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Mastery of Liposculpture

Mastery of Liposculpture

March 6th, 2015 - By

An Interview with Dr. Jason Miller

Miller-HeadshotLiposculpture (smartlipo, traditional liposuction, vaser liposuction) is an art, not just a procedure. A surgeon can read volumes of texts from front to back, obtain years of experience, and keep up with all the latest in techniques, but still not achieve results that amaze patients… Having taught several plastic and cosmetic surgeons liposculpture, I found that it takes more than just knowhow… it takes talent, a genuine care for patients, and the ability to visualize anatomy in three dimensions.”   Jason Miller, MD.

Jennifer: Can liposculpture be performed on anyone?

Dr. Miller: Liposculpture is a customized procedure that requires that an individual be a good candidate.  It’s not meant for everyone. During an expert evaluation, many factors are used to determine if a patient is a good candidate: the size of the area, BMI of the individual, if they have recently gained a lot of weight, and skin laxity. Skin laxity and the presence of stretch marks plays a big role in the evaluation process. The laser energy can be used to achieve a moderate degree of skin tightening, but for some patients, it would not provide the results that can be achieved with an abdominoplasty or tummy tuck.

In addition, health conditions of the patient are important to consider during an evaluation. Smoking, uncontrolled diabetes, and hypothyroidism (low thyroid) can significantly increase the risk for complications.

Finally, it is important to communicate expectations and the limitations of the procedure. I will not perform a procedure if I feel that it will not create the desired result.

Jennifer: Is there a certain body type that is optimal for great results?

Dr. Miller: Everyone has a different type of body. There is not a particular body type that is better than another. Ideal candidates are in good health, generally fit, with a localized area of fat or bulge that concerns them.

Jennifer: Do you have a specific technique that allows you to get such great results?

Dr. Miller: I do have specific techniques I have learned throughout my years of experience. I have performed over 2000 procedures from which I was able to adopt different types of techniques and technologies that help me achieve excellent results. I strive to achieve the best results for all of my patients because I care about each individual patient as if they were my own family. I customize the procedure I’m performing to cater to each patient’s individual needs. The key to excellent liposculpture results is not just developing the surgical skill but also having a three-dimensional understanding of the anatomy of the human body. Aside from the technical considerations, I focus on how to transform that individual into the very best they can be.

Jennifer: Do you consider yourself an expert at liposcultpure?

Dr. Miller: I consider myself as one who continues to master the art of liposculpture. Early on, I decided to do this as my sole focus. Being able to focus on one particular area of cosmetic surgery and doing it every single day has allowed me a higher degree of mastery than I otherwise would have had I adopted many other types of treatment options. My focus throughout the past few years has led to a certain degree of mastery.

Jennifer: Do you think being a specialized practice benefits your patients?

Dr. Miller: I firmly believe that being a specialized practice benefits my patients. Everything about my practice is setup specifically for the procedures I perform. The staff is well trained for this procedure, all of my equipment is specifically developed for this procedure, and even the interior architecture and the lighting of our office are designed specifically for this procedure. Being able to put all of our resources into one hyper-specialized field has 1) created a great experience for our patients, 2) allowed me to develop a higher level of mastery and expertise, and 3) provide the best post operative care and create specialized care for our patients.

Jennifer: Does post-operative care affect the final results of the procedure?

Dr. Miller: Post-operative care is a very important factor in achieving great results. It is a team effort between patient and doctor. I maintain my availability for my patients. I provide them with my contact information so they can call me directly to resolve any potential issues that might arise. Our practice is centered-around our patients needs. The procedure is just the first phase. The second phase is how well we take care post operatively. We work with our patients as a team to make sure they get the best results and maintain them.

How long do HiDefinition Liposculpture results last?

February 28th, 2014 - By

How long do HiDefinition Liposculpture results last? A case study in long-term results with HiDef

A common question I hear from men considering HiDefinition Liposculpture is “How long do the results last?” and “How do I maintain my results?” As with any other investment, knowing how things will perform for you long-term is an important factor in making a decision.

Today, I was surprised by a visit from a man who was a patient of mine almost 4 years ago. Before coming to me, he had always maintained a healthy diet and a consistent fitness routine, but he grew frustrated with his inability to improve his abdominal definition.

Before seeing me he had undergone laser lipolysis using Smartlipo, but he experienced only a minimal reduction in fat and could see no noticeable change in his abdominal definition. I performed HiDefinition Liposculpture on his abdomen under awake local anesthesia, and his postoperative course went well.

