Spring is a time for renewal. Clothing gets more revealing as the temperature warms up and it becomes more difficult to cover those bulges. Many of us, tired of dieting and working out only to find those stubborn bulges won’t budge, turn to our Plastic Surgeons for answers that involve body contouring and liposuction.
Liposuction is a minimally invasive, safe procedure that has been used for decades to reshape the body. In fact, it consistently ranks the 1st or 2nd most common surgical procedure performed by Plastic Surgeons annually. Over the last several years, we have seen somewhat of a paradigm shift. Rather than discarding that fat which was removed, we are now using it to further improve body contour and shape. It may seem a bit strange to add fat to make the body look better, but in many cases the additional fat can smooth irregularities or improve proportion . The fat can be harvested during liposuction using a low pressure system which helps to ensure its viability. The body recognizes the fat as its own, and rather than rejecting it, it nourishes it allowing the fat to incorporate into a different area. The fat then becomes a permanent part of the new region responding naturally to hormonal and dietary stimuli. There has been much research on the potential use of fat as a source of stem cells.
Fat can be used practically anywhere beneath the skin to plump it up.
• Cellulite/ areas of Depression
The most common area that we use fat in is the face. Think of fat as a filler. It is used the same way as Juvederm, Restylane etc but it has significantly greater versatility. It can be used to volumize the cheeks, to fill in groves along the orbits and nasolabial folds, and even in the lips . It has been used as an integral part of facial rejuvenation for quite some time. It can also be used as a standalone procedure although unlike the fillers in a syringe, it has to be harvested, which is a mini non invasive procedure.
Breast Augmentation is the newest area of use. It is beginning to catch on. The improvement is modest allowing for an increase of about one cup size. Some people prefer it because it is natural and is associated with less scarring than implants and is unlikely to need replacement. Larger volumes of fat are required which can make this a lengthy procedure particularly in women who are thin and have few fat pockets to use for material. It can also be used in reconstructions to add volume and to camouflage irregularities associated with the mastectomy and radiation.
It has been used for Buttock Augmentation for many years. Prior to fat, the only option was silicone implants and other surgeries which left visible scars. Imagine sitting on a silicone implant all day. Now, fat can be removed from the hips and thighs, and injected into the buttocks creating a dramatic natural result. Many surgeons refer to this procedure as the “Brazilian Butt Lift” which can create a fuller more shapely buttock. Women seeking this procedure tend to be more curvey to start with and typically have adequate fatty tissue to provide sufficient volume for the procedure.
Fat is extremely versatile. There is a layer of fat underneath the skin all over our body. This natural layer of fat is what permits us to replace like with like. The transplanted fat will have the same texture and properties of the surrounding fat. The only difference is the thickness. By adding thin layers of fat, we can rejuvenate the back of the hand. By adding small localized areas of fat such as to depressions seen in cellulite, we can create smoother looking skin. In treating cellulite we need to release the bands or attachments that pull on the under surface causing the dimple, as well, to achieve maximal improvements. Trauma and steroid injections can lead to tissue atrophy, and cause depressions which also lend themselves to improvement with fat transfer.
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