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Dr. Bashioum’s Garden: Summer Harvest

August 28th, 2013

The warm summer temps have finally helped to ripen the tomatoes in my garden. Looks like it’s time to make some ratatouille, with the addition of summer squash. I’m still waiting for the French Cavaillon melons to ripen, sadly cutting into several this past week, only to find out they were not ready yet. When the leaf that is closest to the stem begins to wilt, it is supposed to signal picking, but the technique is proving to be more complicated this year with the garden’s slow start. I remain optimistic that I might be able to supply friends who have been waiting patiently for the spectacular melon treat, so please check back for an update.

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Brazilian Butt Lift vs Fat Grafting in U.S.

August 20th, 2013

For decades Brazil has led the plastic surgery revolution with innovation and was considered to be the epicenter for cosmetic surgery worldwide. Brazil boasts being #2 for having the most registered cosmetic surgeons, preceded only with the United States having slightly more.  Brazil has made medical tourism and cosmetic surgery vacations quite profitable. “The Brazilian Butt Lift” is one such example of the marketing success.

There is no doubt that the popularity of rounder and fuller posteriors are fashionable now. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery  (ASAPS),  3,655 Butt Lift procedures were completed in the United States last year, a surgery traditionally done with buttock implants used for augmentation. Until recently, alternatives to using artificial implants were minimal in the U.S. Enter fat grafting technology. Autologus (your own) fat cell grafting is an exciting new technique that offers a natural solution for breast and buttock augmentation, including a no-incision option for facial rejuvenation.

 At a recent International Society of Plastic Regenerative Surgery Congress that I attended in Berlin, the clinical use of fat grafting was embraced as scientists and surgeons presented the success of adipose (fat) derived stem cells, stromal vascular fraction (SVF) and fat transplantation. Fat grafting is transforming cosmetic surgery and I have seen dramatic results in my practice using this technique. Simply stated, I use carefully liposuctioned fat from one area, then skillfully inject and sculpt into another area.  

I am pleased to offer this natural alternative to patients considering increasing the fullness for breast or butt augmentations. Fat grafting may also offer an incision-free alternative to traditional facelift surgery. For suitable candidates, fat grafting can produce both long-lasting and natural-looking results.

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