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The top eight misconceptions about liposuction

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What circumstances are best for using liposuction, and can it be used to treat cellulite or droopy skin?

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Liposuction is one of the most frequently performed cosmetic surgical procedures in the United States and around the world. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 246,354 liposuction procedures were performed in the U.S. in 2017. The three board-certified surgeons at Edina Plastic Surgery are all experts in the art of liposuction. However, many patients still have questions about what conditions liposuction can and cannot treat.

Because liposuction is a shaping procedure and not a weight loss procedure, not every area can be treated with liposuction, but the typical procedure locations may include the neck, arms, back, abdomen, thighs and knees. It can be done as a stand-alone procedure or in conjunction with other procedures such as an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck).

Despite its popularity, many people still have misunderstandings about liposuction; the most common misconceptions are listed below.

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1. Liposuction can help you lose weight

Even though some of the results for liposuction can be very dramatic, the reality is that most patients only lose about two to five pounds in total. In fact, the best candidates for the procedure are generally within 10 percent of a healthy weight range and have localized fat pockets they would like to reduce.

2. Liposuction can be performed to treat cellulite

Cellulite occurs when subcutaneous fat pushes connective tissue bands beneath the skin, causing those characteristic dimples and bumps. Cellulite is not simply an irregular pocket of fat. Liposuction is only able to remove soft, fatty tissue and does not directly affect the skin or other tissues, so the fibrous connecting bands that cause cellulite are not altered.

3. Liposuction is only for “younger people” and not for “older people”

Liposuction can be safely performed on any patient who is in good health and has had a positive medical examination. If the patient has a lack of firmness and elasticity (both of which commonly decrease with age) it may compromise the skin’s ability to re-drape over newly slimmed, reshaped contours. One of the main contraindications for liposuction is poor skin quality.

4. Liposuction will “fix” lax or droopy skin

Because the appearance of a double chin or a heavy tummy may involve a degree of sagging skin with reduced elasticity as well as excess fat, your surgeon may recommend a skin tightening procedure instead of (or in conjunction with) liposuction. Liposuction alone cannot fix sagging or drooping skin.

5. After liposuction the fat deposits removed will return

Liposuction is “permanent,” in that once the fat cells are suctioned out, they will not return. However, if a person’s calorie intake is excessive, there will still be some remaining fat cells that can grow in size and expand the area. The best way to maintain the results of a liposuction procedure is to maintain a healthy diet and exercise regimen.

6. You can get back to your normal routine immediately after liposuction

Liposuction is a relatively safe procedure, however every surgical procedure entails a recovery period, and liposuction is no exception. The most common after-effects include swelling, bruising, and soreness at and around the treatment areas. While the healing process varies from patient to patient, most people should plan to take some time off from work to rest and recover. It may be four to six weeks before a patient can resume strenuous activity or exercise, and swelling to a certain extent may be present up to nine months.

7. Liposuction is only for women

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgery, 28,180 men had liposuction procedures in 2017. fact, it was one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries for American men this past year. Common areas for treatment in men include the abdomen, love handles and chest.

8. Liposuction is always the answer to belly fat

Liposuction can only targets subcutaneous fat which is the kind that is located below the skin and above the muscle. An abdomen that protrudes due to fat under the muscle and around the internal organs (known as visceral or intra-abdominal fat) will not be improved with liposuction. The only effective methods to combat visceral fat are diet and exercise.

The many elements involved in a successful tummy tuck

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What is involved in a tummy tuck procedure?

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Abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, is one of the most common body contouring procedures performed at Edina Plastic Surgery. Because every patient has a unique body shape and size and their own set of personal goals, each tummy tuck is customized and no two will be exactly alike.

When it comes to a tummy tuck, the procedure is much more than one single surgical step, but rather it is a series of elements that are customized to create the best results for each patient.

By addressing a number of conditions that keep the abdomen from looking toned, the surgeons at Edina Plastic Surgery can achieve tummy tucks with excellent results.

