At Command Hospital,new tech to achieve that perfect face

Tummy tuck,neck lifts,pearly teeth and doing away with “veiny” hands may be the glowing examples of how plastic surgery can give you that new look but what about filling the hollows in one's face by peeling a layer of fat from the abdomen and grafting it on the face.

Written by Anuradha Mascarenhas | Pune | Published:March 26, 2009 3:13 am

Tummy tuck,neck lifts,pearly teeth and doing away with “veiny” hands may be the glowing examples of how plastic surgery can give you that new look but what about filling the hollows in one’s face by peeling a layer of fat from the abdomen and grafting it on the face.

At Command Hospital,Southern Command,a novel technique is being used to make the face symmetrical. While the reasons for such face restructuring are medical most of the times,the doctors are now getting a few queries for getting that perfect face and it won’t be too long before a round face gets triangular.

Dr Tejinder Bhatti,consultant plastic surgeon at Command Hospital and member of the Association of Plastic Surgeons of India,told Newsline that this is a unique way of using fat from the abdomen to fill in areas of the face that have hollows. The gaunt look can be done away with this kind of technology.

“Fat contains stem cells that regenerate newer collagen,” says Col Bhatti. The areas that have the gaunt look are marked and the fat grafting is done at the hospital. Apart from armed forces personnel,even civilians avail themselves of the treatment facility free of cost.

While in the West,Hollywood celebrities like Jennifer Lopez had implants fitted into get high cheek bones,so far the queries in India are restricted to repair the drawbacks in the face. “We did get queries from aspiring models in Chandigarh and a few actresses from Mumbai,” he smiles.

“It is known as facial symmetry through structural liposculture,” says Bhatti. Nearly 23 patients with asymmetry of the face were managed and followed up for varying periods. These patients had required minimal procedures for the aesthetic correction of their facial deformity.

The patients aged between 22 and 43 were managed by structural fat grafting technique at the Command hospitals at Pune and Chandimandir. The instruments used for placement of fatty tissue are dramatically different from those used for harvesting. Says Bhatti,“Fat grafting today is a recognised technique in the armamentarium of the aesthetic plastic surgeon. We have successfully used the technique in diverse conditions and have found it helpful in improving symmetry of the face.”

“Fat can fill large and small soft-tissue defects of the face and body,with every indication of permanence. However,fat grafting does not seem to work equally for every technique,for every area of the body,for every patient,or for every surgeon,” he said.

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