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The old adage holds that if something seems too good to be true, it probably shouldn’t be trusted. Never has this saying held truer than in the field of fat loss techniques. Still, we get many questions from our patients about fat dissolving injections like Lipodissolve. Let’s take a moment to set the record straight and get the “skinny” on these so-called liposuction injections.

Miracle Injections?
The medical term for Lipodissolve and similar treatments is “injection lipolysis.” During treatment, which is often administered in non-medical settings by unpracticed and untrained technicians, a combination of several available drug compounds is injected into treatment areas with the promise that they will dissolve fat cells away. Unfortunately, not only is there a lack of verifiable evidence as to these treatments’ efficacy rates, but the FDA has also issued a warning statement to consumers urging them to be vigilant about fat-dissolving injections. Additionally, positive anecdotal evidence from patients as to the ability of these injections to actually deliver the intended results is severely lacking.

A Trusted Approach
Though stubborn, localized fat can be incredibly frustrating—especially for patients with healthy lifestyles and diets—it’s important not to let frustration make you more willing to play fast and loose with your health. While fat dissolving injections are not FDA approved, liposuction has a proven track record for safety, and numerous examples of successful treatments are available for patients to peruse. When considering body contouring techniques to help achieve the figure you’ve worked so hard for, be careful not to take unnecessary risks with unregulated and unproven treatments like Lipodissolve.

This case shows the improved definition of the male chest following liposuction.

The benefits of liposuction go far beyond just removing fat. While not a solution for weight loss, liposuction can significantly enhance body contours for a patient at or near his or her target weight. Deciding where to have liposuction will depend on your aesthetic goals, but here are some things to keep in mind before scheduling your surgery.

Common Problem Areas
Typically, the most common problem areas patients wish to target with lipo are around the waistline. Whether it’s stubborn love handles or the dreaded muffin top, fat around the midsection can substantially affect the appearance of your figure. Liposuction can create a more sculpted appearance: men often see a leaner, more athletic look after lipo while women may be able to enhance existing hourglass curves. Surprisingly Effective Target Spots There are other areas that you might not think of as being treatable with lipo, but even some of these less common target areas can dramatically improve your overall appearance. The undesirable “double chin,” which can give the neck an old or heavy appearance, is a perfect example of the kind of exercise-resistant fat that can be effectively addressed with lipo. Many men choose lipo for their chest area to help give them a slimmer look and to accentuate muscle definition.

The Right Surgeon Is Key
No matter which problem spot bothers you enough to send you to a liposuction specialist, choosing the right surgeon is the single most important decision you will make. The best practitioner will have the expertise to explain whether or not you’re a good candidate, when it’s the best time for you to schedule liposuction and what kind of results you can realistically expect.

Choosing liposuction is a no-brainer for healthy individuals frustrated by stubborn fat that remains despite healthy eating habits and hours in the gym. If you’ve decided to enlist lipo to give you the figure you want and deserve, here are a few secrets to help you get the most impressive results possible.

1. Choose the Most Effective Technique
There’s no shortage of liposuction techniques these days, and it can be confusing when they all claim to deliver the best results. Do your research to learn the difference between the methods and why some are better than others.

For example, patients love PowerLipo™ because it removes larger quantities of fat and delivers superior results, all while giving patients a faster, more comfortable recovery. This method requires less physical force by your surgeon, allowing him or her to focus more energy on sculpting beautiful curves and contours to better enhance your hourglass figure with lipo.

2. Follow Doctor’s Orders during Recovery
Even though liposuction is a cosmetic procedure, it is still surgery and will involve a very important healing and recovery period. Your doctor will explain the steps you can take to speed up healing, make your recovery comfortable and ensure you get the best end result. Using compression garments and participating in lymphatic massage may be recommended by your doctor and can be very beneficial in controlling swelling and bruising and speeding up the body’s natural healing process.

3. Maintain Healthy Habits
Liposuction can undoubtedly give you a slimmer, sexier figure, but it’s up to you to keep it that way. In order to maintain the results of your liposuction procedure in the long run, it’s important that you maintain healthy eating habits and active lifestyle to avoid future weight gain.

The motivation behind having liposuction is generally aesthetically driven, as lipo is a method of removing specific pockets of fat that a patient finds undesirable. However, is there ever a time when liposuction would be considered medically necessary and therefore covered by your health insurance?

Insurance Companies and Lipo
Patients who have health problems due to being overweight have often tried to get liposuction paid for by their insurance company by claiming the weight loss will improve their overall health. The problem with this argument is that liposuction is not designed to aid in weight loss and is considered a cosmetic procedure.

