ASPS Report Shows More People Prefer Fat Transfer Procedures

Gynecomastia SurgeryThe popularity of cosmetic surgery in the United States is clearly revealed by the increasing number of men and women who undergo diverse aesthetic procedures to look and feel good. New technologies and possibilities offered by cosmetic surgery is improving its popularity. According to new data released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), Americans want to put their best face and body forward. The annual plastic surgery procedural statistics showed a three percent growth in cosmetic procedures over the last year. For the last year alone, about 17.1 million surgical and minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures were performed in the country.

However, what is interesting is that the data also showed new cosmetic trends in both facelifts and fat transfer procedures. More patients are using their own fat to fill and sculpt their body. According to the ASPS president, “One trend we are seeing with fat involves an increase in fat grafting procedures. Plastic surgeons harvest a patient’s unwanted fat from their abdomen using liposuction and then inject it to lift and rejuvenate other areas such as the face, buttock and even the breast”.

As the material injected is the patient’s own fat, there is only minimal risk or possibility of rejection involved; the results would typically last longer than fillers and be more natural looking.

Procedure Increase in interest
Minimally invasive cosmetic fat injections 13%
Buttock augmentation using fat grafting 26%
Breast augmentation using fat grafting 72%
Injection-based procedures targeting fat pockets in specific areas such as under the chin 18%
Non-invasive fat reduction procedures that uses freezing technology 5%
Non-invasive skin tightening procedures targeting fat and tightening sagging areas 5%

The new statistics highlight the comeback of facelifts, which had dropped from the top five procedures in the 2015 list. The report also noted the increase in popularity of another procedure that uses fat grafting – labiaplasty. The procedure which rejuvenates the labia by lifting and/or injecting fat or filler into the area showed an increase of 39 percent last year with more than 12,000 procedures.

Brazilian Butt Lift – Important Things to Know

Brazilian Butt Lift Important ThingsFat grafting has become popular for its use in Brazilian butt lift in NYC plastic surgery practices. This advanced butt enhancement procedure uses a woman’s own fat to improve the shape of her posterior. This natural option is ideal for those who don’t want to go under the knife for implants.

Performed by skilled and experienced surgeons, the first step in the Brazilian butt lift surgery in a NYC plastic surgery practice is a thorough examination to check if you are a good candidate for the treatment. You have to meet certain considerations to be one. Mainly, you should have a fair amount of fat in the abdomen, hip, waist and lower back to spare for transfer to the buttocks. You should also be in good health and have reasonable expectations about the outcome.

Here are some things that potential patients should know about this cosmetic surgical procedure.

What does the procedure involve?

The Brazilian butt lift procedure has three distinct phases: liposuction, fat transfer and fat reinjection.

Liposuction: Here, fat is removal is done through a small cannula at a low suction pressure to preserve the delicate fat cells. Typical donor sites include the flanks, abdomen, and thighs. A good amount of fat in the order of several hundred CCs or even more per buttock may be needed.

Fat Processing: The removed fat should be spun at low gravity forces for brief periods of time and then purified. If not, unhealthy, dead or broken cells will get mixed with the good cells used for reinjection, which will not give good results.

Fat Reinjection: The processed fat is then re-injected carefully using micro droplet techniques, that is, it is injected in very small quantities and at the right depths. This technique promotes long-term survival of the fat. Another important thing to note is that not all of the fat cells survive even if it is sucked out and injected carefully. Expecting of some of the drop off fat, the surgeon will opt to probably overfill the buttocks with fat by a certain percentage.

Watch the live videos of Brazilian Butt Lift procedures by leading bodySCULPT® plastic surgeons.

How long will it take to finish the procedure?

The surgery is time consuming because of this detailed way of fat extraction, processing and reinjection to obtain long-lasting results. The time taken to complete the treatment may vary person to person, but a typical Brazilian butt lift will take 5-8 hours. Liposuction of three areas would take a minimum 2-3 hours, while the time for fat processing can vary. Fat reinjection would take minimum of 2 to 3 hours. Reliable surgeons will not take shortcuts as this would compromise the outcome.

