The Surgeon Minute

Boston, MA Plastic Surgeon says New Technology Has Changed Fat Grafting to the Breast

Boston, MA Plastic Surgeon says New Technology Has Changed Fat Grafting to the Breast

A Boston, Massachusetts plastic surgeon says new technology has changed fat grafting and says the challenge is to figure out what applications are the most relevant in cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries. Dr. Dan Del Vecchio, a board certified plastic surgeon says fat grafting has come a long way from where it was in the 1980’s and the 1990’s. He says, no longer is it a problem keeping the fat alive and viable after grafting, but questions still remain in the overall process of the fat grafting procedure.

By Dan Del Vecchio, MD
and Carolynn Grimes
ThePlasticSurgeryChannel.com

Fat grafting has been around for over a hundred years, but it wasn’t until the invention of liposuction in the 1980’s that plastic surgeons could safely take fat out without incisions and put it into other areas of the body, says Del Vecchio.

New Technology and Knowledge in Fat Grafting

These days, fat grafting is taking on a whole new level of technology and understanding. Del Vecchio says, “In the past seven years we’ve been able to develop instrumentation and techniques that reliably provide yields and we now can perform fat grafting operations in two hours or less.”

“One past example of the lack of understanding with the instrumentation is the cannulas that we initially used in the 80’s and 90’s were about the size of my little finger.  When the cannula is that large, there can be problems; making the fat not viable,” says Del Vecchio.

He adds, “Another example of how fat grafting has changed through the years, is surgeons would often harvest fat, put it on a table, do a breast augmentation procedure or an abdominoplasty, and then take the fat at the end of the procedure and graft it. They didn’t know that the longer the fat was outside the body the less likely it was to survive.”

The Future of Fat Grafting

“By taking the operation and breaking it down into a workflow from harvesting, processing, injecting and then managing the shape of the fat, we’ve been able to give the patient a much better result and the patient spends less time in the actual operation,” says Del Vecchio.

The best candidates for  breast augmentation using Microfat Grafting are patients who have realistic expectations about what can be accomplished. You are best suited for this surgery if you are interested in liposuction but are also looking to enhance your breast size or shape as well.

Click to add a comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

The Surgeon Minute

More in The Surgeon Minute

Resurfacing Sun Damaged Skin with Lasers.

Resurfacing Sun Damaged Skin with Lasers

Anne MeyerApril 19, 2019
Attractive Arms - How To Achieve Them When Working Out and Diet Fail.

Attractive Arms – How To Achieve Them When Working Out and Diet Fail

Dawn TongishApril 18, 2019
The O Procedure: Improving Sexual Intimacy.

The O Procedure: Improving Sexual Intimacy

Anne MeyerApril 17, 2019
Sisters, Not Twins: Enhancing Asymmetric Breasts.

Sisters, Not Twins: Enhancing Asymmetric Breasts

Anne MeyerApril 16, 2019

FaceTite, the Fabulous Non-Surgical Solution for Jaw and Neck

Katherine StuartApril 15, 2019
Rectus Diastasis - How To Get Rid of the Abdominal Bulge.

Rectus Diastasis – How To Get Rid of the Abdominal Bulge

Katherine StuartApril 12, 2019

An Alternative Procedure to the Brazilian Butt Lift

Anne MeyerApril 11, 2019
The Main Reasons for Breast Implant Exchange.

The Main Reasons for Breast Implant Exchange

Katherine StuartApril 10, 2019
Who is the Right Patient for Liposuction?

Who is the Right Patient for Liposuction?

Kari RileyApril 9, 2019