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Tummy Tuck Bonus: Fat Grafting

June 11th, 2015

Lipo Fat GraftingFat Grafting has been called a dream come true. Who hasn’t heard someone say they wish that they could suck fat from one area and reposition it someplace else. A tummy tuck or abdominoplasty surgery routinely includes liposuction of excess fat in the abdomen. A new technique allows plastic surgeons to gently remove this fat and prepare it to be injected in other areas. Lipo fat grafting is an effective technique to enhance breast shape/size or to use as a natural filler for lip wrinkles and natural facial rejuvenation, replacing the use of artificial dermal fillers in anti-aging injections. Other common areas for carefully harvesting excess fat during liposuction or liposculpture are the thighs, flanks and hips. This procedure is one of the most exciting cosmetic surgery developments that I’ve seen during my more than 30 years in practice.

Photo: Dr. Bashioum preparing for Fat Grafting

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Beach-ready Lipo

May 23rd, 2013

There are about 285,000 liposuction procedures performed each year. Early summer is the prime season that I see an uptick in calls from patients asking about liposuction. As the temperatures finally begin to moderate in Minnesota, consultations in my office gradually switch from a focus on facial rejuvenation to body contouring procedures. It makes sense that liposuction might offer a boost for looking good in beachwear.

When exercise and diet doesn’t seem to do the trick for localized fat deposits on the thighs or extra fat presents as a muffin tummy, it might be time to consider cosmetic surgery options. I do recommend that patients should be within striking distance of their target weight when considering liposuction or tummy tuck surgery.  Although over 1.5 million people had cosmetic surgery last year,  surgery is not a quick fix for considerable weight loss, but it is ideal for those stubborn areas.

Liposuction and liposculpture also continue to be very popular year-round, as new techniques are always hyped in the media.  The lipid or fat reducing method basically remains the same, but the new trendy gimmicks make great headlines. I find that refined traditional liposuction techniques are quite effective in body sculpting surgery.

Traditional suction-assisted liposuction still remains my main choice for appropriately selected patients in my practice. The procedure has evolved slowly and enjoys a long history with proven efficacy. Traditional liposculpture not only allows me to remove adequate volumes of fat, but the smaller specialized cannulas can be used for delicate fat removal. This is effective for designing customized sculpting for each patient. A consultation with a board certified cosmetic surgeon is the best way to find out if you might be a candidate for a slimming nipntuck.

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