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

About Leeza Rodriguez

Leeza Rodriguez has B.S. Petroleum Engineering from LSU. She is Operations Manager for both the Plastic Surgery Practice and the Surgical Facility, in addition to publishing the CosmeticSurg website and blog.

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Fat grafting, also known as fat transfers or fat injections, is a plastic surgery procedure which removes fat from unwanted areas of your body, carefully processes the fat, and then reinjects your own adipose fat tissue where more volume is desired. Fat injections can help rejuvenate your face, your buttocks, your hands, or your breasts. Fat injections are also being used in breast reconstruction surgery. Fat grafting will restore volume to the breast and can be performed with or without an implant.

Lately we have seen some plastic surgery blogs expressing concern regarding how fat injections to the breast affect mammograms. We feel that both sides of the story are not being told, so we would like to address that here. >> Continue reading Fat Grafting to the Breast - Will It Affect Mammograms?

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We attended Robin Young’s 6th annual Stem Cell Summit which was held this year on March 1st in New York City. Also in attendance were scores of public and private stem cell companies. Presentations included 21 adult stem cell companies, 3 embryonic companies, 7 device/instrumentation companies, and a panel of medical experts discussing Spinal Cord Injury. Each company gave a 10 to 15 minute presentation but we most enjoyed Dr. Arnold Caplan’s keynote address. Not only is he well known in academic circles, but he is no stranger to the biotech financial community, as he was the founder of Osiris Therapeutics (Nasdaq: OSIR), a publicly traded cell therapy company. Here are some highlights we took away from Caplan’s keynote speech entitled, The State of MSC’s in 2011. If you are interested in stem cells from adipose tissue, you don’t want to miss this! >> Continue reading Stem Cell Summit: Adipose Tissue has more Stem Cells than Bone Marrow

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As if you didn’t know it already–big, prominent, perky butts are in! The February issue of Juicy Magazine featured a story on Brazilian Butt Lifts. Our own Dr. Rodriguez was interviewed for the story and is quoted with a pink shout out next to Kim Kardashian! >> Continue reading Juicy Magazine Features Dr. Rodriguez in Bootylicious Article

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At the 2010 IFATS conference in Dallas, Dr. Sydney Coleman concluded that the high density fractions of lipoaspirate are superior to the low density fractions in terms of fat survival because they have a higher percentage of stem cells. What does this mean for fat grafting patients? >> Continue reading 2010 IFATS Conference : High Density Fat Better for Fat Grafting

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Highlights from the 2010 ASPS Plastic Surgery Hot Topics Panel
We recently attended the annual ASPS National Plastic Surgery Meeting in Toronto. We particularly enjoyed the ‘Hot Topics’ panel session and have written an analysis of the notable presentations on Adipose Stem Cells by Dr. Robert Singer and Dr. Peter Rubin. >> Continue reading Plastic Surgery Hot Topics Session - Adipose Stem Cells

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A recent study published by a team from University of Pittsburgh Medical School is encouraging for researchers, clinicians, and medical device makers who are developing adipose stem cell treatments for breast reconstruction. Learn about the history of fat grafting and the safety conclusions of the Pittsburgh study. >> Continue reading Stem Cell Enhanced Fat Grafting for Breast Reconstruction

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While much of our web site is dedicated to learning about cosmetic surgery and preparing for your procedure, we would like to talk about the recovery period following any cosmetic surgery procedure.

In your pre-operative appointment, which usually occurs the week before your surgery, Dr. Rodriguez and the Surgical Coordinator will review your post op instructions. They will give you a description of what you should expect following your cosmetic surgery. Dr. Ricardo Rodriguez uses smart cell phone technology to keep in touch with his patients during the immediate post op period. >> Continue reading Using technology in your Post Operative Recovery Period

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Adipose tissue has a higher population of stem cells than bone marrow. Enuf said. The tissue which has the highest population wins. Read more about this in Dr. Rodriguez’s CosmeticSurg blog. >> Continue reading Fat stem cells, bone marrow, Sarah Palin, and the FDA

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For months, we have been hearing the debate on ways to reduce healthcare costs. Thus far, nearly everything introduced requires vast amount of government expenditures and seriously upsets people who actually like the health care plan that they currently have. It is astounding that THE most important way to lower health care cost rarely , if ever, gets discussed. So how do we lower health care costs? As the Governor of Minnesota would say—prepare to be dazzled >> Continue reading Health Care Reform 2.0: lowering health care costs with no taxpayer costs

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Tan tax In, Botax tax out. Starting July 1, 2010 tanning services will be taxed at 10%. This tan tax amendment was included in the bill to replace the 5% tax on cosmetic surgery. >> Continue reading Senate drops 5% tax on cosmetic surgery, adds 10% tan tax

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What is the difference between IV sedation and general anesthesia? Dr. Hobelmann is a Board Certified Anesthesiologist who works with Dr. Rodriguez when he performs cosmetic surgery cases. Watch the video to learn why Dr. Hobelmann thinks IV sedation provides advantages over general anesthesia. >> Continue reading Advantages of IV Sedation over General Anesthesia for Cosmetic Surgery

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Dr. Ricardo Rodriguez, a Yale trained Plastic Surgeon has been offering Virtual Consultations for several years.
Patients can discuss surgical possibilities with Dr. Rodriguez before taking the trip to Baltimore for an office consultation. Consultations can be performed in english, spanish, or french , as Dr. Ricardo Rodriguez is fully trilingual. Watch his Virtual Consult Video and make your appointment now. >> Continue reading Plastic Surgery Virtual Consult in English, Spanish, or French

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If you think that multiple cosmetic procedures are only for the rich and famous, think again! The ASPS (American Society of Plastic Surgeons) says that 38% of all patients have multiple procedures in the same operative session!

It is increasingly common for patients to have multiple cosmetic procedures at the same time. In our Baltimore office, common plastic surgery procedure combinations including . . . >> Continue reading Multiple cosmetic procedures at the same time- common!

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