What are the important things to know about aftercare?

Aftercare for a Brazilian butt lift is as important as the surgery itself.

  • In order to maximize the survivability of the graft take, sitting should be avoided for the first few weeks. Prolonged sitting will damage the newly injected fat cells as they have not yet established their own blood supply.
  • Take the medication prescribed by your physician to reduce soreness and stiffness.
  • Wear a compression garment as instructed.
  • To reduce risks of blood clots, it is recommended that you walk and stretch your legs.
  • Buttock stretching exercises, as recommended by your surgeon, can speed recovery.
  • After 2 weeks, you can use a cigar-shaped cushion when sitting; this will help you avoid putting excessive pressure on your buttocks.
  • Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated.

Leading surgeons in NYC offer 3D imaging, which helps patients to visualize the procedure outcome. Choosing a Manhattan plastic surgeon who is an expert in this advanced technique is important for best results and your safety. A skilled surgeon will also be knowledgeable about maintaining the balance between fat removal and addition to provide optimal body contouring results.

RFAL ArmTite Treatment using BodyTite – a Safe and Effective Way to Contour Your Arms

The upper arms are a major problem area when it comes to excess fat accumulation. While diet and exercise are the ideal means of getting rid of unwanted body fat, these measures are sometimes not enough. In such instances, the best solution is BodyTite. BodyTite RFAL Arm liposuction treatment is a safe and popular option now that provides surgical results without the scars. This is a minimally invasive procedure that can be done under local anesthesia and eliminates the need for an anesthesiologist. This InMode RF system utilizes radio-frequency assisted lipolysis (RFAL). Reliable plastic surgery practices in NYC are offering this effective cosmetic procedure to shape, tighten and lift the arms, providing a more youthful appearance.

With the increasing popularity of this procedure and with many prospective patients requesting more information regarding the procedure and its effectiveness, leading plastic surgeons are providing educational sessions on BodyTite procedures. bodySCULPT® plastic surgeons Dr. Spero Theodorou and Dr. Christopher T. Chia were invited by Inmode Aesthetic Solutions to speak at the RFAL – Aesthetic Surgery Workshop seminar last December. There was a BodyTite RFAL livestream arm treatment session during the event with Dr. Chia performing BodyTite liposuction and Dr. Theodorou presenting the program.

These plastic surgeons also spoke at an aesthetic surgery panel workshop seminar this March. The workshop included an O.R. surgical LIVE feed and the surgeons gave an educational live surgical lecture for physicians on BodyTite procedures. This time, the treatment was performed LIVE from the OR by Dr. Nicholas Nikolov in Beverly Hills, CA and presented by Dr. Spero Theodorou.

With unique benefits ensured by the RFAL technology, BodyTite treatment helps you achieve well-contoured arms. Some of the unique advantages of this procedure are:

  • 100% energy concentration in the treatment zone, maximizing fat reduction and skin tightening
  • Improves saggy skin after weight loss, or due to aging.
  • Temperature control capability ensure safety
  • Temperature monitoring and power control ensure uniform heating of both the sub-dermal layer and the surface of the skin to provide the best results
  • Clinical results demonstrate a 36.4% contraction of the skin surface
  • Minimal downtime

Those considering BodyTite RFAL ArmTite treatment should schedule a consultation with a trained and experienced plastic surgeon in NYC. The right surgeon, an AAAASF-accredited plastic surgery facility, reliable after care and follow-up are all very important factors to consider when undergoing any cosmetic surgery procedure. Only a good plastic surgeon who is sensitive to patient requirements and attaches top priority to patient safety and care can ensure you attractive and long-lasting body sculpting results.

