Category Archives: liposuction

Banking For Your Life

Though everyone views their fat as an enemy, fat can actually be very helpful. In fact, fat aids your body in being healthy. However, even those unhealthy amounts of fat could be a friend to us in the near future.

Why could fat be potentially helpful to our health?

Our fat happens to contain an abundance of autologous stem cells. If you aren’t familiar with these unique cells, they have the ability to form “daughter cells” that can either become more stem cells or other cells that the daughter cells are subjected to. Meaning, if stem cells form daughter cells near brain cells those daughter cells can become brain cells too. This can occur with other types of cells too. This being the case, scientists are now studying stem cells to see if they have regenerative aspects. If this is so, stem cells could potentially be used to cure ailments such as kidney disease, heart disease, and multiple sclerosis among others.

Even further, though studies are still inconclusive, stem cells may have a hand in aiding fat transfers. Over the years liposuction techniques have evolved, allowing for more intact fat to be removed. The more intact fat, the more viable stem cells you have. Suddenly, the success rates of fat transfer procedures increased. Scientists believe that the success is due to the increase in stem cells in the fat.

What does this mean?

Considering the ability of stem cells, and the amount of stem cells residing in our fat, it makes sense to take advantage of these aspects. Unfortunately, stem cells age just like we do, meaning they become less viable as the years progress. Some diseases, such as diabetes, can even wipe a stem cell’s special ability out. Therefore, banking our fat after a liposuction procedure, such as the one performed at our California plastic surgery practice, isn’t such a bad idea.

As of right now, Dallas-based BioLife is the only known place to cryogenically preserve fat, however, I wouldn’t be surprised to see this trend spread. If and when it does, it would be a great option for anyone who undergoes liposuction. Why let the fat go to waste when it could potentially save our life sometime down the road? Bank it now and save your life later.

To your health and beauty,

Vip Dev, MD

The Tale of Two Fats

Many people aren’t too thrilled with the fat on their bodies. But did you know that having some fat is actually beneficial to your health? In fact, fat stores energy, influences your ability to fight infections, regulates your blood pressure, and affects the way your blood forms clots. However, even though fat has its perks, many health issues can spring up when fat becomes excessive upon the body.

Our bodies store two types of fat: subcutaneous and visceral. Subcutaneous fat is the useless fat that gathers beneath our skin. This type of fat is what my California plastic surgery practice can perform liposuction on. Interestingly enough, aside from a flattering look upon the removal of subcutaneous fat, no health benefits have been found.

It’s the visceral fat that you really have to watch out for. Stored in your abdomen, this is the evil fat that can cause serious health risks such as diabetes, cardiac disease, high cholesterol, and hypertension among other things. Meaning the less visceral fat you have, the better off you are.

However, don’t just think you are off the hook if you have a small belly. MRIs have shown that even people who aren’t obese can harbor large quantities of visceral fat. What could cause this in so many people? Heredity can play a part, causing fat to be more likely stored as visceral fat. But our unhealthy habits are usually the main cause. That extra scoop of ice cream, or even those extra few beers during the game, could be leading you down a road to health issues galore.

So how can we rid ourselves of visceral fat?

The only real way to ditch this unhealthy fat is to diet and exercise regularly. There are some medications available to help maintain weight as well as Bariatric surgery for patients suffering from obesity. There may even be a surgical procedure to remove visceral fat one of these. But until then, your health is ultimately in your hands and no one else’s.

To your health and beauty,

Vip Dev, MD

Skin Tightening Advances Made by RF Technology

A new radiofrequency (RF) technology is setting the standard for skin tightening, Cosmetic Surgery Times Reports. The EndyMed PRO, made by EndyMed Medical, is an RF device that uses the company’s 3DEEP technology. EndyMed PRO reportedly offers safer procedures and superior aesthetic results.

The technology focuses RF energy past the epidermis deep into the dermis, causing skin tightening and collagen reproduction. By doing so, wrinkles are reduced and the texture and elasticity of the skin are restored.  The aesthetic long-term effects of 3DEEP are can be seen both superficially and in thermal images of the patient.

“EndyMed PRO is the latest innovation in noninvasive, pain-free, nonablative face- and body-tightening. The 3DEEP technology it uses focuses RF energy deep into the dermis, adjusting its depth and strength according to individual treatment requirements and varying skin impedance, from patient to patient and treatment to treatment, resulting in customized treatments with consistent and predictable outcomes,” says board-certified dermatologist and chief medical officer of EndyMed Medical, Yoram Harth, M.D., F.A.A.D.

Prior to this improved version of RF technology, intense pulse light (IPL) and lasers were used to treat loose skin and wrinkles. Dr. Harth claims that these treatments have minimal affect on the inner dermis, the part of the skin that influences skin tightening the most. RF energy, on the other hand, reaches deep enough into the tissue to successfully rejuvenate the skin.

The difference between 3DEEP and previous RF technologies is the 3DEEP offers a more focused, controlled energy that targets beyond the superficial layers of the skin. Older RF technologies required more power—which culminated in a more painful treatment—to achieve results similar to that of 3DEEP.

Currently, LipoSonix and BodyTite are two liposuction procedures that use RF energy to combine fat reduction with skin tightening.  LipoSonix and BodyTite are both in clinical trial stage and await FDA approval.

To Your Health & Beauty,

Vipul R. Dev, M.D.

A Solution for Sagging Arms

Sometimes fitness and healthy eating just can’t address all of the problem areas on the body. Weight gain can stretch out the body’s skin and as we age, we lose the elastin that helps the skin bounce back to it’s original form.

