Fat Grafting Asia Summit Heads to Taiwan in March

Advancements in research and technology today have led to a global trend toward fat grafting for its regenerative, reconstructive and aesthetic applications.

In a survey conducted by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, eighty-eight percent of plastic surgeons who currently perform fat grafting to the breast said they use fat grafting for breast reconstruction techniques, and often apply fat grafting along with implants or flap procedures. The surgeons found fat grafting particular useful for improving the shape of the breast, including reconstruction after “lumpectomy” for early-stage breast cancer.

Physicians who are interested in or already practicing with fat grafting can look forward to Fat Grafting Asia’s East Asia Summit 2014 when it takes to the stage on 1-2 March 2014 at Kang Ning General Hospital in Taiwan.

The power-packed 2-day Summit features top international and regional surgeons and picks up from its inaugural event in Kuala Lumpur in October 2013 to further the discussions on top challenges faced in fat grafting over four key sessions:

  1. Lowering the Complexity of Autologous Fat Transfer for Asian Body
  2. Achieving Excellence for Fat Grafting on Breast Augmentation in Asia
  3. Boosting Asian Facial Rejuvenation and Contouring Through Fat Grafting Procedure
  4. Uncovering the Future of Wound Healing: Fat Grafting – Tissue Engineering & Stem Cells

Additionally, the two “live” demonstration workshops on Fat Grafting for Facial Rejuvenation and Facial Contouring and Fat Grafting for Breast Augmentation’ by world renowned surgeons, Dr Tonnard and Dr Rigotti respectively offers delegates the opportunity to watch these two experts in action.

For a preview of what to expect, we bring you excepts of two interviews by the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine (AAAM) with two keynote speakers, Dr Gino Rigotti from Italy and Dr Jae Ho Jeong from South Korea.

Dr Gino RigottiPresident of ISPRES, Dr Gino Rigotti, talks to the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine (AAAM) about the increasing global prevalence of Fat Grafting in cosmetic surgery – an effective procedure in regenerative surgery that achieves beautiful, lifelong and scar-free results with low rates of complications.

Dr Gino Rigotti, Italy

President, International Society of Plastic Regenerative Surgery (ISPRES); Inventor, Rigottomies 2D and 3D Breast Augmentation/Reconstruction Technique; Head of Lipotech Department (Fat Related Surgical and Clinical Technologies), San – Francesco Hospital, Verona, Italy; Founder & Director, Italian Academy of Lipotech

AAAM: As the President of ISPRES, what global trends do you see in cosmetic surgery & Fat Grafting industry? 
Dr Rigotti: As the President of ISPRES, I see a global trend toward fat. Fat is becoming increasingly popular every day. But there is some resistance because Fat Grafting in cosmetic surgery is a revolution of the 21st century. Because more and more cosmetic surgeries will be dominated by fat, many procedures will be obsolete in the future. Cosmetic surgery is an important industry where we constantly need new and different methods. I am extremely in favour of this revolution even if there is some resistance. In my opinion, the most valuable contribution to cosmetic surgery of Fat Grafting is the regenerative aspect.

AAAM: As the Head of Regenerative Surgery at San Francesco Hospital in Italy, when did you first look into fat grafting and how many Fat Grafting surgeries have you performed? 
Dr Rigotti: I started my adventure in 1999 when I published my research on regenerative surgery which enlarged my application of fat. Mostly my cases were related to breast surgeries and reconstructive application but most recently I started to do fat grafting for correction of deformities, scars, and other diseases with the purpose of rejuvenation on the face. At the moment I am performing 500 operations a year in my clinic – 80% on breast, and the remaining of 20% in different areas. I operate only 2 days a week.

AAAM: You invented Rigottomies 2D and 3D techniques. What’s special about it? 
Dr Rigotti: The best part of Rigottomies 2D and 3D is to do sculpture. To do breast and face reconstruction/augmentation you need good sculpture. Rigottomies 2D and 3D techniques provide a three-dimensional net in the deep tissues. The procedure gives the appropriate shape and the three-dimensional net helps to relax and retract the breast when necessary, giving fullness and shape. Without Rigottomies you can only achieve volume, not shape. Fillers and other procedures merely produce volume. When you apply the 3D net, you enlarge the spaces where necessary. This is important for Asian patients because Asian skin is tighter.

AAAM: What are the results for your patients? Are they happy? 

Dr Rigotti: Normally the results are very good. From my patients’ experience, the rate of complication is very low. You can get beautiful results maintaining the anatomy while avoiding scars – essentially achieving scar-free results. This means during the procedure we can create more holes in which we can insert small cannulas. My patients are so pleased that they formed the Riggotomies Fan Club in Italy – this is the first time during my life in surgery that I’ve had a fan club!

AAAM: You have been specializing in Fat Grafting for over 10 years – why have you chosen to focus on Fat Grafting rather than alternative procedures like fillers?  

