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Is Liposuction Really Permanent?

Many men and women turn to liposuction when diet and exercise are not enough to rid them of the unwanted pockets of fat that develop. While some men and women can maintain their liposuction results through a healthy diet and regular exercise, not everyone can.

For those who cannot, they often try to use the excuse that liposuction is not permanent, and liposuction only moves the fat to other regions of the body.

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Simulated before and after images that show potential results that can be achieved with liposuction.

Unfortunately for those trying to use that excuse, it is not a fact.

Liposuction is permanent in that it permanently removes fat cells from the body that cannot be reproduced—liposuction does not move fat to another place. Maintaining liposuction results is the same as maintaining weight loss results. It is not always easy; however, it can be done with diet, exercise, and a healthy lifestyle.

How Does Liposuction Permanently Remove Fat?

Liposuction involves making small incisions in the treatment area through which a narrow, hollow tube, known as a cannula, is inserted to break up and suction out fat cells and fat. There are different liposuction techniques available, all of which arrive at the same place of fat cell reduction. These techniques vary in the way that the fat cells are broken apart, and some may allow for easier fat removal for qualifying patients. Smartlipo™ breaks up the fat cells using laser energy. Body-Jet® and AquaShape® separate the fat cells from healthy tissues with intense water pressure like a Waterpik®. Ultrasonic-assisted liposuction uses sound waves to break up fat cells, and power-assisted liposuction uses rapid vibrations to separate the fat from the tissues.

Once the fat cells are separated, a suctioning device pulls them out of the body. All of these liposuction techniques offer permanent solutions and come with minimal recovery and side effects.

How Is Liposuction Different From Weight Loss?

While liposuction can slim and tone your physique, it is not the same as weight loss. Liposuction removes fat cells from the body; weight loss minimizes the size of the fat cells but does not alter the number of cells. Every person is born with a set number of fat cells that cannot be increased or naturally reduced. Liposuction, or other cosmetic treatments, is the only way to reduce the quantity of fat cells in the body.

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Why Does Fat Return Elsewhere?

When you experience an unhealthy diet, stress, or other weight-increasing factors, the fat cells expand and grow in size. This weight will develop in the regions with the highest number of fat cells. Since you have a reduced number of cells in the liposuction treatment area, the new weight will likely not develop there. Instead, it will seek out a different body region with a higher concentration of fat cells.

Can Liposuction Be Repeated on an Area?

The best way to maintain your liposuction results is through a healthy diet and exercise. Patients who are unable to do so may be interested in a repeated liposuction treatment. While liposuction can be repeated on the same area, it is typically not recommended. There may be existing scar tissue or other factors to deal with that were not present for the initial surgery. Before you choose to undergo liposuction for the second time in the same area, you should try to lose weight naturally.

For more information about liposuction, contact Dr. Schlechter at Spring Ridge Plastic Surgery by calling (610) 624-2740 or by filling out our online contact form.

Enhance Your Hourglass Shape

Many women work endlessly to keep their figures looking trim and sculpted, and every one of them understands how hard it can be to maintain this desire with busy lives, genetics, aging, and less-than-healthy diets getting in the way. This already difficult task is only made worse when keeping your body slim is only one part of the challenge. For many women, the contour of the body is just as important as how thin it is, and an hourglass figure is still considered to be an ideal shape. If you desire an hourglass figure but have difficulty in attaining it, cosmetic surgery may be able to help. At Spring Ridge Plastic Surgery, we offer a series of procedures that target all of the right places.

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Slim the Waist

Much like the name suggests, an hourglass figure resembles the object itself: curves in the hips and bust that surround a narrow waist. To achieve this narrow waist through cosmetic surgery, many women opt for liposuction of the abdomen. Various liposuction techniques allow for different levels of fat removal. During this procedure, excess and unwanted fat cells are suctioned through a thin, hollow tube and safely removed from the body. By narrowing the abdomen and the waist, you can highlight the separation of the waist and hips and start to achieve the central part of the hourglass frame.

Enhance the Surrounding Features

Liposuction is not only the first step to achieving an hourglass frame through cosmetic surgery, but it is also the most important one. Liposuction removes unwanted fat cells, and once they are gone, you have two options: you can say goodbye to the fat for good, or you can use the fat to your advantage. Along with a narrow waist, an hourglass figure involves attaining curves on the bustline and the buttocks. Adding volume to these features can be done in two ways.