Hidefinition Liposculpture

Results 4 days after HiDefinition liposculpture

I’ve included his before and after pictures taken approximately 4 days after his procedure. As you can see, prior to his procedure, his definition was blunted by the layers of fat that go untreated during regular Smartlipo.

Today, he asked if I wanted to take a look at the areas. I was happy to see that his results were just as good as after he underwent the procedure.

I asked him about the diet and exercise routines he used to maintain his results:

Just the same as before. I’ve always maintained a low carb diet, and though I’m busy with work and life, I still find a couple of days a week to get to the gym”.

I was also curious about how his results had changed things for him, especially in terms of his confidence:

Dude, my definition is intense. I get a lot of attention on the beach now, and the girls I date are about 10 years younger than they were before [the surgery]”.

I asked if we could take a few pictures to give men an idea of what things look like after a few years, and so he agreed to allow us to use these pictures.


Results after almost 4 years

As you can see, he has done well in maintaining his results. The oblique line and the linea alba lines as well as the tendinous insertions have remained (all are components of the six pack). He has also maintained the dynamics of his definition that coincide with engagement and relaxation of his core.

I appreciate his allowing me to share his story and his pictures. I do consider HiDefinition Liposculpture an art form that will continue to require mastery of the most advanced liposuction techniques.

I enjoy it—not just for how it changes a man’s appearance almost instantaneously, but also for how it changes the way men face the world every day.

Phentermine Medi Weight Loss vs Liposculpture

January 26th, 2014 - By

Long-term Results without prescriptions

Phentermine Weight lossIf you’ve explored ways to shed those stubborn excess inches, chances are you’ve come across a variety of options to address your trouble areas. Diet, exercise, detox and even prescription drugs such as Phentermine often top the list for ways to jumpstart your body into weightloss mode.

Phentermine is a stimulant prescribed as an appetite suppressant that can assist in short-term weight loss.  While often prescribed, in combination with diet and exercise, for people struggling with obesity, Phentermine only offers short-term relief.  But it rarely helps patients permanently reduce body fat and maintain results over the long haul.

Because Phentermine can only be safely prescribed for about a two-month cycle, patients who are cycled off will often experience a reversal of their progress.  Often at the end of a cycle, the body quickly readjusts to an increased appetite and the weight comes back.

Liposculpture:  Another alternative with long-term results

At Renewal Body Contouring, our staff advocates a healthy lifestyle of diet, exercise and other healthy practices, but we also realize how difficult it is lose those unwanted inches. What we’ve experienced with more than 1,500 non-invasive and minimally-invasive fat removal procedures is that body contouring provides long-term fat reduction that, in turn, jumpstarts a continued lifestyle of healthy practices and healthy weight.

Unlike Traditional Liposuction, the SmartLipo Triplex™ utilized by Dr. Jason Miller safely, gently and permanently removes fatty deposits from the body. With the precision of advanced laser lipolysis technology, SmartLipo Triplex™ safely melts and permanently removes fat while shaping the treatment area to the body’s natural contour.

Patients in the Raleigh, Durham, Charlotte, and Fayetteville, North Carolina and beyond have experienced a change in how they look, how they feel and how they face future weightloss challenges.

To learn more about the long-term options at Renewal Body Contouring, contact us for a free, complimentary consultation with Dr. Miller our surgical staff.


December 12th, 2013 - By

Liposuction at Renewal is very different from liposuction of the past. Our surgeon, Dr. Jason Miller, incorporates advanced techniques and proven technologies to deliver superior, natural-looking results, while ensuring his patients are comfortable and have a fast recovery.

Traditional Liposuction

Traditional Liposuction

Many plastic surgeons continue to perform liposuction using the similar tools and techniques established in the 1980s. Traditional liposuction uses mechanical forces to disrupt tissues and vacuum out subcutaneous fat. The large bore tubes known as cannulae remove large amounts of fat in a very short time. However, because of the traumatic nature of this procedure, general anesthesia is required to ensure the patients are not in pain. After the procedure, patients typically experience bruising and one to two weeks of recovery.

Proven Liposuction Technologies and Techniques at Renewal

Dr. Miller has dedicated his practice over the past several years to advancing the field of liposuction with a focus on the following objectives: This will be a diagram that is fully responsive and SEO friendly.


a. Natural: Results should appear as if you achieved the results yourself with diet and exercise.

b. Transforming: Results should be noticeable positive changes that make people feel great about their body.


