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Beach-ready Lipo

May 23rd, 2013

There are about 285,000 liposuction procedures performed each year. Early summer is the prime season that I see an uptick in calls from patients asking about liposuction. As the temperatures finally begin to moderate in Minnesota, consultations in my office gradually switch from a focus on facial rejuvenation to body contouring procedures. It makes sense that liposuction might offer a boost for looking good in beachwear.

When exercise and diet doesn’t seem to do the trick for localized fat deposits on the thighs or extra fat presents as a muffin tummy, it might be time to consider cosmetic surgery options. I do recommend that patients should be within striking distance of their target weight when considering liposuction or tummy tuck surgery.  Although over 1.5 million people had cosmetic surgery last year,  surgery is not a quick fix for considerable weight loss, but it is ideal for those stubborn areas.

Liposuction and liposculpture also continue to be very popular year-round, as new techniques are always hyped in the media.  The lipid or fat reducing method basically remains the same, but the new trendy gimmicks make great headlines. I find that refined traditional liposuction techniques are quite effective in body sculpting surgery.

Traditional suction-assisted liposuction still remains my main choice for appropriately selected patients in my practice. The procedure has evolved slowly and enjoys a long history with proven efficacy. Traditional liposculpture not only allows me to remove adequate volumes of fat, but the smaller specialized cannulas can be used for delicate fat removal. This is effective for designing customized sculpting for each patient. A consultation with a board certified cosmetic surgeon is the best way to find out if you might be a candidate for a slimming nipntuck.

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What’s New in Liposuction?

April 9th, 2012

When surgeons consider incorporating the newest technologies for liposuction into their practices, they need to be wary of the hype. There is wisdom in critically evaluating the science that verifies safety and efficacy.   According to Dr. Peter B. Fodor, UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles and past president, American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, “new techniques should be based on its ability to provide outcomes representing objective improvements relative to existing methods that are sufficient to justify costs and risks.”   The technologies for noninvasive lipoplasty are growing exponentially, as are the big marketing efforts from their manufacturers.

Traditional suction-assisted liposuction still remains my main choice for appropriately selected patients in my practice. It has evolved slowly and enjoys a long history with proven efficacy.   Traditional liposculpture not only allows me to remove adequate volumes of fat, but specialized smaller cannulas can be used for delicate fat removal involved with designing customized sculpting for patients.

 

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