Exercise?!?!… but “Nothing replaces traditional…

23 Nov

Liposuction”

Direct quote.  Dr. Joseph Russo.

I was invited to observe lipoplasty (aka liposuction) by Dr. Russo.  Of course I was psyched!  Before I receive a million hate mails–remember:  the point of my blog is to give information to everyone.  Just because this isn’t  something your interested in doesn’t mean someone else isn’t.  Beauty IS part individual ideals ;). See Beauty Defined.  Also… I tried not to be graphic but still be informative.  I also had the patients permission to write about her experience.  I may add pictures later.

What to expect during the procedure

The patient had baseline vitals and was medicated with xanex and percocet prior to the procedure.  She was marked by the surgeon in a few places on her neck (it was neck lipoplasty).  After the medication took effect, she was laid on the procedure table.  It is a sedated procedure, so the patient was awake and talking throughout.

Local anesthetic was injected before a small incision was made under her chin.  Then a liquid was injected that was a mixture of drugs that separated the skin from the fat, vasoconstricted (to prevent bleeding), and a numbing agent.  Dr. Russo then separated the fascia tissue holding the skin and fat together and used a suction cannula to suck out the fat.  The neck does not contain much fat to suction, only about 100 cc’s was removed.  The patient felt comfortable throughout the procedure.  The procedure took an hour and a half from start to finish.

Sexy Head Bra

Post care instructions are pretty standard.  6 weeks of recovery time.  PLUS EXTRA BONUS:  You get to wear a sexy head bra!  (This keeps fluid from the area, and keeps the skin tight).  Remember, you may require some skin tightening post treatment.  This patient will be doing Ultera in 4-6 months.  Ultera is AWESOME (blog post coming soon)!  It was a great success and the patient is very happy!

Well what about laser? 

(from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons website)

Laser liposuction

Laser liposuction focuses low-energy waves delivered by a thin laser fiber that’s inserted through small incisions. The laser energy is focused on the part of the body where you’d like to have a fatty pocket removed. After the fat is melted, a small cannula is used to suck out the liquefied fat.

Ultrasound assisted liposuction

The fat is dissolved by the ultrasonic waves that are emitted from the end of a cannula that’s inserted through small incisions. Ultrasonic waves delivered through the cannula emulsify or liquefy the fat. After the fat is liquefied, it is then sucked out through a small cannula.

*Note, these are ASSISTED lipoplasties.  So what about regular laser and fat melting?  It’s not that easy my friends.  These procedures are typically performed in locations that don’t offer plastic surgery as an option.  Watch out for good marketing when it comes to these procedures.I have observed some great results from Zerona, but if home care instructions aren’t followed exactly… don’t expect these procedures to work for you.  And remember: 

Nothing Replaces Traditional Liposuction!

 
** For those of you who believe “nothing replaces traditional exercise” remember:  there are a lot of factors to consider when taking plastic surgery into consideration, and it shouldn’t be a thoughtless decision by ANYONE.  Lipoplasty will not keep the fat off forever, only exercise and a good diet will do that.  🙂 
 

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

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2 Responses to “Exercise?!?!… but “Nothing replaces traditional…”

  1. aunty gee November 24, 2011 at 5:06 am #

    Loving your blog Laura..so informative, clearly written… and the fact that you are a trained medical person I trust your observations and insights…thanks!

  2. Kourtney Askwith January 8, 2012 at 5:11 am #

    Enjoyed looking through this, very good stuff, thankyou . “It is well to remember that the entire universe, with one trifling exception, is composed of others.” by John Andrew Holmes.

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