You are at a comfortable weight. Despite a healthy diet and an exercise routine, you still have pockets or areas of stubborn fat. VASER Liposuction is a type of liposuction that breaks apart fat cells and loosens them from deeper tissues so that fat can be removed. VASER is an acronym for Vibration Amplification of Sound Energy at Resonance. This ultrasound technology uses powerful ultrasonic waves to break apart the fat cells. VASER liposuction can target any of the following areas: abdomen, arms, chest, back, chin, hips, thighs, and buttocks.
Depending on the area treated either general or local anesthesia is required. A tumescent fluid will be injected into the targeted area. Then ultrasound probes will be inserted into the skin through a tiny incision to break up the fatty tissue. The fatty tissue will start to break apart and a cannula will be inserted to vacuum out the fat cells and the fluid.
VASER liposuction is a low-risk procedure. However, some common side effects include: persistent swelling, pain/aching, bruising/bleeding, asymmetry, loose skin, and infection. After VASER liposuction your body will look bruised and swollen and you will not be able to see the results right away. It takes time for your body to heal. Your body will weep fluid for a few days and you will need to wear a compression garment for several weeks to help reduce the swelling.
Recovery time is different for each person, most people can expect to see the best results between 3-6 months after their procedure. Most people need several days of rest to recover. Results from VASER liposuction can be permanent, however, it is important that you continue to eat a healthy diet and exercise routine so your body does not regain unwanted fat cells.
VASER liposuction is not a weight-loss tool. This procedure is for people who are trying to target stubborn fat areas. To find out if VASER liposuction is right for you please call us to book a consultation 912.681.3330.
Unfortunately, constipation is a common side effect of surgery. It can happen for a few reasons: pain medications, the anesthesia used, dehydration, food intake and lack of mobility. Symptoms of post-surgical constipation include:
• A decrease in bowel movements.
• Straining to pass stool.
• Hard stools.
• Bloating or gas.
• Pain in the stomach or rectum.
• Feeling of incomplete evacuation.
Fortunately, there are steps to take before and after surgery that may help prevent post surgical constipation. Steps to take before surgery:
• If you suffer from chronic constipation, tell both your doctor and anesthesiologist.
• Drink plenty of water days leading up to the surgery. Avoid caffeinated drinks such as coffee, tea, and sodas as they make dehydration worse.
• Eat fiber rich foods days leading up to your surgery. High fiber foods include fruits, vegetables, nuts/seeds, whole grains, and beans/lentils. Avoid dairy, processed foods, and refined grains such
as white bread, white rice, and white pasta.
• Purchase a stool softener before surgery so you have it available when you return home.
Steps to take after surgery:
• Keep the body moving. Short walks will help move food through the intestines and stimulate a bowel movement.
• Drink plenty of water. Diluted fruit juices especially prune juice can help.
• Eat fiber rich foods.
• Eat regular meals and snacks.
• Alternate pain relief.
• Stool softeners.
Constipation should never be ignored. If you develop constipation, don’t worry. With your medical professional’s help you can get your bowels back in order.
If the stress of COVID 19 did not make your skin break out, then wearing the mask might. As it is important to wear a mask many people are experiencing the unwanted side effect known as mascne. Yes “mascne” or “maskne” can be an annoying, frustrating skins issue. Mascne can be caused by either friction against the skin or trapped moisture/bacteria against our skin.
The fabric from the mask causes a rubbing or friction against the skin resulting in irritation, inflammation and eventually acne. Add the trapped sweat, oil, moisture and bacteria from our breath under the mask, and this creates a perfect environment for acne. However, with a good skin care regimen, mascne can be prevented or minimized.
Always wash your face before and after wearing a mask. Starting your day with clean skin under your mask helps to reduce the trapped oil and bacteria. Cleansing your face at the end of the day removes the built-up residue, oil and bacteria. It is important to use a gentle cleanser as you do not want to further irritate your skin.
Applying a lightweight moisturizer with sunscreen will also help reduce irritation and friction. Moisturizer not only helps prevent irritation but can also soothe already inflamed skin.