For obese individuals whose weight poses serious health threats, gastric bypass surgery will often be covered by insurance companies because it has been proven to deliver significant, and often life saving, weight loss.

Possible Exceptions to the Rule
If you think you have a unique situation that makes liposuction medically necessary for your overall health, it never hurts to make a case to your insurance company and see if they’ll approve the procedure. While any requests to have lipo covered will most likely be denied, liposuction may be sometimes be eligible for coverage when it’s performed as part of another procedure that is covered by insurance. A great example of this is in the case of a breast reduction, which sometimes necessitates some liposuction as part of the reduction process itself.

What to Do When Insurers Say No
If you have your heart set on liposuction but can’t get covered by your insurer, don’t give up. Many people who go for a consultation find that lipo can be surprisingly affordable. Convenient payment plans are often available as well, putting your new figure closer in
reach than you may have thought.

Once you’ve determined you’re a good candidate for liposuction and you’re ready to move forward with your procedure, there are some tips that will help you have a smooth, comfortable recovery and get the best results possible.

1. Choose PowerLipo™
While there are many methods of liposuction, PowerLipo™ is ideal for patients wanting a quick recovery without sacrificing results. This method is our safest and most effective body contouring procedure and also offers the shortest and most comfortable recovery period.

PowerLipo™ produces immediate results that continue to improve for months to come and offers an added bonus of no stitches or downtime. Patients do not need general anesthesia for PowerLipo™ and can return to their normal activities within just 24 hours after the procedure.

2. Stay Mildly Active
Some may think that lipo recovery involves complete bed rest with no activity. On the contrary, light physical activity can actually expedite the healing process. Staying active increases circulation which reduces swelling and edema.

3. Drink Plenty of Fluids
Drinking plenty of fluids in the hours and weeks following your procedure can help significantly reduce edema and help your body flush out excess fluid and toxins. Overall, staying well-hydrated will have a positive impact on your body’s ability to heal after lipo.

Your surgeon will advise you on how much you should rest and how active you should be after surgery. The most important post-op advice is to follow your doctor’s instructions. However, you need to listen to your body, too. If it hurts to do something, this is your body’s way of saying you are pushing yourself too hard. Take it easy and save your energy for your recovery.

People often have many misconceptions surrounding what liposuction can and can’t do. Although most questions about lipo can be answered at
your consultation, one of the most commonly asked is about the best time to schedule an appointment. Should you plan lipo before you get into shape, or after?

Are You Ready for Lipo?
If you’re quite a ways above your target weight, chances are that the majority of fat you’d like to lose is visceral fat. Visceral fat, one of the two types of fat cells, is found deep inside the body, particularly around your internal organs. Visceral fat is usually the main culprit of excess weight and cannot be targeted by liposuction. Eating a healthy diet and staying active are the only ways to reduce visceral fat and lose a significant amount of weight.

Lipo targets the other type of fat in the body, subcutaneous fat. This fat lies underneath the surface of the skin and will sometimes be unaffected by your efforts to shed pounds. If you reach a healthy weight but still have visible problem areas, such as a muffin top or a double chin, then liposuction may be the perfect way to bring your body transformation efforts full circle.

Proper Timing
Since both visceral and subcutaneous fat can be impacted by weight loss, it makes sense to wait until you’ve reached your target weight before proceeding with lipo. After all, liposuction isn’t gong to help you lose weight, and is really just for those areas that other efforts haven’t managed to improve as much as you’d like.

There’s no shortage of doctors and med spas offering liposuction services that claim they’ll give you the smooth and sexy silhouette you’ve always wanted. It is important to do your research and choose a skilled and experienced surgeon to ensure you’ll be truly satisfied with your new look.

1. Superior Results
At your first consultation appointment, a good surgeon will help you determine if you’re actually a good candidate for lipo. Patients should be wary of surgeons who seem make promises of extreme weight loss or other unrealistic claims that aren’t the true goal of the procedure.

2. Less Bruising/Tissue Trauma
The best lipo surgeons know how to get excellent results with the least amount of trauma to the body. Your surgeon’s technique will directly affect the amount of bruising and swelling after your surgery, resulting in a more comfortable recovery period. Additionally, patients should understand that performing lipo properly requires an artistic touch as much as it requires medical skill. An experienced surgeon will know exactly how to meticulously sculpt the body to give you the best liposuction results.

