Friday, March 9, 2012
STEM CELL CONCENTRATED FAT GRAFTING USEFUL FOR FACE AND BREASTS-14 MONTH REVIEW BY DR. LEWIS OBI
There is no doubt that the most exciting frontier in medicine now is the use of stem cells and one of the best sources is adult fat. Stem cells have the power to restore facial aesthetics, heal damaged tissues and is the only safe large volume filler in humans. The added benefit is that donor sites such as the abdomen and thighs may be ridded of unwanted fat and simultaneously tightened with Palomar’s SlimLipo laser platform. The same technology utilized in plastic surgery also has a potential to treat and cure some diseases. However, due to FDA regulations, stem cell therapies to treat diseases are not yet available in the U.S. unless you are part of a clinical trial. But using your own (autologous) stem cells to restore a more youthful appearance is available now through the use of stem cell enhanced fat.
Dr. Lewis Obi was provided with the first FDA approved Palomar Medical’s Adivive™ fat processing system in January of 2011. This totally enclosed technique was the invention of South Korean plastic surgeon Dr. He Young Lee. Dr. Lee of Seoul and Dr. Yoshimura of Tokyo are two of the leading researches in the area of stem cells derived from adult fat. Dr. Lewis Obi has adopted their techniques and taken it to the next level both in the area of reconstructive and aesthetic plastic surgery. Dr. Obi’s 30 years experience in the area of fat grafting has spawned a new era of innovative procedures such as the OPERA facelift which is a totally non-invasive technique of rejuvenation for the face and neck.
In the area of breast surgery, very few American plastic surgeons are adept at non-surgical techniques after lumpectomy/mastectomy. Today the most common treatment for breast cancer is lumpectomy and irradiation. These patients often do not want to submit to distant flap reconstruction or the use of silicone breast implants. The alternative is the use of stem cell concentrated fat grafting to the cancer treated breast. Non-surgical laser tightening of the opposite breast improves symmetry (non-surgical SlimLipo breast lift). These mimimal risk procedures are all performed at the Obi Plastic Surgery Clinic with no need for hospitalization and at a significantly reduced cost to the insurance company.