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Cosmetic Procedures ::  
Liposculpture– SCULPTURE &
FAT TRANSFER
(Tumescent Technique)
 
Have you done all the right things, but still seem to be out of proportion and unable to impact stubborn fat pockets? Like many people, you may have excess fat that is resistant to exercise and diet. Liposuction, once a highly invasive technique only for the most severe situations, has progressed significantly over the past couple of decades into what is now known as Body-Sculpting.
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  What is Body-Sculpting?
 

The body-sculpting that The Body Sculptique Cosmetic Center specializes in combining and incorporating the best and safest aspects of North American and European medical and surgical approaches to body-sculpting, permanent fat removal and fat transfer. It is an advanced approach, which provides optimal safety, patient comfort, ease and speed of recovery, enhanced body contouring and aesthetically pleasing results. Tumescent Liposuction combined with fat transfer permanently changes key areas of the body shape, proportions and curvatures without trauma or substantial downtime for the patient.

In addition, The Body Sculptique uses an innovative Post-Op Protocol to further improve aesthetic results by utilizing state of the art instruments for skin tightening, cellulite removal and finer contouring.

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What is the difference between the body sculpting performed by The Body Sculptique and traditional liposuction?

 

 

BODYSCULPTING

LIPOSUCTION

Anesthesia

Local anesthetic (tumescent technique) is used to numb the skin and tissue. Furthermore Epinephrine is added to the local anesthesia solution, which shrinks capillaries and minimizes blood loss. Particular Anti-Aging and healing micro-nutrition is added to help with healing and achieving smoother results.

General anesthesia or deep sedation are used in a surgical setting exposing patients to its possible side effects and complications including drowsiness, nausea, allergic reactions, infections, and embolism.

Location

Medical-Office

Surgery Center

Recovery

Can be as little as half a day, up to a 3 days depending how many areas are treated. Less post-surgical irregularities, dimpling or rippling of the skin.

Depends on areas treated, but typically 5-7 days, up to 2 weeks of rest and recovery.

Cannula Used

Neither power assisting device nor suction machines. Thin and delicate micro-cannula used would allow the Physician to artistically shape the body with much better accuracy and control. It also decreases blood loss, brusing, less irregularities of the skin, less vascular injury, and minimal lymphatic system disruption.

Power assisting devices and suction machines. Larger size of cannulas.

Less control over sculpting and more traumatic. Higher blood loss.

Cost

Lower than liposuction since general anesthesia and hospital stay are not needed, about $1,500 per area. The Body Sculptique offers affordable packages starting $1500

Depending on the case, but typically ranges anywhere from $5,000 - $25,000+.

Scaring

The incision is smaller than 1/8 of an inch and will not require sutures. We also place them in the most inconspicuous areas possible, and they almost always heal to be invisible.

The incisions are larger and typically sutures are used, often result in scaring.

Areas Treated

The tumescent technique, patient’s ability to reposition throughout the procedure for accurate and thorough treatment, and use of smaller cannula all would allow removal of undesired fat from nearly all body area, including the chest, face, neck, chin, breast, back, arms, abdomen, hips, flanks (love handles), inner and outer thighs, buttocks, knees and ankles.

Areas with large volumes of fat, such as the abdomen and buttocks.

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What is the Liposculpture (Tumescent Lipo) local anesthesia used in body sculpting?

 

Liposculpture (Tumescent Lipo) local anesthesia was invented by Dr. klein in the mid 1980's and has revolutionized the method of liposuction. It is considered a major advancement that has completely changed surgical fat removal. It is regarded as the "best" type of liposuction surgery to date.

A large volume of saline solution containing the anesthetic and a drug called "epinephrine" is injected directly into the areas where there are excessive fatty deposits. This solution completely numbs the area due to the effect of the local anesthetic, therefore general anesthesia or heavy intravenous sedation is not required. Furthermore, micronutrients can be added to the solution for enhancing healing. During the procedure, the patient is alert, and comfortable enough to listen to music, or converse with the physician during the procedure. Tumescent body-sculpting actually enables more fat removal than traditional liposuction because the local anesthesia breaks apart the fat making it easier to extract.

