VASER Liposuction to Achieve that Svelte Summer Body

VASER Liposuction to Achieve that Svelte Summer BodySummer is fast approaching and it’s time to get your body ready for the beach. If you are concerned about those unwanted deposits of fat that won’t go away with diet and exercise, VASER Lipo in NYC could help. This minimally invasive body contouring procedure uses ultrasonic energy to remove stubborn fat safely and efficiently and help you achieve that svelte summer body.

VASER liposuction breaks up fat using ultrasound and removes it via suction. Both small and large areas can be effectively treated such as the abdomen, arms, back, breasts (male and female), buttocks, hips, love handles, knees, face, ankles and calves. In addition to treating areas with more fibrous tissue more effectively, VASER also preserves the viability of fat cells for fat transfer.

The procedure selectively targets small or large areas of fat while leaving the other important tissues in the area intact. Minimal tissue damage means minimal discomfort and shorter recovery time compared to traditional liposuction. This has made the procedure very popular among celebrities. MailOnline reported in January that Lauren Goodger underwent VASER lipo to get rid of her ‘hard pockets of fat’. She took to social media to tell her fans have decided to have the cosmetic procedure done as she was “sick of bad pictures” and felt her body had areas of “lumps and bumps”. She told her fans that she loved her body after the VASER lipo treatment.

Individuals who are physically healthy and want to get rid of fat pockets that cannot be resolved through diet and exercises are the best candidates for VASER lipo. Depending on the surgeon’s experience and comfort level, the approach can be used to treat deep tissue as well as the mid fatty level and certain areas closer to the surface. This clinically proven system is an ideal option to:

  • Easily remove large amounts of stored fat
  • Produce even results in treated areas
  • Smoothen the skin even in delicate areas such as the arms and neck
  • Refine and accentuate the appearance of muscles

The procedure starts with injecting a saline solution mixed with an anesthetic or tumescent liquid into the treatment site. The ultrasonic probe is then inserted into the fatty tissue, and the high frequency sound waves that the probe transmits break apart and liquefy the fatty tissues between the skin and muscle. The liquefied fat is then suctioned off. The choice of probes, diameters, and groove patterns helps the surgeon to address both small and large volumes of fat, and use the right amount of energy to treat soft, fibrous, and medium tissues. VASER Lipo in NYC offers many advantages over traditional body contouring:

  • Minimally invasive procedure using local anesthesia
  • Quicker recovery time, less swelling and bruising
  • Coagulates the tissues and tightens sagging skin
  • Does not destroy the other tissues in the treated area
  • Patients can return to normal activities within two to three weeks

VASER is not just for women. Vaser Hi Def liposuction in NYC can help men achieve a six pack body without strenuous workouts at the gym. This procedure involves carefully removing the stubborn fat between the muscle groups to result in an athletic appearance, and a skilled NYC plastic surgeon can provide dramatic results.

Capsular Contracture – Symptoms and Solutions

Capsular Contracture - Symptoms and SolutionsBreast augmentation improves breast volume, addresses asymmetry, and creates a rounder breast shape. NYC breast augmentation is performed using saline, silicone, and other types of FDA-approved implants. Like all cosmetic surgical procedures, breast implant surgery comes with risk of certain complications, including capsular contracture. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) defines capsular contracture as a “breast augmentation complication caused by tightening of the tissue capsule around the implant, resulting in firmness or hardening of the breast and squeezing of the implant if severe”.

When the implant is inserted, the body’s natural response is to form a lining or capsule around it. Capsular contraction occurs when the capsule contracts, which squeezes the implant, makes it firm, and changes its shape. This complication is most commonly seen in saline and silicone implants.

Capsular contracture can occur at any time, even years after the breast augmentation procedure. It can affect one or both breasts. Risk factors include:

  • Post-surgical complications like hematoma or infection
  • Severe breast trauma
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Radiation therapy
  • Inadequate skin coverage for the implant
  • Active smoking

Capsular contracture is graded based on severity as follows:

  • Grade 1: The breast is soft and looks normal, and the capsule is flexible
  • Grade 2: The breast looks normal, but is slightly firm
  • Grade 3: The breast is firm, has some distortion, or the implant is tilted upward with a slightly abnormal appearance
  • Grade 4: Similar to Grade 3 but with more capsular hardening, painful and a deformed appearance

Experienced plastic surgeons use special surgical techniques to reduce patients’ risk of capsular contracture. NYC plastic surgery practices offer IDEAL implants and gummy bear implants that have a lower capsular contracture rate and rupture rate than saline implants or silicone implants. The IDEAL implant is double-lumen implant with a baffle structure that is filled with saline after the implant has been placed in a submuscular or subglandular pocket. It uses cutting-edge breast implant technology reduce to wrinkling and folding. This implant also fits beautifully against the chest wall, creating a natural look and feel, without the complications associated with silicone gel. Cohesive gummy bear implants also have a firm and stable structure and a lower rate of capsular contracture.

