Plastic Surgery Blog

Glass of Water Emptying: The Way I Explain the Aging of the Face

Published on June 28, 2013 by

Glass of Water Emptying:  The Way I Explain the Aging of the Face When people ask me whether fat grafting is permanent, I say yes and no.  Yes, it is permanent because if done well by an expert injector (which I consider myself one) then once the graft gains formal blood supply over a period […]

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Breaking down the Cheek into Aesthetic Subunits: Avoiding Chipmunk Cheeks

Published on June 13, 2013 by

Breaking down the Cheek into Aesthetic Subunits: Avoiding Chipmunk Cheeks There is nothing uglier than big, chipmunk cheeks other than perhaps a devil looking arched brow or a duck-like lip.  How do you avoid this problem?  Should one not fill the cheeks at all then?  The answer is no since the cheek is one of […]

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Type 1 and Type 2 Eyelids

Published on June 5, 2013 by

Type 1 and Type 2 Eyelids One of my colleagues came up with the distinction between two types of youthful eyelids.  Type 1 is a very full upper eyelid that hangs almost over the eyeball itself (not quite).  Type 2 eyelid is an eyelid that is much hollower but at the same time still distinguishes […]

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Breaking the Brow into Subunits: Designing a Brow for Cosmetic Improvement

Published on May 30, 2013 by

Breaking the Brow into Subunits: Designing a Brow for Cosmetic Improvement In a previous blog we discussed why low, full brows are sexy, youthful and attractive. In this blog, we will delve into the exact subcomponents of a brow that need to be filled to achieve that look.  I break the brow into multiple points depending […]

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When Do I Do an Upper-Eyelid Blepharoplasty and How?

Published on May 8, 2013 by

When Do I Do an Upper-Eyelid Blepharoplasty and How? But should we always just add fillers or fat to the upper frame of the eyelid and never remove any tissues?  The answer is no.  If the eyelid skin is above the eyelash margin, I rarely if ever remove skin.  Filling fat or fillers into the […]

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When Do I Do a Lower-Eyelid Blepharoplasty and How?

Published on May 2, 2013 by

When Do I Do a Lower-Eyelid Blepharoplasty and How? Like the upper eyelid, I find myself performing many more fat transfers to correct the aging process than traditional eyelid surgery.  Further, if I perform a traditional lower-eyelid procedure I will almost always use some fat transferred to improve the result.  In fact, I look at […]

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Why 3 Syringes of Fillers Can Look Overfilled and Why 30 May Not

Published on April 10, 2013 by

Pillow Faces Can Look Weird and Bad Recently, I had a lady who at the age of 57 started modeling for the first time in her life thanks in large part to the syringes I have put into her face to make her look better.  Her new boyfriend remarked that she looked better than she […]

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Correcting Fat Loss in IPL Damage: My Thoughts

Published on March 19, 2013 by

Correcting Fat Loss in IPL Damage: My Thoughts Unfortunately, I have heard a lot on the Internet about facial fat loss following a laser treatment like intense pulsed light therapy, or IPL.  Fortunately, I have never seen a patient of mine with this outcome.  I think partly because this phenomenon is rare and partly because […]

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Recovery and Cost of Fillers vs. Fat Grafting

Published on February 13, 2013 by

Recovery and Cost of Fillers vs. Fat Grafting I would like to focus on two specific pros and cons with fillers and fat transfer: cost and recovery. In the younger patient (under 35 years of age), fillers typically are the most affordable way to make a face look more youthful. The reason for this is […]

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Top 10 Things People Worry about After a Fat Transfer (During the Recovery Period)

Published on January 16, 2013 by

Top 10 Things People Worry about After a Fat Transfer (During the Recovery Period) When I call one of my patients the night following a fat transfer procedure, I usually mention the top few things that can make them alarmed that will resolve over the period of the next couple of weeks.  Here is that […]

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High or Low Brows?: What is Sexier for Men and for Women?

Published on January 8, 2013 by

High or Low Brows?:  What is Sexier for Men and for Women? I am reading a book called Survival of the Prettiest by Nancy Etcoff in which she says studies have shown that a higher brow actually looks less attractive to subjects who viewed various individuals with different brow heights.  A low brow was considered […]

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Cannulas for Facial Fillers: The Evolution of My Technique

Published on December 19, 2012 by

Cannulas for Facial Fillers: The Evolution of My Technique Although I would estimate that only 1% of injectors currently use cannulas rather than standard needles to perform facial fillers, I truly believe that they have become the standard of care in my practice and I would hope the industry soon. I have been using cannulas […]

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Fat Grafting: A Little Everywhere

Published on November 25, 2012 by

Fat Grafting:  A Little Everywhere Good taste with clothing means that the items one wears are in harmony, possess style, cut well, and made of good material.  Good cosmetic facial surgery is very similar.  The products (materials) one uses can determine the outcome and certain fillers, e.g., fat, Restylane, and Juvederm, work better in certain […]

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Hollywood’s Pillow Face is a Problem

