.