Surgery is usually needed to treat severe conditions. Capsular contracture surgery involves removing the implant as well as the areas of scar inside and replacing the implant. According to, surgeons recommend the following steps to prevent capsular contracture:

  • placing the breast implants under the pectoral muscles
  • antibiotics prior to and sometimes after surgery
  • gentle implant massage beginning shortly after surgery
  • Compression exercises that involve squeezing the implant to keep it flexible and loose

If you are considering breast augmentation in NYC with implants, find an AAAASF accredited plastic surgery practice with surgeons who are experts in the procedure. Such surgeons will help you choose the right type of implant for your body and provide optimal outcomes with minimal chances of complications or risks such as capsular contracture.

Radiofrequency Technology provides Efficient Skin Tightening in Body Contouring, finds New Study by bodySCULPT Plastic Surgeons

A new study, “Soft Tissue Contraction in Body Contouring With Radiofrequency-Assisted Liposuction: A Treatment Gap Solution”, published 15 May 2018 in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal highlights the benefits of using RFAL technology for aesthetic body contouring. Authored by plastic surgeons Spero J. Theodorou and Christopher T. Chia of bodySCULPT® in NYC and Daniel Del Vecchio, MD, the research reviews the clinical application of electromagnetic energy via the BodyTite device on soft tissues during suction lipectomy, its effect on soft tissue contraction or skin tightening, and its use in aesthetic body contouring in various clinical scenarios.

Radiofrequency Technology provides Efficient Skin Tightening in Body Contouring, finds New Study by BodySculpt Plastic SurgeonsLiposuction is the most commonly performed aesthetic plastic surgery operation performed worldwide for body contouring. Factors such as the continuous rise of obesity, trend in social media and selfies are driving for the demand for liposuction procedures. Advancements in anesthesia and improvements in technology and techniques have made the procedure safer and more accessible as well. Patient expectations have increased along with these improvements in body contouring procedures. In addition to attractive outcomes, cosmetic surgery patients desire quick treatment with minimal downtime and short recovery time. This has fuelled the popularity of minimally-invasive and non-invasive procedures to get eliminate unwanted fat and reshape different parts of the body.

A common concern among patients who have had liposuction is the extra, loose skin that remains after procedure. In fact, as the authors of the new study point out, despite the advancements in the field of aesthetic surgery, finding a procedure that can tighten the skin along with fat removal has remained a challenge. The researchers explain how Radiofrequency-Assisted Liposuction (RFAL) fills the gap.

A relatively new concept in energy-assisted body contouring techniques, Radiofrequency-Assisted Liposuction (RFAL) using the unique BodyTite device offers superior soft tissue contraction, leading to excellent skin tightening effects. The BodyTite liposuction device has two probes that work simultaneously. One works beneath the skin, heating the entire soft-tissue matrix and melting the fat via the temperature controlled radiofrequency technology. The second probe simultaneously aspirates the liquefied fat and coagulates the adipose, fibrous, and vascular tissue. Once the tightening part of the treatment is over, suction-assisted lipectomy is done for contouring purposes, if needed. The heat generated helps tighten the skin quickly and coagulates the tissues, allowing the plastic surgeon to sculpt the body to the ideal shape.

BodyTite is a versatile technology. According to the study, the applications of RFAL in plastic surgery include contouring of the arms, abdomen, medial thighs, neck and breasts. When it comes to the upper arm contouring, brachioplasty or arm lift surgery has been the mainstay. However, the procedure involves long, visible scars, which is a concern for most patients. BodyTite™ on arms (ArmTite) can provide smooth, shapely arms without the visible scars associated with traditional arm lift surgery. RFAL-assisted liposuction is now also used to perform scarless breast lift surgery. The BodyTite Perky Lift addresses flat, sagging and drooping breasts and results in youthful looking, beautiful breasts.

The study notes that RFAL is ideally suited for local anesthesia for small, discrete areas in properly selected candidates. For smaller areas of the face (FaceTite) and for soft tissue tightening where fat removal is not required, liposuction is not performed. Another advantage of BodyTite liposuction is that is safe. The surgeons point out that the technology ensures both uniform and efficient heating of the soft tissues while reducing the risk of overheating and burns.

