Category: Fat Transfer
Saline or silicone implants are the most common form of breast augmentation. While these provide a safe and noticeable way to enhance the volume and shape of the breasts, implants are not right for every woman. Breast augmentation with fat transfer offers similar, natural-looking results with fewer risks.
Benefits of Breast Augmentation with Fat Transfer
Remove Unwanted Fat
Breast augmentation with fat transfer uses fat instead of implants as the augmenting material. During this procedure, liposuction removes unwanted fat from the abdomen, hips, thighs, or buttocks and transfers it to the breasts to increase their volume and shape. Fat grafting takes fat from an area where you do not want it, and moves it to one that you do, allowing you to treat two concerns at one time. Even with diet and exercise, many women struggle with losing the final pounds around the abdomen and thighs. Fat transfer removes these fat cells and puts them to good use. Enhancement of the breasts with fat transfer is dependent on the amount of fat that can be harvested. More than one treatment is sometimes necessary to achieve the desired result.
Reduces Implant-Related Risks
Scar tissue forms around any foreign object that is placed in the body, including breast implants. Occasionally, this scar tissue tightens and squeezes the implant, forcing it to change shape and causing a significant amount of physical discomfort. This is known as capsular contracture. Although capsular contracture does not always occur, it is the most common complication associated with breast implants today.
Since the fat injected is your own, it is not a “foreign” object, and therefore no scar tissue will form. No scar tissue means no capsular contracture.
Fat Does Not Have a Time Limit
Breast implants are long-lasting; however, they are not necessarily permanent. Implants are expected to last between 10 and 15 years. Some last longer, while others experience complications much sooner. Fat transfer does not have a time limit. The fat that is injected into the breasts is unlikely to be significantly absorbed or lost with time. This makes fat transfer a longer-lasting option for breast augmentation. Loss of volume from fat transfer can occur with significant weight loss.
Breast augmentation with fat transfer or implants can lead to satisfying results. To learn more about breast enhancement, or to set up a consultation, call Dr. Schlechter at Spring Ridge Plastic Surgery at (610) 624-2740, or fill out our online contact form.
Summer is here! This means sunshine, sandy beaches, and bathing suit weather. But are you ready to rock your bikini this year? Are you happy with how your figure fills out your suit? If you have concerns that your body lacks the volume and fullness necessary to look great in a bikini, cosmetic enhancements can provide you with a sleek, contoured figure that is sure to turn heads. Dr. Schlechter can perform breast augmentation and a Brazilian Butt Lift to enhance your figure and help you get the rockin’ bikini body you desire.
If you are self-conscious about the shape or size of your breasts, breast augmentation is an effective way to enhance your figure. Its biggest benefit is that you can completely customize the procedure. That said, one of the most significant decisions you can make when researching this procedure is your implant type.
Saline implants have a flexible silicone shell filled with a sterile saltwater solution after being inserted. Dr. Schlechter can make minor adjustments once he sees how the implants look after he fills them. Because he inserts the implants before he fills them, the incision is smaller.
Silicone breast implants have a flexible silicone shell that contains a silicone gel. These implants come pre-filled, which means that size adjustments are not possible after insertion. Additionally, the incision for silicone implants typically has to be larger than those made for saline implants. However, many women choose silicone implants because they look and feel more natural.
Augmentation with Fat Transfer
A breast augmentation with fat transfer is an excellent solution if you want to enhance the size of your breasts naturally and avoid implants. Your breast size increases with the addition of fat injections that originate from your body. This procedure offers a two-in-one benefit: in addition to increasing your breast size, you can also remove some stubborn fat from other places on your body, which will further enhance your curves. Fat is removed from your body using a liposuction procedure. The fat is collected into a sterile fat transfer system and is strategically injected into your breasts. Depending on the size you wish your new breasts to be, you may need multiple procedures.
Brazilian Butt Lift
To address your flat buttocks, Dr. Schlechter brings his expertise and advanced training to the Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) procedure. A BBL procedure will increase the curves of your buttocks, giving your lower half a shapely figure. The procedure is also performed by way of a fat transfer, similar to breast augmentation with fat transfer.
Dr. Schlechter will determine an appropriate liposuction procedure and then extract fat from your thighs, abdomen, hips, or other location on your body that has more fat than you desire. The fat is purified before being injected into your buttocks. This is where Dr. Schlechter’s expertise comes in. He knows how to strategically and precisely inject the fat to make your buttocks look naturally full.