1. Removal of excess fat

Stubborn areas/pockets of fat are responsible for increasing the size of a waistline. Although liposuction is frequently performed as a standalone procedure, it is also an element of a tummy tuck used to help flatten the area. During a tummy tuck the surgeon uses the main incision to get access for the liposuction cannula to loosen and suction out the fat.

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2. Removal of excess skin

Excess skin can create a sagging pouch that hides even very well-defined abdominal muscles that may sit beneath it. Some patients have a small amount of excess skin; others have a great deal of excess skin which is often called an “apron”. During a tummy tuck the surgeon re-drapes the abdominal skin until it sits flat and tight. The excess is then trimmed away. The surgeon places the incision in an area that is typically very low on the torso where it will eventually be hidden by underwear or a bathing suit bottom.

3. Tighten lax muscles

Belly muscles and the fascia covering them often become loose over time. A fascia that is firm helps to hold everything in place much like a “girdle”. When the fascia becomes lax the contents behind it bulge outward. When abdominal muscles separate, it can also make the entire midsection look flabby. When necessary, the surgeon will stitch the abdominal muscles and fascia back together to create a tight and toned look.

4. Belly button placement

During a full tummy tuck the surgeon “relocates” the belly button. This involves creating an opening in the newly-taut abdominal skin, allowing the navel to appear where it should be to look proportional with the rest of the body. This procedure is called an umbilical translocation. For mini and modified tummy tucks, the incision needed is somewhat shorter and the belly button is not impacted.

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Plastic Surgery for Men

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What are the top reasons why men are having more cosmetic procedures?

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More and more men of every age are opting for plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures to improve confidence and body image. The number of men seeking plastic surgery procedures in 2017 was at an all-time high of 1.4 million according to statistics released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Here are some of the top reasons why men chose plastic surgery:

  • To stay competitive in their careers
  • Build their self confidence
  • Feel better about their bodies
  • Preventative steps for aging

“Men should do their homework and choose a board-certified plastic surgeon,” says Dr. Robert Wilke from Edina Plastic Surgery. “A board-certified plastic surgeon has extensive training and is best equipped to offer each patient the right choice of procedure to get the most natural looking results.”

Men are feeling more confident about visiting plastic surgeons to discuss a wide range of procedures. When men have a procedure on an area of their body that they are not happy with, their confidence rises and impacts how they see themselves.

Plastic surgery does not have the same taboo for men that it did years ago because socially there is a greater sense of acceptance for physical body changes from elective plastic surgery. Today more men are seeing the importance of taking care of themselves in order to look their best, and one way to do that is through cosmetic procedures.

The rise in plastic surgery procedures among men is driven in part by the aging of the baby boom generation, but men of all ages, even those under 30 are interested in body contouring procedures.

Recent statistics regarding plastic surgery for men have shown a five year rise in procedures such as liposuction which has had an increase of 23%, tummy tucks which have increased by 12%, and male breast reductions which have increased about 30%.

Statistics show that the majority of younger men tend to focus on enhancing their bodies, while older men are showing greater interest in having minimally-invasive procedures to take years off of their faces. In 2017 nearly 100,000 men had filler injections, which is a number that is up a whopping 99% since the year 2000. The popularity of Botox for men has also skyrocketed in popularity. Many men believe that their careers and productivity can suffer if they look tired, so cosmetic facial procedures can be just the solution that they are looking for.

Because they see it as a key to remaining competitive in the workplace, many male patients are reporting a desire to look younger. This trend to look good for the sake of a career is often called “the executive edge”. When men look as young as they feel, the resulting rise in confidence benefits their careers and lives.

Mommy Makeovers After Pregnancy

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Can a Mommy Makeover Restore My Pre-Baby Body?

