Liposculpture VS Tummy Tuck – What’s the difference?

What is the difference between laser lipolysis “liposculpture” and abdominoplasty or “tummy tuck”?

Abdominoplasty is an invasive procedure. It requires a large incision and the removal of excess fat and loose skin from the middle and lower abdomen. This procedure tightens the skin and flattens the abdomen. It requires at least one week of downtime and a higher level of anesthesia, possibly general anesthesia.

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Liposculpture using Smartlipo Triplex is completely different. It is a minimally invasive procedure requiring only small incisions. The laser liquefies the fatty and fibrous tissue, which can then be easily removed. To achieve maximum tissue tightening, Dr. Miller will combine his tummy tite technique with Smartlipo Triplex. This requires applying additional laser energy to another layer of tissue. While the combination can give a nice result, it is not the answer for patients with significant skin laxity and stretch marks. The best way to find out which procedure is right for you is to have an expert evaluation from Dr. Miller.

In your complimentary consultation, Dr. Miller will determine which procedure is best for you. If you are a better candidate for a tummy tuck, Dr. Miller will refer you to a plastic surgeon who he knows and trusts.

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

Cellulaze FAQ’s

Top 10 Most Frequently Asked Questions About Cellulaze

in Raleigh, Durham, Fayetteville, Chapel Hill, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Charlotte and the surrounding areas of the Carolinas.

Cellulaze_Cellulite_Reduction__Women_Thighs_Buttocks_Side_Miller_2Does it work?

Cellulaze works for the right candidate. Cellulaze is the only cellulite treatment that directly attacks the structure of cellulite. Before Cellulaze, there were hundreds of products made to combat cellulite. Various creams, gels, wraps and also devices (Smooth Shapes, Velashape, etc.) are among the hundreds of treatments promising results. These products showed little to no benefit, providing only temporary improvement if any. These products were unsuccessful because they did not target the structure of cellulite.

Who is the best candidate for Cellulaze?

The ideal candidate for Cellulaze is an individual in good health with true cellulite and no skin laxity or varicose veins.

How long does the procedure take?

It typically takes approximately 45 minutes per area treated depending on the size of the targeted area.

Does it hurt?

Dr. Miller uses a layering technique for injecting the local anesthesia for this procedure. This technique results in minimal discomfort. Some patients report feeling light pressure if they feel anything at all. The technique prevents severe bruising and pigmentation that were once associated with this procedure.

What is the downtime for this procedure?

Patients can expect to feel a little sore after the procedure. Normal activities are usually resumed within a day or two.

How many treatments are required?

Cellulaze only requires one treatment. Most patients begin seeing results in six months. They will continue to improve over a period of twelve to twenty four months following the procedure.

How long do the results last?

Cellulaze realigns the collagen matrix. Because of this if patients stay out of the sun, eat well, and maintain a healthy lifestyle the results will be long lasting.

What are the risks and complications associated with the Cellulaze procedure?

There is always a risk for complications when you make openings in the skin. Patients can expect to have minimal bruising following the procedure. Dr. Miller has performed hundreds of Cellulaze procedures and has yet to see any major complications.

Will there be any scarring?

The small openings that Dr. Miller makes in the skin are less than five millimeters in width and they heal through a normal process. The openings are usually not seen in a normal healing individual after six months.

Are there any alternatives to Cellulaze?

Cellulaze is the only FDA approved minimally invasive procedure to eliminate cellulite. Currently there are no comparable treatments.

What is the cost?

The cost for the Cellulaze procedure starts at $2500 per area. This will vary based on the size of the area and the number of areas treated.

References

“Cellulaze.” CynosurePhysicians. Web. 3 June 2015
<http://www.cynosure.com/product/cellulaze/>.

Miller, Jason. “Cellulaze Cellulite Elimination.: Carolina Liposuction
Alternatives. Renewal Body Contouring. Web. 3 June 2015.
<http://www.carolinalipo.com/cellulite-treatment/cellulaze-cellulite-elimination/>.

“Cellulase.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation. Web. 3 June 2015
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cellulase>.

To learn more about Cellulaze and schedule a free expert evaluation please contact us or call 919.224.8020!

Mastery of Liposculpture

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?

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.

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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.

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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.