Sydney Coleman is highlighted in the 2014 Program of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons for receiving the ASPS coveted Trustees Special Achievement Award (see below)
A Description of the ASPS Trustees Special Achievement Award and Sydney Coleman is offered on Page A6 of the Official Program 2014 of the ASPS
About the ASPS Trustees Special Achievement Award:
Established in 1976, this award is given to an outstanding physician who has brought credit and distinction to plastic surgery through clinical practice and application, community and civic accomplishments, organization and executive performance, or teaching and research.
About SYDNEY R. COLEMAN, MD
“Pioneers get the arrows and settlers get the land” is anold adage of which Sydney Coleman, assistant clinical professor of plastic surgery at NYU Medical Center and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center is intimately familiar. A native Texan pioneer, Dr. Coleman is best known as the originator of a successful fat grafting method known as LipoStructure ®, structural fat grafting, or Coleman fat grafting. In the face of skepticism by his colleagues, he has since 1988 championed fat grafting to permanently replace or create volume for reconstructive and aesthetic surgeries. In 1995, defying prevailing dogmas, he grafted fat into breasts with astounding results which he published in 2007—and today, fat grfting to the breast is now widely practiced.
Foreign plastic surgeons embraced the “Coleman technique” early and have advanced the science of fat grafting enormously over the last two decades. Today, almost every plastic surgeon worldwide uses fat grafting to the great benefit of patients.
It was 25 years ago that Dr. Coleman first announced that fat grafts can transform tissues into which they are grafted. In 2014, surgeons graft fat to rejuvenate and thicken skin and to treat such conditions as burns, scars, chronic wounds, irradiated tissues, pain, and even scleroderma and Dupuytren’s. Research on the regenerative abilities of fat and its components, stem cells and growth factors is the new frontier for Sydney Coleman and for Plastic Surgery.
Sydney Coleman is featured in the Program of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons as the recipient of the ASPS Trustee Special Achievement Award
The Board of Trustees of the American Society of Plastic Surgery bestowed the greatest honor given by the ASPS on Sydney Coleman
- Linda Phillips awards the Highest Honor bestowed by the ASPS
The letter informing him of the decision follows: Subject: Trustees’ Award
Dear Dr. Coleman,
As the Chair of the ASPS trustees, it is my very great pleasure to tell you that you have been chosen as the recipient of the Trustees’ Award, in recognition of your singular accomplishment of developing the science and art of fat grafting. You have steadfastly remained a champion of this new technique, even in the face of heated opposition, and have thus brought forth a great tool for the benefit of plastic surgical patients. The promise of stem cell harvest will no doubt bring even more importance to fat cell harvesting and structural grafting. This, in combination with your constant efforts to improve international relationships among plastic surgeons, has resulted in a unanimous and strong desire of the 6 Trustees to bestow the highest award given by the ASPS. I hope that you will be willing and able to accept this award at the annual meeting in Chicago, on Saturday, October 11 during the opening ceremonies. Please let me know if you have any questions about our strong desire to give you this recognition which you have so spectacularly earned. As the UTMB program director and chief, it will give me great pleasure to present this to an alumnus of our medical school. Please let me know if you have any questions or if there is some way that I can be of assistance.
Interview with Sydney Coleman, MD
Sydney Reese Coleman is the physician who first observed and announced to the scientific community the amazing regenerative ability of fat grafts and the associated stem cells. Beginning in 1987, he has developed procedures that utilize transplanted fat to not only fill faces and bodies, but also to harness the powerful rejuvenating and reparative abilities of fat. He is a board certified plastic surgeon practicing in Manhattan, New York City, and is an assistant clinical professor at New York University (NYU) and also at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). He is best known as the originator of a successful method for grafting fat. To describe his technique of fat grafting he trademarked the term LipoStructure® (alternatively referred to as Structural Fat Grafting, Coleman Fat Grafting or the Coleman Technique).