How Gynecomastia Surgery Can Restore a Man’s Physical, Mental, and Social Wellbeing

Gynecomastia SurgeryGynecomastia is one of the most distressing aesthetic concerns men have. This is not just a physical concern but it also has an impact on the individual’s social and emotional well being. However, men with this condition can now relax because advanced plastic surgery options such as male breast reduction offered at established plastic surgery practices can successfully address gynecomastia.

One such instance is that of Michael, aired on The Doctors Show last year. For Michael, puberty became a nightmare because he started developing breasts. Other kids began teasing him, calling him a girl and asking him to wear a bra. Michael didn’t want to go to schools and became isolated. He tried duct taping his chest; he even used superglue to keep the tape on his skin. The result was blisters, scars, constant pain and trouble breathing. Hoping to make his breasts smaller, he started losing weight and became anorexic dropping to a frightening 90 pounds. This attempt was futile, and was followed by extreme weight gain in order to mask the pain he was experiencing. Now it after more than ten years, Michael was still taping his breasts, using 5 pieces of duct tape. He also wore up to three shirts and a sweatshirt. His condition prevented him from leading a normal life; he couldn’t date or even go to a swimming pool. He said he didn’t feel like a man at all.

The Doctors Show featured Michael, his mother, and ER physician Dr. Travis Stork and plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon on the panel. This was a life-changing incident for Michael. After listening to his story, the doctors sent him first to an endocrinologist to study the reasons behind his condition. The endocrinologist Dr. Joseph Pinzone could not find an underlying hormonal cause for the breast growth and determined that Michael has pubertal gynecomastia, i.e. his breast grew during puberty and never went away. The doctors arranged for Michael to undergo minimally invasive gynecomastia correction under Dr. Dennis Hurwitz, a board-certified plastic surgeon and clinical professor at the University of Pittsburgh, close to where Michael lived.

Gynecomastia can occur at any stage in your life and hormonal imbalances, use of certain drugs and some medical conditions could be the reasons for this abnormal enlargement of the male breast. Gynecomastia surgery offered at AAAASF-accredited plastic surgery practices in NYC is helping men achieve a manly physique. bodySCULPT® is one such plastic surgery practice where you can undergo this treatment. This treatment under local anesthesia comes with minimal risks and complications, and reduced downtime. The plastic surgeons here focus on providing their patients with a more natural male chest contour. They use advanced technologies such as BodyTite RFAL (radiofrequency assisted liposuction), and Smartlipo Triplex laser liposuction device to perform the procedure. These techniques ensure effective fat reduction and significant skin contraction. Surgery is performed to improve the appearance and position of the areolas. The latest “Boomerang” technique is offered here for men who have lost significant amount of weight. It is mostly performed as part of comprehensive body contouring surgery since it is more effective that way. In this procedure, a series of opposing elliptical excisions are made to remove excess skin. The procedure ensures tight skin closure to reveal superficial muscular bulk.

For men like Michael, gynecomastia surgery is a great boon as it offers new hope to them to return to a normal life with self confidence and a positive outlook. Just as in any other surgical procedure, a reliable, experienced surgeon is vital in this regard. Patients must follow all the instructions the surgeon provides to enjoy a safe and pleasant body contouring experience and excellent results.

Rapid Growth Predicted for Liposuction Surgery Devices Market

Liposuction Surgery Devices MarketNew York City liposuction is a body sculpting treatment for men and women looking to improve their appearance by getting rid of stubborn fat. Also referred to as lipoplasty, this cosmetic surgical procedure involves liquefying and suctioning off excess fat from areas such as the thighs, hips and buttocks, abdomen and waist, cheeks, chin and neck, upper and back of the arms, knees, chest area, flanks, and calves.

Market research analysts report that the global market for liposuction devices is growing at a rapid pace. Technavio predicts that this market will expand at a CAGR of more than 8% by 2024. The rising demand for body contouring procedure among both men and women is believed to be the main driving force of liposuction surgery devices market. According to Research Nester, North America is the biggest market for the liposuction surgery devices and is expected to hold its position in next five years.

