Slim Down for the Holiday Season with Liposuction

The holidays are a couple months away and now is a great time to take care of your appearance with a simple cosmetic procedure. If you’ve always been bothered by a few extra pounds of body fat, talk to Dr. Jonov about the benefits of liposuction. This body contouring procedure is very effective for getting rid of stubborn body fat around the waist, hips, thighs, and upper arms. Undergoing this procedure now means you can enjoy full results just in time for the holiday season. Continue Reading

Get Your Body Back with a Mommy Makeover

Many women struggle to lose the leftover baby weight to get back in pre-pregnancy shape. Even losing the extra pounds can leave you with sagging skin, stretch marks, or drooping breasts, and these flaws can be difficult to hide under your clothes. A mommy makeover could be just what you need to get your figure back after having children and can even help provide you with a boost of self-confidence! Dr. Jonov can put together a customized combination of surgical procedures to get rid of excess skin, enhance your breasts, and get rid of stubborn fat so that you can achieve your ideal figure as a new mom. Continue Reading

Liposuction May Soon Help in Treatment of Diabetes, Alzheimer’s

Researchers have found that the fat removed from the body during a liposuction procedure may someday be useful in treating diabetes, Alzheimer’s and many other conditions.

According to NBC News, a research team at UCLA has discovered embryonic stem cells within liposuctioned fat. This represents a tremendous breakthrough, as these cells were previously only thought to be obtainable through controversial methods. These cells may eventually be used to treat a wide range of diseases, which research is just beginning to understand.

Using Liposuction to Treat a Wide Range of Conditions

In the words of Dr. John Joseph, one of the UCLA researchers, â??You can, in the future, make that cell into any tissue in your body, at least thatâ??s the potential. They literally should be able to grow kidney â?? any part of your body â?? because itâ??s embryonic.â? This technology is still in its infancy, and the expectations for the future are tremendous. Men and women may someday be able to have genetically personalized treatments that are based on their own stem cells.

While the uses for these stem cells are still being developed, many people are choosing to freeze the extracted stem cells now, counting on future developments to unlock their potential. Current cryogenic freezing technology allows stem cells to be frozen for 20-30 years, though they may be viable far longer than that, as the technology has not been around long enough to know its limits.

This development adds an interesting dimension to the liposuction procedure, which was already the most popular cosmetic surgical procedure in the world. Its popularity is due to a number of factors, including low cost, minimal invasiveness and extraordinary flexibility. It is often performed with other procedures, including tummy tucks, arm lifts, thigh lifts and other body contouring procedures. Now those interested in eliminating excess fat now may be able to help protect themselves from diseases in the future.

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Surgeons Can Replace Breast Implants with Fat in â??Reverse Liposuctionâ? Procedure

A reverse liposuction procedure may soon become a popular alternative to using breast implants and revision surgery. This procedure replaces breast implants with the patient’s own body fat, rather than new implants, providing natural-looking results, according to a report in the latest issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Properly known as simultaneous implant exchange with fat (SIEF), reverse liposuction is a conceptual paradigm shift of using natural fat for volumetric augmentation and breast reshaping, says report author Dr. Daniel Del Vecchio. He used the technique to help a 42-year-old woman who was dissatisfied with the appearance of her breast implants after seven years. She felt that they were too full and rounded, and appeared unnatural.

Although she wanted the implants removed, she was concerned about how her breasts would look afterwards. Dr. Del Vecchio designed the SIEF technique as a way to maintain the natural shape of her breasts after the removal of the implants. Here’s how the reverse liposuction technique works:

  • Over the course of three weeks prior to surgery, the patient uses a bra-like device to gradually expand her breast. The device uses negative pressure  basically vacuum suction to stretch the tissue.
  • Before performing the implant removal surgery, the surgeon harvest fat cells from the patient’s thighs and/or abdomen with liposuction.
  • The fat cells are injected into the space over the implants. This allows the surgeon to sculpt and reshape the breast.
  • The breast implants are removed, and the surgeon can inject additional fat beneath the skin.

When he followed up with his patient one year later, Dr. Del Vecchio discovered that her breasts were roughly the same volume as they had been with breast implants. He was also pleased to find that they looked better than before, with a smoother transition at the top.

Fighting Aging at the Molecular Level? New ASPS Study Says Maybe

For most people, body fat is little more than something they want to get rid of. However, for medical researchers, fat is often a gold mine of information. It may even prove to be the key to unlocking the mysteries of molecular aging, according to a new study that was presented at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons annual meeting last month. For the first time, plastic surgeons have been able to identify specific molecular changes in genome structure that occur in fat. If these changes can be reversed with new therapies, physicians may be able to provide rejuvenation on a molecular level, without the need for surgeries like facelift. The study involved fat being taken from the abdomens of healthy patients, aged 18 to 85, who were undergoing plastic surgery. The genes regulating aging were examined in fat cells and stem cells extracted during the procedures. Researchers found that specific changes that occur to histones and other molecules regulating gene activity may represent critical markers of tissue aging. The possibility exists that these changes might be reversed in order to maintain a more youthful pattern at the level of the DNA. According to lead study author Ivona Percec, MD:

“Plastic surgeons strive to treat the appearance of aging in an effective and natural manner through surgical intervention, an approach that can be compromised by the limitations of aged tissue. Our goal is to define the molecular changes responsible for normal human tissue aging to identify novel, less invasive, therapies for the prevention and treatment of aging.”

“In future studies, we will investigate regulatory molecules that reverse changes in the human genome structure in an attempt to prevent or reverse aging in these cells. These findings, and planned future studies, are critical for advancing the understanding of how human tissues age and have significant implications for regenerative medicine applications in plastic surgery.”

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