Body Contouring

Body Contouring

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    SlimLipo stands for “Selective Laser Induced Melting.” SlimLipo and Smart Liposuction are proprietary names for laser lipolysis, in which laser energy is used to target fat deposits and shrink skin.

    The manufacturer claims that SlimLipo is a new laser liposuction technique that uses a specific laser wavelength which melts fat. The manufacturer contends that because the SlimLipo laser selectively melts the fat first, subsequent removal is potentially easier, and less surgical trauma is observed during liposuction phase of fat removal.
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    Thermage is thought to be most effective to those in their mid-life - meaning those in their 30s, 40s or 50s. Although physicians are making progress in anti-aging techniques, at a certain point skin has too much elasticity for Thermage to be very effective.

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    The Dallas otolaryngologist Benjamin Bassichis, M.D., has reviewed fifty-three problems caused by Thermage, including scars, dimples, and depressions. Bassichis showed that Thermage could cause loss of the fat in the temple area. "One-third of patients had a good result, and one-third had no result," he told me. Because of this experience, he no longer uses the machine.

    Proponents of Thermage counter these claims by noting that their treatment protocol has changed. Newer techniques have better results and fewer complications, they say. Indianapolis plastic surgeon Charles Hughes III, M.D., and Dallas surgeon Jay Burns, M.D., both have had excellent results with the Thermage device. "There is definitely immediate and late tightening. The heat denatures collagen. It then remodels and tightens," Dr. Hughes said at a New York University conference. He believes Thermage can also tighten the underlying connective tissue. Some doctors use the machine to shrink arm, thigh, buttocks, and abdominal skin after liposuction; the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved these uses. Only time will tell whether this technology is uniformly safe or will result in long-term problems.
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    Thermage uses radiofrequency electrical current to heat the undersurface of the skin, simultaneously cooling the anesthetized surface of the skin. Tighter skin with reduced wrinkles results, presumably from increased collagen production. One study showed that this technique raised eyebrows half a millimeter in 61% of people, but three of the eighty-six patients developed permanent scarring. Other studies showed better shrinkage of the skin. Results are visible in one week to six months. Often only one sixty-minute treatment is needed. The real question is whether the tightening of the skin will last more than a few months and what the long-term effects will be.
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    Smartlipo takes approximately 1-2 hours depending on the areas of the body being sculpted. Placing the patient for larger surgeries under general anesthesia also takes fifteen to twenty minutes. The 2 stages of the procedures include infiltration of the tumescent solution followed by emulsification and suctioning of the adipoctes or fat cells.
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    SmartLipo simply uses a laser to melt and liquefy the fat within the fat cells directly. It smoothes and tightens the skin to decrease the laxity that may occur with traditional liposuction. First approved in 2007 by the FDA. The fat cells are dissolved than removed with tumescent liposuction fluid. A 1064 wavelength targets red blood cells which reduces blood loss. The fat is dissolved without heating the surrounding tissue. 
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    Most patients will return to work after only 1-2 days after undergoing SmartLipo technique. Patients are given both antibiotics and pain medications after the liposuction surgery. Because patients are often only injected with local anesthesia rather than sedative drugs or general anesthesia, there is significantly less nausea. Compression garments are given immediately to reduce swelling and edema.

    The stages of recovery include minor bruising and numbness and swelling that will resolve within a week. SmartLipo uses a 1064nm wavelength laser that bursts the fat cells and dissolves them. The fat cells are than liposuctioned out after they are literally emulsified. Smaller areas of melted fat can be reabsorbed into the body and eliminated without direct suctioning. 

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    Patients may gain weight after liposuction in remote areas from the sculpted sites. Normally the fat that I remove with tumescent liposuction from the abdomen, breasts, or thighs does not reappear. But, weight gain from poor diet or inadequate exercise routine may lead to hypertrophy of fat cells in other areas of the body. Remember, liposuction is Not the cure for obesity and does Not prevent wieght gain in the future in distant areas.
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    Dr. Anne Chapas - How does Liposonix differ from liposuction?

    Board certified dermatologist Dr. Anne Chapas explains how Liposonix differs from traditional liposuction. Watch Dr. Chapas's video for tips and information about the health and care of your skin.


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    Dr. Anne Chapas - Who is a good candidate for using Liposonix to get rid of belly fat?

    Board certified dermatologist Dr. Anne Chapas explains who would make a good candidate for Liposonix. Watch Dr. Chapas's video for tips and information about the health and care of your skin.