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Dr. Rodriguez discusses Plastic Surgery, Medicine, and Stem Cell Research

About Dr. Ricardo L Rodriguez

I am a Plastic Surgeon with over 25 years of experience in both the academic and private practice worlds. At my AAAASF surgery center where I serve as Medical Director, (Cosmetic Surgery Facility LLC, DBA Cosmeticsurg.net), I specialize in multiple procedure makeovers.

I am Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and an active member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, (ASPS). In 2016 I will serve as president of IFATS, a multidisciplinary research organization whose focus is the study of adipose tissue and adipose stem cells. For my own research activities, I was recently awarded an MSCRF grant to study invivo tracking of autologous adipose stem cells for the treatment of radiation damaged breasts. This study is registered at the ClinicalTrials.gov site.

My patients include medical professionals, actors and performers, diplomats, and people of all walks of life. I speak Spanish, French, and English, and I am happily married for 29 years with two beautiful children.

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During the past decade, researchers have discovered that stem cells can also be extracted from your own fat tissue. These adult stem cells have the same potential as embryonic stem cells, except for the ability to differentiate into sperm or ova. Unlike embryonal stem cells, stem cells extracted from your own fat are abundant, easily available, and pose no ethical or political controversy. >> Continue reading Stem Cells from Fat - Plastic Surgery's New Frontier

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Explore Cosmetic Surgery and the Science of Beauty with Dr. Rodriguez in his CosmeticSurg Video Journal. In Episode 1, Dr. Rodriguez, a Yale trained Plastic Surgeon with 20 years experience, explains the significance of cannula size in the liposuction procedure. Find out which cannulas are considered the gold standard and yield the best results for liposuction. >> Continue reading Liposuction Cannulas: CosmeticSurg Video Journal with Dr. Rodriguez |Episode 1

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Some of you may have read my posts on why I like to do breast augmentation under IV sedation. I also do IV sedation for all major and combined procedures. Naturally, some patients are anxious because they don’t want to feel anything, but they are attracted to the idea of not undergoing general anesthesia. There is also some confusion as to what exactly is IV sedation. This is understandable because there are many levels of sedation. I will explain the different levels so you can make a more informed decision when discussing this with your surgeon or anesthesiologist.

In cosmetic surgery, we often refer to the three distinct choices: local,  IV or General Anesthesia. >> Continue reading Types of Anesthesia used in Cosmetic Surgery

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When the correct technique is used fat grafts are permanent. Dr. Rodriguez, a Yale trained plastic surgeon with 20 years experience explains the correct techniques for fat grafting in his CosmeticSurg blog. >> Continue reading How long do fat injections last? Are they permanent?

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Dr. Ricardo Rodriguez, a Yale trained Plastic Surgeon with 20 years experience, explains why minimally manipulated adult stem cells for autologous usage should not be considered ‘drugs’. There are rumblings that the FDA will classify all adult stem cells as ‘drugs’. Fat cells are a type of adult stem cell. Is your own fat a drug? Read about it in his CosmeticSurg Blog. >> Continue reading The FDA and Stem Cells-is your own fat a drug?

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Dr. Rodriguez discusses the difference between fat injections for breast augmentation and stem cell enhanced fat injections to the breast. He cites the ASPS position paper regarding fat transfer. Read about it in his CosmeticSurg blog. >> Continue reading Fat Stem Cell injections to the breast- Risky?

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When seeing a plastic surgeon for a cosmetic consultation, be sure to be specific about what you want. Dr. Ricardo Rodriguez, a Yale trained plastic surgeon , gives tips on what you should know before your consult.
Read about it in his CosmeticSurg Blog. >> Continue reading What you need to know before a Plastic Surgery Consult

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The browlift is the new eyelift. If you want to refresh the upper eyelids, the browlift is often times a better alternative than the traditional upper eyelid surgery. Dr. Ricardo Rodriguez, a Yale trained Plastic Surgeon explains why the browlift is a better alternative than the eyelift in his browlift video. >> Continue reading The Brow lift is the new eye lift

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Plastic Surgeons have been harvesting stem cells for years. Your own unwanted fat is loaded with precious adult stem cells. Dr. Rodriguez talks about fat injections and your own fountain of youth. >> Continue reading Is Stem Cell Facelift a new phenomenon?

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In many plastic surgery forums I always see the question–‘Can a tummy tuck can be peformed with something other than General Anesthesia’?

The good news is YES- you can have a tummy tuck with IV Sedation. Instead of general anesthesia, I use local tumescent anesthesia with IV sedation. This type of anesthesia is highly preferable compared to general anesthesia and I want to explain why. With General Anesthesia , a machine is breathing for you and you have a tube down your throat or nose. With IV anesthesia you are breathing on your own and there is no tube in your throat or nose. Recovery from IV sedation is also much easier with IV sedation compared to General Anesthesia. Most people experience much less nausea with IV sedation. >> Continue reading Tummy tuck Anesthesia makes a big difference | Tumescent Local vs. General Anesthesia

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Dr. Rodriguez’s Brazilian Butt Lift technique is featured in the Washington DC- Baltimore spring issue of the Women’s Journal. >> Continue reading Dr. Rodriguez's Brazilian Butt Lift- featured story in Women's Journal

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Tubular breast deformity is a condition where the breasts have the shape of cylindrical tubes. Dr. Rodriguez, a Yale trained Plastic Surgeon, explains how this can be corrected with a certain type of implant and incision. Read about it in his CosmeticSurg blog. >> Continue reading Tubular (Tuberous) Breast shape-how to correct with implants

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Your own fat has little fountains of youth built in. Dr. Rodriguez, Board Certified and Yale trained Plastic Surgeon, explains the role of stem cells in plastic surgery in his CosmeticSurg blog. >> Continue reading Fat grafts, Stem cells, and The Fountain of Youth

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After years of performing the Brazilian Butt Lift, (butt augmentation with fat injections), Dr. Ricardo Rodriguez has developed a new technique for buttock enhancement, the B’more Butt Lift. Read about it in his CosmeticSurg Blog. >> Continue reading Brazilian Butt Lift or B’more Butt Lift ™ ?

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Dr. Rodriguez, a Yale trained Plastic Surgeon who has been practicing for over 20 years, gives his thoughts on Smart Lipo. With Smart Lipo, some damaged fat is usually left behind and the skin tightening is temporary. >> Continue reading New liposuction technologies: How smart is Smart Lipo?

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