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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

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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.

Cosmetic Surgery Patients Get Older

The face of plastic surgery is getting older. According to the Procedural Data of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS) from 2002 to 2007, the average age of patients seeking invasive cosmetic surgery has increased by two years.

As reported by the AACS, the procedures with the largest increase in age are liposuction, sclerotherapy, facelift and forehead lift. Botox®, the most popular non-invasive treatment, has also experience a two year increase in average patient age.

According to ScienceDaily.com, the aging population and baby boomers may be the driving force behind this trend. Baby boomers, who are 42 to 64 years old, make up approximately 28% of the population. The average age of patients receiving invasive plastic surgery is 42.6 years and non-invasive treatments in 42.4 years.

Perhaps, as the baby boomer generation gets older, the plastic surgery clientele gets older. While younger women may seek liposuction or breast augmentation, the country’s number one non-invasive cosmetic treatment, Botox®, is intended for an older grow to battle the signs of aging.

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