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Everything you need to know before your Liposuction Surgery

All you need to know about liposuction

If you feel like you have too much fat in your body, the easiest solution for it is through liposuction.

Although generally done for aesthetic purposes, liposuction has also been used in order to treat certain health conditions.

However, you, like many others might have mistaken liposuction as an instant solution to combat obesity. Unfortunately, you can’t just suddenly go from obese to slim. One of the requirements in order to have liposuction is to be around 30 percent of your ideal body weight.

Another you must have elastic skin and don’t smoke.

All you need to know about liposuction

Various Uses of Liposuction

Liposuction reduces the fat that built up under the skin. This is useful for:

– Improving the body shape by removing piles of fat that you can’t seem to get rid of through regular exercise or diet.

Improving sexual function by reducing the accumulation of fat in inner thigh, making an easier access to the vagina.

As mentioned, liposuction is used to treat several conditions, such as:

  • Axillary Bromhidrosis, characterized by unpleasant odor caused by interaction between apocrine gland discharge and bacteria.
  • Axillary hyperhidrosis, a condition where people sweat up to five times the amount that’s necessary to regulate body temperature, primarily in the armpits. This, like above, can cause unpleasant odor.
  • Hematoma is an abnormal collection of blood outside of a blood vessel.
  • Lipoma, a benign tumor made of fat tissue.
  • Maledung’s disease, a disorder of fat metabolism (lipid storage) that results in an unusual accumulation of fat deposits around the neck and shoulder areas.
  • Pseudogynecomastia, or known as ‘fatty breast’, is a build-up of fat on the chest, resulting in what you call ‘man boobs’.
All you need to know about liposuction

Who are allowed to do liposuction?

Liposuction is usually only allowed for patients who are generally healthy, especially their heart and lungs, and are not suffering from any diseases.

You are not recommended for liposuction if the following applies to you:

  • You are someone who regularly takes anticoagulant or antiplatelet drugs (such as aspirin), which can not be stopped for a while, such as patients with a history of heart valves, heart rhythm disturbances (atrial fibrillation), deep vein thrombosis, or pulmonary embolism.
  • You are just on a very low calorie diet.
  • You have a history of heart disease, diabetes, or immune system disorders.
  • You are morbidly obese, which is a condition where your obesity has got to the point where it disrupts physical activities along with increasing the risk of other more serious diseases such as stroke, diabetes, and sleep apnea. Liposuction in this condition is known to have the risk of death.

Liposuction was not designed as a magical solution to have a fit body without regulating your diet and exercise, especially if you are obese. You are advised to have realistic expectations before choosing to have your liposuction.

Before your liposuction

Your doctor will review your medial history, conduct a physical examination, and evaluate your psychological condition. One day before operation, your blood and urine will be examined in order to prevent or prepare for potential complications that may occur.

They will also take photos of the parts of your body where the liposuction is going to be performed on so you can compare the results later on.

You are advised to inform your doctor about your health condition, especially if:

  • You are allergic to certain drugs.
  • You are taking medications, including supplements and herbs. Blood thinning drugs must be stopped at least 2 weeks before procedure.
  • You have a history of diseases such as blood flow disorders, diabetes, heart disease, or weak immune system.
  • You have a certain lifestyle, such as smoking habits or following a strict, very low calorie diet.

You are advised to have someone accompanying you to the end of the procedure.

Various Types of Liposuction

Generally, liposuction is done using a canulla, a thin hose that is connected to a suction.

There are several types of liposuction based on its fat-breaking technique:

  • Tumescent Liposuction is the most common liposuction technique. This is done injecting a tumescent solution into the fat that is going to be removed. A tumescent solution is a saline or salt water solution mixed with epinephrine and lidocaine. This makes it easier to suction fat while also minimizing the pain and bleeding.
  • Super-wet Technique is similar to tumescent liposuction, except with less tumescent solution used. The amount of solution injected is adjusted to the amount of fat to be sucked. This technique is faster, but requires administration of anesthesia.
  • Ultrasound-Assisted Liposuction (UAL) uses the energy of sound waves under the skin to break down the walls of fat that will melt and thus easy to suck out.
  • Laser-Assisted Liposuction (LAL) uses laser light to produce a series of energy that melts fat.
  • Power-Assisted Liposuction makes use of a special canulla with small size and rapid vibrations to destroy fat cells. The advantage of this technique is that the incision is small and does not damage the surrounding tissue.