Ideal candidates for BodyTite liposuction are those who are healthy and have stubborn fat deposits that are resistant to diet and exercise. It is also important that you have realistic expectations about the outcome.

“RFAL can achieve consistent and reproducible results with excellent soft tissue contraction but without the complication rates of aggressive, superficial liposuction,” the authors conclude. They point out that in a patient satisfaction survey following RFAL, 89% of patients who underwent the procedure said they would recommend it.

Cosmetic Concerns among Different Age Groups

Men and women of all age groups have body contouring in NYC to address a wide variety of concerns and look good. As we age our cosmetic concerns change. Moreover, every person has unique cosmetic concerns that would need customized solutions. Irrespective of your age, these concerns about your appearance can make you feel self-conscious. Plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery can help improve the profile and parameters of your body. However, aesthetic concerns vary by age and understanding the aging process is important to get the right treatment and rejuvenate your appearance. Here are the procedures that different age groups seek to address their aesthetic concerns:

The most common procedures for children and teenagers are otoplasty (to pin back protruding ears and also to correct various types of ear-related conditions) Cosmetic Concerns among Different Age Groupsand rhinoplasty (to enhance the appearance and/or to rectify deformation in the structure of the nose that cause respiratory problems)Teenagers should wait until their body has stopped developing. Teens shouldn’t be swayed by peer or societal pressure into having cosmetic surgery. Reliable plastic surgeons evaluate patient goals carefully to ensure that they made their decision to have a procedure for the right reasons.

People in their twenties may not experience any visible signs of facial aging related cosmetic concerns or the effects of gravity on the body. However, they may experience skin problems or breast concerns. Breast development is usually complete by age 20 and women in twenties may consider breast augmentation surgery to improve breast size and volume. Changes in lifestyle and exposure to the sun may lead to skin problems, leading those in this age group to seek nonsurgical and surgical procedures such as skin resurfacing, rhinoplasty, and preventative Botox to fight signs of aging before they ever show up.

Women in thirties may start to experience premature signs of facial aging ordrasticbodily changes due to pregnancy and breastfeeding. Premature signs of aging may appear due to lifestyle changes or stress which would cause loss of elastin and collagen. As a result, the popular options for this age group include facial rejuvenation procedures such as skin resurfacing, Botox and dermal fillers, as well as a mommy makeover to address post-pregnancy aesthetic concerns.

Signs of aging intensify during the forties and fifties. Muscle tone is lost, fat is displaced, and the body gradually produces less collagen and elastin that are essential for supple skin. The major concerns are aging around the eyes, sagging facial skin, wrinkles, deeper facial folds, and hollow-looking areas of the face, and jowls. Popular cosmetic surgical procedures for this age group are facelift surgery (rejuvenates the appearance of the face and neck by addressing wrinkles and sagging skin due to aging or weight loss), blepharoplasty ( removes excess skin and fat from the upper and lower eyelids and tightening the skin), Kybella (an injectable to address a double chin), breast augmentation, and liposuction. Concerns relating to skin tone and texture imperfections can be addressed by nonsurgical procedures such as Botox, dermal fillers and laser resurfacing.

People in their sixties and upwards will have the same problems as people in their forties and fifties have, but at a more intensive level. They can have facelift surgery to address mid-face sagging, creases below the lower eyelids, creases along the nose extending to the corner of the mouth, facial fat, jowls and a double chin. Skin resurfacing, Botox and dermal fillers are also options for people sixty and older.

Regardless of your age, the most important thing when it comes to body contouring in NYC is to choose a well-trained, experienced and skilled plastic surgeon. This is critical for safe treatment and optimal results. Established AAAASF-accredited plastic surgery practices have such surgeons. The right surgeon will evaluate your aesthetic concerns and recommend the treatments that will best address them.

BodyTite: A Versatile Minimally Invasive Body Sculpting Technology

Radiofrequency-Assisted Liposuction Device for Body ContouringUnlike conventional liposuction which requires general anesthesia, body contouring in NYC now involves the use of minimally invasive techniques that require only local anesthesia. One versatile minimally invasive modality that provides excellent aesthetic results is BodyTite. This advanced liposuction platform makes use of patented radiofrequency-assisted liposuction (RFAL) technology to provide safe, gentle and sophisticated body contouring. A study published in the Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Journal by plastic surgeons Spero J. Theodorou, Christopher T. Chia and Robert J. Paresi found that  the BodyTite RFAL device is safe and effective for energy-based liposuction with local anesthesia in the awake patient. In fact, this is the first study that used RFAL with local anesthesia in an accredited outpatient office operating facility (AAAASF).