The first is through the use of breast implants. While implants are a useful and long-lasting way to achieve added volume, they are a separate procedure from the liposuction that you have already undergone. The other option to gain volume is through fat transfer. Fat transfer is an entirely natural way to increase the size of the breasts or the buttocks, and the best part of fat transfer in this situation is that you already have all the materials necessary. Fat grafting is a two-step process that removes fat from one area of the body and places it into another. You have already removed the fat cells from the abdomen, so now they might as well be added to the breasts or buttocks to reach your desired level of curves to finalize your hourglass figure.

 

To learn more about how cosmetic surgery can help you achieve an hourglass figure, contact Dr. Schlechter at Spring Ridge Plastic Surgery by calling (610) 624-2740 or by filling out our online contact form to set up a consultation.

Surgical Arm Lift vs. Laser Arm Lift

For many individuals, the upper arms can be a significant source of insecurity. Weight fluctuations and aging can lead to the development of excess fat and loose skin. When these two things are combined, you may be left with flabby, undesirable arms that seem impossible to tone without cosmetic help. And no one wants to cover up their arms every day, especially in the warm summer months. Fortunately, many treatments can slim, tone, and define the upper arms.

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The Surgical Arm Lift

The surgical arm lift procedure addresses excess fat and skin laxity in the upper arms resulting from weight fluctuations and natural aging. Brachioplasty is a procedure that reduces the circumference of the arm by surgically removing the excess fat and hanging skin that contribute to the dreaded “bat wing” appearance. During your brachioplasty procedure, Dr. Schlechter makes an incision on the inside of your arm that usually runs from your armpit to your elbow. He then removes the excess fat and skin to reveal slimmer, smoother, and shaplier arms.

The Laser Arm Lift

While surgery is the most sure-fire way to improve skin laxity and remove excess fat in the upper arms, it isn’t the only way. If you dislike the appearance of your upper arms but are not ready for cosmetic surgery, Spring Ridge Plastic Surgery offers the laser arm lift. This alternative to the traditional arm lift uses the Smartlipo® Triplex® system or Renuvion™ to tighten loose arm skin. Dr. Schlechter performs this procedure using only a tiny incision in your upper arm. The Smartlipo® Triplex® technology administers laser energy to the upper arm through this incision, liquifying the excess fat in the arms so it is more easily removed with little trauma to the surrounding tissues. This laser energy also causes the skin to tighten, lessening its lax quality and appearance. Renuvion™ is a combination of radio frequency and helium to heat and cook the tissues at the same time, resulting in skin and tissue tightening.

Which Is for You?

While both the traditional arm lift and the laser arm lift offer unique benefits, it is essential to find the technique that is right for you. A laser arm lift is ideal for patients with a smaller amount of excess fat and hanging skin. Because the laser arm lift tightens the skin instead of removing it, it cannot correct the same level of skin laxity as arm lift surgery can. If you have previously lost a significant amount of weight and have a more considerable amount of excess skin, the laser arm lift may not provide the appearance you want, even if you would prefer a less invasive procedure. Setting up a consultation is the only way to identify which option is best for you.

If you are tired of the appearance of your arms, contact Spring Ridge Plastic Surgery by calling (610) 624-2740 to set up a consultation with Dr. Schlechter.

The Rise in Social Media is Creating Selfie Awareness

In the wake of the “selfie” revolution, millennials are turning to cosmetic surgery in droves. Both surgical and non-surgical procedures have seen a consistent spike in recent years, and many attribute this increase to young men and women desiring to look better in their selfies.

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Areas of Enhancement

Double Chin

Procedures that have seen a significant increase due to selfie awareness are those that improve the appearance of the dreaded “double chin.” Submental fullness has been damaging men and women’s self-confidence for decades. There are both non-surgical and surgical procedures to treat a double chin. truSculpt™ is a non-invasive procedure that can target and treat submental fat. This procedure uses pulses of radiofrequency energy to destroy unwanted fat cells in the neck area while simultaneously shrinking skin to reveal a tight and firm jawline that will be noticeable in your selfies. KYBELLA® is an FDA-approved injectable that targets and eliminates submental fat. It accomplishes this by absorbing and destroying the fat cells so that fat can no longer be stored beneath the chin. Most patients require two to six treatments to achieve their desired results. For patients with a higher degree of submental fullness, liposuction of the chin and neck combined with the skin-tightening procedure Renuvion™ can remove a double chin.

