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, Mercy Medical Center is a university-affiliated medical facility named one of the top 100 hospitals in the U.S. by Thomson-Reuters with a national reputation for women’s health. Mercy is home to the nationally acclaimed Weinberg Center for Women’s Health and Medicine as well as the $400+ million, 20-story Mary Catherine Bunting Center. For more information visit Mercy online at www.mdmercy.com, Facebook, Twitter or call 1-800-MD-MERCY.
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