The development of technologically advanced body contouring devices has fuelled the demand for lipoplasty. Innovative minimally invasive and non-invasive procedures allow plastic surgeons to remove a large number of fat cells with minimal blood loss, risk, discomfort and short recovery periods. For instance, such advanced techniques for fat removal and fat transfer in NYC include Smartlipo, Vaserlipo, CoolSculpting, Bodytite, Liposonix and others.

Lipo is also popular for its use in fat transfer treatments, where unwanted fat cells are removed from one area of the body, purified, and injected into another area to improve volume and contour. Brazilian butt surgery is performed using this technique.

The liposuction surgery devices market is segmented based on product type, technology and end user. Based on product type the devices are segmented into following:

  • Stand-alone liposuction surgery devices
  • Portable liposuction surgery devices

Based on technology, this market constitutes the following:

  • Suction-Assisted Liposuction: standard method using a cannula attached to vacuum device
  • Ultrasound-Assisted Liposuction: uses ultrasound energy to melt fat
  • Laser-Assisted Liposuction: uses a laser-enabled micro cannula to liquefy fat
  • Water-Assisted Liposuction: uses a thin fan-shaped water beam, which loosens the structure of the fat tissue for removal with a cannula
  • Twin Cannula-Assisted Liposuction: uses a tube-within-a-tube so that the patient’s other tissues are not affected on each stroke
  • Tumescent Liposuction: involves injection of a large volume of a local anesthetic, eliminating the need for both general anesthesia and intravenous narcotics and sedatives while minimizing blood loss
  • RF-Assisted Liposuction: uses radio frequency (RF) energy to remove fat and tighten the skin
  • Aspirator Devices: eliminating adipose tissues through liposuction

End users of body contouring devices are: hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers and cosmetic surgical centers. The quest for new technologies will impact the growth of the liposuction market. Key players in the lipo device market include Cynosure Inc and Zeltiq Aesthetics Inc.

Can Fat Return after Liposuction Surgery?

Liposuction SurgeryAn increasing number of men and women are having body contouring treatments to remove stubborn fat deposits and get in shape. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that liposuction surgery was the second most popular cosmetic surgical procedures in 2016, with up to 235,237 procedures, up 6 percent from 2015. The treatment eliminates fat that is unresponsive to diet and exercise, but is not a weight loss solution. The increasing popularity of the treatment could be attributed to advanced less invasive techniques like Smartlipo and VASER.

Having a qualified surgeon perform the procedure is important to produce attractive results. However, one common concern among people considering liposuction surgery is whether the fat removed will return.

Liposuction does remove fat cells permanently from a targeted area of the body. However, this does not guarantee that the attractive results achieved will last a lifetime. The longevity of the outcome will depend on your maintaining your ideal weight with a healthy lifestyle. The fat cells throughout the body will get a little bigger when you gain a small amount of weight following the treatment. This slight weight gain may diminish the actual outcome, but the overall improved body achieved with the treatment will remain as the treated body areas have only less fat cells.

If you gain a considerable amount of weight, (that is, 10% of your body weight), new fat cells will most likely develop in all areas of the body, including the treated areas. However, if this happens evenly, there would be less fat buildup in the treated areas compared to the untreated areas.

The best way to sustain liposuction treatment results is to maintain your ideal weight with a healthy lifestyle. You have to strictly go by your surgeon’s post-procedure instructions. The caloric intake should be reduced and stick to a healthy diet with emphasis on protein and healthy carbohydrates. Never skip meals. Have several small meals throughout the day and drink plenty of water. Exercise regularly to stay healthy and in great shape.

Millennials are America’s Largest Generation and the Demographic for Cosmetic Surgery

Cosmetic SurgeryAccording to population estimates released this month by the U.S. Census Bureau, millennials have overtaken baby boomers as the largest generation in the country. Millennials, who comprise those ages 18-34 in 2015, are also known as Generation Y. Data analysis by an economist at Deutsche Bank further reveals that 26-year-olds, who number 4.75 million, are the biggest segment in America’s population and that they will represent such a large chunk of the spending economy. These trends will shape the demand for cosmetic surgery say NYC plastic surgeons, as millennials are the demographic for aesthetic treatments.

