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There is good news about that unwanted fat you may be carrying around! At Persons Plastic Surgery, fat is known as "liquid gold." Why? You may ask...

By removing unwanted fat from one area and grafting it to another, your own excess fat can be used to increase your breast size, enhance the buttocks, and bring back lost volume to the face and hands. Fat contains stem cells as well as platelet rich plasma and is a true graft. When we retrieve fat from the body, it is the color of glistening gold; hence, the name "liquid gold." Once the fat is delicately placed into its new area of the body, the fat thrives and naturally adapts to its new location without any reaction or possibility of rejection because it is from within your own body!

Because fat grafting is so effective in achieving desired results, I am seeing more and more patients choose this for breast augmentation as opposed to traditional augmentation with impants. Fat transfer for breast augmentation is ideal for women who are relatively looking for a small increase in breast size without the use of implants and would prefer natural results. Fat grafting to the breasts achieves about half a bra cup size per fat grafting session and is about the same price as augmentation with implants. To achieve maximal results, most patients report that two sessions of fat transfer for breast augmentation is ideal. The second session should be completed six weeks to a year after the first fat transfer.

 Fat transfer is also widely used in breast reconstruction after a masectomy or lumpectomy. Women are not the only patients opting for fat grafting either. There are a number of women who have brought their own partners in for a little "work" after they witness the improvement with fat grafting for themselves. Men commonly have excess fat in their chest and flanks, which can affect their physique. These issues can be improved with lipsuction and fat grafting as well.

During the fat grafting procedure, numbing solution is placed subcutaneously. Fat is then skillfully suctioned using a blunt tipped cannula. This fat is kept sterile and purified. Growth factors and plasma are left in the fat. The, syringes are filled with your own fat and used to add volume to the desired body parts. About 60% of the solution takes as fat that will live in its new location. Something important to note regarding liposuction and fat grafting is that you should be at a stable weight before undergoing the procedure. We say that liposuction is a shape changer, not a weight changer. 

You are born with the same number of fat cells that you die with-- unless some are surgically removed. However, even if fat cells are removed, if a patient fails to change their diet and activity level, the remaining fat cells will grow in size and fill back up with lipids (fat). This explains the misconception that after liposuction fat moves from one place to another. This is inaccurate-- fat cells do not move.

Fat grafting can be great when it comes to enhancing your youthful appearance. Please contact our office to schedule a consultation to find out if its the right procedure for you!

As winter winds down and spring sneaks up on us many start to notice how much of a beating that cold weather and harsh winds can affect your skin. Your face may feel dry, dull, or just flat out damaged. Even so, there’s no reason anyone should have to walk around feeling anything less than wonderful in their own skin. Luckily for us winter is the perfect time to begin solving all your skin troubles.

Right now the sun is considerably less intense than during the spring or summer months, which makes it a perfect time to consider laser treatments. Protecting yourself from UV light is a key component in any post-operative laser treatment care. Since most lasers work to target individual skin cells, the skin rejuvenation process begins to speed up. Although this leaves you with a fresh layer of skin, the treatment also leaves you more susceptible to sun damage. It is imperative that your new, healthy cells are protected from this. Personally, I always try to do my laser treatments around this time of the year to minimize possible environmental effects, and because I know I want my skin to be looking as refreshed as it can come summertime.

As tribute to the start of the new school year, I want to offer my readers a history lesson. The history of my craft, Plastic Surgery, is longer-standing than one might believe. True, the greatest advances upon which modern cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries have been built have occurred in the past century. However, the advances made prior to the turn of the twentieth century are the basis of my field of medicine.

Historians believe that the first reconstructive surgeries were performed in India around 600 B.C. Facial feature reconstructions were the most common procedures, as recorded in texts circa this era. In ancient India, criminals’ and traitors’ noses, ears and lips were commonly removed as punishment. To repair the wounds, skin was grafted from the forehead, cheeks or arms and stitched in place.

I'm often asked about the most common factors contributing to the aging process. Everyday exposure to the sun, pollution, and other factors in our environment contribute to the natural aging process. As residents of the Bay Area, we are fortunate to live in a very mild climate with lots of sunny days. However, this fortune comes at a price, as the sun is the number one enemy we battle in our quest to retain our youthful appearance.

Frequency and intensity of sun exposure accelerates the aging process, damages skin and increases the incidence of skin cancer. As such, part of any healthy lifestyle includes practicing sun safety. We start our lives with thin delicate baby skin and end up with thin delicate elder skin. The care we take to protect our skin really does make a difference. Wearing hats, sunglasses, protective clothing, and liberal use of sunscreen are necessary precautions to protect us from our infancy to our golden years.