Most critical complications arise when liposuction is performed under general anesthesia. So Dr. Miller performs all liposuction procedures under local anesthesia. Performing the procedure under local anesthesia also allows him to use a tightly-controlled sterile process in the facilities of Renewal rather than having the procedure in a hospital or surgical facility shared by other surgeons.


The local anesthesia technique Dr. Miller has advanced ensures that you experience little to no pain during your liposculpture procedure. Most patients report feeling only minimal pressure, but no pain.


Because the procedure does not require general anesthesia, you will be able to return home almost immediately after the procedure. With the use of the new proven technologies including the Smartlipo Triplex and VASER Liposelection, there is less bruising and less postoperative discomfort. Most of Dr. Miller’s patients are able to return to work within 2 – 3 days.


Liposuction shouldn’t be so cost-prohibitive that only movie stars and the very rich have access. Because the procedures do not require a hospital facility or an anesthesiologist, there are no additional costs for the surgical center or anesthesia fees.  Click here for more about cost and financing at Renewal Body Contouring.

Dr. Miller continues to make advancing the art liposculpture his primary focus. He works with other surgeons who are considered masters in the art of liposculpture to share his techniques and sharpen his skills. He also continues to train plastic and cosmetic surgeons on his techniques throughout the United States. His dedication and focus have paid off for over 1000 patients across the country and around the world who have entrusted their bodies to his skillful hands. We encourage you to learn more about the treatments we offer and to view Dr. Miller’s gallery.

Have questions?  Feel free to contact us.


Renewal Body Contouring, PLLC serves Durham, Raleigh, Fayetteville, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Charlotte, and surrounding areas of the Carolinas.

Video Series: All You Need to Know

July 24th, 2013 - By

All You Need To Know About Body Contouring and Liposuction Series: #1

Our Clinical Director gives a general overview of Smartlipo Triplex.

What is Smartlipo Triplex?  The Smartlipo Triplex is an FDA approved fat melting laser that permanently destroys fat cells.  Currently, this is the most advanced laser on the market for fat reduction.  This procedure is done under local anesthesia, so you will be awake through the process.  We will give you a mild sedative to help you relax.  Once you are in the procedure room, a numbing solution will numb your skin before small incisions about the size of a pinky nail are placed in the area to be treated.  After that, a numbing solution will be placed through the incision site to numb the fat pocket.  After the fat pocket is number, the laser is then inserted underneath the skin.  The fiberoptic laser will emit an energy that will cause the fat cells to rupture and liquefy.  It is almost like they pop like a bubble.  After that takes place the fat is now in a liquid state.  A small cannula is then inserted and the liquefies fat is removed.  After the fat has been removed from the area, you are wrapped in a compression garment, and sent home for the evening.

The Advantage of Local Anesthesia for Liposculpture

July 8th, 2013 - By

Local Anesthesia vs General Anesthesia For Fat Reduction Surgery

General Anesthesia involves infusing medication usually directly into the veins that force patients to sleep during surgery.  Local anesthesia involves injecting numbing medicine directly into the area to be treated and waiting until it is completely numb before the treatment.   Research shows the risk of complications including death is significantly greater with the use of general anesthesia.  Given the advantages of safety and recovery, more patients are electing to have their procedure under local anesthesia.  Below, we answer frequent questions asked about the anesthesia used at Renewal Body Contouring.

I have a low tolerance for pain.  Is it going to hurt if I’m not asleep?

Screen Shot 2013-07-18 at 1.24.27 PMOnce the local anesthesia is placed, the person undergoing the procedure rarely feels anything more than a slight pressure, and most patients are comfortable enough to carry on a conversation or sleep during their treatment.

The biggest difference patients notice is after the procedure.  Traditional liposuction under general anesthesia requires a period of time to wake up, and because general anesthesia masks the damage of tissues, the patient typically wakes up in pain.  For several days after traditional liposuction, the patient experiences bruising and sometimes severe pain that require several days to recover.

In contrast, Tricontour Liposculpture uses a multilayered local anesthesia technique to virtually eliminate discomfort during the treatment.  Because the procedure is more gentle to the tissues, the there is less pain and bruising and a shorter recovery time.

Will the surgeon be able to fully treat the area under local anesthesia?

