The Exciting Procedure of Fat Transfer

Fat can be a good thing?  According to Dr. Mark Jensen, it definitely can!  As a plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Jensen says that fat “is like liquid gold.”  When transferred from a problem area to somewhere else that needs correction, fat becomes the perfect tool for many reconstructive procedures. 

What it does

Because fat is a natural substance, it is an excellent tool to work with when doing reconstructive surgery.  The surgeon can remove fat from a problem area, like the stomach or hips, and transfer it to the breasts or face (the two most common transfer areas).  Fat transfers effectively smooth, lift, and rejuvenate areas degraded by sickness or old age. 

Why do it

This procedure is very popular for breast cancer patients.  After beating cancer, patients are often left with lumpy or deformed breasts.  A fat transplant will fill in the gaps and reform the breast.  Other patients receive fat transplants to their face which can dramatically decrease the signs of aging.  Fat transfers can also be used for augmentation of the breasts or buttocks

Benefits

A fat transfer is a very natural, healthy, and effective procedure.  Not only does the result look more natural than artificial implants, but the stem cells in the fat work wonders when it comes to healing.  Thanks to the stem cells, reconstructed breasts will become soft again and grow and shrink naturally as the rest of your body does.  When used in facial transplants, stem cells also help to reverse the signs of aging and truly make you look young again.

If you are interested in learning about more uses and benefits of fat transplants, call or visit Dr. Mark Jensen’s office.  He and his friendly staff are here to help you love your body once again!

Keeping It Real: Be Honest with Your Plastic Surgeon

Plastic surgery is becoming more and more common, and that may cause the impression that it is no big deal.  However, like any surgery, it should be taken seriously.  And, because your surgeon wants the operation to go as safely and smoothly as possible, it is important to keep your doctor informed of your medical history. Your doctor may ask you many medical questions, and it is important to answer them all as accurately as you can.  Here are a few of the most common questions, and why they are important.

1.       What medications are you taking? It is important to list all medications that you take regularly and any that you have taken recently.  Different medications may affect the way your body reacts to the procedure and in recovery.

2.       Do you drink regularly/are you a smoker? These may seem like personal questions, but both alcohol and tobacco affect your blood and can change the success of the operation.

3.       Are you pregnant? Again, this question may seem a little personal, but when it comes down to it, an operation during pregnancy can be extremely dangerous for both you and the baby.  Make sure your plastic surgeon is aware of your plans to have a baby.

Dr. Mark Jensen will help you feel comfortable throughout the entire process.  He will work with you to ensure that you are safe throughout the medical procedure and that you are happy with the results. Schedule a consultation today to discuss your surgery options. And remember, keeping him informed will be in your best interest.  So, be honest, and you will have the best possible outcome with your safety as a top priority!