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Fall has arrived and for most of us, that means a return to normalcy from summer vacations, sun-filled weekends outdoors and barbeques in the backyard. Has running around from parties to the beach made you realize there are some problem areas? It is time to jump back in and start planning so that you can look your best into 2013.
If there is a tough problem area that is plaguing you, liposuction might be your answer. It can smooth and contour saddlebags, love handles or arm fat. Remember, it works best when you’re at a healthy weight and physically fit.
Don’t want to go under the knife, but want to target those problem areas? There are other non surgical options available to you such as Smooth-shapes. SmoothShapes represents a significant breakthrough in how quickly and easily cellulite can be treated. Elemé medical developed SmoothShapes based on their proprietary technology known as “Photomology.” The Photomology process works by combining laser and light energy with contoured rollers and a vacuum system to reduce the appearance of cellulite. SmoothShapes remodels your body’s natural collagen to help smooth and tighten the skin long-term.
If you are interested in either of these procedures to help treat your problem areas, please contact my office today to get started!
Dr. William P. Adams - The Boston Liposuction Expert
Most of us have at least one area that’s going to annoy us forever. No matter how many calories you cut and miles you run, you canít get away from it. There’s a bulge or a spillage of fat that stubbornly clings to your body like a parasite.
It’s no wonder that liposuction is the number one cosmetic surgery in the country. It has become integral to a population increasingly more aware of getting healthy and looking that way. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), over 41,000 men had the procedure, which helped liposuction surpass breast augmentation from the number one spot in 2010 with over 325,000 procedures performed.
Although, liposuction literally sucks fat out of the body, don’t confuse it with a weight loss method. It is recommended to actually lose as much weight as possible before undergoing the procedure, so that you are at a stable, ideal weight that you can maintain. Think about liposuction as sculpting instead of just suctioning. It can help you achieve the contours you’re looking for by removing fat from a stubborn area. The beauty of liposuction is that it treats various body areas, from the head down to the ankles anywhere there is a pocket of fat that cannot be dieted or exercised away; it can be sucked out. Different types of fat
Fat is not all the same. Some of it grows around your organs and is associated with dangerous conditions like diabetes and heart disease. This type of “visceral fat” cannot be removed by liposuction; you have to eat right and exercise to get rid of it. The good news is that itís easier to get rid of and through a good diet and workout routine, it goes away twice as quickly as the subcutaneous fat which sits just underneath the skin.
This is where liposuction comes in. That stubborn fat that takes at least twice as much effort to lose and sits on your hips, calves, thighs and underarms can be suctioned out and the area contoured to look flatter and slimmer. It’s important that you have good skin elasticity so that when the fat is removed, your skin will shrink back and not hang loose. Otherwise, a skin excision or a “lift” might be needed.
Subcutaneous fat might not have the same effects on your health as visceral fat, but some studies recently have shown that liposuction might have some added benefits. Research showed that people who had high triglycerides (which lead to heart disease), had a 43% reduction in triglycerides and an 11% reduction in white blood cells (which causes inflammation). Those with normal levels had no change positively or negatively.
While this means that both types of fat might have an effect on your body and health, it also means there’s a chance liposuction could have an added bonus. Demystifying the procedure
It is suggested that you have a healthy BMI of below 30 to undergo this procedure. This is for your safety and to make sure you get the best results and ensure that the weight doesn’t come back. Once you have reached an ideal weight, liposuction can help you achieve your best contours and perhaps even motivate you to get in even better shape. Getting liposuction too early without sufficient weight loss could result in having to come back for more procedures and not getting ideal results.
During the consultation, after a thorough medical history and examination takes place, an assessment will be made and you will find out if you’re a good candidate for liposuction. The amount of operating time, fat removed and incisions required will vary patient to patient, but rest reassured in knowing that this is one of the most common and safest procedures. The incisions are small and some patients have been known to return to work in a few days. Healing from the bruises and swelling might take over a week to three weeks. Does the fat come back?
Say you get liposuction and you’re 35-50 years old. You want to know what happens if you gain a little weight over the years. There’s no straight answer for this, but studies have shown that when you gain back weight, it seems to travel to other areas in the body. Those who have had liposuction from the abdominal area might start gaining weight in the thighs or the arms instead. This doesn’t mean you can’t lose the weight or it will be disproportionate like before, but it will be redistributed differently.
This is another reason why maintaining a healthy diet and exercise routine is important. You want to make sure your insides match what you’re trying to achieve on the outside.
In this video from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, a woman talks about her choice to have a breast augmentation and abdominoplasty after the birth of her three children. Following child birth, some women find that the skin on their stomach has stretched to accommodate carrying the baby, and in some cases, will not stretch back. Many women find that their breasts have sagged following breast feeding, or that there is some extra baby weight that they just can’t get rid of no matter how hard they exercise. Another common option for women post childbirth is the Mommy Makeover. This procedure combines Breast Augmentation, Breast Lift, a Tummy Tuck, and often times Liposuction designed to be grouped together to help women who have had children get back into their pre-child birth shape.
