Mastery of Liposculpture
An Interview with Dr. Jason Miller
“Liposculpture (smartlipo, traditional liposuction, Vaser liposuction) is an art, not just a procedure. A surgeon can read academic volumes from front to back, obtain years of experience and keep up with all the latest in techniques, and still not achieve results that amaze patients… Having taught liposculpture to several plastic and cosmetic surgeons, I’ve 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.
It is important to recognize that for all medical procedures, including the procedures performed at Renewal Body Contouring, individual results and experiences may vary.
Jennifer: Do you consider yourself an expert at liposcultpure?
Dr. Miller: I am in the continual pursuit of mastery in the art of liposculpture. Early on, I decided to do this as my sole focus, and with, now, thousands of successful procedures, I’ve achieved results that I can be proud of. And, most important, my patients are proud of them, too. 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 if I had adopted multiple other types of treatment options. My focus throughout the past few years has led to a certain degree of mastery.
Jennifer: Do you have a specific technique or techniques that allow you to get such great results?
Dr. Miller: I do have specific techniques that I’ve developed and honed.. I’ve been able to adopt and adapt different types of techniques and technologies that help me achieve excellent results. In the case of liposculpture, technique and technology are only as good as your ability to visualize and sculpt a patient’s contours according to his or her individual needs and goals. I strive to achieve the best results for all of my patients, because I care about each individual patient as I would a member of my own family. The key to excellent liposculpture 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 think maintaining a specialized practice benefits your patients?
Dr. Miller: Absolutely. Everything about my practice is tailored to the procedures I perform. Our well-trained staff and state-of-the-art technology and equipment and even the interior architecture and the lighting of our office are all carefully appointed to provide a great experience and excellent results. Being able to direct all of our resources toward one specialized discipline has created a great experience for our patients and allowed me to develop a higher level of mastery and expertise. We are also able to provide the best post-operative care and create specialized care for our patients.
Jennifer: Can liposculpture be performed on anyone?
Dr. Miller: Liposculpture is not meant for everyone. During an expert evaluation, many factors will determine if a patient is a good candidate: the size of the treatment area, Body Mass Index of the individual 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 often only be achieved with an abdominoplasty or tummy tuck. Also, a recent rapid increase in weight can raise concerns about candidacy.
Other 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.
This is why it’s so 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 for liposculpture procedures. Ideal candidates are in good health, generally fit and have a localized area of fat or bulge that concerns them.
Jennifer: Does post-operative care affect the final results of the procedure?
Dr. Miller: Post-operative care is critical to achieving great results, and this is a team effort between patient and doctor. Because post-operative care is so important to the success of my patients, I provide patients with contact information and direct access to me to resolve any potential issues that might arise. Our practice is centered around our patients’ needs, so we work with our patients as a team to make sure they get the best results and maintain them.