Nose

Another surgical procedure that has seen an increase thanks to selfies is rhinoplasty. Many patients are finding that the proximity of their camera to their face can sometimes flatten or accentuate the size and shape of their noses. For this reason, many young men and women are choosing to undergo nose surgery. Rhinoplasty can reshape and recontour the nose to match your desired nasal appearance, whether it is for confidence-enhancing reasons or selfie-related concerns. Non-surgical can also be performed to help camouflage the nasal hump. Fillers in other areas of the nose can also help enhance the appearance.

Lips

While some individuals are born with naturally thin lips, other patients experience thinning of the lips with the progression of aging. Injectable fillers such as JUVÉDERM® Ultra XC, JUVÉDERM VOLBELLA® XC, and Restylane® Silk can enhance lip fullness, allowing millennials to achieve more luscious, full lips in just one treatment.

While the idea of looking better in selfies is leading many millennials to choose cosmetic surgery, it isn’t the only benefit that these procedures can provide. Both non-surgical and surgical cosmetic treatments can help individuals restore their youthful contours, improve their confidence, and increase their self-esteem.

To learn more about these treatments, contact Spring Ridge Plastic Surgery by calling (610) 624-2740 to set up a consultation.

A Less Invasive Arm Lift

When many women describe their “trouble spots,” the upper arms are often mentioned as one of them. Trying to tone the upper arms can be difficult and frustrating for many reasons. In the first place, the skin on the upper arms can age and sag at a faster rate than many other areas of the body. Secondly, the arms are often resistant to diet and any form of exercise or weight training. Third, the arms are not always easy to hide, especially in the warm summer months. While no one wants to consistently cover their arms with sweaters and jackets, especially in warmer weather, this is precisely what many women do to mask their least favorite feature.

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For years, sagging skin and excess fat on the upper arms was treated one way: through brachioplasty. Brachioplasty is an arm lift, a surgical procedure in which excess fat in the upper arm is removed, and excess skin is surgically excised. While this procedure creates noticeable and desirable results, it doesn’t come without costs. These “costs” include a surgical scar that can run from the elbow to the armpit and an extended recovery period in which all movement in the upper arms is limited. As the upper arms are so commonly used, this limitation can prove to be difficult. Fortunately, brachioplasty is no longer your only option when it comes to improving the contours of your upper arms. Improvements in cosmetic technology now allow us to provide a less-invasive alternative, one that comes with minimal scarring and downtime.

Liposuction with Renuvion™

While liposuction is used to remove unwanted pockets of fat on the body, the procedure does come with one limitation. This limitation is that liposuction cannot improve skin laxity. It doesn’t matter how many fat cells are removed; liposuction will not change the elasticity of your skin. This fact has long made liposuction of the arms a difficult standalone procedure as most women experience both excess fat and sagging skin. Now, all of that is about to change. Patients everywhere are experiencing the benefits of Renuvion™. Renuvion™ offers non-surgical skin tightening nearly anywhere on the body and is the perfect combination procedure with liposuction of the arms.

What is Renuvion™?

Renuvion™ technology uniquely combines helium plasma and radiofrequency energy to shrink the skin to a more youthful state. This procedure is performed by inserting the Renuvion™ wand underneath the skin through small incisions where the plasma energy is administered to the treatment area, in this case, the upper arms. The plasma energy heats the tissue, causing the skin to tighten while at the same time stimulating collagen production for ongoing benefits.

Why Combine Liposuction and Renuvion™?

Liposuction and Renuvion™ are a perfect pair when it comes to body contouring. This combination provides a less invasive option to traditional body procedures, such as an arm lift. The small and inconspicuous incisions made for liposuction are the same incisions that are used to administer Renuvion™, thus allowing for smaller scars and a quicker and more comfortable recovery period. Enjoy the results of an arm lift without the downtime.

To learn more about how Renuvion™ can benefit your physique, contact Dr. Schlechter at Spring Ridge Plastic Surgery by calling (610) 624-2740 to set up a consultation.

Chin Implant and Neck Liposuction

A strong, defined profile is a sign of both beauty and masculinity by today’s beauty standards. Strong features, balance, and symmetry, are all sought after as part of an ideal appearance. If your features are soft and lack definition, the lines of your face may blend into your neckline, but by combining a chin augmentation and targeted neck liposuction, you can dramatically enhance the features of your lower face.

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Chin Implant

A chin implant, or mentoplasty, can help you achieve greater definition and facial structure. It gives your jaw a clear transition into your neckline and can even address features that are disproportionate. During your procedure, Dr. Schlechter will insert a small implant into your chin to augment its shape. There are many different sizes of implants, and Dr. Schlechter will help you determine which option will best enhance your facial balance and profile.