Liposuction Procedure

The procedure you are going to go through will vary depending on the chosen method and the amount of fat you want removed. However, in general, this is how liposuction is performed:

  • Administration of anesthesia. The type of anesthesia will depend on the extraction technique and amount of fat removed.
  • Use of liposuction and canulla (suction tube with sharp tip).
  • Small incision will be made to insert the canulla into the skin where fat is to be removed. Fat will then be sucked with a pump or a large syringe.
  • Some punctures on the skin may be needed in order to remove fat over a wider area. Suction tool with be inserted from various directions or different angles for a more effective suction path.
  • Small tube will be placed in the area of the newly aspirated fat. This tube is useful for draining the fluid and blood that will gather for several days after the procedure.

The length of the procedure varies considerably depending on the technique used, but generally it takes 1-3 hours.

You are advised to have someone with you through the whole process (family, friend, or close relatives).

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After Liposuction

Your surgeon will put a bandage or elastic corset in the area of surgery to reduce swelling, bruising, prevent bleeding, and to maintain the shape of the body after liposuction.

You will need to wear this special corset for 2 weeks, but you can take it off occasionally, such as when bathing.

You will feel pain, tingling, or numbness in the area of surgery. It will also be bruised and swollen. This can last for 5-10 days, so you will be given anti-inflammatory drugs to relieve the pain and swelling. You may also be given antibiotics to reduce risk of infection.

Liposuction patients usually recover completely after 2 weeks, but can return to their normal activities a few days after liposuction. However, you are still advised to avoid heavy activities for 4 weeks after surgery.

You can see the result of the surgery after 6 months, when the swelling in the area is completely gone.

The need for hospital stay will depend on the amount of fat extracted, the type of anesthesia given, and the complications that arise. However, patients who are allowed to go home after liposuction are not allowed to drive themselves.

Liposuction Risks

  • Streptococcus or Staphylococcus bacterial infections
  • Bleeding
  • Shock, caused by the body lacking fluids when undergoing surgery
  • The formation of bags filled with fluid under the skin
  • Fat embolism, which is fat that is released and carried by the bloodstream, resulting in blockages in the bloodstream
  • Uneven skin surface
  • Side effects and allergic reactions from anesthesia
  • Numbness around the skin
  • Damage to nerves, blood vessels, muscles, lungs, and abdominal organs

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How long is the recovery time for plastic surgery?

How long is the recovery time for plastic surgery?

After undergoing plastic surgery, some people will experience pain, discomfort, and generally, swelling. It might look scary, yes, but the pain and swelling will disappear after some time.

But then, how long does it normally take?

Recovery time varies depending on the plastic surgery procedure and the patient’s condition. Here are recovery time for some plastic surgery procedures according to Manhattan Beach Plastic Surgery:

Eyelid Surgery – Patients can get around independently by the second day. With the use of sunglasses, may feel comfortable going to the store by day 3-4, and with makeup could return to work in 5-7 days.

Facelift Surgery Patients can get around independently by the second day. They usually do not feel comfortable going out in public for 5-7 days, and require 10-14 days before returning to work if in the public eye.

How long is the recovery time for plastic surgery?

Breast Surgery – Patients often are up and around the evening or day following surgery. Almost all patients can get around independently by the second day. May return to work at 5-7 days if not required to lift more than 7 kilograms.

Liposuction – Usually can get around independently by the second day, earlier if smaller number of areas treated. One can return to work and normal activities in 5-7 days.

Abdominoplasty – Patients may take between 2-4 days before getting around independently. The recovery is almost identical to C-section. One can return to a desk job at 5-7 days, other jobs 10-14 days.

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7 Steps to get your plastic surgery

Plastic surgery is a surgical specialty that focuses on surgically altering the human body, mainly for self-beautification purposes.

However, plastic surgery is not a risk free procedure. Even if relatively small, the possibility of failure still exists. This is why many prefer to have their plastic surgery done by a more trusted hospital and surgeon.

For this reason, it is really popular to choose to spend more money by having their surgery done abroad, especially if their country does not have a particularly stunning medical reputation.

One of the most, if not THE most popular country for plastic surgery is South Korea. It is considered by many to be the top quality for anything involving plastic surgery. Plastic surgery accounts for approximately a fifth of medical tourists to South Korea, and according to the New York Times, the South Korean government expects upwards of a million annual medical tourists by 2020.

Don’t want to be left behind in bettering yourself? You first need to know how to start planning on your plastic surgery trip.

Step 1: Finding medical tourism agent for trips to Korea

If you’re planning on having your plastic surgery abroad, we highly recommend you to seek help from medical tourism agency services. They can help you tremendously, whether you’re new to traveling or a veteran.

Not only will they help you to find the most appropriate hospital and surgeons, they also help you to better connect with said hospital online.

This is where you can consult with your chosen hospital about the plastic surgery you’re planning on taking or the change you want.

