As part of our commitment to provide the highest levels of care to our patients, we’re proud to announce that we now offer Sound Surgical Touchview ultrasound device. This ultrasound imaging system allows us to see the tissues and structures under the skin, including fat, muscle, tendons, arteries, viens. Additionally we can visualize many abnormal structures including ruptured breast implants, cysts and other abnormal masses. Because the device is small and portable, based on a regular MAC laptop computer, it can be used in and out of the operating room before, during and after fat grafting or other procedures. This device is so sensitive that it is able to detect structures less than 1mm in size.
This device adds value to the services we provide, these areas include:
Before procedures to evaluate existing breast implants for rupture, and the fat and muscle tissues prior to grafting, and of course to help detect any other known or unexpected abnormalities like cysts or even tumors. We would like to emphasize that we are not radiologists, so standard MRI and mammography and ultrasound exams performed by radiologists will still be part of our normal protocol. Our goal in having this tool in office will save additional examinations and find issues which can then be further evaluated by a radiologist.
During procedures, the device is easily used with a sterile sheath over the probe which was specialy designed for use by plastic surgeons. This will guide our surgical procedures for more precise liposuction and much more precise placement of fat grafts. The device can also enhance safety by allowing us to visualize important structures such as blood vessels and nerves. This will minimize the risk of damage to these structures.
Ultrasound is also a very valuable tool for postoperative care. After liposuction, ultrasound can be used to locate any fluid collections that can be improved with our lymphatic drainage techniques, to speed recovery and help provide a smoother result.
One of the main reasons for acquiring this device is to monitor the progress and success of fat grafting procedures for breast reconstruction and augmentation. We have already used the device to evaluate existing patients, and have been very pleased to see normal appearing fat tissue for both fresh fat grafts and using the Liquid Gold Lipobank cryopreserved banked fat. We have initiated research protocols to study the progress of our fat grafting patients to ensure optimum results.
There are numerous ideas for future use of imaging equipment to enhance our patient services and results. As regenerative aesthetics and reconstruction using fat grafting and hopefully fat derived stem and regenerative cells becomes standard in plastic surgery, precise imaging will become more valuable.
Dr. Jeffrey Hartog and The Bougainvillea Clinique do believe in the power of fat and how it will help patients from all walks of life! The techniques, technology and results are “there.” We look forward to sharing our passion about how your fat is LiquidGold!
May you look and feel your best!