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A plastic surgery procedure that has received a great deal of media attention is the mommy makeover. Mommy makeovers have become increasingly popular, partly due to the fact that so many women are having children later in life.  Women who have babies in their mid to late 30’s and beyond may be less resilient to “bouncing back to pre-pregnancy shape” than those of their younger counterparts.

“Many of the women that come to us for mommy makeovers are over 35,” says Dr. Robert Wilke, a board certified plastic surgeon at Edina Plastic Surgery. “Healthy women who are done having children can be excellent candidates for abdominoplasty, liposuction and a breast lift, reduction or augmentation.”

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Not all “mommies” need the same “makeover”

Some women are lucky and are not negatively affected by pregnancy or breast feeding, while other women experience loose abdominal skin, separated abdominal muscles, droopy breasts and fat deposits in areas that are resistant to diet and exercise.  In many cases these women need plastic surgery to achieve the kind of improvement that they are looking for.

A mommy makeover is a customized set of surgical procedures aimed at reversing the negative changes associated with childbearing. The board certified plastic surgeons at Edina Plastic Surgery will carefully listen to each patient and assess their individual needs. The ultimate goal with this procedure is a return to the “pre-baby body”.

The breasts and the abdomen are affected most during pregnancy

A typical mommy makeover often includes abdominoplasty combined with liposuction. Very frequently the patient also has a breast lift, reduction, or augmentation.

During mommy makeover procedures extra skin is removed, stretch marks are minimized and the breasts and body/abdomen are lifted to regain a comparable figure to pre-pregnancy form. The operations are all individually quite simple, but when combined together as a “whole solution”, the transformation from a mommy makeover can be incredible.

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“The overall satisfaction rate for mommy makeovers is very high,” says Dr. Wilke. “Many women have told us that they are delighted with their transformation and the only regret they have is that they wish they had come in to see us sooner.”

A big benefit of the mommy makeover is that the patient has a single recovery vs. two or three separate ones. This shortens downtime from family and work as well as reducing the costs of anesthesia. Due in part to the popularity of television shows that focus on plastic surgery procedures, requests for multiple procedures done at one time are rising each year.

Many factors play a role in determining the ideal time to have a mommy makeover
  1. For the maximum benefit, women should be fairly certain that they are done having children.
  2. Women who have small children will need to have help in their homes to take care of the children during the recovery period, which can last between two and three weeks.
  3. We suggest that women take a minimum of two weeks off from work for recovery time, so the necessary vacation time should be factored into the equation.
  4. It is recommended that women who smoke quit a minimum of two weeks pre-surgery and need to refrain from smoking during the recovery period. The surgical flaps used for a tummy tuck or breast lift are particularly susceptible to compromise from the effects of smoking; so much so that skin loss is possible.
  5. A woman’s weight before surgery also plays a role in the recovery from a mommy makeover. Studies have shown that surgical risks for complications related to healing and infection are more frequent in patients with higher BMI (Body Mass Index). Ideally, patients should have a normal BMI which is a score below 25.
We specialize in mommy makeovers

The board certified plastic surgeons at Edina Plastic Surgery listen carefully to each patient and advise them on the most appropriate procedures for their mommy makeovers. During a span of more than 40 years of making patients more beautiful, we have helped women of all ages improve their bodies and boost their confidence.

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Liposuction vs. CoolSculpting™

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What are the different benefits of Liposuction and CoolSculpting?

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When patients feel as if they are tired of camouflaging unwanted bulges, lumps and bumps their thoughts often turn to liposuction or CoolSculpting. Either procedure can yield excellent results but many patients ask us “which one is better?”

LIPOSUCTION

According to recent statistics from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), liposuction is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures performed in America. Almost a quarter million people had liposuction in 2017.

At Edina Plastic Surgery our board certified plastic surgeons are all very experienced in liposuction procedures. Our surgeons perform liposuction surgery with local or general anesthesia to allow for the most comprehensive fat removal possible. Liposuction procedures are performed in our onsite, fully accredited and licensed surgical facility.

