Important Information If You Are Considering Fat Grafting
I have been performing plastic surgery for 25 years, and I’ll tell you that experience by itself does not guarantee excellence; however, in my opinion it certainly makes a difference. Unlike many of my colleagues, I seek out new and innovative surgical techniques and treatments that provide proven results for my patients. I don’t do things the same way for years, or get stuck in a rut. I believe evaluating and implementing new techniques is part of the best way to achieve optimal surgical outcomes.
I strive for excellent results and to minimize complications and costly reoperations. I also push the envelope to keep post-operative recovery (“down time”) to a bare minimum. When new techniques, devices and treatments come along, I carefully review the data before I decide to make a commitment to utilize them. There are so many new gimmicks that come along – and many of them are unsafe and ineffective. Just because they are reported on national television or written about in Glamour Magazine does not mean that they work or are safe. I always keep my patients’ best interests at the forefront and consider whether new things that come along can be justified over standard options.
I have been an early adopter of the use of fat grafting to restore volume for the face, breast and body. I have travelled extensively to attend all of the major meetings involving fat grafting and have developed close working relationships with colleagues who are leaders in this area. I am actively engaged in performing research about fat grafting and stem cells from fat. I feel strongly that fat grafting may well be the single most important development and tool that I have seen in my entire time in practicing plastic surgery. As a result of making fat grafting a significant part of my practice I feel that I am poised to offer my patients the very best results currently available. Fat grafting is hugely technique-dependent, and especially in facial fat grafting a practiced eye and artistic skill that not all surgeons possess is required. I believe that our results speak for themselves.
Plastic surgery is a complicated specialty. Plastic surgeons are all different in terms of our experience and surgical ability, and our philosophy regarding keeping up with new surgical techniques and training. I believe that no one surgeon can master all the areas including childhood deformities, burn surgery, reconstruction and cosmetic surgery. At the very least, ensure that any surgeon you are considering is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery or the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
There are “bogus” boards out there such as the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, which is not recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). These boards are comprised of doctors who are not plastic surgeons (i.e., dermatologists, general surgeons, OB-GYNs and others) and are attempting to perform complex plastic surgery procedures without adequate training. You must trust your surgery to a plastic surgeon who has had 6-8 years of legitimate training and passed rigorous written and oral exams by the American Board of Plastic Surgery or American Board of Facial Plastic Surgery.
Additionally, ask the surgeon you are considering about their complication rates and how many procedures of your specific type they do each year. Insist upon seeing before and after photos. Most importantly, choose someone you develop a comfortable rapport with. Cosmetic surgery is a life-altering experience. I treat my patients with respect and kindness and understand that they have lots of questions and may be apprehensive.
Cosmetic surgery can be expensive, and it’s not covered by insurance. Our pricing is competitive with other surgeons in the marketplace; however, there are times when we may be priced a little higher. We feel that our experience, excellent results and low operation/complication rates justify our pricing. Buyer beware: don’t discount shop for plastic surgery. You may end up paying more in the long run if you have to undergo a revision surgery to fix something that went wrong. I routinely see patients who have unfortunately chosen a surgeon who offered a “special deal”. In the end, it was a costly nightmare for the patient. I am a firm believer in the saying “you get what you pay for”.
When you come in for your Fat Grafting consultation, we can give you an approximate range of pricing for your procedure that will include the surgeon’s fee, anesthesia and surgical facility costs. We can also provide you with financing options that may be available.