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Breast Enlargements Not Created Equal

October 31st, 2016

KQRS Real or Not Real

Are all breast enlargement surgery results the same? I frequently get this question in my office. The short answer is no, all results are not created equal. Each plastic surgeon has a particular  aesthetic  or individual style for how they do surgery, resulting in a specific “look” after surgery. My practice has been built on the natural appearance that I strive to give to my patients. Hundreds of people took the KQRS Breast Real or Not Real Challenge and found it difficult to pick out my surgical breast enlargements using saline implants from the photos where autologous (your own) lipo-fat transfer to achieve natural enlargement without the use of any type of implant. While not all patients have the goal of achieving a natural appearance after breast enlargement surgery, an effective way to evaluate how well a surgeon’s results match your own expectations is to look at Before/After photos. We have been updating our patient photos on our site and appreciate having their permission to use them. You can see photos for breast enlargement using saline implants here and breast enlargement using fat transfer here.

According to the American Society for Plastic Surgeons, more than 279,143 women have chosen to have breast augmentation (enlargement) last year. It is important to understand all your options in choosing to consider this surgery.


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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 used to smooth 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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