Many times patients have concerns have concerns about the excess skin hanging from underneath their arms. If lifting weights and doing push-ups aren’t cutting it, the surgical approach would be to undergo an arm lift, or brachioplasty.

First, a surgeon will remove any extra fat from the arms via liposuction. Once this is done, surplus skin is removed from underneath the arm through an incision that extends from the armpit to the elbow. The doctor will suture the skin back together at the strategically placed incision, leaving a pink scar that stays visible for up to a year.

For patients who have more fat than they do skin, simple liposuction without skin removal may do the trick. If you are a Bakersfield resident who is considering brachioplasty, my friendly staff at the California Institute for Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery would be happy to address any of your questions or concerns.

To Your Health & Beauty,

Vipul R. Dev, M.D.

Can Liposuction Decrease or Eliminate Metabolic Syndrome?

By now, everybody knows this for sure: fat isn’t good for us. You’ve undoubtedly heard that, in particular, belly fat, is linked to an increased risk of developing high blood pressure, high cholesterol and triglycerides, and type 2 diabetes. It’s interesting to note that anybody who has these above problems and has lost a large amount of weight, often find that they have “reversed” their Type 2 diabetes and also lowered their BP, cholesterol and triglycerides, too, as a direct result of getting rid of all those pounds.

A condition associated directly with belly fat is called “metabolic syndrome.”  Researchers ad physicians have been trying to find out if there’s a link between elimination of belly fat through liposuction and a decrease in the risks for high blood pressure, high lipids and type 2 diabetes. The studies are going on all the time, and although some say liposuction won’t lower these problems, other studies suggest that they will.

This brings up the potential in the future that liposuction will not just be a cosmetic procedure, but a medical one! A recent study by Dr. RV Weber, an assistant professor of plastic and reconstructive surgery at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and his fellow researchers, proved that hamsters with metabolic syndrome had fewer symptoms after liposuction for their belly fat. Does this mean the same will be the case with humans? It’s unclear because, although humans and animals often do react in the same ways, they don’t always do so. You can read this report on liposuction’s effects in the professional journal, Modern Medicine.

In the meantime, whether or not liposuction in the belly area will decrease your risk of elevated blood pressure and lipids, and decrease your chances of type 2 diabetes, I can tell you this—when you feel better about yourself and the way you look, you’re much more likely to take good care of yourself, like going to the gym, watching what you eat and keeping fit. For my patients, the power-assisted liposuction method that I use, called Microaire, eliminates pockets of fat on the body, including the belly area, so that they feel younger and more attractive, which leads to them taking better care of themselves to maintain—and even improve further—their appearance.

And don’t forget–we have a comprehensive weight loss program here in our office. If you have too much fat for liposuction to help you, let’s get that weight off you and then finish up the smaller areas with liposuction once the bulk of the weight has been lost. You’ll feel–and look–years younger.

To your health and beauty,

Dr. Vip Dev

Fillers With No Drawbacks?

What could be better than a dermal filler that had no drawbacks in terms of rejection, any need for pre-testing and the ability to grow more of itself and stimulate the collagen in your body to produce more beauty-making collagen as time rolls by? And if this filler was inexpensive, could actually be harvested from areas of your own body that had too much fat, wouldn’t that be the icing on the cake? Well, it’s true. Fat transfer, sometimes called fat transplantation, fat injecting and microlipoinjection to name only a few, is becoming hotter than ever as people undergo liposuction and desire to use that removed fat for a good purpose (it’s almost like the best recycling idea ever!).

Although fat transfer is becoming big news, it’s actually a concept that began back in 1893 when Franz Neuber, a German doctor whose patient had a pit in her cheek, asked Dr. Neuber if he could remove it. Being a creative type, Neuber took fat from his patient’s upper arm and injected it into her cheek and bingo! The pit in her face was no longer. The first occasion in which autologous (meaning “your own) fat was injected into breasts to enlarge them was in 1895, when Dr. Karl Czerny used fat from a patient’s flanks to create larger breasts.

I’m always interested in doing things the most efficient way so long as it’s great for my patients–safety is the main factor I look for. Being able to take a patient’s extra fat and inject it into places that they’d like a little more roundness—perhaps the buttocks, the backs of the hands, in the face to fill and plump facial wrinkles, into the breasts instead of implants–you get the idea. It’s a dream come true.

Fortunately, this state-of-the-art technology isn’t a dream. It’s here. Here being all over the world and here in Bakersfield. If you’re thinking about “a little lipo” and you also have some places on your body, hands, face or other spots where you’d like that fat to be recycled, this might just be the perfect opportunity for you.

To your health and beauty,

Dr. Vip Dev

Columbian Liposuction Study Shows Good Results over 25 years

Liposuction, one of the most commonly performed cosmetic surgeries in the world, has come a long way since its invention by an Italian gynecologist in 1974. A study performed in Cali, Columbia reveals what works, what doesn’t, and which techniques are the safest.

Four plastic surgeons in Cali, Columbia analyzed the results from more than 26,000 patients over a period of 25 years of liposuction procedures. The surgeons found that tumescent liposuction and laser-assisted liposuction (LAL) deliver the best aesthetic results. In addition, both of these methods have improved the safety of liposuction procedures and reduced the incidence of anemia (a fairly common complication of liposuction, affecting almost 20% of all lipo patients).

Although 90% of patients reported experiencing postoperative pain regardless of the technique that was used, an average of 82% of patients were satisfied with the outcome of their procedure, and satisfaction levels were similar for all of the liposuction techniques covered in the review.