Involvement in Regenerative Medicine and Surgery
Since 1988, Dr. Sydney Coleman has given presentations on fat grafting at scientific meetings throughout the world and has published extensively. Soon after his first successful attempts at fat grafting, he observed an improvement in the quality of aging or sun-damaged skin. Later he witnessed the reversal of pathological conditions after fat grafting of scarring, therapeutic radiation injury, scleroderma, steroid atrophy and other skin conditions. There is now evidence that the stem cells or messengers in all fat tissues aid in the repair of tissues by bringing in a new blood supply or by directly affecting damaged or aging structures. As such, your fat is a repair organ for the body, and moving fat into an area of your body can repair diseases and conditions (such as sun damage and scarring). This is the basis of an entirely new approach to medicine and surgery in which your own body can be used to cure diseases and conditions rather than using drugs or invasive procedures
Sydney Coleman’s Research and Academic Pursuits
To study the regenerative potential of adipose tissue, Dr. Coleman is actively involved in research projects to quantify the regenerative ability of fat grafting and stromal vascular fractions in battle injuries. Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine Biomedical Translational Initiative at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC)
Co-Investigator with Peter Rubin on four projects funded by the Department of Defense through the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs.
- *Study to investigate the “use of concentrated endogenous autologous adipose stromal cells in fat grafts for craniofacial trauma” in 20 soldiers; plus another study project to re-treat subjects in five selected cases.
- *Controlled study “to investigate the effect of adding stromal vascular fraction into the grafted fat for facial and cranial war injuries.”
- *Pilot study on “enriched autologous fat grafting for treating pain at amputation sites.”
In 2013 Coleman regenerative surgery meetings.
++Secretary General of the International Society of Plastic Regenerative Surgery (ISPRES) http://www.ispres.org, and the President of the meeting in Berlin just held June 2013 http://ispresberlin2013.com
++Co-Chairman of the 5th International Symposium of Fat Injection and Tissue Regeneration at the Fondazione G. Sanvenero Rosselli in Milan September 14, 2013 http://www.fondazionesanvenero.org/i-corso-140913.html
++Co-Chairman of the Plastic Surgery section of the Cell Society Europe Meeting November 1-2, 2013 http://www.plastie-aphm.fr
++Co-president of the International Federation for Adipose Therapeutics and Science (IFATS) and of their annual meeting which will be held next in New York City November 21-24, 2013 http://www.ifats.org
++Co-President of the Fifth International Conference of Regenerative Surgery to be held in Rome December 13-15, 2013 http://www.regenerativesurgery.it.
++Member of the Regenerative Medicine Task Force of the American Society of Plastic Surgery and on their Research Workgroup as well as on the committee that organized the first ASPS Regenerative Medicine Summit in Miami, March 14-17, 2013 http://www.plasticsurgery.org/For-Medical-Professionals/Resources-and-Education/Meetings/Regenerative-Medicine-Summit.html.
© Coleman 2013
Neck Rejuvenation: New Natural Necklift with FDA Approved Non-invasive Ultherapy combined with Coleman Fat Grafting results in lifting, tightening & thickening of the skin
Natural Neck Lifting with Ultherapy and Coleman Fat Grafting
A revolution is about to take place in neck rejuvenation: The FDA has just approved the perfect complement to the natural rejuvenation of Coleman fat grafting: Ultherapy, a treatment that uses non-invasive, micro-focused ultrasound. The Ulthera device is the only noninvasive technology approved by the FDA for lifting. Ultherapy lifts by tightening the deep layers of the neck. This is unlike traditional necklifts in which the skin is pulled behind the ear, altering the natural anatomic relationships present in the youthful neck. Ultherapy lifts without deforming the natural skin position. This lifting is a great way to complement the natural rejuvenating fullness and skin thickening provided by transplanted fat. For details on the Ultherapy procedure and recovery, please look at our recent Ultherapy Blog.
3 months after one Ultherapy treatment before fat grafting
Neck Rejuvenation with Coleman Structural Fat Grafting
A smooth neck with naturally thick, taught skin represents youth and beauty. Coleman structural fat (LipoStructure®) can provide underlying structural support to aging neck skin and underlying structures to restore youthful fullness. In addition, fat grafting thickens neck skin by increasing collagen and elastin, decreasing crêpiness and wrinkling. By restoring structural fullness and skin thickness, the neckbands (turkey neck) can be softened. Please go to the LipoStructure.com website for more examples of neck rejuvenation with fat grafting.
What happens to the neck as we age?
The skin of the neck often shows the first signs of aging. As we mature, fullness immediately underneath the skin disappears, while the neck skin thins and collagen diminishes. Eventually, the deterioration of the skin texture and loss of fullness leads to wrinkling and crêpiness. Another problem occurs as well: the underlying structures of the neck become more visible and the superficial neck muscles (the platysma) become more obvious as bands. Over time, a waddle or double chin can develop.
One year after one Coleman fat grafting. Ultherapy would have improved her result.