During liposuction, small incisions (around an eighth of an inch) are made to allow access to the area where the fat is to be removed. When the surgeon inserts a cannula and turns on the suction, small yellow round lobules travel down the plastic tubing from the body into a plastic canister. The surgeon tailors and sculpts the area by moving the cannula throughout the fatty bulge from different incision sites. There is a true art to doing liposuction correctly which is why patients should consult board certified plastic surgeons.

The typical liposuction procedure location may include the neck, arms, back, abdomen, thighs, knees or ankles – and sometimes all or a combination of these areas.

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COOLSCULPTING™

CoolSculpting is a noninvasive fat reduction technology offered at Skin Artisans at Edina Plastic Surgery. This fat-freezing procedure uses controlled cooling to eliminate stubborn fat that resists all efforts through diet and exercise and has become very popular in the U.S. after receiving FDA approval in 2010. The results are proven, noticeable and lasting.

The treatment works best on people who are already near their ideal weight but are bothered by the presence of localized fat deposits in areas such as the abdomen, thighs, muffin top, back, hips and chin.

During the treatment, a gel pad and applicator will be applied to the targeted area. The CoolSculpting applicator delivers controlled cooling to the targeted fat. Patients may feel a slight pulling sensation and numbing cold during this time. During the procedure patients often read or take a nap.

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LIPOSUCTION ADVANTAGES

One of the reasons liposuction is the second most requested cosmetic procedure is that it has many advantages over CoolSculpting such as:

  • The fat reduction is more complete and more aggressive
  • Better contouring can be achieved with liposuction
  • The results are more immediate
  • Many patients combine it with other surgical procedures done at the same time

LIPOSUCTION DISADVANTAGES:

  • Liposuction has possible surgical risks
  • Downtime of a few days with some activity restrictions for 3 to 6 weeks
  • There is a potential for surface irregularities
  • It is usually more costly than CoolSculpting depending on the number of treatments

COOLSCULPTING ADVANTAGES:

  • This procedures is completely noninvasive
  • There is no downtime or minimal downtime
  • CoolSculpting has fewer risks
  • Depending on the number of treatments, it is generally lower in cost
  • This option works for patients who can’t have or don’t want surgery

COOLSCULPTING DISADVANTAGES:

  • Results are less dramatic when compared with liposuction
  • Possibility of surface irregularities
  • There is a rare risk of pain or paradoxical increase in fat
  • Areas of the body that can be treated can be limited by fit of application head
  • Results take approximately three weeks to be noticeable

Health benefits from plastic surgery

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What health benefits can be gained with plastic surgery procedures?

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When performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon at Edina Plastic Surgery, procedures can have added benefits over and above enhancing your appearance. The following are some of the benefits that patients have received from these types of procedures:

BREAST REDUCTION

  • Pain in neck, back and shoulders has been alleviated.
  • Posture has been improved.
  • Breathing becomes easier and patients find it easier to exercise as well.
  • Skin irritation under the breasts caused by excess friction dissipates.

BREAST AUGMENTATION

  • Corrects tuberous breasts.
  • Improved posture can occur for patients with significant asymmetry.

RHINOPLASTY (NOSE SURGERY)

  • Fixes deviated septums and can greatly improve nasal function and increase oxygen flow.
  • Can correct other structural problems that restrict breathing and cause congestion.

BLEPHAROPLASTY (EYELID SURGERY)

  • In patients where the eyelid droop is substantial it improves impaired eyesight.

ABDOMINOPLASTY (TUMMY TUCK) AND LIFTS AFTER WEIGHT LOSS (UPPER ARM, LOWER BODY, THIGH, BREAST)

  • In some cases an abdominoplasty can reduce urinary stress incontinence.
  • The risk of diabetes can be lowered.
  • Back pain is often alleviated by correcting the positioning of the rectus muscle.
  • Excess skin stretched by pregnancy can be removed.

