Is Liposuction Right For You?

Liposuction can help you get the slimmer, sexier body you’ve always wanted. Keep reading to learn more about how it works and find out if it is a good option for you.

How does liposuction work?


Liposuction
uses small incisions and a vacuum shaped like a small wand to remove unwanted pockets of fat on specific areas of the body. One of the most common types of liposuction is tumescent liposuction. This type of liposuction uses a special mixture of adrenaline and anesthetic to numb the target area, control bleeding, and react with the fat inside your body to make it easier to remove.

 

Liposuction is often used to remove fat from the abdomen, thighs, hips, buttocks, and arms. In some cases it can also be used on smaller areas of the body like the neck. The procedure takes anywhere from 30 minutes to 4 hours depending on the area being treated.

What should you do to prepare for the procedure?

The most important part of preparing for the procedure is following your surgeon’s specific instructions. In general the following tips can help you prepare:

  • Stop smoking for at least two weeks before the procedure and do your best to quit completely.
  • Stop taking pain medications that act as blood thinners such as Aspirin, Ibuprofen and Naprosyn.
  • Keep alcohol consumption to a minimum in the days leading up to and following the surgery.
  • Drink plenty of fluids the day before the surgery.
  • Make arrangements for someone to drive you home on the day of the procedure.
  • Fill your prescriptions ahead of time so that you can rest and relax while you heal.

What should you expect afterward?

Liposuction is not incredibly invasive, but it does require some recovery time. You may experience some bruising, swelling, and discomfort in the days following the procedure. In the days following the procedure some fluid may drain from the small incisions but this is normal.

While patients need to avoid strenuous activities for up to 6 weeks, you may be able to return to normal daily activities much sooner. Your doctor can help you determine when you can resume activities and help you speed up the recovery process.

Who is a good candidate for liposuction?

If you are at a healthy, stable weight, but have unwanted pockets of stubborn fat that are frustrating you and detracting from your appearance, liposuction may be a great solution. Schedule a consultation at Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery to learn more.

Put On That Bikini With Confidence

More stock images - 102Summer weather can be a great time to enjoy the sunshine, beaches, and local pool, but unfortunately, many women spend the summer months cooped up because they aren’t confident enough to put on a swimsuit and go enjoy themselves.

Don’t let low self-confidence hold you back this summer—find out how to put on your bikini or swimsuit with pride.

1. Maintain A Healthy Weight

Maintaining a healthy weight will help you feel confident when you put on your swimsuit. The following smart habits can help:

  • Take the stairs whenever you have the opportunity
  • Eat breakfast every day
  • Avoid snacking late at night
  • Eat a balanced diet instead of getting most of your food from carbohydrates
  • Drink water instead of soda or juice
  • Prepare healthy snacks like carrot sticks, apple slices, and almonds to curb hunger throughout the day
  • Socialize with friends who support your goals and encourage you to make progress

2. Improve Your Muscle Tone

Looking great in a swimsuit is about much more than being thin, good muscle tone will also help you wear that bikini with confidence. To improve your muscle tone, get protein from Greek yogurt, milk, nuts, and fish, then work strength training into your daily workouts.

 

Yoga, Pilates, swimming, weight lifting, and boxing can all improve your muscle tone and add definition to your body. Pick an activity that you enjoy, or rotate through a few of your favorites to prevent burn out and boredom.

3. Prevent Bloating

Even very thin people can face bloating which makes tight clothing uncomfortable and less attractive.  To avoid bloating, stay hydrated, eat slowly, avoid eating too much dairy,  don’t drink carbonated beverages, don’t overeat, and avoid swallowing too much air while chewing gum. This will help you avoid the discomfort and self-consciousness that comes with a bloated tummy.

4. Use Liposuction to Target Stubborn Spots

For those places that exercise and healthy diet can’t budge, liposuction can be a great solution. This procedure targets excess fat, especially around the hips, abdomen, and thighs. It works best if you’re already at a stable weight, but want to eliminate stubborn bulges.  Visit Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery to learn more about this option.

 

Do the Results of Liposuction Last?

One of the most popular forms of plastic surgery today is without a doubt liposuction and with good reason. Everyone knows what it’s like to put on body fat in a way that they consider to be unsightly. Genetics, body type, and a number of other factors, can cause certain kinds of fat deposits to be difficult to eliminate through diet and exercise. That’s where liposuction can be of terrific help. It can produce drastic or subtle results. However, most people are concerned with how long they can expect the results to last. Let’s take a closer look at the facts to help you figure out if liposuction is right for you. Is Liposuction Permanent? As is the case with many types of plastic surgery, the answer can vary. Yes, it’s permanent… but to varying degrees that depend on a number of factors. Let’s take a closer look at why. What many people don’t realize about body fat is that our bodies possess a certain number of fat cells that is set before we’re even finished developing into adults. When you gain or lose weight, you’re not actually creating or eliminating fat cells. You are simply causing the ones you already have to grow or reduce in size. This is exactly why most of us have stubborn fat deposits that don’t appear to go away no matter what we do. Liposuction actually removes these fat cells once and for all, meaning they’re actually gone forever. Your body tone and overall shape improves. However, it is important to note that there will always be some fat cells left in the area. It will now simply be easier to keep those problem areas in better proportion to the rest of your body. Patients who have undergone liposuction are cautioned to be careful about gaining weight in the future. You can still gain weight in areas where had liposuction. Also, you may find that gaining weight in areas that you did not have liposuction may look disproportionate to areas where you did have the work done. However, if a sensible diet and exercise habits are observed and proper precautions are taken, this type of weight gain is rarely a problem. Liposuction isn’t a magic talisman that prevents you from ever putting on weight again, but it can be a real asset when it comes to fine-tuning and contouring your body shape.