Dr. Schlechter performs chin implant surgery as an outpatient procedure. An incision will be made inside your mouth or in the natural crease under your chin to minimize any visible scarring creating a profile that is as flawless as possible.

Neck Liposuction

Having a strong, structured chin will give you a defined jawline. However, sagging skin under the chin can minimize the results of chin augmentation. Adding neck liposuction to your chin augmentation procedure can further define the contours of your lower face and emphasize the lines between your chin and neck.

Through the use of a cannula (a small suction device), Dr. Schlechter will remove excess fat deposits with precision, making the contours of your chin and neckline more pronounced and seamless. He offers multiple liposuction techniques, including:

  • Smartlipo™
  • body-jet® and AquaShape®
  • Ultrasonic-assisted liposuction (UAL)
  • Power-assisted liposuction (PAL)

Neck liposuction is only beneficial for those who have minimal fat deposits and skin that still has elasticity. If your skin cannot bounce back into shape after fat removal, neck liposuction alone won’t provide you with the best possible contouring. For patients who have sagging skin, a neck lift may also be necessary to attain the best results.

If you are interested in chin augmentation or liposuction with or without a neck lift and you would like to see if you are a candidate for both procedures, please contact our office at 610-624-2740 to set up a complimentary consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Benjamin Schlechter.

Mommy Makeover Pros and Cons

The addition of children to your life can be a whirlwind. You may not have time to regain your pre-baby figure with the added responsibilities of caring for children, and your ability to exercise may be more limited than before. Pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding can also make weight loss more difficult. Between changes in your skin laxity and additional fat deposits, exercise alone may not be enough. A Mommy Makeover can help where exercise cannot. Comprised of a customizable set of surgical procedures, the Mommy Makeover tightens and tones your body to achieve your personal goals.

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Benefits of a Mommy Makeover

A Mommy Makeover is an entirely customizable procedure, tailored precisely to your individual needs. Realistically, you can include almost any procedure in your Mommy Makeover, but the most common ones are a breast lift, breast augmentation, liposuction, and tummy tuck.

Breast Lift

Pregnancy and subsequent breastfeeding can leave your breasts sagging. A breast lift will elevate your breasts to a more youthful position. Dr. Schlechter will tighten the tissues to lift your breasts higher on your chest and remove any excess skin. A breast lift will reshape your breasts and restore their natural appearance.

Breast Augmentation

Women often lose breast volume after pregnancy and breastfeeding. If you want to do more than just fix the sagging left behind by your pregnancy, a breast augmentation can give you that something extra. Often performed with a breast lift, a breast augmentation with implants or breast augmentation with fat transfer will provide you with a larger cup size. If you’ve always wanted to enhance your appearance, a breast augmentation is a perfect way to do that.

Liposuction

If there are areas of your body with pockets of fat that are resistant to exercise and healthy eating, Dr. Schlechter will perform liposuction to permanently remove the unwanted fat cells. Using a small cannula allows Dr. Schlechter to be very precise so he can provide you with subtle, natural contours wherever you need them.

Tummy Tuck

The skin of the stomach stretches during pregnancy, and it doesn’t always return back afterward. If you find that you have excess skin that sags around your midsection or loose abdominal muscles, a tummy tuck will help you regain your pre-baby belly. Dr. Schlechter will tighten the underlying muscles and remove any excess sagging skin to help you achieve a more toned and attractive abdomen.

Things to Consider

Recovery Time

A Mommy Makeover requires you to be serious about your recovery. The length of your recovery will depend on the number of procedures you have and the extent of correction needed. Following your procedure, the surgical areas will be wrapped, and you may be required to wear a compression garment. You will experience swelling and bruising temporarily, but these will subside after a few weeks. You should take one to two weeks to recover at home, and you should avoid strenuous activities or exercise until Dr. Schlechter clears you (typically around six weeks).

Childcare

Due to the nature of the surgical procedures, it will be unlikely that you will be able to care for young children for up to two weeks after your procedure. You will need to make sure that you have someone to help you if you have young children that need to be carried or assisted throughout the day. Your results are dependent on how well your body recovers. Ensuring you engage only in light activities during your recovery will increase your chances of beautiful, long-lasting results.

To discuss which procedures will bring you one step closer to your goals, schedule your consultation with Dr. Schlechter today. Contact us today by calling (610) 624-2740. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

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