If you’re looking to dramatically change your figure and achieve a bikini-ready body, then undergoing breast augmentation and/or a Brazilian Butt Lift can help give you the shapely curves and contours you’ve always wanted.
If you’d like more information or to see if you would be a good candidate for either breast augmentation or a Brazilian Butt Lift, contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Schlechter. Call us today at (610) 624-2740, or fill out our online contact form. We look forward to helping you look and feel your best!
Did you know that facial volume loss can make you look older even if you don’t have many wrinkles? While fine lines and wrinkles can add years to a person’s appearance, volume loss in the cheeks and around the eyes creates a gauntness that can even more noticeably expose an aging face. In contrast, a youthful face has smooth skin along with defined contours and full cheeks. Fat transfer is a unique facial rejuvenation procedure that reverses volume loss and restores the soft facial contours associated with youth and beauty.
Why Fat Transfer?
The fat transfer procedure harvests excess fat from another area of your body and then injects it into the face. Contrary to the general perception that fat is the enemy, facial fat is an essential part of a youthful appearance. Children’s faces often have chubby cheeks, and even through the teen years, there is a natural roundness that depicts a youthful quality in the face. The gradual depletion of volume over time leads to a progressively aged appearance. Using fat to restore lost facial volume allows you to recapture the softness and definition of your youth.
The Fat Transfer Procedure
To harvest the fat that is to be transferred to the face, Dr. Schlechter performs liposuction on another area of the body that has excess or stubborn fat, such as the abdomen, hips, or thighs. Dr. Schlechter uses the revolutionary AquaShape® system for the liposuction portion of the fat transfer procedure. This technology uses a water-jet to gently separate the fat cells from the surrounding tissues, which improves the survival rate of the harvested fat cells and allows more fat to be extracted. Once removed, the fat cells are processed, purified, and strategically reinjected into specific areas of the face to enhance facial definition and vitality.
Areas of Focus
Fat transfer to the face can rejuvenate thinning areas of volume loss, including the following:
- Hollows under the eyes
- Flat, poorly defined cheeks
- Volume loss in the temples
- Nasolabial folds (creases around the mouth and nose)
- Thin or thinning lips
With the addition of new fat, these areas will have more volume and will look more vibrant, full, and youthful.
Patients that undergo fat transfer for facial rejuvenation can expect long-lasting results. Because Dr. Schlechter utilizes the AquaShape® method of liposuction, the fat that is injected into the face has a greater likelihood of survival. This means that unlike other fat transfer techniques (for which the fat has an unpredictable and relatively low survival rate), the results are more predictable and maintainable. Because the body will absorb some of the injected fat cells, multiple sessions may be needed to achieve the desired results. Within a few months after the treatment, the final results will be visible and permanent. Patients can also enjoy the benefits of fat removal at the harvest site because it slenderizes the body in addition to refreshing the face.
Fat transfer can rejuvenate an aging face, restore soft contours, and recapture youthful definition and fullness. Dr. Schlechter also performs fat transfer procedures for breast augmentation, buttock enhancement, and other purposes. To learn more about how the fat transfer procedure can rejuvenate your appearance, request your complimentary consultation with Benjamin Schlechter, MD, FACS. Please call us at (610) 624-2740 or contact us online at your earliest convenience to schedule your appointment.
Beautiful people tend to be beautiful from every angle. From the front side to the backside, beauty ideals value a shapely derrière just as much as a flat tummy and firm breasts. The Brazilian Butt Lift can help you achieve the round, shapely buttocks you desire and tone your body at the same time. Using advanced fat transfer techniques, Dr. Benjamin Schlechter can redistribute your body fat to your buttocks where it is needed and create a fuller and firmer backside.
The Brazilian Butt Lift
The Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) improves the size and shape of your buttocks using your own body fat. Dr. Schlechter will first harvest excess fat from your abdomen or another area where you have more fat than you desire. Once Dr. Schlechter prepares the fat, he will strategically reinject it into your backside to improve volume, shape, and lift. Essentially, the BBL can turn a flat, saggy buttocks into a round, firm, and lifted buttocks while also improving your body contour in other areas.
Advanced Training With the BBL Guru
Any individual who has undergone a cosmetic surgery procedure can appreciate the value of a skilled surgeon with advanced training. Dr. Schlechter recently had the opportunity to observe the Brazilian Butt Lift procedure from a world-renowned plastic surgeon located in Miami who is known as the “guru” of the BBL. This opportunity has allowed Dr. Schlechter to master a state-of-the-art BBL technique, which he offers at his practice in Wyomissing, Berks County.