Does Liposuction Leave Scars?

One of the most popular and frequently performed plastic surgery procedures today is liposuction, without a doubt, and it’s easy to see why. Liposuction is relatively affordable compared to other common procedures and comes with relatively low risk. It’s also the type of procedure that just about anyone can benefit from, as nearly all of us have fat deposits that we’d rather be without. However, many people are still concerned with factors such as scarring, even with a relatively non-invasive form of plastic surgery like liposuction. Let’s take a closer look at what liposuction as a procedure really entails and examine what you can expect as far as permanent scarring. Is It Possible to Scar From Liposuction? Yes, it is possible for there to be some scarring from any liposuction procedure.  Liposuction incisions are usually minimal and often difficult to detect. Additionally, these incisions are very small. Scars resulting from liposuction will fall into one of two categories. The first type of scar is called dyschromia and will manifest as either a hyper-pigmented (dark) or hypo-pigmented (light) spot on the skin. Scars of this type are similar to the type of scars some people get from acne or blemishes, especially those who have darker skin tones. The other type of scar would be a true scar, which will look closer to the type of scar you’re probably used to. Liposuction scars are difficult to detect and over time they fade to such a high degree that they’re almost invisible. Today’s plastic surgeons also perform their procedures with the avoidance of scarring in mind, so you can rest assured that your incision will be strategically located and usually hard to detect.

What to Ask a Plastic Surgeon

In a world where image is everything, more patients are going under the knife to realize their perfect looks. You see it everywhere from television and the news to everyday life, plastic surgery is the answer to your most daunting self esteem issues. Couple this effect to be perfect with a less-than-promising economy and you have a recipe for horror plastic surgery stories that are noted as “cheap,” “fast” and the most inaccurate of descriptors, “safe.” According to new statistics from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the overall number of cosmetic procedures has increased by 162 percent since the collection of the statistic first began. Over 10.2 million surgical and non-surgical procedures were performed in the United States in 2008, according to the ASAPS statistic. No doubt that a woman or a man has every right to do what it takes to feel good about their body and their looks, it is important to understand the dangers of plastic surgery when provided by someone who offers a quick and cheap solution when there should not be one. When looking for a plastic surgeon, avoid the pitfalls that will result in you looking more like a Picasso than a da Vinci. Continue reading

Plastic Surgery Procedure of the Month – The Tummy Tuck

The Tummy Tuck, also known as Abdominoplasty

Abdominoplasty, more commonly referred to as the tummy tuck, is often the procedure of choice for getting the abdomen back in shape after pregnancy, after extreme weight loss and for those whose tummies simply don”t respond to traditional exercise and proper nutrition.

There are two general types of abdominoplasty: the mini tummy tuck and the full tummy tuck.

The mini tummy tuck is generally reserved for those who have minor contour problems and less loose skin, yet still need more correction than liposuction alone can fix. The mini tummy tuck procedure uses a short U-shaped incision which is made just above the pubic region. Excess skin is removed and the muscles are tightened which moves the belly button down slightly.

The more commonly performed full tummy tuck provides much more correction and therefore, more profound results. The procedure, which generally takes between two and five hours under general anesthesia, uses an incision which is made slightly above the pubic area from one hipbone to the other. A second incision is made to free the navel from the surrounding tissue. The skin is separated from the abdominal wall up to the ribs and lifted to expose the muscles. The muscles are tightened and sewn in place. If you have muscle separation, pulling your muscles closer together and suturing them will give a tighter look to your abdomen. The skin is stretched back across the abdomen and extra skin is removed. Your belly button is then repositioned and sutured in place. Finally, all incisions are sutured, dressings applied and temporary tubes may be inserted to drain excess fluids.

Abdominoplasty is frequently performed in combination with liposuction (especially around the sides of the stomach, hips, and thighs) to give additional contouring and enhance your final results.

While there will be permanent scars, they will be well hidden when you”re wearing clothing, and low enough to even be concealed by a swimsuit in most cases. After about nine months to a year, your scars will usually flatten and become less noticeable.

Doctors Rumsey, Burk, Scioscia and Snyder all have extensive experience in performing abdominoplasty surgery and can help you achieve truly amazing results. If you feel this procedure may be right for you, schedule your consultation today. They will take the time to discuss your expectations, and will thoroughly explain precautions, risks versus benefits of the procedure, as well as what to expect before, during and after your tummy tuck.

 

Tummy tuck in Jacksonville, FL

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Tummy tuck in Jacksonville, FL

 

Tummy tuck in Jacksonville, FL