Tuesday, January 18, 2011
DR. LEWIS OBI AND DR. JOHN MURRAY ARE FIRST PLASTIC SURGEONS IN THE U. S. TO RECEIVE PALOMAR MEDICAL TECHNOLOGYʼS LIPOKIT SYSTEM
During the first week in January, Palomar Medical Technology (manufacturer of the SlimLipo laser lipolysis system has selected Dr. Lewis Obi and Dr. John Murray to ship their first Lipokit Fat Processing Unit (FPU). This Bio-medical device was developed by Medi-Kahn Inc. and newly licensed by Palomar who acquired FDA approval for U.S. distribution. Based on medical research by South Korean plastic surgeon Hi Young Lee M.D., PhD., condensed fat processed by this system increases the population of stem cells thereby improving the retention of the transferred fat cells. Fat contains the highest population of stem cells of any tissue in the human body. The Lipokit is a closed system that allows the plastic surgeon to remove areas of unwanted fat (abdomen, thighs, etc), process the fat and transfer it as a natural filler within a closed sterile system in one sitting. Current techniques that Dr. Obi and other plastic surgeons have performed for decades are safe but with inconsistent results. Drs. Obi and Murray are both very excited to be on the cutting edge of this new technology with their first patients already on their surgery schedules. This new technique will be useful both in the area of aesthetic as well as reconstructive surgery. Large volumes of the patient's own fat may therefore be processed and used as a facial filler cosmetically and in the breast for reconstruction after mastectomy or lumpectomy. Practically every area of the human body may be a potential site for fat transfer with this technique.