The Tumescent Liposuction Technique by local anesthesia (instead of general anesthesia) is a safe and effective method of removing unwanted fat. This liposuction technique uses large volumes of a diluted solution of Lidocaine, a local anesthetic, in combination with the drug epinephrine, which temporarily shrinks capillaries and therefore, minimizes bleeding during the procedure. Mild sedation may be added to reduce a patient’s anxiety. As a result, there is much less bruising and swelling with Tumescent Liposculpture as compared to Liposuction by general anesthesia.
After surgery, an elastic compression garment is worn for one week. Most patients can return to work and begin exercising again within a day or two after surgery. Discomfort after surgery is minimized since the local anesthesia remains in the treated areas for approximately 18 hours after the procedure. Patients often require nothing more than plain Tylenol for discomfort.
Since the fat is removed by creating small “tunnels” through the fat, the skin remains intimately connected to the underlying muscles by multiple fibrous attachments. As healing occurs after surgery, these fibrous strands contract and pull the skin into close proximity with the muscles. It is this process that assures the skin will not hang in loose folds after liposculpture surgery. Because the surgeon is careful to leave a thin blanket of fat attached to the skin, the skin will look and feel soft and normal after the procedure.
The fat cells that are removed by liposculpture do not grow back. Your new, more pleasing silhouette is permanent. If you gain or lose weight in the future, the change tends to be distributed proportionately over the entire body. Although the results of liposculpture are often quite spectacular, it is not realistic to expect perfection. Liposculpture does not eliminate dimpling of the skin (often called “cellulite”). The degree of cellulite may be reduced, but is unlikely that it will be eliminated.
As with any surgical procedure, liposculpture is associated with certain expected side-effects such as bruising, swelling and temporary numbness. Although irregularities of the skin are possible following liposuction, this side-effect is minimized by the Tumescent Technique. As judged by current world-wide experience, liposculpture is amazingly safe. Serious complications such as blood clots, infection and allergic reactions are extremely rare. Most of the dangers associated with surgery are related to the type of anesthesia that is used. Surgery of the skin and subcutaneous fat is safest using local anesthesia with the patient awake.
Liposuction before and after photos:
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As we age, our upper eyelids can begin to sag, eventually obliterating the natural fold in the upper lid. Lower eyelids can develop wrinkles and may bulge as fat pushes its way up from beneath the orbit. Aging eyelids can be rejuvenated by blepharoplasty, which involves removing excess skin and fat in the upper eyelids. This simple outpatient surgery can be performed under local anesthesia with mild sedation. Most patients feel good the day after surgery and are able to drive and do minor chores with their healing eyelids hidden by sunglasses.
An upper eyelid blepharoplasty involves removal of the sagging skin and suturing it to form a new upper lid crease. Because the incision is placed in the natural crease it is barely perceptible. Often excess fat, particularly on the nasal edge of the eyelid, is also removed to improve the eyelid contours.
Blepharoplasty before and after photos:
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MiXto Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing
The most recent, high tech advancement in skin resurfacing is the “Mixto SX” Microfractional CO2 Laser. Patients are seeing immediate skin tightening with amazing results in minimizing wrinkles, acne scars, sunspots and pores. One Mixto treatment shows dramatic results with very little discomfort and downtime. Treatment takes just 30-60 minutes.
Laser resurfacing with the CO2 laser is a remarkable procedure which has the potential for taking many years off the age of your skin. It is used to smooth out and even eliminate facial wrinkles, reduce acne scarring, and actually tighten the skin. It is particularly effective for lines around the mouth and the eyelids.
Long-lasting results can be obtained. Recovery time is 7 to 10 days. During this time, most patients are comfortable to work from home and can exercise and do housework, but would not wish to appear in public. If only the eyelid area is treated, patients can go out in public to complete minor chores and hide the healing areas with sunglasses. After 10 days, women can wear makeup to cover up your skin which will still be pink to slightly red.