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  • Q & A with Dr. Gallagher, MD!

    At Island Plastic Surgery, the expertise and commitment of our forward-thinking plastic surgeons makes the difference between our practice and others in the industry. In fact, not only are our plastic surgeons leaders in the field with decades of experience – they are also physicians who have built a solid reputation in the medical community for their caring and personalized approach to cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.

    Interested in reading what Dr. Gallagher has to say about certain topics? Check out her Q & A section below. (

    How Does Fat Transfer Work?
    Dr. Gallagher: “First, the fat is harvested via the liposuction technique where the fat is bypassed and collected in a sterile container, cleaned and washed with sterile saline and kept cold until ready to graft. Fat grafting is done with thin, blunt cannulas to the desired areas through small needle size incision that typically heals without a scar.”

    Fat Transfer Side Effects
    Dr. Gallagher: “Sometimes, the fat harvested does not fully incorporate into the breast(s) and can be of less volume than originally anticipated. In this case, you may need to repeat this procedure if there is fat available for staging. Also, if the fat does not fully incorporate, it can sometimes form firm nodules due to fat necrosis which can mimic cancer on mammogram. This may require MRI and/or biopsies to rule out malignancy if the nodule does not resolve completely. Fat transferring may also affect a woman’s ability to breast feed in the future, but does not eliminate the possibility.”

    Fat Transfer for Lips: Worth It?
    Dr. Gallagher: “Fat transfer is the more permanent option to fillers. Some may opt to have a filler first to see how they like the results then get the fat transfer once the filler has gone away. If you are sure you want fuller lips and are scheduled for liposuction, discuss with your Surgeon the anticipated results and associated specifics of fat transfer.”

    Mini Tummy Tuck Scar vs. Full Tummy Tuck Scar?
    Dr. Gallagher: “Having a mini tummy tuck does not exempt you from the hip to hip incision necessarily. You may be a candidate for a mini, but only with a focused physical examination by your Surgeon to evaluate skin elasticity and amount and with the understanding that the length of your scar will be very similar to a formal tummy tuck procedure.”

    Smart Liposuction or Mini Tummy Tuck
    Dr. Gallagher: “This is best answered at your consultation with your Surgeon. A physical examination will evaluate your muscle anatomy to your abdomen that can sometimes be affected by pregnancies, widening the center of the rectus muscle that runs straight down your abdomen and this may cause a projected abdomen. This can only be repaired with a formal abdominoplasty because the plication, or bringing together, of the rectus muscle is done above and below the naval. The amount if fat that lies above your abdominal muscles will also be evaluated to determine if liposuction is appropriate and would give the results you want. Sometimes, weight loss and exercise can be an option too! You may not need a mini tummy tuck with the description given, but again, a physical examination is necessary.”

    What is the Average Recovery Time for a Mini Tummy Tuck?
    Dr. Gallagher: “Activities such as exercise, lifting greater than 15 pounds, stretching, and standing for long periods of time are restricted for this procedure for at least 4 weeks. If you have a job that includes these activities, discuss your restrictions with your Surgeon prior to your procedure.”