There are two potential limiting factors to consider with a treatment for local fat reduction.  There is a limit to the amount of numbing medicine and the amount of fat removed when local anesthesia is used.  These limitations are designed to ensure greater patient safety.  However, these restrictions very rarely affect the surgeon’s ability achieve the desired results. The lower risk of complications and the easier and quicker postoperative recovery give the advantage to the use of multi-layered local anesthesia.

Explore more:  For more information about advances in improving comfort and producing outstanding results, call or schedule a complimentary consultation.  If you would like to read more about what procedure is right for you read further.

Waist Reduction Success

June 24th, 2013 - By

News from our Heroes – TriContour Waist Reduction Saves Military Career

We were pleased to receive an email today from one of our military heroes who is now serving overseas:

“I had a procedure done with Dr. Miller and was hoping to get a before and after picture if possible. The results are amazing, that tied to exercise and diet as well has been incredible. I would like to have these photos to show a few others and possibly send you some referrals. This procedure saved my career and has inspired a life change for a healthier life style. I would also like to know where I could leave feedback on your web site. Thank you so much!”

Renewal Body Contouring Military Tape Test

With cuts in military spending, many of our service men and women are now required to submit to a “tape test” to measure their level of body fat content.  This is an outdated method that has forced men and women to retire without full pension, many of whom have risked their lives for our freedom in several tours spanning many years.

Renewal Body Contouring provides a simple procedure that reduces the size of the waist permanently.  While many of our heroes have sought drastic measures such as traditional liposuction, the TriContour Technique gives up to 6 inches in waist reduction without general anesthesia or a prolonged recovery.

Call 919-224-8020 or click here to find out more about this career-changing experience.

Click here view Dr. Miller’s results.

Traditional Liposuction vs TriContour with Smartlipo Triplex

June 24th, 2013 - By

Traditional Liposuction

Many are familiar with the Youtube videos that show traditional liposuction.  The patients are asleep on the operating room table while the surgeon is working a liposuction cannula in and out of their body to mechanically break up and suck out the fat.  Ouch! The mechanical forces used in liposuction do not only damage and destroy fat cells.  The large cannulas also can damage other tissues, like blood vessels, skin and muscles.  This can lead to a prolonged recovery with severe bruising and even a lumpy appearance.

The TriContourTM Difference

Renewal Body Contouring Lipo vs SmartLipo

The TriContourTM technique was developed to ensure comfort and improve results.  It utilizes the latest body contouring technology available to remove fat cells permanently while reducing the risk of bruising and shortening recovery time.

The procedure begins by infusing a special numbing medicine into the fat that will be removed.   This numbing medicine is then allowed to work a period of time until the anesthetic is fully active.  Dr. Miller then uses a form of energy that will melt the fat.  This energy is delivered in two forms:


1. Smartlipo TriplexTM:  This is a laser light energy source that has three distinct frequencies, each designed for a specific purpose: to cauterize the tissue, melt the fat, and stimulate collagen production to help with loose skin.

2. VASER LiposculptureTM:  This technology uses ultrasonic vibrational energy to melt fat.  It is used when the fat is particularly fibrous or when a patient requires a revision after traditional liposuction. (This should not be confused with ultrasonic cavitation).

After the energy source has melted the fat, a small diameter tube is then used to remove the melted fat gently and to sculpt the patient’s body to its optimal shape.

The result of this procedure is less discomfort, minimal downtime, and superior results.

For more information about the TriContourTM technique or to schedule a free private consultation with Dr. Miller, contact Renewal Body Contouring.

Liposuction and the Military:

March 13th, 2013 - By

Are you active duty in the military?  If so, then you understand how vital it is to maintain a healthy weight and Body Mass Index in order to pass the dreaded ‘tape test’ measurement requirements.  Passing the ‘tape test’ can literally mean the difference between a promotion or discharge.  While it may seem to go against reason, there are many soldiers that are unable to pass this test.  The Journal of Military Medicine indicates that 35% of male soldiers currently do not meet weight standards, 6% exceed body fat content, and roughly 24,000 soldiers were discharged between 1992 and 2007 for failure to comply with weight standards.

become-volunteer-military-officer-1The ‘tape test’ is an antiquated model for measuring someone’s physical condition.  It does not take into account the fact that some people are simply biologically structured to hold fat deposits in specific areas of the body.   Unfortunately for many of those who struggle with passing the ‘tape test,’ it’s usually because of that last little bit of fat that seems to stick around no matter how extreme you diet or how hard you train.   Dr. Jason Miller with Renewal Body Contouring can help make those fat deposits a thing of the past with one simple, minimally invasive treatment.  Most of our military patients aren’t overweight; they simply need that extra help to reduce the size of those target areas.