Avoid wearing makeup. Makeup is just one more thing that sits on your skin and clogs your pores, plus your beautifully applied makeup wipes off on the mask. Use this time to give your skin a break, “au natural” is in. It is also important to frequently change your mask especially after exercising and to wash your masks frequently.
Keep in mind that not all mascne is caused by the mask. If you don’t see a difference in your skin after implementing the above tips, it is time to consult with a medical professional. Having the right skin care routine will help reduce mask related skin irritation and mascne.
The Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) is one of the hottest growing plastic surgery procedures. The reason for the popularity of the Brazilian Butt Lift is the buzz of pop culture icons across all social media platforms. Today, women and men are seeking a more voluptuous, fuller derriere. The Brazilian Butt Lift is not an implant in any regard. The Brazilian Butt Lift procedure “harvests” fat from excess areas of the body which is then injected into the buttocks. The Brazilian Butt Lift procedure involves three steps:
1. Extra fat is “harvested” or removed generally from the abdomen, thighs, flanks, and hips with liposuction.
2. The extracted fat is then purified.
3.The purified fat is injected specifically into targeted areas in the buttocks to increase volume giving a fuller, voluptuous contour.
After exhausting countless hours on the step mill, squats and lunges the fuller buttock is difficult for many to achieve. Removing unwanted fat and relocating it to the buttocks makes the Brazilian Butt Lift a very desirable procedure. For many the reduction of unwanted fat and a fuller derriere spikes confidence and self esteem. While the Brazilian Butt Lift is a popular procedure, it is not right for everyone. It is important to talk with your board-certified plastic surgeon about your expectations and desired outcomes.
The recovery period after plastic/cosmetic surgery can be tedious, and intimidating. It is critical that you allow your body the proper time to heal following a surgical procedure. It is important to prepare both physically & mentally to help with a smooth recovery process.
1. No smoking or vaping- Smoking/vaping causes the blood vessels to constrict, decreasing blood flow that is needed for proper healing.
2. Walk throughout the day- Do not become a couch potato! Walking after surgery helps to reduce the risk of blood clots by improving circulation. This means walking to the bathroom, strolling around the kitchen a few times per day.
3. Be patient and trust the process- Before and after pictures show incredible results, however they don’t show the in between process. You will not look or feel like yourself after surgery. Final results can take anywhere from 6 weeks to 6 months. Pain, swelling and bruising are all expected and temporary. Cover up mirrors during the recovery process. Do not focus on appearance until healing is complete.
4. Eat, Eat, Eat- You will lose your appetite after surgery. However, food helps your body heal from the stress of surgery. Protein is especially important after surgery. Protein helps repair damaged tissue, fights off infections & synthesizes collagen. Good protein sources are chicken, fish, seafood, nuts, and lean ground beef.
5. Drink water- Anesthesia & pain medication can cause constipation. It is important to drink plenty of water and eat high fiber foods such as whole grain bread, fruits and vegetables. Also walking throughout the day can stimulate the bowel.
6. Take the pain meds- Take the pain meds as prescribed. You should expect to have some pain after surgery. Pain medication will keep you comfortable but it will also speed up recovery.
7. Support System- Surround your self with friends and family that support your surgical decision. DO NOT be afraid to ask for help. Let your friends and family take care of you. You will need some physical and emotional assistance.
8. Follow your doctor’s instructions- Your doctor will give you a list of recovery instructions for a reason. Not following their instructions can have regrettable consequences. Do not look for advice on the Internet Call you doctor at anytime if you have any questions or concerns.
9. You are not alone-take heart in knowing many people have gone through the same process. It is normal to have feelings of fear, doubt, guilt, apprehension, or nervousness. Elective surgery is unknown territory for many. Despite all attempts of preoperative education, when it happens to you it becomes personal. We ask if you have any questions concerns to please contact us
The recovery period after plastic surgery is often the most difficult part of the process. Remember the healing process is an essential part of the journey. Being both physically & mentally prepared, having a positive attitude and following these tips can promote faster healing and the best possible outcome for years to come.