Women and men from all walks of life are looking to plastic surgery to enhance their physical appearance. A recent report from the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) notes that people are being driven to slow down the clock by looking youthful with cosmetic treatments. Furthermore, for most people, the goal is “prevention” and not “correction”. As a result, the number of patients under 30 seeking cosmetic tweaks is growing.

The first signs of aging start to appear on the skin from around the age of 25. These concerns include fine lines, wrinkles, depleted volume and loss of density. Most people want to halt the aging process even before it begins and have skin resurfacing treatments and facial plastic surgery to rejuvenate the skin and address lines and sagging.

The AAFPRS provides evidence of this trend. Up to 51% of AAFPRS members reported that increasing numbers of men and women in their 20s and 30s are opting for early maintenance to prevent the need for extensive procedures and surgery. According to the report, this emerging segment opts for advanced skincare, do sun prevention, and get facial injectables before they enter the thirties. In fact, 56% of facial plastic surgeons surveyed said they saw an increase in 2016 in cosmetic surgery or injectables among patients under age 30.

A 2015 Realself study also revealed that more than 90% of women age 18-24 are dissatisfied with at least one body part, compared to 85% in the 55-64 age range. The survey found that 86% young women, especially 25-34 year olds are most likely to have a procedure to improve a body part, and that 40 percent would opt for surgery.

According to AAFPRS members, two main factors drive the demand for cosmetic procedures – the desire to stay competitive in the workplace and the impact of social media. Forty-nine percent of surgeons said that patients wanted to stay relevant and vital at work, while 42% reported that many people wanted to have plastic surgery to look good in selfies, Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook Live and other social media sites. Eyelid procedures and facial liposuction are a rising trend among many patients to improve their profile.

The availability of more advanced and less invasive technologies have made things easier. Today’s cosmetic patients, especially Generation Y, want a more youthful appearance without spending too much post-procedure downtime. They want to get back to their work and routine life quickly without visible signs of having had cosmetic surgery. Treatments like laser liposuction, VASER lipo, and CoolSculpting cater to the demand for minimally-invasive and non-invasive treatments to address stubborn fat and loose skin in various areas of the body. Kybella, a unique clinically proven injectable, can zap chin fat in just a few sessions.

“Patients want to look good for their age for as long as possible, and we now have the tools to provide visible lasting results with and without surgery,” says AAFPRS president Dr. Fred G. Fedok.

VASERLipo – Importance of Aftercare after Liposuction

Vaser Liposuction AftercareFDA-approved Vaser hi-def liposuction is a cosmetic treatment that enjoys popular demand in NYC and Manhattan mainly on account of its benefits. This minimally invasive procedure uses ultrasound energy to remove unwanted fat without harming the surrounding tissues. It can also be used as an alternate option for traditional liposuction.

People undergoing vaser liposuction are often unaware about the significance of post-operative care. It is very important to follow the essential aftercare tips that the plastic surgeon usually gives his/her patients. The main objectives of post-operative care are:

  • Ensure smooth retraction of skin
  • Remove fluids
  • Reduce swelling and bruising
  • Accelerate recovery
  • Prevent infections

Vaser Lipo is provided to remove excess fat from the thighs, knees, abdomen, chin, neck, and love handles. This treatment requires some downtime so that you get proper aftercare.

There are some instructions to follow that would ensure you better results after your treatment.