Furthermore, they also will help you find and book your accommodations, and provide you with transport in both countries. More importantly, they help you communicate with your doctor once you’re in Korea, provide you with language translator, and will help you claim your case in account of any surgical accident. They provide 24/7 service in Korea just in case you need something urgent in middle of the night. As an added bonus, you can also get free VISA from some agents like Medictel.

Medical tourism agents like Medictel doesn’t cost you anything extra. In fact, you can get special promotions in your chosen hospital depending on the time of the year and get special discount. We can’t think of any downsides in using their services.

Step 2: Medical check-up

Getting a medical agent to help you is good and all, but more importantly you need medical check-up.

Step 3: Get your travel documents

Your medical tourism agent or travel agent will tell you the list of items they need in order to get you your VISA and permit. Make sure you have everything as Korean border is a bit on the stricter side.

Step 4: Pre-op consultation

This is your final, and more detailed consultation with your doctor after the consultation you did through internet.

You can further explain about your wants to your doctor. Make sure to be on same page as your doctor as most of unhappy patients are results of bad communication.

Once you’ve reached an agreement, your doctor will tell you what to prepare for your surgery and when it’s going to be performed.

Also, the hospital will normally take a picture of you so they can compare it to the new look you’re gonna get later.

Step 5: Surgery

Finally, you will have your surgery performed on the date you both agreed on. You will most likely be required to fast before the surgery, with varying length according to the surgery you need.

You will then be sedated and will wake up with your fresh new look.

Step 6: Recovery

After undergoing your surgery, you will enter recovery period where you wait for your surgery scars to heal.

Depending which surgery you take, you might be required a hospital stay for a period of time, while normal activities are immediately possible for some other surgery procedures.

You might feel discomfort, or required/not allowed to do certain things during this period. For example, you might have difficulty eating if you have just undergone jaw surgery, or be required to wear a special corset if you did breast surgery, and most surgeries will prohibit you from doing heavy activities.

Step 7: Final check-up

Once you’ve fully recovered or at least almost fully healed, you will need to do one final check-up with your surgeon to check your health and condition to make sure there is/would be no problems in the future.

The hospital will take your photo to be compared with your previously taken photo.

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Plastic surgery costs, from the most expensive procedure to the cheapest surgery

Plastic surgery costs, from the most expensive procedure to the cheapest surgery

One of the most important things in planning is your financial expenditure, and for that, it’s important to know how much you would need to spend of your needs and expenses, including plastic surgery.

Need a rough idea on how much you need on your desired plastic surgery? Medictel will range some plastic surgery prices in South Korea from the most expensive procedures to the cheapest.

Keep in mind the price listed are just rough guides and the actual expense you need will vary depending on various factors such as your chosen hospital or your medical condition.

The most expensive procedure is full body liposuction which can reach up to 20 million won.

Slimmer Body Liposuction

Followed by tummy tuck procedure as the 2nd most expensive plastic surgery procedure which can cost you around 17.5 to 19 million won.

Tummy Tuck

Face contouring (zigoma reduction, square chin reduction, T oesteotomi) costs around 18 million won.

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Double jaw surgery will cost you around 15 million won.

Facelift will cost you 15 to 18 million won. While a bit costy, facelift offers a more permanent result. Although your face will still inevitably sag with age, the process will take significantly longer. Facelift generally can last 15 to 20 years.

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Breast augmentation costs around 13 to 15 million won with the use of ‘Motiva’ implant, which is currently the best quality implant we have up to date.

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Rhinoplasty costs around 6 to 7 million won. This can get more expensive the more requests you have about your surgery.

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And lastly, blepharoplasty costs around 3 million won.

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Most Sought After Celebrity Faces for Plastic Surgery

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There are two types of plastic surgery patients; those who simply wish to look more attractive, and those who are fond of how a certain celebrity looks and want to immitate their looks.

One explicit example of the latter group is a TV personality from UK, Oli London, who has serious obsession with Ji Min, a K-Pop idol from a group called BTS. This has resulted in him spending over £125k in plastic surgery (among other things) to look like the idol.

Speaking of people who are obsessed with their idols , a plastic surgeon in South Korea revealed some of the most popular celebrities among his plastic surgery clients during his time on MBC show every1 “Video Star”.

The surgeon, whose name is Kim Jong-myung, said most of his clients wanted to look like Irene from Red Velvet, while Yoona from Girls Generation and Jennie from Blackpink were the second and third most popular choices.

Irene from Red Velvet K-Pop band

Irene is a member of widely popular K-pop band called Red Velvet. It is a South Korean girl group formed by SM Entertainment. She is an actress and television host as well. Her looks are no joke.