Cosmetic surgery can help patients quit smoking

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I read somewhere that cosmetic surgery can help patients quit smoking; is that true?

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If you’re a smoker considering cosmetic surgery, your plastic surgeon will likely require you to stop smoking for at least two weeks before your procedure because smoking can result in serious complications.

A long-term follow-up study reported on in the September issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery® finds that many patients receiving instructions to stop smoking from a plastic surgeon will quit smoking, or at least smoke less, in the years after cosmetic surgery.

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Study findings

The study shows an association between cosmetic surgery and smoking cessation at long-term follow-up, which suggests that surgeons who request preoperative smoking cessation are clearly influencing the long-term smoking status of their patients.

As part of the study, 85 patients who were previously labeled as smokers, were required to refrain from smoking for at least two weeks before their procedures.

Five years after cosmetic surgery, 42 patients who were previously daily smokers, responded to a follow-up survey. Most of the patients were women; the average age was 40 years. The most common procedures were tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), breast lift (mastopexy), and facelift.

40 percent of the patients who responded to the follow-up survey said they no longer smoked cigarettes on a daily basis. Nearly one-fourth had not smoked even one cigarette since their cosmetic surgery procedure.

Seventy percent of the respondents agreed that discussing their increased surgical risks with the plastic surgeon influenced their ability to quit or reduce smoking.

The results suggest that patients were more motivated to quit by targeted messaging provided by the surgeons who gave them specific examples of the negative effects of smoking, instead of just an overview of general health benefits from smoking cessation. Previous research had confirmed that patients who undergo cosmetic surgery are more motivated in general to sustain positive lifestyle changes.

How does smoking negatively affect surgical results?

Everyone knows that smoking is dangerous, but the effects of tobacco use impact far more than just our lungs. Carbon monoxide introduced during smoking affects the tissue, and the nicotine found in tobacco products can cause blood vessels to restrict, limiting the amount of oxygen that can get to the rest of the body.
If patients continue to smoke right up until surgery it can result in complications and issues after surgery including:

  • Compromised circulation, which can cause the skin to breakdown
  • A higher rate of post-op infection
  • Impeded healing
  • Impaired healing can lead to scarring, necrosis and skin loss

Facelifts can be very adversely affected by smoking. And as a result many surgeons will not perform facelift procedures on smokers; other surgeons will require that patients quit smoking for a longer time period pre-surgery. This is because the effects of smoking greatly restrict blood flow, and a good blood flow in the tiny capillaries of the face is essential in a facelift. In this procedure the facial tissue is lifted up from the surface, and if the capillaries have been impaired due to smoking, it can make healing much harder and in some cases can result in unsightly scars.

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Men get the same benefits

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Can a man get the same benefits from a tummy tuck as a woman?

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A tummy tuck, which is also called an abdominoplasty, is one of the most common body contouring procedures performed by the board-certified plastic surgeons at Edina Plastic Surgery.

The procedure involves the removal of excess skin and fat from the abdomen and a repair or joining of the separated abdominal muscles. Tummy tucks can be as effective for men as they are for women. Plastic procedures overall are becoming more and more popular with the male demographic and a growing number of men are choosing to have tummy tucks.

Weight loss surgeries are on the rise for both men and women and they are another reason why tummy tucks for men are gaining in popularity; men are choosing the procedure to tighten and tone their midsection.

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The ideal candidate for a tummy tuck is in good medical health and has realistic expectations of what the procedure can and cannot accomplish. He should also be at his ideal body weight. One of the reasons for this is that a tummy tuck will not improve the appearance of the mid-section on men with large amounts of intra-abdominal fat located around their organs. Men who fit this description need to diet and exercise before they would be a good surgical candidate.