  • Having a balanced diet, which is high in fibre, would be a great choice. Avoid sugary and fatty foods.
  • Keep hydrated, and lemon water keeps your body cleansed and reduces swelling.
  • Going home alone is not advisable after this treatment. Try to have a responsible adult who can be with you on the surgery day.
  • Compression or recovery garments are to be used immediately after surgery. These garments support the surgery area and helps circulation.
  • Intensive exercise is not recommended but you should remain active. To avoid swelling you can walk a short distance.
  • Check yourself after your treatment and if infection is found, then it will affect the recovery. In such cases, meet your surgeon immediately for further medical help.

Leaking is perfectly normal for the first few days. The leaking would be in orange or purple color. You will feel normal after about 4 to 6 weeks. It could take almost 3 months for your body to achieve the new improved contour.

Is it possible to have a Brazilian Butt Lift and Breast Lift at the Same Time?

Brazilian Butt Lift and Breast LiftIf you ask an experienced plastic surgeon about the possibility of combining body contouring procedures, you would get a positive reply. Expert NYC surgeons can successfully combine BBL surgery with breast lift surgery. The advantages of combining these treatments include having to undergo anesthesia only once, lower operating costs, and reduced recovery time. However, most surgeons would recommend staging the procedures as recovery from a combination treatment could pose difficulties. Following breast implant surgery or a breast lift, you would have to sleep on your back, whereas sleeping on the stomach is necessary during recovery after Brazilian butt lift .

When it comes to separating the treatments, which one you have first is up to you, especially if you are planning to have them a few months apart. BBL involves using your own fat to improve buttock contour appearance. The extent of sagging determines the amount of work and incisions required for breast lift surgery.

If you want to have the treatments done close together, your surgeon will most likely recommend having BBL first. The survival of the transplanted fat tissue is a more tenuous question and you cannot risk damage to the fat grafts by lying on your back. While adding fat to enhance the buttocks in BBL, surgeons also sculpt the abdomen, flanks, back and thighs to create beautiful and sensuous shape. The procedure requires patients to lie on the stomach. So it is better to have BBL first and not to put pressure on freshly lifted breasts.

On the other hand, if there is a gap of several months between these treatments, there will be time for proper healing, and it shouldn’t make any difference as to which is done first.

Choose a NYC plastic surgeon with extensive experience in combined surgeries to get the best results for combining Brazilian butt lift and breast lift surgery.

Criteria that Determine Candidature for Brazilian Butt Lift Surgery

Brazilian Butt LiftMany women are coming to NYC to have Brazilian butt lift surgery and achieve a curvy, attractive posterior. The treatment is especially popular because it uses your own fat for butt enhancement. Having the treatment in the winter-spring season is ideal to get beach-ready for the summer.

At your appointment with an experienced NYC plastic surgeon, you will first have to undergo a thorough evaluation to determine if you are a good candidate for the treatment. In fact, to be a suitable candidate for Brazilian butt lift (BBL), you have to satisfy certain criteria. Importantly, you should have a fair amount of fat in the abdomen, hips, waist and lower back to spare for transfer to the buttocks, and must commit to the postoperative recovery afterwards.

Patients with very little fat are not considered suitable candidates for BBL. In a typical procedure, the surgeon injects a good amount of fat in the order of several hundred CCs or even more per buttock. The reason is that not all the fat cells that are transferred will survive. Therefore, in most cases, the surgeon will opt to probably overfill the buttocks with fat by a certain percentage to compensate for fat loss, if any.

It is also important that you are medically fit and having realistic expectations is important. You should have an open discussion with your surgeon to get a good idea about what you can actually achieve with the treatment. Being healthy is important as medical conditions could affect procedural efficiency and smooth recovery. Another important quality is reasonably good skin tone in the areas to be treated. This will help avoid sagging skin after the procedure. You should also be close to your ideal body weight to be a good candidate for buttock enhancement.

Choosing a surgeon who is an expert in this innovative fat transfer procedure is important for optimal results and your safety. The right surgeon will explain all the pros and cons to you and perform a detailed assessment to decide your candidature for BBL. A skilled surgeon will also be knowledgeable about maintaining the balance between fat removal and addition to provide attractive body contouring results.