Monthly Archives: November 2012

Abdominal Liposuction

INTRODUCTION Liposuction of the abdomen is a commonly performed procedure. It reduces subcutaneous fat and can result in conservative skin retraction, so it is a procedure that is not applicable to patients with marked overhanging skin or a large proportion of intra-abdominal, visceral fat. Some have reported use of high-volume […]

Abdominal Liposuction

Jaw and Chin Surgery

Jaw and Chin Surgery The Latin word for chin is “mentum,” and an operation that enhances or reduces the chin is called a mentoplasty. Chin enlargement can be accomplished either by inserting an artificial implant or by cutting and advancing the lower jaw. If the jaw surgery includes the teeth, […]

Lip enhancement

Lip enhancement (enlargement, augmentation) deserves mention separately from other forms of facial contouring for two reasons. First, not all materials used for facial contouring are suitable for use in the lips. Second, lip enhancement is one of the most commonly overdone cosmetic procedures and has produced some serious complications as […]

Autografts for Facial Implants

Autografts are tissues taken from a patient’s own body and inserted elsewhere. Many tissues, including dermis, dermis-fat composites, fat, fascia, cartilage, and bone, have been used. For example, cartilage from the ear is commonly used to change the contours of the nose. Obtaining an autograft usually requires a separate incision […]

Manufactured Facial Implants

Some implants are manufactured from biological materials such as collagen (Dermaplant) and hyaluronic acid (Dermadeep, Dermalive). Most implants, however, are made from synthetic materials. Numerous substances have been used to augment facial contours for cosmetic purposes. Two of the most commonly used are described below:   • ePTFE (expanded polytetrafluorethylene, Gore-Tex, […]

Facial Implants

Facial implants are synthetic materials that are inserted into the face in order to change contours more permanently and dramatically than can be achieved with injections. Facial implants can alter a person’s appearance in a way that can be quite different from the changes created by a facelift or related procedure, […]