Since the beginning of time, mankind has always sought to find a better way of doing things, whether it’s creating cave paintings or crossing the Atlantic. Medical advancements in plastic surgery are no exception; even the most common procedures performed today, like using breast implants, are the result of an innovative idea that was seen through to reality.
The latest example of medical innovation is purported to improve the results of fat transfer augmentation, which removes adipose tissue via liposuction, then transfers the living cells to a target area, often the breasts or buttocks, to add volume. Rather than using a syringe for the grafting process, however, there is now a hand-held device for the transfer process that claims to offer greater consistency for a higher success rate and superior results.
Technology vs. Skill Level
While the concept behind this delivery system may have merit, this newest example in a long line of medical gadgetry once again brings up the debate about technology versus surgical skill. The best plastic surgeons can create beautiful, natural results using traditional methods because of their many years of experience and hands-on knowledge. None of that can be replaced entirely by a fancy, new device.
Although the jury is still out on whether this motorized fat delivery system will actually increase the popularity of microfat grafting (either among surgeons or patients), one thing will never change: you simply can’t replace real-life expertise with a new contraption, no matter how promising it may seem.