There are several techniques to perform tummy tuck surgery on both males and females, and our board-certified plastic surgeons will decide the best technique for each patient based on their anatomy and aesthetic goals. In most tummy tuck procedures, the surgeon will tighten the abdominal muscles as well as removing the excess skin and fat. The incision made during a tummy tuck is in the lower part of the abdomen, typically below the belt line. In some cases the surgeon will suggest that the male patient have additional liposuction to the waist at the same time the tummy tuck is performed to improve the love handles and the overall result.

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At Edina Plastic Surgery, tummy tuck procedures are done in our modern and accredited outpatient surgery center which is attached to our clinic. The surgery can take anywhere between one and five hours depending on the exact procedure. No overnight stay is required; however, in rare cases complications can require admission to a hospital.

Most body contouring procedures are done under general anesthesia. Patients will need someone to drive them home and care for them for at least 24 hours after the surgery; assistance with daily activities may also be necessary during the next few days.

Of the many procedures performed by our surgeons, tummy tucks can provide the best results and the most satisfied patients. Men have been delighted with their new taut waistlines and torsos. Post-procedure, all men and women are encouraged to control their weight and to exercise after recovery to maintain the surgical results and an improved state of wellness.

Top procedures performed before the holidays

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What are the top procedures performed before the holidays and what are the recovery timeframes?

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Now that the summer is over, people start thinking ahead to the holidays; and who doesn’t want to look their best during the holiday season? A refreshed and rejuvenated appearance makes people feel more youthful and confident but it requires some planning, and now is a good time to begin that process. While some techniques can provide immediate results, most take weeks or months for the full benefits to become apparent.

Below is a list of some of the top procedures that patients choose to undergo:

Liposuction: Plan 2-3 months ahead

Liposuction is one of the most frequently performed procedures for fat removal. At Edina Plastic Surgery our board-certified surgeons can do this procedure as a stand-alone or we can perform it in conjunction with a tummy tuck or even a facelift. It has tremendous potential to shape the body, but there are some limitations based on the skin quality and planned volume retrieval. Typically the liposuction procedure can be done on the neck, arms, back, abdomen, thighs, knees or ankles. Sometimes patients request to have it performed on a combination of areas. Recovery from liposuction varies but a return to normal full activity will occur around four to six weeks.

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Breast augmentation: Plan 2-3 months ahead

Breast augmentation is one of the most popular procedures with patients at Edina Plastic Surgery. All three of our board-certified surgeons have special expertise in breast augmentation. Because of our expertise our clinic was selected to participate in the FDA’s clinical trials for silicone breast implants. Breast augmentation can increase self-esteem and confidence, improve the fit of clothing and make women look and feel more youthful. Edina Plastic Surgery is the only practice in the Twin cities using the Vectra XT 3D camera which allows patients to see “virtual before and after photos” on their own bodies. Although most women are back to their daily routine in about a week, it takes three to six months for the implants to completely settle into position and for the residual swelling to subside.

Blepharoplasty: Plan 1 month ahead

Your eyes convey so much information and emotion, which is why you don’t want your eyes to appear tired or aged. Eyelid surgery can help patients project a more youthful, rejuvenated and refreshed appearance. A blepharoplasty can help make your eyes your most beautiful accessory for the holiday season and beyond.  An eyelid lift can be conducted on the upper and/or lower eyelids to improve appearance by removing excess fat pads or skin. The swelling and bruising post-surgery generally resolves in one to three weeks.

Botox: Plan 3-4 weeks ahead

Botox is a well-known and popular anti-aging treatment that can provide quick and amazing results to patients who want to diminish wrinkles around the eyes and on the forehead. It is so quick it can work within just one treatment so it is a very popular pre-holiday procedure. It targets dynamic facials lines; those caused by repetitive expressions including crows’ feet, forehead creases and frown lines. The treatment takes only a few minutes and requires no down time. The early benefits can be seen within two weeks but many times patients see improvement even after that time period. For best results plan about three weeks before your holiday celebration.

