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Fat Grafting: Waste Not

October 19th, 2016

Tom Barnard Facelift Dr. Bashioum pre-surg marking

Fat 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? Many elective cosmetic¬†surgeries routinely include liposuction of excess fat. A new technique allows plastic surgeons to gently remove this fat and prepare it to be injected into other areas. As we talked about Tom Barnard’s facelift live on the air for the KQRS Morning Show, Lipo Fat Grafting is an effective technique used to improve natural facial rejuvenation(more here). It replaces the use of artificial dermal fillers in hollow areas around the eyes needing to be to plumped or smoothing out lip wrinkles. Common areas for carefully harvesting excess fat during liposuction or liposculpture are the thighs, flanks/hips and neck. In Tom’s case, we used the excess fat under his neck to fill in the hollow areas under his eyes. Patients that have lost a considerable amount of weight complain of unwanted facial changes in their appearance. Laxity¬†or drooping in facial skin is common after significant weight loss and facelift surgery is an ideal procedure to reposition the skin in a more youthful manner. Patients report looking more rested and refreshed following their recovery. As Tom patiently awaits his completed recovery, I want to extend my sincere thanks to him for sharing this very personal story with his KQ listeners.

Photo: Dr. Bashioum marking the surgery plan before Tom’s facelift.

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January 21st, 2016

KQRS Real or Not RealPatients now have a new choice when it comes to breast enlargement or augmentation. Fat grafting, sometimes called fat transfer is perhaps the most exciting advance in cosmetic surgery when it comes to offering natural alternatives for breast enlargement. It has been proven to be effective in increasing the size of breasts naturally by using customized liposuction to harvest your own fat.

Typical areas considered for liposuction to harvest fat cells include areas of the abdomen, buttocks or flanks. We are pleased to offer this new natural technique for an implant-free choice to my patients considering breast enlargement surgery. I find that women appreciate having a natural alternative for breast enlargement, without the worry of implants.

Fat grafting is an outpatient, clinic-based procedure and the quick recovery is changing many aspects of cosmetic plastic surgery, including breast reconstruction following mastectomy. The revolutionary technique is not limited to cosmetic breast surgery. There are many reconstruction applications and anti-aging procedures for the face that are available, as well.

To learn more click here.


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