The study involved 97 patients who underwent RFAL under local anesthesia under IRB approval. The surgeons treated 144 anatomical areas in 132 operations and collected the following data: age, sex, height, weight, body mass index (BMI), anatomical area of treatment, operative time, amount of tumescent solution used, amount of fat aspirated, amount of kilojoules (kJ) delivered, and the incidence of infections, seromas, adverse effects from medications, and thermal injuries. The patients were asked to complete an online survey assessing the aesthetic outcome and quality of life after treatment with RFAL-assisted liposuction. Three independent plastic surgeons were asked to evaluate photographs of 6-month postoperative results in comparison to the preoperative photos.

The results were as follows:

  • The overall incidence of major complications was 6.25% and the incidence of minor complications was 8.3%.
  • 82-85% of patients were satisfied with the body contouring and skin-tightening effects of RFAL
  • 89% of patients reported they would definitely or probably recommend RFAL treatment to someone else
  • Overall patient satisfaction was 82% for the degree of skin tightening and 85% for BodyTite body contouring results.
  • Independent evaluators noted the improvement in body contour as good to excellent in 74.5% of patients and improvement in skin tightening as good to excellent in 58.5% of patients.

The results led the authors to conclude that the BodyTite RFAL device is a safe and effective option for energy-based liposuction using local tumescent anesthesia in the awake patient.

BodyTite: A Versatile Minimally Invasive Body Sculpting TechnologyThe researchers also found that anesthetizing and treating sensitive areas like the thighs and chest with the RFAL device under local anesthesia took more than the average operating time by traditional liposuction. The authors also noted that higher concentration of lidocaine in tumescent fluid is a critical part of effectively performing BodyTite liposuction under local anesthesia.

The surgeons consider the ideal candidate for BodyTite treatment as a person with moderate to severe skin laxity without irreversible damage to the dermis or presence of stretch marks. A moderate amount of excess fat tissue is necessary to allow for subdermal contraction to occur.

BodyTite removes unwanted and stubborn fat from multiple areas of the body such as the face, neck, chin, upper arms, abdominal areas, love handles, hips, inner thighs, knees, and buttocks. ArmTite and the BodyTite Perky Lift are two procedures that use The RFAL-assisted liposuction technique to provide well-shaped arms and breasts without scars and extensive downtime.

The right surgeon and reliable aftercare and follow-up are all very important factors when it comes to success with body contouring in NYC. Only a experienced plastic surgeon who is sensitive to patient requirements and attaches top priority to patient safety and care can provide safe treatment and attractive and long-lasting body sculpting results.

Improved Prescription Practices can reduce Opioid Addiction Risk after Plastic Surgery

Improved Prescription Practices can reduce Opioid Addiction Risk after Plastic SurgeryThe number of men and women opting to have body contouring in NYC has increased over the years. Pain after plastic surgery is inevitable and even minimally invasive procedures involve some sort of discomfort. Plastic surgeons prescribe pain killers or opioid medications to suppress post-operative pain. However, over-prescription can lead to opioid addiction with disastrous consequences.

Plastic surgeons need to take steps to manage opioid addiction risk in plastic surgery patients. According to a special topic paper published by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) in 2017, surgeon opioid prescribing practices contribute to the opioid addiction crisis. Rapper Kayne West’s experience shows how important it is for plastic surgeons to improve pain medication prescription practices.

West recently revealed that he got liposuction in 2016 because he didn’t want to be called fat, and that he got addicted to opioids after the procedure. This eventually led to a mental breakdown. He said that he had been taking two pills a day before the procedure and was prescribed seven pills when he left hospital.

According to a 2017 CNN report, opioid addiction rates surged to nearly 500% in past seven years. Medscape had also reported on new research last year which found that patients are usually prescribed more opioids to treat postoperative pain than they end up using, and few store or dispose of the drugs appropriately, increasing the risk for misuse and overdose through diversion.

“Risk factors for persistent opioid use include previous substance use disorders, mental health problems such as anxiety or depression, female sex and low socioeconomic status. Patients with chronic pain who are already taking opioids are at higher risk of complications or death after major surgery and incur higher health care costs,” says ASPS.

To reduce risk of complications, patients should be given with proper guidance. The study published by ASPS recommends that plastic surgeons identify their patient’s risk of developing drug use disorders. Patients should be counseled, made to understand the risks of opioid overuse, and advised to use pain medications cautiously.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that healthcare providers have an important role in offering safer and more effective pain treatment and has put forward the following recommendations for prescribing opioids:

  • Use opioids only when benefits are likely to outweigh risks.
  • Start with the lowest effective dose of immediate-release opioids. For acute pain, prescribe only the number of days that the pain is expected to be severe enough to require opioids.
  • Reassess benefits and risks if considering dose increases.
  • Use state-based prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) which help identify patients at risk of addiction or overdose.