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Is the Liposculpture (Tumescent Lipo)- Sculpture painful?

 

The only discomfort you will feel are the initial pinches when we begin to numb the area. These are not even as painful as getting your blood drawn; There is some discomfort, a little burning sensation and pressure.  Once the area is numbed, you will not feel anything but the movements of the physician.

Recovery after tumescent body-sculpting is actually far less painful than traditional liposuction since the local numbing wears off slowly and provides lasting pain control up 24 to 36 hours. Also, there is no nausea or sick feeling that sometimes occurs after sedation.

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How safe is the Liposculpture (Tumescent Lipo) – Sculpture?

 

The Tumescent Lipo - Sculpture done with only local anesthesia has an excellent safety record. Complications from Tumescent Lipo are extremely rare. On the other hand, liposuction done under general anesthesia can lead to serious injury or death. In a survey of plastic surgeons that previously had cosmetic surgery themselves, 90% had chosen to have local anesthesia over general anesthesia. There is medical evidence that the local anesthetic used kills the bacteria and may account for the rarity of infection incidence with this technique. Being board certified in Anesthesiology, Dr. Bird is trained in  Critical Care Medicine and thus provides the highest level of safety and assurance during an operation or procedure not found with other clinics.

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Are body–sculpting results permanent?

 

Yes. We are born with a limited number of fat cells. Once they are removed by body-sculpting, they will not come back. As a highly specialized physician in weight management, Dr. Bird will guide you to an effective post-op diet, supplemental regimen and exercise program to further enhance the effects of your procedure, and lead you to a more heightened and healthier lifestyle.

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What to expect during procedure day?

 

Anxious patients will be given an oral calming medication. The procedure begins with the doctor carefully marking the pockets of fat that will be targeted. The skin and fat is numbed with a saline-based lidocaine solution. The solution and the unwanted fat are safely removed using a small cannula (1/8 of inch).

Once your procedure is done, the physician or his staff will apply an antibiotic ointment to the incision sites and a compression garment if needed (which will be worn for a few weeks). This helps to minimize the site swelling. Recovery is fast, and this is one of the biggest advantages of performing body-sculpting using only local anesthesia. You will be able to walk immediately after the procedure. While some patients do drive themselves home, is recommended having a driver particularly if multiple areas are treated.

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What to expect after the procedure?

 

You will experience some swelling as the body heals; however, the majority of the swelling subsides in the first weeks. Those with non-strenuous jobs can return to work the day after the procedure or a day or two if multiple areas are treated. Some patients may feel temporary numbness in the treated area since some local anesthetic lingers in the tissue up to 2 days following the procedure. Some patients may experience minor discomfort after the numbness wears off which can be managed with a mild pain killer. Physical exercise is not recommended until at least a week after the procedure. Patients often report a sense of well being, and increased energy levels in addition to the aesthetic improvement.

Follow up visits to monitor the results and reassessment is as follows: 1-2 days, 15 days, 1 month, 4 months, 6 months and 12 months post procedure. Depending on the procedure, the physician will recommend a regimen of a few sessions of therapies for achieving optimal skin tightening, cellulite removal and finer contouring.

About 95% of patients can actually see improvement in their silhouette within days after surgery. However, because of the slow resolution of post-procedure swelling, the final results following body-sculpting cannot be assessed until four to eight weeks after the procedure.

Our staff has performed several thousand treatments, and we are prepared to use our experience and expertise to provide results with a high patient satisfaction.

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How Much is Liposculture (Tumescent technic)?

 

As there is no facility or anesthesiologist to pay, the cost of tumescent body-sculpting is significantly less than other types of liposuction. Special package pricing is available for those who desire multiple area treatments.

   
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