Published on August 27, 2012 by

Hollywood’s Pillow Face is a Problem Cameron Diaz’s Chipmunk Cheeks As many of you know, I love facial volumization in which lost soft tissue of the face from aging is restored using fat grafting and/or injectable fillers.  The word that has dominated the media is a “pillow face” to describe this facial fullness.  I am […]

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Understanding the Brow as a Balloon: The Role of Fat Grafting to the Brow

Published on May 13, 2012 by

Understanding the Brow as a Balloon:  The Role of Fat Grafting to the Brow One of the most confusing things that I do is to inflate a brow/upper eyelid with fat or filler when someone instinctively thinks that her brow is already too heavy and sagging.  If someone really does not get it, all I […]

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Joan Rivers Plastic Surgery: From Overlifted to Overfilled

Published on January 28, 2012 by

Joan Rivers Plastic Surgery: From Overlifted to Overfilled Joan Rivers, From Overlifted to Overfilled Joan Rivers has been the poster child of bad plastic surgery for quite some time now.  She was one of the most overlifted individuals that anyone has ever witnessed, but I believe that she may have gone overboard in the other […]

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Dr Samuel Lam Featured In NewBeauty Magazine

Published on January 13, 2012 by

Dr Samuel Lam Featured In NewBeauty Magazine National Glossy Magazine Heralded As The Ultimate Cosmetic Enhancement Guide. Samuel M. Lam, MD, FACS, is featured in the Winter/Spring 2012 edition of NewBeauty magazine, which is due on newsstands in January 2012. The featured article discusses some of Dr Lam’s facial rejuvenation procedures and techniques that minimize […]

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Eyebags, Shorelines, and Rocks

Published on December 18, 2011 by

Eyebags, Shorelines, and Rocks When we talk about eyebags, we are focused on the obvious, which is that there is a protuberant bag of tissue. However, is this really the case in the majority of situations? My answer is no. What I oftentimes see is that the lower orbital bony rim becomes exposed over time […]

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How I use Permanent Facial Fillers: Fat, Silicone, Bellafill(Artefill)

Published on November 26, 2011 by

How I use Permanent Facial Fillers: Fat Transfer, Silicone, Bellafill(Artefill) In my clinical practice I use both temporary and permanent facial fillers depending on a mixture of budget, desires, and safety. Although permanent fillers carry the risk that they are indeed permanent, I believe that it is important to delineate safety guidelines and also to […]

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Leveraging the Hardness of Products in Cosmetic Injectable Fillers

Published on October 9, 2011 by

Leveraging the Hardness of Products in Cosmetic Injectable Fillers How hard an injectable product is can be a very good thing or a not so good thing. In any case, I try to use products based on its hardness factors for differing effects on the face. One of the softest materials that I use is […]

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Suzanne Somer’s Facial Injections: Oh My God!

Published on July 11, 2011 by

Suzanne Somer’s Facial Injections:  Oh My God! Recently, I performed a fat transfer on a lady from Houston who showed me a photograph of Suzanne Somer’s during our preoperative visit the day before the procedure.  She had already sent me an email terribly worried about the procedure, asking whether I would make her look like […]

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Fat Processing for Fat Grafting: Does It Matter?

Published on July 6, 2011 by

Fat Processing for Fat Grafting: Does It Matter? One of the most common questions that I get on the forum is “How do you process your fat?” This question pertains to how fat, once harvested from the body, is treated before injection into the face and/or hands. I know the intent of the question is […]

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Madonna’s Cheek Implants

Published on July 1, 2011 by

Madonna’s Cheek Implants Madonna has had some amazing work done and also some very bad work done as well.  The one thing that gained my attention was her cheek augmentation she had a couple of years ago. Madonna’s Cheek Implants I believe she underwent cheek implants to make her look younger but the opposite effect […]

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Fillers versus Fat: Shifting Sand Concept

Published on June 26, 2011 by

Fillers Versus Fat: Shifting Sand Concept Many of my patients try to weigh the merits of fat grafting versus fillers since they both seem to be equally beneficial to fill in the hollows of an aging face.  However, I would disagree.  For younger faces still replete with enough fat and in whom I worry about […]

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Understanding The Aging Process Using Fat Grafting: A Glass Of Water Emptying

Published on June 15, 2011 by

Understanding the Aging Process Using Fat Grafting:  A Glass of Water Emptying The face undergoes significantly less gravitational descent than was once thought.  Although everyone oftentimes takes two fingers to lift up what appears to be sagging, this maneuver does not truly represent what can be accomplished with a lifting procedure nor does it reflect […]

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Understanding The Anterior Chin: The Upside Down U

Published on June 11, 2011 by

Understanding The Anterior Chin: The Upside Down U Aging of the chin area is one of the most confusing areas because people I believe focus on the wrong thing. Most oftentimes the concern is about a jowl or about a sagging puppet line. Alternatively, it is about the fine lines that can circumscribe the lips, […]

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Dismissing Fat Grafting Myths

