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Thursday, March 22. 2007

Category : Facelift / Tuliplift, : Post-Operative Period

Thursday, March 22. 2007

Facelift in Mexico! A Few Things to Consider

Cosmetic surgery inherently involves some level of risk. On occasion, one can encounter rare symptoms such as bleeding, infection, or scars that just won't heal right--all symptoms that can complicate the recovery for months to come. When considering cosmetic surgery, it is important to factor in these unpleasant risks, so that you are equipped to handle them should they arise.

Last year I was asked to consult on a patient who had undergone a facelift procedure in Mexico. The immediate post-operative period had been uneventful, and she had returned to Los Angeles to recover. Four weeks after the surgery the scars in front of her right ear started to thicken. Over the next few months, these scars developed into unsightly and painful Keloids, which required several corrective treatments. . .

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Wednesday, March 21. 2007

Category : Fat Transfer

Wednesday, March 21. 2007

What can you do to correct fat transfer problems?

A few weeks ago I was asked to evaluate a patient with irregular fat deposits resulting from a fat transfer. She had undergone repeated fat transfers into the lips, cheeks, and nasolabial folds with less than perfect results.

Although the transferred fat had been applied relatively regularly, the ensuing hematoma (bleeding/bruising) had resulted in a significant shift of the applied fat and deep scarring.

All things being equal, Fat Transfer is very successful; however infections, seroma formation (collection of fluid under the skin) and irregular absorption of the fat can lead to a lumpy appearance.

Solution: Once again, we need to use a comprehensive approach to correct this problem. I usually start by breaking the excess fat and scarring down with repeated intralesional cortisone shots (ILTAC 2.5mg/cc). This is followed by subsicion of the deep fibrous bands, and lymphatic drainage. Finally, the excess fat can be gently suctioned by hand.

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