Plastic Surgery 🚀Trend Report: Face and Fat

Plastic Surgery Trend Report- Face and Fat

It’s halfway through 2017 and we sat down with our very own board-certified Dr. Paul Wigoda, plastic surgeon extraordinaire to get the inside scoop on what insides people are scooping out this year.

Retro is Coming to Plastic Surgery

Dr. Wigoda tells us that “the biggest trend has to do with fat – fat transfers.” That’s right, the biggest trend in 2017 is a throwback from the 90’s. But don’t just take this award winning doctor’s word for it. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the rate of plastic surgery procedures is up three percent over the last year. The biggest areas of growth are facelifts and fat transfers.

The ASPS even breaks down the numbers for us:

  • Fat injections that are considered minimally invasive are up 13%
  • Fat transfers to augment the butt are up 26%
  • Fat transfers to augment the breasts are up 72%

Bringing Sexy Back

Where have we heard of fat transfers before? Well, back in the 90s, fat transfers were heralded as the Next Big Thing. But the procedure was ahead of its time, and hadn’t yet been perfected. Imperfect technique leads to fat hardening and forming lumps, which as we all know is very scary. Now, twenty years later, the procedure is back and much improved.

From Flabulous to Fabulous

Fat transfers involve taking fat from a problem area that a patient doesn’t want it, and reintroducing it to the body in an area where it would be more desirable, particularly to rejuvenate or round out areas of the body. Sometimes people aren’t even aware of the option. “I have a lot of patients coming in for liposuction that don’t really know about fat transfers, who have never even thought about it.” Dr. Wigoda tells us.

This is totally common – you can’t be expected to keep up with the latest procedures, that’s why we have doctors!

If belly or thigh fat is bothering you, as it bothers a lot of Dr. Wigoda’s patients, he can turn that problem into a solution. “We can take that fat that we take out and transfer it – usually to the butt.” It also minimizes waste, and who doesn’t want to be able to brag about recycling in the year 2017?!

Put Your Best Face Forward

Have you ever seen an adorable chubby little baby face? Of course you have. And you, like every other warm-blooded person on the planet, probably wanted to pinch those plump little cheeks.

As we get older, our faces tend to smooth out in shape. This is because we lose facial fat as we age. That’s one of the reasons why so many people get chemical filler elements in their faces to look more youthful – really what they are trying to do is replace that facial fat loss.

Why not do it with the real thing? Facial fat transfers are becoming more and more popular because a patient can now replace their lost fat with other natural fat from another part of their body. This avoids expensive and unnatural chemical fillers that have to be replaced every few years regardless. “We’re a lot more successful now at transferring the fat and having the fat stay basically forever than we were even a few years ago.” Dr. Wigoda tells us, underlining how much the procedure has improved and how much longer a fat transfer can last than fillers.

Also, fat can naturally rejuvenate the skin in your face, which can give a much more authentic youthful look that lasts longer than chemical fillers would. This combines well with a facelift, and Dr. Wigoda finds that having a fat transfer as part of the process “rejuvenates the face much more than just doing a traditional facelift.”

Are you looking to jump on board and put YOUR best face forward (and maybe lose some stubborn fat in the process)? Contact Dr. Wigoda for a free plastic surgery consultation today!

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