Dallas Cosmetic Symposium Emphasizes Role of Fat in Cosmetic Surgery

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Symposium covers growing use of fat in breast augmentation, body contouring, and face lifts in Dallas, Texas.

Rod J. Rohrich, MD

Fat has a growing role in body contouring through fat transfer, especially to the buttock and breast areas. It also has a role in facial rejuvenation when injected into the deep malar compartments of the face.

Many of the industry’s best-of-the-best plastic surgery faculty convened last month to discuss new techniques and aesthetics in plastic surgery in Dallas during the 15th annual Dallas Cosmetic Surgery Symposium. Most symposium sessions addressed controversies and advances in breast augmentation, body contouring and advanced facial rejuvenation. Dallas plastic surgeons Dr. Rod J. Rohrich and Dr. Jeffrey M. Kenkel co-chaired the event.

“The hottest topics at the symposium can be summed up in one word: fat,” said Dr. Rohrich, chair of the Department of Plastic Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center and editor-in-chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. “Fat has a growing role in body contouring through fat transfer, especially to the buttock and breast areas. It also has a role in facial rejuvenation when injected into the deep malar compartments of the face.”

Malar fat resides under the eyes and in the cheek areas of everyone’s face. As we age, these fat compartments decrease and cause the sunken look we associate with aging. According to Dr. Rohrich, the use of fat to augment face and body contouring results in more natural looking facelifts than previous methods, which often resulted in an unnatural windswept look.

Along with the technical ability of plastic surgeons to produce more refined results comes the need to fine tune analysis of what is aesthetically pleasing. Dr. Rohrich pointed to one lecture in particular at the symposium that he believes stood out among the rest: a presentation by Dr. Constantino Mendieta on buttock analysis, anatomy and the role of aesthetic shaping of the body. “Dr. Mendieta gave us an unparalleled new and innovative way to look at body contouring aesthetics through anatomy,” said Dr. Rohrich.

Other sessions addressed new procedures and technologies, as well as the safe use of fat transfer in breast augmentation as part of the solution for breast asymmetry and breast reconstruction. According to Dr. Rohrich, the symposium offered many practical ideas and easy-to-apply techniques plastic surgeons can put to use immediately in their cosmetic surgery practices. "The symposium offered unprecedented opportunities to perform live demonstrations and dissections, giving doctors hands-on experience with new techniques." said Dr. Rohrich.

Next year’s Dallas Cosmetic Surgery Symposium, which will take place in March, 2013, is expected to cover further refinements and advances in cosmetic surgery, including both breast augmentation and body contouring.

About Rod J. Rohrich, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Dr. Rod J. Rohrich holds the Betty and Warren Woodward Chair in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. He also holds the UT Southwestern Medical Center Crystal Charity Ball Distinguished Chair in Plastic Surgery. He is a graduate of the Baylor College of Medicine with high honors, with residencies at the University of Michigan Medical Center and fellowships at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard (hand/microsurgery) and Oxford University (pediatric plastic surgery). He has served as president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. He repeatedly has been selected by his peers as one of America's best doctors, and twice has received one of his profession's highest honors, the Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes his contributions to education in his field. Dr. Rohrich participates in and has led numerous associations and councils for the advancement of plastic and reconstructive surgery. He is a native of North Dakota. He is married to Dr. Diane Gibby, also a plastic surgeon. They live in Dallas, Texas with their two children.

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