Fat grafting, also known as autologous fat transfer or lipo-injection, is a surgical procedure that involves restoring lost volume, usually in the face, with the patient's own fat, taken from the abdomen, thighs or other areas. This procedure is effective in treating sunken cheeks, deep facial lines and other areas of lost volume that have developed as a result of aging, repeated muscle action, sun damage and other conditions.
Unlike commercial fillers and other volume-enhancing treatments, fat grafts are taken from the patient's own body, and as a result cannot cause an allergic or immune reaction. The fat is naturally accepted by the body. Autologous fat grafts also tend to last longer than extraneous materials.
During the fat grafting procedure, fat is harvested from the donor area by inserting a miniature cannula and suctioning out the fat, similar to liposuction. This is done under local anesthesia to minimize any potential discomfort. The harvested fat is then purified so that only the fat cells are grafted. Once the fat is ready to be placed, it is injected into the targeted area until the desired appearance is achieved.
This procedure is performed on an outpatient basis in our office surgical facility. Because of the different aspects involved, treatment time can vary significantly depending on each patient's individual needs.
Patients may experience mild swelling and bruising for a few days after the fat grafting procedure, which can be minimized by elevation and icing the area. Fat grafts usually last longer than fillers and other volumizing treatments, and are considered safe for most patients since no foreign material is being injected into the body.
While fat grafting is considered safe for most patients, there are certain risks associated with any type of procedure. These risks include infection, under- or over- correction and premature loss of grafted fat.
Grafting is also used in other body areas besides the face. These include occasional cases of breast augmentation / reconstruction, and of course the "Brazilian Butt Lift". To learn more about the fat grafting procedure, call us today to schedule a free consultation and find out whether or not this procedure is right for you.
Because of their frequent use, the hands are a common location for injuries and degenerative disorders such as arthritis. Many people are born with birth defects of the hand as well. Hand surgery can restore function, relieve pain and improve the appearance of the hands for patients suffering from tumors, cysts, nerve conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, birth defects and other problems. Hand surgery may also be performed to re-attach or reconstruct severed fingers after trauma.
Effective hand surgery requires the skill and precision of an experienced surgeon, in order to successfully treat the condition and restore full function to the hand. David E. Lipson, M.D., FACS, has had years of training and experience performing a range of hand surgery procedures, utilizing the safest techniques while doing so.
Very common after childbirth, a vaginoplasty is a relatively simple procedure where the vaginal canal and surrounding muscles are tighetened. It is often done as part of a "mommy makeover" package or can be completed on its own. A good rule of thumb is that a vaginoplasty is an "interior" procedure while a labiaplasty is an "exterior" procedure. They are often done at the same time. Dr. Lipson has extensive experience in all vaginal plastic procedures and is considered on of the area's foremost experts in this very specialized field.
To learn more about our Plastic Surgery Services contact us today at 201.857.8852.