Dermal fillers: Plan 1-2 weeks ahead

There are many well-known fillers that patients request to give them a beauty perk-up before the holidays including Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse and Voluma. Dermal fillers promote hydration of the skin, and they also restore volume to the skin and its underlying foundations. The expert skin injectors at Skin Artisans of Edina Plastic Surgery apply injectable gel under the skin to provide a smooth, natural look and feel. Areas that can benefit from filler treatments include: temples, around the eyes, mid-face, lip rejuvenation and jowl correction. Mild bruising and swelling can sometimes occur after treatments so give yourself a week or two before any holiday events.

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Top ten questions to ask about liposuction

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What facts are important to know about liposuction before scheduling a procedure?

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More than 400,000 patients had liposuction in 2016 according to the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, making it the most popular surgical cosmetic procedure in the United States.

There is a good reason that so many patients are interested in liposuction; it can provide the individually tailored body sculpting results that people truly appreciate. Patients also appreciate that this minimally invasive technique is done on an outpatient basis and requires a very short recovery time.

The best way to get optimum results is to make sure that you are an informed and educated patient before your consultation. Asking your plastic surgeon the following ten questions will help you make the right decision.

1. Are you board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?

This is a question you should ask even before you schedule a liposuction consult. Do some research online and make sure that the plastic surgeon you choose for a consultation is board-certified by the ABPS. If they are board-certified it means that they have undergone extensive training in their specialty and that they routinely pass rigorous board certification exams. The three surgeons at Edina Plastic Surgery are all board-certified.

2. Who is a good candidate for liposuction?

Liposuction should not be considered as a treatment for obesity; it is best used to treat stubborn, excess fat deposits that cannot be resolved by diet and exercise. The best candidates are patients who are healthy, exercise regularly and have realistic expectations of the procedures’ results.

3. What are the benefits of liposuction?

With continued healthy eating and diet, the effects of the liposuction procedure can be permanent. This procedure helps to smooth and contour the skin; and it can result in a dramatic improvement in appearance.

4. What type of liposuction will be performed?

When your doctor meets with you they will suggest the type of liposuction that is best suited for your particular needs. The right technique for your situation may depend on several factors, including treatment location, the extent of correction desired, and your doctor’s personal protocols. Ask your surgeon which type of liposuction they perform on a routine basis; a skilled doctor will be experienced in a variety of techniques.

5. Can I have liposuction at the same time as another cosmetic procedure?

It is very common for patients to have liposuction at the same time as another procedure such as a tummy tuck or a breast augmentation or lift. Your doctor will be able to tell you whether you are a good candidate for multiple procedures.

6. If I choose to have liposuction will the results be permanent?

When liposuction is performed, the fat cells that are removed do not return. However, if the patient experiences future weight gain, the surrounding fatty tissue can still expand. Ask your surgeon for ideas on how to best maintain your liposuction results for the long-term. They will have advice on how to best retain your newly refined physical contours.

7. Where will my liposuction procedure be performed?

Because liposuction is normally performed as an outpatient procedure, you will need to arrange for a ride home after the procedure. At Edina Plastic Surgery we perform liposuction procedures at our own state-of-the-art accredited surgical center which is located within our clinic. Some surgeons use an off-site day surgery facility that can be miles from their clinic location, so make sure you are familiar with that location and that it is convenient for you.

8. What type of anesthesia will be used?

Liposuction surgery is typically done under adequate anesthesia to allow your surgeon to do the very best job possible. For larger areas, this will be a general anesthetic. While local anesthesia can be used for smaller areas, there are limits to the area that can be done safely with this technique.

9. How long does the liposuction procedure take?

Traditional liposuction typically takes approximately three hours or less to complete. In some cases where large areas or multiple areas are being treated at the same time, the procedure can take longer.

10. Is there anything I need to do beforehand to prepare for my surgery?

First and foremost, patients are advised to quit smoking before the liposuction procedure. Smoking can prolong healing of wounds. You may also need to discontinue certain medications as they can cause bleeding issues during surgery. Ask your doctor for pre-procedure instructions.