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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    When skin has lost elasticity plastic surgery may be a useful tool. With significant aging and weight loss comes increased skin laxity throughout the face and body. Removal of skin with a facelift, neck lift, tummy tuck and breast lift may be a viable option. Of course, the scarring is the major tradeoff. Scars are Never completely predictabe. Tummy tuck and breast lift scars can be difficult to hide and may become hypertrophic, keloid, hyperpigmented, and widespread. 
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    More than any other procedure, botulinum toxin type A, more commonly known as Botox, has come to represent the public's fascination with cosmetic surgery.

    Originally identified as a toxin from Clostridium botulinum bacteria, Botox was first used in 1977 to treat strabismus, a problem with the eye muscles. The Food and Drug Administration approved it in 1989 for this purpose. When it was later used to treat uncontrolled muscle spasms in the face, patients had fewer wrinkles in the skin overlying the treated muscle. Doctors started using Botox for cosmetic reasons in 1996, and the FDA approved this use in 2002.

    Its meteoric rise is due to a number of factors. First and foremost, the drug works. It does what it is supposed to do, with a minimum of associated problems. Combine this fact with the public's increasing desire to look young, the increase in lifespan, and a highly competitive business environment, and you have the formula for Botox's success.

    Botox is the most common of the poisons produced by botulinum bacteria. It uses the type A toxin, while other companies market similar products with different toxins. Since this bacterium produces a soup of different toxins, and animals such as snakes also produce paralyzing toxins, expect competing products in the future to promise better or longer-lasting results.
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    Dr. Jamé Heskett - What are the risks of having the Zerona procedure
    Watch as Women's Health and Anti-Aging Expert Dr. Jamé Heskett explains the risks involved in having the Zerona "cold laser" procedure.