Mercy Plastic Surgeon Dr. Craig Vander Kolk Discusses Fat Grafting For Cosmetic And Reconstructive Procedures
Mercy plastic surgeon Dr. Craig Vander Kolk explains his work with fat grafting to WBAL-TV11 reporter Lisa Robinson
A new study is exploring the use of stem cells and fat grafting for cosmetic and reconstructive procedures. As people age, the fat in their face decreases, and that can often make people look older.
A woman in her 60s who wanted to freshen her look but didn't want to go through a face-lift operation like she did several years before was seen by Mercy plastic/cosmetic surgeon Dr. Craig Vander Kolk who used her own fat adult stem cells.
"By using fat, we can reshape all of that and build it up," Dr. Vander Kolk said, pointing to areas upon which the woman wanted to improve.
He is currently conducting a fat-grafting study at Mercy in which he takes the fat stem cells from a patient's abdomen. They are then used cosmetically and for breast reconstruction, among other things.
"If we use them in areas where there's been an injury, they help heal the injury. If we take fat and stem cells, we can make the skin more healthy, improve scars and improve diseases that can cause the skin to thin," Dr. Vander Kolk said.
Fat is better for cosmetic procedures because, while fillers need to be repeated every six months or year, the stem cells and fat stay, leaving a longer-lasting result.
Founded in 1874 in downtown Baltimore by the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Medical Center is a 183-licensed bed acute care university-affiliated teaching hospital. Mercy has been recognized as a top Maryland hospital by U.S. News & World Report; a Top 100 hospital for Women’s Health & Orthopedics by Healthgrades; is currently A-rated for Hospital Safety (Leapfrog Group), and is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet Hospital. Mercy Medical Center is part of Mercy Health Services (MHS), the parent of Mercy’s primary care and specialty care physician enterprise, known as Mercy Personal Physicians, which employs more than 200 providers with locations in Baltimore, Lutherville, Overlea, Glen Burnie, Columbia and Reisterstown. For more information about Mercy, visit www.mdmercy.com, MDMercyMedia on Facebook, Twitter, or call 1-800-MD-Mercy.
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