3. Improved Patient Safety
Although lipo is an outpatient procedure and is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic surgeries, it is still surgery. When performed improperly, it can not only produce uneven results but could compromise patient safety. Patients should only trust their bodies to competent, accredited surgeons for lipo or any other medical procedure.

4. Better Overall Patient Experience
“It takes a village” is a saying that also applies to your liposuction experience. Experienced, qualified surgeons strive to ensure that every aspect of
their practice—from support staff to the ambience of their office—works in unison to make you enjoy the best possible experience as well as the best liposuction results.

The coveted hourglass figure was made famous by vintage beauty icons like Marilyn Monroe and is still echoed today in contemporary vixens like Scarlett Johansson. Rooted in classical iconography as far back as Boticelli’s “Birth of Venus,” the hourglass is often held up as the ultimate feminine ideal. While only about eight percent of women can boast this body shape naturally, modern advances in cosmetic surgery such as PowerLipo™ can help bring out your inner hourglass in three specific ways.

1. Slimming the Waistline
With ample enough curves through bust and hips, some expertly targeted liposuction can help slim your waistline to better accentuate the rest of your figure. PowerLipo™ allows surgeons to eliminate belly fat, creating a trimmer midsection with minimal trauma to surrounding tissues.

2. Smoother Curves
Smoothing your figure with the help of lipo requires advanced surgical skills and technology for the best results. Since the power-assisted cannula decreases the amount of physical force needed by your surgeon, he or she has more energy to focus on sculpting your body using a more precise and gentle approach. This makes PowerLipo™ the perfect method for delicately shaping the contours of the waist to create a sexy, voluptuous silhouette.

3. Framing Your Figure
Just a few isolated areas can be responsible for detracting from your overall look. As an example, excess fat on the inner or outer thighs may interrupt the smooth transition of legs to hips, even though you’re at a healthy weight. PowerLipo™ can give you better defined lines, as well as eliminate trouble spots like “bra bulge” or love handles that keep you from feeling as sexy and self-confident as you deserve.

Most patients associate liposuction with looking thinner or more fit, but you may be surprised to learn that it can also help you look younger. As we age, skin elasticity and muscle tone decrease, and many people develop pockets of excess fat in the face, neck, and chin. These fatty deposits create a droopy, drained look that can add years to your reflection. Cosmetic surgery procedures are increasingly used to combat ageism, especially in the workplace, and liposuction can be a powerful means of achieving this end.

A smooth, slender neck is one of the hallmarks of youthfulness. However, since the skin and tissue of the neck is some of the most delicate on the body, this is often one of the first areas to show your age. Fatty deposits in the neck can make you look heavier than you really are, and also prematurely age your appearance. Although lipo can’t get rid of excess skin, it can remove the localized fat through the upper neck and jowls, helping you look younger and slimmer with minimal recovery time and relatively rapid results.

Eliminate Your Double Chin
If you have good skin elasticity and muscle tone but feel your double chin makes you look older, lipo can help restore more definition to your profile. Like the neck and jowls, fatty buildup under the chin can make you look older than your true age. The high precision of PowerLipo® can remove these fat cells permanently to help balance your features and better reveal your underlying bone structure, resulting in a long-lasting more youthful look.

Although liposuction is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries in the world, not everyone is a good candidate for lipo. The best candidates generally meet a few specific criteria. If you’re wondering if liposuction is right for you, there are four important qualities to consider.

1. At or Near Target Weight
To get the most from your procedure, it’s important to meet your target weight first. The best liposuction results are seen in patients who are already at a healthy weight but who notice localized diet and exercise-resistant fat deposits. Work hard to reach your weight loss goals, and lipo can help provide the finishing touch.

2. Maintaining a Steady Weight
The best liposuction candidates have maintained a steady target weight for at least six months prior to surgery. Gaining and losing significant amounts of weight adversely affects your skin’s elasticity, an important determinant in how well your body will respond to lipo. After your procedure, continuing to keep your weight steady will impact your long-term results as well.

3. A Healthy Lifestyle
A healthy lifestyle is an important factor in how well you maintain your slim new look. Even after your surgery, it is important that you continue to exercise regularly and eat sensibly to keep your body healthy and prevent weight fluctuation that could undermine your new contours.

4. Realistic Expectations
The best liposuction candidates have a realistic idea of what to expect from the procedure. Look at plenty of before and after photos to familiarize yourself with real-world examples of the type of outcomes that are possible with liposuction. When you make sure you’re seeking lipo for the right reasons and that you have practical expectations for the outcome, you’re more likely to be happy with the results.


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