May 2019

Liposuction Results can Take a Minute

When a person decides to undergo liposuction it is because they have reached that point at which they are completely ready to see a new shape in the mirror. These days, most things come pretty easy. We don’t have to wait long to get what we want. As a result of the speed of modern society, there is often an expectation that results from cosmetic treatment like liposuction will be nearly instantaneous. We may need to press the reset button on expectations in this area.

Expectations are everything in the area of aesthetic medicine. People who undergo plastic surgery make a significant commitment to their appearance and, for this reason, are even more in need of a good dose of reality before their procedure day. Liposuction may be a minimally invasive procedure with relatively few risks of complications but the real risk is not achieving what you anticipate. In terms of results, it is important to know that liposuction will, A: not decrease weight and, B: will take some time to reach its peak.

What to Expect from Liposuction

After liposuction, there is bound to be some swelling in the surgical area. This initial swelling can take approximately 4 weeks to subside. In some cases, it takes a bit more. As swelling decreases, the final outcome of treatment becomes increasingly obvious. This provides a good idea of what the body will look like but the full effect of liposuction is typically not apparent for 6 to 12 months.

Another aspect of liposuction results is longevity. Following liposuction, our patients can expect their new shape to remain consistent so long as they are mindful about their weight. The removal of fat cells diminishes the appearance of fat in a given area but it does not prevent remaining fat cells from expanding. Fat cells in other areas are also susceptible to expansion secondary to lifestyle habits. For this reason, we encourage patients to reach their ideal weight range before liposuction and to have strategies in place to maintain their weight after treatment.

How to Help Swelling Subside after Liposuction

Swelling is the primary side effect that gets in the way of you seeing your new body. To promote healing, it is helpful to wear your compression garment as directed. Taking the garment off too soon could lead to fluid buildup and asymmetry. This would fade, but why increase your recovery time? Also, once you are able, move around. There is no rush to resume exercise, but walking and moving do promote circulation which in turn decreases the chances of fluid retention.

Is now your perfect time to get your perfect body? Call our Cincinnati office for more information regarding liposuction.

Maintaining the Results of Your Breast Lift

Breast lift surgery achieves results that appear right away and that continue to improve over the course of a few months as tissue settles. What comes next?

Understandably, any person who undergoes plastic surgery to improve an aspect of their appearance is interested in knowing how long they can expect their results to last. Breast lift surgery is performed to correct the sagging that occurs after pregnancy, breastfeeding, and aging. Even if a woman does not plan to become pregnant in the future, there is a strong likelihood that her breasts will change as she ages. Here, we offer a few suggestions on maintaining perky breasts after breast lift surgery.

Protect Collagen

One of the primary reasons why tissue ages is because collagen breaks down over time. Furthermore, the body doesn’t continue making vast quantities of collagen during adulthood. Basically, we’re losing collagen faster than we can make it. That is unless we make some simple changes. To promote lasting results from breast lift surgery, it is helpful to protect collagen. This may look like wearing sunscreen anytime the chest skin is exposed to sunlight or UV rays. It may also look like taking a time-released vitamin C supplement every day. Studies suggest that UV light breaks down collagen. Research also suggests that vitamin C is a collagen stimulator when taken regularly.

Fight Gravity the Right Way

Gravity is not something we can avoid altogether; we need it to keep our feet firmly planted on the Earth. At the same time, gravity does put some pressure on our aging skin. Some women believe that wearing a good push-up bra is a great way to fight gravity but this could actually backfire. Perky breasts rely on muscle tone to some degree and a push-up bra puts the breasts in a position where the chest muscles don’t have to do any work at all. Muscles that don’t work atrophy, which can promote breast sag. Another factor that can exacerbate the effects of gravity is weight. The heavier the breasts are, the more gravitational pull they get. Women who undergo breast lift surgery are encouraged to maintain a relatively stable weight so the fat cells in breast tissue do not expand and become heavy.

Breast lift surgery has become increasingly popular in recent years. To learn more about this procedure, schedule a consultation in our Cincinnati office.

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