The Curve Cure Cushion
In addition to his advanced BBL training, Dr. Schlechter provides the “Curve Cure Cushion” for all his BBL patients.
The Curve Cure Cushion is a revolutionary BBL recovery product that provides support for the legs and back during recovery after a BBL. Patients who have undergone a Brazilian Butt Lift with Dr. Schlechter can experience many other benefits while using the Curve Cure Cushion during recovery. Examples of these benefits include better support for optimal healing, reduced pressure to sensitive areas, and the conveniences of a cushion that is transportable, lightweight, easily maintained, and adjustable in size.
Dr. Benjamin Schlechter’s state-of-the-art Brazilian Butt Lift technique can give you the round and shapely derrière you desire and tone your body where you need it. Take advantage of the expertise and artistic talent that Dr. Schlechter has to offer all his BBL patients. Call (610) 624-2740 or fill out our online contact form to request your consultation today.
Dr. Benjamin Schlechter has returned from attending the 2015 Aesthetic Surgery Symposium held in Las Vegas, Nevada. This 3-day intensive program reviewed techniques to improve the aging face. Internationally renowned presenters lectured on and showed new cutting edge techniques. Included were new techniques for rejuvenation of the upper and lower eyelids, face, neck and forehead. The premise for the aging face involves loss of skin tone, volume loss, and descent of the tissues. Obviously, the treatment of the aging face involves restoring volume, ascending the tissues and improving the quality of the skin.
Over the past several years, a hot topic in the plastic surgery cosmetic surgery circles has been fat grafting to the aging face. This meeting presented a plethora of information regarding this exciting subject, as well as, the science to support the procedures. Most interesting was the topic of micrografting and nanografting fat to the aging face. This involves sterilely harvesting one’s own fat, preparing it, and then injecting it into areas of volume loss. Studies have shown that the areas treated with fat grafting have improved volume, skin tone, color and elasticity. Of note, fat grafting also appears to help improve acne scarring. The mechanism for this is not completely known, but studies have shown that adipose derived stem cells remain viable in the grafted fat. It is believed these cells have a role in improving skin tone.
Also presented were new, less invasive face lifting techniques. This procedure still requires an incision that is camouflaged around the ear. The approaches involved a 2-layer correction of the aging tissues. The results appear to be long lasting and very natural looking.
As we age, the eyes tend to be the first area of our face to show aging. New techniques incorporating fat grafting to the upper and lower eyelids were presented. This involved the more traditional blepharoplasty procedures, as well as, techniques that involve no external incision. There is evidence to show that nanografting of fat to the lower eyelids helps to improve dark circles.
In terms of improving facial skin consistency and integrity, it has been shown that good skin care in conjunction with laser resurfacing is quite beneficial. This can be in the form of aggressive CO2 laser resurfacing or less aggressive fractional resurfacing. Laser treatments and skin care can be an ongoing process to maintain skin. This equates with going to the gym to keep your body in shape. It’s not once and done. The Picosure laser with focus lens array has been shown to be a non-invasive facial skin treatment that significantly improves skin texture and discoloration. This may also help improve acne scarring. Again, periodic treatments are necessary to maintain the quality of your skin.
Also presented at the meeting in great detail was the use of fillers (ie. Juvederm, Restylane, Perlane, Voluma, Radiesse, Restylane Silk, and Sculptra) and neurotoxins (i.e. BOTOX, Dysport or Xeomin) to shape and improve the face. The neurotoxins are used to help erase wrinkles, but can also be used to help shape the brow, corners of the mouth, or to decrease the bulk of certain muscles of the face to create a more contoured, defined look. The choice of a certain filler is dependent on the desired results. For instance, Restylane Silk was recently FDA approved for treatment of the lips. This hyaluronic acid filler is composed of smaller molecules to create a softer, natural full look. The goal of treatment with these products is to create a nice, natural rejuvenated look. Different fillers are used for different purposes.
Treatment of the declote was also touched on in the lectures. Treatment using micro and nano fat grafting, along with skin care has been shown to improve the wrinkles and texture of the sun damaged chest.
What was most refreshing was that I have been performing many of the procedures utilizing these newer techniques and technology in my practice for quite some time. This coincides with my philosophy of providing state of the art care and the latest in technology.