Innovative Improvements


The idea of transforming your figure easily, painlessly, safely, and with little downtime and no general anesthetic may seem too good to be true. And until recently, it was.

Things have changed, however, thanks to forward-thinking cosmetic surgeons like Dr. Roger Bassin of The Bassin Center for Plastic Surgery, who has developed revolutionary fat removal and filler processes and techniques.

“There is no longer a need to put your face and body through the negative effects of traditional and unnatural cosmetic surgery anymore,” says Dr. Bassin.

Dr. Bassin got his start in the medical field at George Washington’s School of Medicine, and, upon graduating magna cum laude, he completed his internship and residency at Lenox Hill and Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. He then moved to Chicago to receive specialized training in eyelid and facial plastic and reconstructive surgery by experts at the University of Illinois, as well as advanced liposuction training by prominent cosmetic surgeons.

Today, nearly a decade later, he focuses exclusively on these specific areas of cosmetic surgery, which has allowed to him to produce cutting-edge procedures, including two of his most sought after – AquaLipo® and NaturalFill®.


AquaLipo, a gentler and safer version of traditional liposuction, is essentially a two-part combination of SmartLipo™, a laser technology which essentially melts away fat cells and helps to tighten skin, and Body-Jet® water-assisted liposuction (WAL), which then flushes out the fat cells.

“AquaLipo is a procedure that I trademarked for the use of water-assisted liposuction,” explains Dr. Bassin. “This is a complete revolution in the field of fat removal, because instead of using the traditional-style liposuction techniques which rely on a metal cannula literally ripping out the fat cells, we use a high-powered water spray or water jet to naturally spray out the cells, or power-wash them out.”

One of the biggest benefits of AquaLipo is the fact that the fat cells remain unharmed during the procedure, which in turn causes much less trauma to the body. And, since it’s a minimally invasive procedure, AquaLipo produces better results (meaning no lumps, bumps and minimal bruising) and patients are administered a pure local anesthetic, so they can literally drive themselves home afterwards.

“The beauty of AquaLipo is that it is so much gentler than any other lipo procedures,” says Dr. Bassin.


Three years ago, Dr. Bassin decided to take AquaLipo another step further and developed a revolutionary fat-transferring procedure known as NaturalFill.

In a nutshell, NaturalFill works by using the undamaged fat that is removed from one area of the body – (such as hips, thighs, arms and abdomen) via AquaLipo to fill in lines and wrinkles on the face, as well as enhance breasts and buttocks.

The idea to create NaturalFill came about as Dr. Bassin realized a need in the market to develop an enduring, non-chemical solution to popular facial line and wrinkle fillers. Dr. Bassin explains that fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane gained popularity because their properties offer more natural and longer-lasting results than the collagen fillers that were previously available. However, Juvederm and Restylane can still leave patients unsatisfied, as the costs for these procedures can range anywhere between $2,000 and $3,000 and require another treatment six-to-nine months later.

“The beauty of NaturalFill is that we have taken the patient demand of ‘natural, long-term filler’ and made it a reality. Patients who get NaturalFill may never need to return for another treatment…Patients also love that the filler is 100 percent natural,” says Dr. Bassin.

And for women, especially those who are unhappy with the appearance of their breasts after breast feeding, NaturalFill offers a profound way to increase breast volume without resorting to foreign objects.

“The breast is made of fat, and once a woman is finished breast feeding, and the breast ages, the volume of the breast is lost,” explains Dr. Bassin. “NaturalFill Natural Breast Enhancement gives back to the breast exactly what was lost – the fatty tissue.

“Traditional breast augmentation is crippled with shifting, scarring, leaking and unnatural appearance, and needs to be redone every 10 years,” he adds. “NaturalFill solves all these issues.”

Like many of Dr. Bassin’s procedures, NaturalFill is virtually quick and painless. “Patients can expect semi-permanent results after up to about a week of minor swelling,” says Dr. Bassin.


As someone who is inquisitive and a continual learner, it’s no surprise that Dr. Bassin is usually the first to bring innovative treatments to the Central Florida area. In addition to introducing Body-Jet to the area, over the years Dr. Bassin also has led the region’s charge for Thermage®, a non-surgical skin-tightening procedure using radio waves; and recently began offering QuickLift™, a 75-minute, no general anesthetic, in-office face lift procedure that offers optimal results at a fraction of the traditional cost.

In 2010, Dr. Bassin was joined by Dr. Rigo Mendoza, who is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and has been featured on Central Florida news networks for his “teeny tummy tuck,” a smaller, less-involved in-office procedure.

Because Dr. Bassin is an early adopter, The Bassin Center for Plastic Surgery – which operates offices in Viera, as well as Vero, Orlando, Tampa and The Villages – has become a training center for various procedures and equipment. Meanwhile, Dr. Bassin himself has become a mentor to cosmetic surgeons all over the world.

“My practice is extremely progressive and has embraced all of the newer minimally invasive and non-surgical treatments that are the current and future mainstays in our field,” says Dr. Bassin. “If we can provide our patients with better results with less downtime and risk, we certainly feel we should do this.”


In December 2009, Dr. Roger Bassin appeared alongside Oprah’s sidekick, Dr. Mehmet Oz on “The Dr. Oz Show” to discuss his revolutionary, trademarked procedures, AquaLipo® and NaturalFill®.

Approximately 30 minutes prior to filming, Dr. Bassin performed a small AquaLipo procedure on a patient backstage, and then performed NaturalFill on the patient in front of a studio audience during the live filming.

“As these procedures are easier, safer and better than what was previously available, Dr. Oz felt the world should know about it,” says Dr. Bassin.

And this television appearance is just one of many that the increasingly famous surgeon has made. Dr. Bassin also has gained notoriety for his breakthrough procedures on “Good Morning America,” news networks in the Central Florida area, as well as national networks including FOX and CBS.

For a thorough understanding of the precautions and safety evaluations of fat reinjection, or “fat grafting,” the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) Task Force released “Current Applications and Safety of Autologous Fat Grafts” in 2009. According to the report, the Task Force reviewed the scientific literature, critically appraised the information available, and developed evidence-based practice recommendations. Although the primary issue of interest was fat grafting to the breast, other aspects of fat grafting were evaluated. To learn more, visit