HUNTSVILLE, AL--(Marketwire - Feb 5, 2013) - Dr. David Durst and his center for plastic surgery in Alabama say recent innovations in fat grafting have made a groundbreaking impact on the possibilities for cosmetic enhancement. As popularity and awareness about fat grafting techniques continue to grow, Dr. Durst says patients will be able to take advantage of a wide array of safe, effective alternatives for achieving their aesthetic goals.
Developed in the 1980s, fat grafting, also known as fat transfer, is a process in which fat cells are harvested from one part of a person's body and injected into another in order to improve the overall volume and appearance of a desired area. Although its main uses have been in facial rejuvenation and hand rejuvenation, Dr. Durst says the technique has become more popular lately as an adjunctive procedure to breast reconstruction and cosmetic breast surgery. Because fat can be placed with precision in targeted locations, he says grafting procedures often allow surgeons to achieve a more customized, artistic outcome than traditional treatments.
Dr. Durst says other benefits of fat grafting include:
- An improved degree of permanence for facial rejuvenation as opposed to dermal fillers like Juvederm® and Restylane®
- Readily available and harvestable donor sites, which can help cut down the overall cost of treatment
- Although largely unproven, fat grafting may also offer some general restorative properties for the actual tissue when utilized in a particular area
Given the numerous benefits available through the addition of fat grafting techniques, Dr. Durst says he is excited to incorporate the approach into his practice as a way of offering his patients more options to achieve their desired result.
"Generally, I think the more tools in the toolbox, the better," says Dr. Durst. "Fat grafting can be used in a lot of different ways and there are many things that can be done for facial rejuvenation and hand rejuvenation patients, as well as breast surgery patients, as it becomes more and more accepted."
Looking forward, the Huntsville plastic surgeon says he is eager to be a part of the future of fat grafting and hopeful for its development as a mainstream technique in cosmetic enhancement. However, as with any medical procedure, he encourages patients considering treatment to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon before making any final decisions so as to ensure they receive the safest, most effective care possible.
"I am very certain that as time goes by, fat grafting and its results will become even more standardized," he says. "I'm looking forward to being able to explore its utility, and I think it is going to become even more widespread as it continues to be perfected."
About David L. Durst, MD
A graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia Medical School, Dr. David Durst completed both his general surgery and plastic surgery residencies at the University of Kentucky. He is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, as well as the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Dr. Durst is the co-founder of the Cosmetic Surgery Center of Huntsville, the only free-standing plastic surgery center in the area certified by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgical Facilities. He is affiliated with Crestwood Hospital, the Surgery Center of Huntsville, and the Madison Surgery Center.
Located at 4011 Balmoral Drive in Huntsville, AL 35801, Dr. Durst's practice can be reached at (256) 881-4200. It can also be contacted online via the websites drdurst.net or facebook.com/drdaviddurst.