Traditional necklifts act by distorting tissues to unnatural positions
For decades, physicians have tried to reverse the sagging neck using a necklift. Unfortunately, a necklift lifts and tightens by deforming the skin and underlying tissues of the neck. The “lifting” is accomplished by pulling and distorting skin in an unnatural direction, amputating the skin, and then tying the stretched, displaced skin up to a less than anatomic location behind the ear. Coleman fat grafting and Ultherapy rejuvenate while leaving the skin in its natural position.
Coleman Structural Fat Grafting to the Neck
Fat grafting to the neck is a simple procedure. First, under intravenous sedation similar to what one has during a colonoscopy, a small volume of fat (about 300cc or 10 fluid oz) is harvested (gently suctioned by hand) from donor sites such as the abdomen or inner thighs. The fat is specially processed to separate out the fluids that are not needed, and super-concentrate the fat, with its inherent stem cells and associated biological anti-aging messengers. Using specially designed mini-cannulas (injection tubes), the fat is then meticulously placed through tiny puncture sites in a thin layer between the surface of the skin and the neck muscles. Individual lines and creases may be treated separately by injecting fat directly beneath them as well. The procedure takes about 90 minutes, and recovery is usually minor.
Recovery after Fat Grafting
The donor sites are sore and bruised, and the treated areas will be mildly swollen and bruised as well. Patients can usually return to normal activities within a few days, although it may take up to 3 weeks for the bruising to completely resolve. Strenuous exercise must be avoided for about 10 days. We like to say that “what you see is what you get” at 3 months; however, stem cells in the transplanted fat continue to rejuvenate the skin for years to come, resulting in softer, smoother, firmer and often more even-toned skin.
Timing of Neck Ultherapy and Fat Grafting
We strongly recommend that Ultherapy from Ulthera, be used to lift and tighten the skin of the neck before neck fat grafting. It is the only non-invasive FDA-approved treatment for lifting and tightening of skin. Ultherapy and Coleman fat grafting go hand and hand to provide the most successful and natural neck rejuvenation possible.
Call us today for a consultation: 212 571-5200 or email at email@example.com
3 months after one Ultherapy treatment to the Neck now ready for fat grafting to the neck
Photo courtesy of Ulthera
3 years after one Coleman fat grafting to the Neck. Ultherapy has not yet been performed on this patient
3 months after one Ultherapy treatment to the Neck with no fat grafting
Photo courtesy of Ulthera
Please go to the LipoStructure.com website for more examples of neck rejuvenation with fat grafting
Photos of Ultherapy treatments are the courtesy of Ulthera.
© Coleman 2013
Ulthera: Non-Invasive FDA-approved Lifting Technology
What is Ultherapy?
ULTHERAPY is a non-invasive procedure that lifts and tightens the face and neck by focusing sound waves deep under the skin.
Is Ultherapy safe?
The FDA approved Ultherapy in 2009, and it is the first and only non-invasive procedure approved by the FDA to lift skin on the neck, chin and brow. The company claims that over 80,000 treatments have been administered worldwide.
How Does Ultherapy Work?
ULTHERAPY focuses sound waves (ultrasound energy) to target the layers under the skin – the same layers that plastic surgeons focus on during facelift surgery. Other technologies such as lasers and Thermage can only treat the most superficial levels. Ulthera’s focused ultrasound waves stimulate collagen synthesis at a much deeper level below the skin surface, resulting in a more significant lifting effect.
How long does it take for Ultherapy to work?
Results can be seen as early as the first few days. Over the next couple of months, as the new collagen is gradually reorganized, the lifting and smoothing of the skin becomes more obvious.
Who is the best candidate?
This procedure is particularly good for patients with some laxity of the jawline and neck, jowls and droopy upper eyelids who are not yet ready for a facelift, forehead lift or eyelid surgery or who don’t want any down-time.
How long is the procedure and what is the recovery?
The procedure takes from 45 minutes to 2 hours, depending on how much of the face is treated, and patients may return to normal activities a few hours after the treatment. The face may be slightly swollen and sore for a few days. Occasionally, patients may experience mild bruising or have an area of temporary numbness. Other side effects are rare.
Call us for a consultation for this exciting new technology, and visit the Ulthera website for additional info.
Before (left) and 150 days after (right) Ultherapy treatment (courtesy of Ulthera)
Before (left) and 1/2 year after (right) Ultherapy (courtesy of Ulthera)
© Coleman 2013