If you or your spouse are stationed in Fayetteville and are interested in undergoing a body contouring procedure, you know that your options are fairly limited.  While there are a few practices in the vicinity, none of them can claim the same level of expertise, technology and results that Renewal Body Contouring can.  Founder Dr. Jason Miller is one of the region’s most experienced laser lipolysis physicians, having completed over 800 advanced laser lipolysis treatments alone with the SmartLipo Triplex technology.  Our office in Durham is just over an hour away from Fayetteville, right off of I-40.  As always, Renewal Body Contouring offers special discounts to all military members and their families.  Click here to learn more about our special military packages.

So what are you waiting for?  If you are interested in shedding those last few inches, or simply wish to learn more about our practice and our treatment, contact Renewal Body Contouring to schedule your complimentary consultation today!

Top 10 Most Commonly Asked Questions About Smartlipo in Durham, Raleigh, and Charlotte, North Carolina

November 28th, 2012 - By

With the variety of liposculpture treatments available, it’s difficult to know what techniques and technologies are right for you. At Renewal Body Contouring, we utilize the Smartlipo Triplex™ and Vaser Liposculpture, the most advanced liposculpture technology available, to achieve  superior results. To understand how Renewal provides its patients with the best Liposculpture procedures available, here we answer some of your most common questions regarding our body sculpting procedures:

What is Smartlipo?  Smartlipo uses laser fiber technology to melt away unwanted fat. While standard liposuction removes fat in its solid form through a small tube, or cannula. Smartlipo allows for less trauma to the body by removing fat in liquid form.

Renewal utilizes the latest advancement in Smartlipo—the “Smartlipo Triplex™” technology. This latest Smartlipo technology comes equipped with three wavelengths that target fatty tissue and optimize skin tightening. The Thermaguide™ sensor technology provides our Duke-trained surgeon,  Dr. Miller,  with real time temperature monitoring to reduce the risk of burns to the skin and other tissues. This gives you an optimally-sculpted physique with less risk and less downtime.

1. Am I a good candidate for Smartlipo Triplex?
 This is a difficult decision to make without understanding all your options and reviewing them with your surgeon. All too often patients make their own diagnosis, either through recommendation from a friend, exposure to advertising, or by simply researching online. There are many different technologies and techniques available. Choosing which procedure is right for you should be a decision you make with the help of your surgeon.

2. What types of anesthesia are used during a Smartlipo procedure? 
On the day of the procedure you are given several medications: one for pain and the other for sedation. After you start feeling sleepy, you will be transferred to the surgical suite and will receive local numbing medicine. Only after the area is numb does the procedure begin. We use only local anesthesia to reduce recovery time and to alleviate the unnecessary risks associated with general anesthesia.

3. How much does Smartlipo cost? 
Because Smartlipo can be performed onsite and with minimal anesthesia, the procedures cost much less than traditional lipolysis. Treatments start at $1,429 per area, but cost depends on the size and complexity of the procedure.

4. What is the typical recovery time with Smartlipo? Patients recover at their own pace but are instructed to take at least two recovery days after the procedure. Typically, the smaller the area, the quicker the recovery. Most patients will need to wear a customized compression garment for up to three weeks following surgery.

5. What areas of the body can be treated with Smartlipo? Smartlipo is ideal for any localized areas of the body such as the abdomen, flanks, arms, thighs or chin. Patients will see good skin contraction in these areas with a more natural-looking result.

6. Who should I trust with my Smartlipo procedure? 
Patients need to be careful when researching surgeons. Many physicians who do not specialize in this type of treatment will often offer the procedure. Dr. Miller is a national Smartlipo instructor in partnership with Cynosure, the manufacturer of Smartlipo, and has extensive, specific training with the technology to achieve optimal results. He has performed over 1000 Smartlipo procedures to date.

7. How long do the Smartlipo results last? 
Smartlipo permanently removes fat cells from the body. However, it is important for patients to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle. We try to help patients establish an overall health and wellness track through The Vital Plan. We encourage patients to view their transformation at Renewal as a new path to a healthier, happier lifestyle.

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