Cellulaze is a minimally invasive cellulite treatment that I have seen in the media a lot recently. Although we do not currently offer it at The Adams Center, I want to tell you about an alternative cellulite treatment I highly recommend.
SmoothShapes is a non-surgical procedure that uses photomology technology to combine laser and light energy with contoured rollers and a vacuum system to reduce the appearance of cellulite.
SmoothShapes remodels your body’s natural collagen to help smooth and tighten the skin long-term.
This is an excellent procedure to schedule before a special event or week at the beach. Many patients report seeing an improvement after just one treatment! Since there is no downtime, I have some patients come in on a lunch break or before picking the kids up from school to have the procedure done. Many patients actually enjoy the procedure and claim it feels like a deep tissue massage that slightly warms the skin.
Whereas Cellulaze requires a small incision, SmoothShapes is completely non surgical. This is a great procedure to combine with traditional Liposuction.
Following pregnancy, many women notice unfavorable changes especially in the breast and abdomen areas. The breast and abdomen stretch, causing the skin to lose elasticity. Diet and exercise may be ineffective on stubborn areas of fat deposits. The Mommy Make-Over is an effective way to reverse these changes.
A Mommy Make-over combines cosmetic surgery procedures necessary for a woman to achieve her pre-pregnancy form. These days more and more women are turning to plastic surgery to help them reclaim their pre-baby bodies. Although every woman has different bodies and different needs, some popular procedures included in a Mommy Make-over include:
If you have ever considered breast augmentation, I’m sure you aware there are different types of breast implants available on the market. There are silicone and saline, textured and smooth, thick shelled and thin shelled. Trying to make heads and tails of all of this can be quite confusing. The best breast implant is one that is suited to your needs and lifestyle. During your consultation, we will discuss the type and size of the implant that best fits your needs, lifestyle, and desired outcome.
Saline vs. Silicone
There are two basic kinds of implants. Saline implants have a silicone shell but are filled with a saline solution at the time of surgery. Silicone implants are pre-filled with silicone gel – a fluid that is very similar to the consistency of human fat.
Smooth vs. Textured
When it comes to the surface of the implant, there are different variations in texture. I use both smooth and textured implants depending on the situation. I generally opt for textured implants when I am trying to keep an implant in position. I occasionally use textured implants with breast lifts to help support the breast.
Although some doctors use implants of varying shell thickness, all of the implants I use are of a consistent thickness.
Although some surgeons will adjust the size of a saline implant up to six months following surgery, this is not something I am comfortable doing. I feel there is an increased risk of leakage with the adjustable implant. I also feel they are not necessary because patients are usually happy with the size selected.
How long do implants generally last?
They are warranted for 10 years but can last much longer than that.
Should women with breast implants have routine MRI’s to check for leaks?
The FDA recommends that women with silicone implants have MRIs every to years to check for leaks. It is not necessary for saline.
I will reiterate, if you are seriously considering breast augmentation, it is best to schedule a consultation so we can formulate a plan to best suit your needs and expectations.
Choosing to have plastic surgery is a life changing decision. I want to take a moment here to emphasize how important it is to undergo surgery for the right reasons. Recently, there has been a lot of negative media surrounding cosmetic surgery and I want to point out that there are right and wrong reasons to seek out a change in appearance. It’s disheartening to see people seeking out plastic surgery following a divorce in order to “get revenge” on their former spouse. It’s also disappointing to see young people look to cosmetic surgery in order to look like their favorite celebrity or model. The decision to get plastic surgery should not be to fill a void or fix a shortcoming one sees in themselves. It should be a decision made in conjunction with a healthy lifestyle and self respecting identity, as I like to say – a whole body approach to beauty. Here are a few reasons I do encourage patients to consider surgery.
Decrease the Signs of Aging
The majority of patients I see for surgery as well as non-surgical procedures come to me to reverse the signs of aging. Thanks to technological advances in the field of cosmetic surgery, we have redefined what old age looks like. I have many patients that come to me with the concern that they don’t look as good as they feel. Many want to improve the tired appearance wrinkles and loss of volume in the face tend to create.
Remove Localized Fat Deposits
As we get older and our metabolism slows, there are certain stubborn areas of fat on our bodies that seem immune to diet and exercise. While liposuction is not a replacement for diet and exercise, it can help to get rid of localized fat deposits when done in conjunction with a healthy and active lifestyle.
Reverse Effects of Childbirth
In recent years, there has been a surge in the popularity of the Mommy Make-Over. There are certain negative effects childbirth has on the body that require surgery in order for women to reclaim their pre-baby bodies. Sagging breasts, excess stomach fat, and loose skin are all reasons women seek out plastic surgery following childbirth.