Published on May 15, 2011 by

Dismissing Fat Grafting Myths After speaking with patients who are vaguely familiar with fat grafting I have encountered a lot of misunderstanding about how fat grafting works and a lot of this misunderstanding comes from other surgeons who do not understand it.  Here are some of the top myths on fat grafting that I would like […]

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Fat Grafting Recovery: Things You Need To Know Following Your Procedure

Published on May 9, 2011 by

Fat Grafting Recovery: Things You Need To Know Following Your Procedure One of the biggest concerns in our busy workaday America is “What is my recovery like after fat grafting?”  This is something that I will try to explore in this brief article to help prepare a prospective patient who is interested in having this […]

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Stem Cells and Fat Grafting: My Thoughts

Published on April 29, 2011 by

Stem Cells and Fat Grafting: My Thoughts Perhaps the hottest topic that we have today in cosmetic surgery is stem cells.  Do they exist?  How do we use them?  What are they good for?  Are there risks?  Unfortunately, even the most dogged proponents or detractors do not have clear answers to the above points.  I […]

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Fat Grafting Eyelid Series Part 2 of 2: Rethinking the Lower Eyelid

Published on April 14, 2011 by

Fat Grafting Eyelid Series Part 2 of 2:  Rethinking the Lower Eyelid This second article in the series focuses on techniques for lower eyelid rejuvenation.  The traditional way to manage the lower-eyelid aging was through a cutting procedure that involved either a skin cut or involved taking fat out from inside the eyelid without an […]

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Fat Grafting Eyelid Series Part 1 of 2: Rethinking Aging of the Upper Eyelid and Brow

Published on April 11, 2011 by

Fat Grafting Eyelid Series Part 1 of 2:  Rethinking Aging of the Upper Eyelid and Brow Traditionally, we have looked at the aging of the upper eyelid and brow through a gravitational model, i.e., we believe that the aging of the upper eyelid and brow sag over time.  This is not always the case.  In […]

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The Importance of the Buccal Zone: Joining the Mid to Lower Face

Published on April 7, 2011 by

The Importance of the Buccal Zone: Joining the Mid to Lower Face The buccal area is defined as the part of the face where if you sucked in your cheeks they would suck inward.  It is the area that in a very skinny person can make one look gaunt, and the buccal area resides in […]

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Recent Fat Grafting Video Testimonials

Published on April 2, 2011 by

Recent Fat Grafting Video Testimonials I have had several recent video testimonials by patients who have had my fat grafting services that I thought I would post here in this blog in addition to putting them in the video testimonial section of this Web site. I would truly like to thank my patients for their […]

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Fat Grafting Using a Hair Transplant Model for Understanding Part 3: Donor Dominance

Published on March 10, 2011 by

Fat Grafting Using a Hair Transplant Model for Understanding Part 3: Donor Dominance A new concept that really did not mature fully until I was preparing for my Vegas lecture in mid-2010 and then refined further as I was finishing my prep work for my St. Louis lecture in November 2010 was the concept of […]

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Fat Grafting Using a Hair Transplant Model for Understanding Part 2: The Dip

Published on March 6, 2011 by

Fat Grafting Using a Hair Transplant Model for Understanding Part 2: The Dip The early swelling of fat grafting that dominates the first 1 to 3 weeks after a procedure can be misconstrued as a result when it in fact is a mixture of engorged fat cells and postoperative swelling. Sometimes the stretched out appearance […]

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Fat Grafting: Rethinking Aging of the Face

Published on February 17, 2011 by

Fat Grafting: Rethinking Aging of the Face A revolution is upon us today in how we see aging of the face and how we understand the aging process. In the past, the gravitational model held that all things fall including the brows, the eyelids, the cheeks, and the jawline. Using rigorous computer modeling and matching […]

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Advanced Facial Rejuvenation 2

Published on November 30, 2010 by

Title: Advanced Facial Rejuvenation Location: St. Louis, MO Description: Dr. Lam lectures on facial fat grafting in St. Louis, MO at St. Louis University. Start Date: 2010-11-19 End Date: 2010-11-20

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Multi-Specialty Conference 2

Published on November 30, 2010 by

Title: Multi-Specialty Conference Location: Las Vegas, NV Description: Dr. Lam lectures on facial fat grafting at the Multi-Specialty Conference held at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. Start Date: 2011-6-22 End Date: 2011-6-26

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International Facial Plastic Surgery Meeting

Published on November 30, 2010 by

Title: International Facial Plastic Surgery Meeting Location: Hollywood, Florida Description: Dr. Lam lectures on alloplastic implants versus fat transfer and also lectures at a session that he moderates on facial fat grafting. Start Date: 2010-4-28 End Date: 2010-5-2

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Facial Fat Grafting Lecture in Plano, Texas by Dr. Sam Lam

Published on December 4, 2009 by

Dr. Sam Lam lectures for Essential Energy in Plano, Texas on facial fat grafting also known as fat transfer, the most natural way to rejuvenate the aging face. Watch his video on fat transfer here below:

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