Plastic surgery innovations you should know about

May 1, 2013

Fat transfer to the breasts is safe though it may provide less breast volume than implants.
Fat transfer to the breasts is safe though it may provide less breast volume than implants.

Every spring there is a convergence of worldwide aesthetic plastic surgeons to share the latest and greatest in surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic procedures. This April the annual meeting of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) was held at the Javits Center, NYC. Board-certified plastic surgeons honed their skills, attending teaching seminars and reviewing the latest techniques and technologies, ultimately deciding which innovations to incorporate into their practices.

Fat: Injecting it, removing it and liquefying it
According to HealthNewsDigest, there was a big focus on 'fat' at the meeting. There was a lot of discussion about fat transfer to the breasts, an alternative to breast augmentation using implants. The bottom line, according to a Twin City plastic surgeon, is that although fat does not provide the same volume as breast implants it is safe. Another aesthetic surgeon agreed, "It is not something that will hide a breast cancer and it most certainly doesn't cause one, and it can be used in a variety of settings." Fat transfer is an alternative if you don't want silicone gel implants for augmentation. It can also be used as an adjunct in breast reconstruction and to trouble shoot complications with breast implants.

Another plastic surgeon touts the benefits of using fat in facelift procedures and says it's becoming the norm as an adjunct in all procedures. There is ongoing research about how to make fat injections more efficient and how to increase fat survival.

A New Jersey surgeon is impressed with a liposuction technology called HydraSolve, which promises to liquefy fat in limited amounts so that cutting fat with forceful thrusts of the cannula may not be required in some liposuction procedures.

New products
Xeomin, a new toxin on the block, has similar uses to BOTOX and Dysport, but is devoid of proteins. One advantage is that it may cause less allergic reactions.

Symphony RF (radiofrequency) is a technology that claims it enables physicians to precisely locate a treatment area and then deliver a specific dose of controlled radiofrequency energy. This system, which controls the temperature of the hand piece, claims it increases safety and delivers more reliable outcomes for wrinkle reduction, body contouring and skin tightening.

Embrace Advanced Scar Therapy is designed to minimize scar formation. It includes a disposable applicator with an adhesive silicone sheet that is applied to an incision to inhibit collagen formation and minimize scar formation.

Xarelto is a new prescription drug for reducing the risk of stroke, blood clots, deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism, and may be helpful in preventing complications in abdominoplasty and extensive body lift procedures.

Innovative techniques and products help doctors achieve beautiful results more easily and efficiently, but the most important choice a consumer makes is the doctor executing the procedure. ASAPS members continue to stress the safety benefits of choosing a practitioner who is board-certified in an appropriate specialty.


The mission of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) includes medical education, public education and patient advocacy. Plastic Surgery News Briefs are summaries of current stories found through various news and magazine outlets that relate to or mention plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures. The views expressed in these news articles do not necessarily reflect the opinions of ASAPS, but are merely published as an educational service to our members and the general public. For additional information on these subjects and other plastic surgery related topics, please go to www.surgery.org

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About ASAPS
The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), is recognized as the world’s leading organization devoted entirely to aesthetic plastic surgery and cosmetic medicine of the face and body.  ASAPS is comprised of over 2,600 Plastic Surgeons; active members are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (USA) or by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and have extensive training in the complete spectrum of surgical and non-surgical aesthetic procedures. International active members are certified by equivalent boards of their respective countries. All members worldwide adhere to a strict Code of Ethics and must meet stringent membership requirements.

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