Plastic surgery practices in NYC help patients manage post-surgical pain using a safe alternative to opioid medications – the On-Q PainBuster pain relief system. This innovative solution keeps other pain management options such as opioid analgesics and nerve blocks from compromising surgical success and the patient experience. For instance, the ON-Q PainBuster pain relief system is used for tummy tuck in NYC to help patients recover quickly from the procedure. The On-Q pump delivers local anesthetic continuously to the treatment site slowly so that there is no pain for the first five days. The use of this non-narcotic automatic pump significantly reduces downtime from two weeks to 10 days, improves mobility, and speeds up return to normalcy

Other techniques surgeons use to manage post-operative pain after plastic surgery include non-narcotic medications and anti-inflammatory medications and local treatments such as massage and hot and cold therapy to improve blood circulation and reduce swelling.

Plastic surgeons must recognize their patients’ risk of developing opioid use disorders and that the opioids they prescribe may be diverted to non-medical use. This understanding can improve prescribing practices and patient safety. Educating patients about proper storage and disposal of opioid medications can help to reduce the risk of persistent opioid use or diversion, says ASPS.

The Incision Decision for Breast Lift Surgery

The Incision Decision for Breast Lift SurgeryBreast lift in NYC is a popular cosmetic surgical procedure that addresses sagging breasts and helps women achieve a more proportionate and youthful-looking bust line. Mastopexy, as the procedure is also called, removes excess skin and tightens the surrounding tissue to restore firmer, perkier breasts. Plastic surgeons use various types of incisions to perform the procedure. The type of incision used will depend on the patient’s existing breast tissue, extent of excess skin to be removed, and personal goals. As scarring is a major concern among many prospective patients, surgeons will recommend the method that will cause the least scarring.

The incision patterns used in breast lift surgery are as follows:

  • Crescent Lift: This technique is used when there is a small amount of sagging and in some instances when the breast lift is performed along with breast augmentation. The incision is made halfway around the top half of the edge of the areola either above or below the muscle. This allows the surgeon to reshape breast tissue and insert the implant either above or below the muscle, leaving only a small scar along the top of the areola. This incision can only address minimal amount of sagging. Moreover, not all sizes of implants would fit.
  • Peri-Areolar or “Donut” Lift: Women who experience mild sagging are often good candidates for this technique. The donut lift corrects mild sagging with a single scar which can be nearly invisible after the incision heals. A surgeon first creates a circular incision on or around the perimeter of the areola and then a second outer incision to remove the “donut” of skin around it. This procedure is commonly performed in conjunction with breast augmentation. It is effective in reducing areola size and the nipple is sutured back to the breast skin, tightening it in the process.
  • Vertical or “Lollipop” Lift: This type of breast lift incision corrects moderate sagging and provides for more extensive reshaping of breasts. This vertical lift involves two incisions: one around the edge of the areola and the other running vertically from the bottom of the areola, creating a “lollipop” shape. This is the most common type of incision pattern for a breast lift. It allows the surgeon to remove excess skin, preserve the nipple, and reshape the entire breast with easily hidden scars.
  • Inverted T or “Anchor” Lift: If you need dramatic reshaping to correct extensive sagging, then this technique is the best option. This conventional mastopexy technique allows the plastic surgeon to remove a significant amount of excess skin and sagging tissue. It involves 3 incisions: one around the edge of the areola, one vertically from the bottom of the areola to the breast crease, and one along the inframammary fold, hidden in the breast crease. Used when a breast reduction and lift are performed, it causes visible scarring, but the scars will fade significantly with proper post-operative care.

Leading NYC surgeons have developed a minimally invasive scarless breast lift that overcomes women’s concerns about scarring. Performed using BodyTite™, an FDA-approved device that uses Radiofrequency Assisted Liposuction (RFAL) technology, the procedure can provide immediate, natural-looking results with minimal risk and downtime.

If you are considering a breast lift in NYC, find an AAAASF-accredited plastic surgery practice with skilled surgeons. During the initial consultation, your plastic surgeon will first determine your candidature for the procedure. If you meet the necessary criteria, the surgeon will evaluate your anatomy and personal goals and determine which incision will provide you with the best outcomes. They will also help you visualize the outcomes of the procedure using advanced 3D imaging technology. This option allows patients to take an informed decisions and the surgeon to plan the procedure to provide the best results.