Got Fat?: Plastic Surgeons Review Fat-Melting and Fat-Grafting Procedures

Emerging Trends Discussed at American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery’s Annual Meeting

New York, NY (May 2, 2008) – New techniques and devices for surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic enhancement are being introduced at a rapid pace, but do these innovations really deliver what they promise? Are the results of minimally invasive treatments, offering the benefit of little or no downtime, comparable to more extensive procedures? Are these new modalities safe and cost-effective for patients? These are the questions that leading aesthetic plastic surgeons will explore during the Hot Topics seminar at the annual meeting of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), May 2–6 in San Diego, CA.

“Presentations at the annual Hot Topics seminar focus on some of the most intriguing innovations in both surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic treatments,” says New York plastic surgeon Alan Gold, MD, president of the Aesthetic Surgery Education and Research Foundation (ASERF), co-sponsor of Hot Topics with the Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation (PSEF). “Every year the Hot Topics seminar proves to be one of the most popular sessions, so this year we there will be two Hot Topics programs – one at the beginning of the Meeting and one at the end.”

The following are among the presentations included in this year's Hot Topics program:

  • Injection Lipolysis (Otherwise known as Mesotherapy or LipoDissolve): V. Leroy Young, MD, a plastic surgeon in St. Louis, IL, will be discussing ASERF’s Clinical Trial on injection lipolysis. The trial will study 10 patients receiving four injection lipolysis treatments to one side of their abdomen. MRIs and biopsies will be performed on the patients, and photographs of the patients will be taken before and after injections are administered. The goal of this study is to find out if injection lipolysis if, in fact, actually works—and how exactly it works. Safety concerns will be reviewed during the study.
  • Lipo-Transfer: Kotaro Yoshimura, MD, a plastic surgeon from Tokyo, will be presenting new advances in Lipo Transfer. One common problem with this procedure is the difficulty predicting the survival rate of transplanted fat or the risk of fibrosis and calcification. To overcome the problem, Dr. Yoshimura has developed a strategy called Cell-Assisted Lipotransfer (CAL), which employs patients’ adipose-derived stem cells and can be applied to breast augmentaiton. He expects that this technique will improve the survival rate and prevent post operative atrophy of transplanted fat tissue.
  • Laser-Assisted Lipolysis: Arturo Prado, MD, Barry E. DiBernardo, MD, and Jeffrey M. Kenkel, MD, will present on laser-assisted (fat destroying) Lipolysis. Dr. Prado, a plastic surgeon in Chile, will report on his randomized double-blind study that compared traditional lipoplasty and laser-assisted lipoplasty. Dr. DiBernardo (Cutera, Cynosure, Lumensis and Apira Science), a plastic surgeon in Montclair, NJ, is going to discuss the first preliminary clinical trial of SmartLipo. Dr. Kenkel (Palomar), a plastic surgeon in Dallas, TX, will discuss his clinical experience with CoolLipo and ProLipo.

As plastic surgeons concerned about patient safety, we want to be sure that the treatments we recommend are backed by good science and sufficient clinical experience," says Foad Nahai, MD, ASAPS President and a plastic surgeon in Atlanta, GA. "Many of these innovations in aesthetic surgery may prove to be widely beneficial, but at the beginning they must be used cautiously and, of course, only with the patient's full informed consent.


The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS,) the Aesthetic Surgery Education and Research Foundation (ASERF,) and the Plastic Surgery Education Foundation (PSEF,) do not advocate or endorse the procedures or technologies presented at the Hot Topics seminar. This seminar is strictly for the purposes of research and education in cosmetic plastic surgery. The reporting, advertising or clinical use of these procedures and technologies should be conducted cautiously, responsibly and with full disclosure of their unproven nature.

Hot Topics
Friday, May 2, 12:30-4:30pm

The Best of Hot Topics – Lipo-Transfer and SmartLipo
Tuesday, May 6, 3:45

William P. Adams, Jr. MD of Dallas, TX
Joe M. Gryskiewicz, MD, of Burnsville, MN

Kotaro Yoshimura, MD, of Japan
Arturo Prado, MD, of Chile
Barry DiBernardo, MD, of Montclair, NJ
Jeffrey Kenkel, MD, of Dallas, TX
V. Leroy Young, MD, of St. Louis, MO

PRESENTERS are available for interviews.


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 nonsurgical 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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