In 1989, President George Bush declared April National Recycling Month, which also happens to include Earth Day that falls on April 22nd this year. Since then, our society has grown leaps and bounds in our ability to repurpose things for which we no longer have a use. The vast majority of Americans now have access to drop-off paper recycling programs or curbside recycling, and statistics have shown that, since 1990, paper recycling has increased over 89 percent. Solid waste has also been reduced as a whole among U.S. businesses. While there will always be room for improvement, our nation has truly come very far in the area of recycling.
Interestingly, while this progress was being made, the field of plastic surgery was also finding new ways to recycle – but in a somewhat different way. In what can be called the miracle procedure of all cosmetic procedures, fat grafting allows surgeons to reduce fat in one area of a patient’s body, transform it into a more purified state, and reinject it into another area of the body for augmentation or wrinkle reduction. In a way, fat grafting saves patients time, money, and energy by combining two procedures into one for the ultimate “green” approach to improving one’s appearance.
The Fat Grafting Procedure
Typically, unwanted fat is liposuctioned from common trouble zones like the abdomen, buttocks, flanks, or hips. The harvested fat can be used to augment the breasts or other areas of the body, but it is most commonly used as a facial filler to reduce wrinkles and fill in facial hollows that make a person appear older.
It is no wonder that this procedure has increased in popularity over the years. Because the fat is from the patient’s own body, there is little chance for an allergic reaction or for the body to reject the fat. Although there is a risk that some of the fat may be reabsorbed into the body, Dr. Roussalis can avoid this by injecting a little more than is needed into the treatment area. Fat grafting is also less invasive than other procedures when it is used for augmentation, which results in both a shorter surgery time and recovery time.
If you are interested in the fat grafting procedure, please schedule a consultation with Dr. John Roussalis at our Casper, WY practice by calling (915) 590-7900. For your convenience, you may also fill out our online contact form. Happy Earth Day!