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Lipo Fat Transfer: New Advances in Anti-aging

December 13th, 2012

 Body-sculpting or contouring is an effective technique that often eliminates the need for more substantial anti-aging facial surgery.  These new advances in anti-aging have marked a steady rise in the popularity of fat grafting in my practice, or sometimes referred to as lipo-grafting in the media. More of my patients chose contouring, following their consultations to evaluate facial rejuvenation options in our Contouring Clinics. Quick recuperation, along with an added benefit of minor liposuction to harvest fat cells is quite appealing to patients. The non-surgical facelift creates new options.

Nipntuck Naturalâ„¢  is my specialized fat grafting procedure in which aspirated (liposuction) fat tissue is first taken from a donor site, then carefully injected someplace else. Typical donor sites for women include areas of the abdomen, buttocks or flanks.   Fat grafts naturally contain a lot of adipose cells. The regenerative cells are particularly effective for this procedure, because they have the natural ability to become a living part of the adjacent tissue.  Significant anti-aging benefits for the face are now possible, omitting the need for any facial incisions. Fat grafting is  or sometimes called fat transfer, but is essentially the same technique used in regenerative medicine today.

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Fat Grafting: Rejuvenation

May 31st, 2012

Photo: Here I am with Dr. Cohen and his original artwork.  I recently attended a small workshop with Dr. Steven Cohen to discuss the beneficial effects of fat grafting.   The meeting was held at Dr. Cohen’s La Jolla  office, where he shared results of fat grafting based on personal experience with his patients.   It is now well-established that fat injections placed beneath skin can lead to dramatic improvement.   Skin damaged by radiation therapy is particularly responsive to this treatment.  Careful injection of autologous (your own) liposuctioned fat beneath the radiated skin can lead to dramatic healing and improvement in skin quality.   Dr. Sydney Coleman of New York was the first to notice that facial skin overlying fat injected areas resulted in a more youthful appearance.   This is likely as a result of the presence of large numbers of undifferentiated cells, which are naturally found in fat.

I believe that this technique promises to make substantial changes in the area of anti-aging procedures and the treatment of damaged skin.  The use of fat grafting, as a soft-tissue filler, shows promising regenerative effects on both aged and damaged skin.   The injected fat stimulates tissue repair and recreates a more youthful and supple appearance to the skin.   As a matter of fact, I am doing a fat injection procedure this morning that is specifically designed for facial rejuvenation. Injection rejuvenation and other applications for similar procedures presents innovation for the cosmetic surgery wave of the future.

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