Dr Rigotti: In my opinion, Fat Grafting is much better. Unlike fillers, fat is not a foreign body – That is the fundamental difference. Firstly, fat reduces the necessity of introducing a foreign body, and secondly, fat serves an effective regenerative purpose. Thirdly, there are no allergic reactions.

AAAM: You were a key speaker at the first Fat Grafting Asia Summit in Kuala Lumpur. What are your thoughts on the event program and the speakers?
Dr Rigotti: First of all, I have to commend the organizers of the event! A lot of delegates commented it was the first event of its kind. It is an excellent opportunity for the Asian surgeons to learn different techniques to add to their professional life. 

AAAM: Why did you decide to return to Fat Grafting Asia Summit in Taiwan?
Dr Rigotti: At the first Fat Grafting Asia Summit, I found an important niche market and a lot of friends. Asia is such a big region with so many cosmetic surgeons! I think that I will be proud if I am able to teach something about Fat to the doctors in Asia! 


Dr JeongDr Jeong Hae Ho from South Korea discusses with AAAM the important role of adipose stem cells as a powerful source of regeneration in reconstructive surgery and skin repair. 

 Dr Jae Ho Jeong, South Korea

Past Co-President 2009 IFATS, Vice-President of Korean Association of Plastic Surgeons, 2012, Chief Director, Oblige Plastic Surgery Clinic & StemTec Korea

You are one of the top tissue engineering experts in Korea. What stimulated your interest in Adipose Stem Cells?  Tissue engineering involves using stem cells and biomaterials to regenerate or reproduce surviving tissue. When I was in Pittsburgh, adipose stem cells were a new research field. We discovered new type of cells from human fat tissues. Those cells were adipose stem cells and it was the beginning of a field of science. 
The fat tissue contains a significant amount of stem cells, which makes it very meaningful. We already had stem cells such as bone marrow but the number of cells harvested from the bone marrow were far less than therapeutic amount, whereas with fat tissue, we can extract a lot of regenerative cells. 

AAAM: What is your latest research topic in the field of adipose stem cells? 
Dr Jeong: Recently, I’ve been applying the adipose stem cells for clinical purposes. The first is skin repair and regeneration for difficult wounds that don’t heal easily. There are many cases of chronic diabetes which produce leg wounds that don’t heal very well, and to treat these cases, we can use stem cells to facilitate the healing. My other research is on facial skin rejuvenation with or without fat grafting. Fat grafting enriched with adipose stem cells is effective in facial skin rejuvenation especially on patients with wrinkles. The stem cells are harvested from the fat, and then injected back into patient to treat the wrinkles.

17801411_lAAAM: What benefits does Fat Grafting bring to Reconstructive Surgery and Skin Repair? 

Dr Jeong: Fat tissue is a powerful source of regeneration. Most notably, it can be injected into large wounds or chronic difficult wounds and effectively accelerates the healing process. Also, we can add appropriate scaffolding materials to treat even large tissue defects and moreover, donor deformities can be avoided with method.

AAAM: How important are adipose stem cells to the development of Fat Grafting?

Dr Jeong: Adipose stem cells are fundamentally important to fat grafting survival. Small portion of fat grafts survive, and it is known that considerable amounts of fat are actually regenerated from adipose stem cells within graft fat. 

AAAM: As the former Executive Director of the Korean Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and past Vice President of the Korean Association of Plastic Surgeons, do you see Fat Grafting becoming a trend in Asian aesthetic surgery and why?  
Dr Jeong: Yes, Fat Grafting has become an important trend in Korea for both younger and ageing women. Skin sagging and the natural ageing process causes volume loss from face, which produces wrinkles. Fat Grafting, especially when performed on the face, helps restore the youthful face. Now we have substantial scientific evidence that fat tissue has regenerative potential for facial rejuvenation. For younger girls, fat is amazing material for facial contouring. Many patients in Asia have flat forehead and mid face retrusion -we can easily improve the facial contour using natural fats. Complications rarely arise from fat grafting procedures. For these reasons, Fat Grafting is very popular in Korea now! 

AAAM: What attracted you to speak at Fat Grafting East Asia Summit 2014?
Dr Jeong: I have been working on stem cells for more than 15 years. Since the discovery of adipose stem cells, I have applied the cells for various indications in the clinical field – not only in fat grafting but also for tissue repair and regeneration. So I think it is my responsibility and privilege to present my research and experiences in an international conference like Fat Grafting East Asia Summit to enrich the paradigm of reconstructive surgery. I know fat is going to be a new generation of plastic surgery.

These interviews appear in full at www.fatgraftingasia.com

To meet Dr Rigotti, Dr Jeong, and other fat grafting experts, register your place at Fat Grafting East Asia Summit 2014 at www.fatgraftingasia.com/summit


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