Irene has a goddess face among K-pop idols now. It is reported that before she even debuted as a member of Red Velvet and became the leader, a lot of people were already gossiping about her flawless face, and praising her a lot.

Yoona from SNSD (Girl’s Generation) K-Pop band

Im Yoo-nah, better known by the mononym Yoona, is a beautiful and highly talented woman from South Korea. She is widely considered to be the most beautiful girl in her girlband – Girls Generation, also known as SNSD. She also regularly stars in commercials or fashion magazines.

Many people, especially those who aren’t fans of K-Pop, think most Korean celebrities look the same. Yoona, however is considered to have one of the easiest faces to recognize among South Korean celebrities.

Thanks to her beauty, Yoona has been asked to be an ambassador of a certain famous South Korean beauty product. Yoona was chosen
as their advertising star for 7 years in a row.

She has modeled the most magazine covers in a single year for any Korean actress in 2017. She is also considered as an icon or the ‘face’ of K-Pop.

Jennie from Blackpink K-Pop band

“Irene has clear facial features and Yoona has an all-time beauty, Jennie on the other hand, has a unique aura about her,” Kim said.

As Blackpink’s main vocalist, Jennie has extraordinary voice that takes you to a dream world. With flawless voice and being a great rapper to boot, whilst also being the trendiest Blackpink member, it’s to no one’s suprise that people admire Jennie.

She is ranked 5th most beautiful woman in the world by Starmometer after they held a worldwide vote for the “Most Beautiful Woman In The World” for 2019.

Kim then went on to note the previous most sought after faces for plastic surgery. They are actresses Song Hye-kyo, Kim Tae-hee, Han Ye-seul, and Shin Min-a.

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At what age am I allowed to have plastic surgery?

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From surgeries to make the eyes bigger such as double eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty to remove eye bags, rhinoplasty to beautify the nose, facelift to tighten the face and make it look younger, to v-line surgery to have sharper jaw and slimmer face. These are a number of plastic surgery procedures people are willing to take in order to have better looking face. As for their body parts, there are also abdomen surgical fat removal (liposuction), as well as tummy tuck surgery, and breast augmentation surgery for women that is done by adding implants into the breasts.

In South Korea, many have undergone plastic surgery or enhancement surgery from their teenage years. In fact, plastic surgery is a common graduation gift for South Korean students from their families.

There is minimum age for plastic surgery, but children under 18 will need parental consent. However, most doctors would not recommend plastic surgery too early as it can interfere with body development.

Another concern would be their mental state as adolescents are generally impressionable and would be too easily influenced by what they see in media, which can create an unrealistic body expectations for them.

Plastic surgery is more popular now than ever, especially in the era where we constantly have celebrities to follow who might have undertook plastic surgery themselves. Its also helped by how popular K-pop has become which might influence a lot of people to want to look like their idols or at least see a feature they like in their idol’s appearance and want it for themselves.

If you’re interested in undergoing plastic surgery, you have to keep in mind that plastic surgery procedures aren’t generally cheap. They are categorized as moderate to expensive. This, however is reasonable if you think about it, because each surgery cost depends on how difficult and more importantly how risky it is to perform.

We strongly discourage you from trying to have plastic surgery done by unqualified doctor at too cheap a price because many have disfigured themselves, either by using unreliable services or trying to take matters into their own hands (by injecting their body with implants or any other liquid).

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People generally associate plastic surgery with women more than men, but reality is, there are no shortage of men being interested in plastic surgery in order to look the way they want to. Eye surgery, nose surgery, lip surgery, or even creating six-pack through surgery. After all, given the choice everybody would want to look perfect.

Furthermore, men has contributed significant deal in making plastic surgery as advanced as we know today.

Generally, plastic surgery is seen as a method to make yourself more attractive. While this isn’t wrong, it’s still not quite right. Plastic surgery has also been used for reconstruction purposes for patients who experience unexpected events such as accidents or burn. plastic surgery has also been used to correct congenital defects such as crooked jaw or cleft lip and cleft palate. Not to mention people who have undergone plastic surgery in order to change their sex or their reproductive organs.

One issue with plastic surgery is its supposedly addictive nature. It’s not unheard of to see plastic surgery patient getting addicted to plastic surgery and would always find fault in how they look no matter how many surgeries they have. This would become even bigger problem when their surgeons reject them because they no longer deem it safe for them to keep changing their appearance and they proceed to attempt it themselves (as mentioned above)

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What is Orthognathic Surgery?

Orthognathic surgery, also called corrective jaw surgery, refers to various procedures to improve the condition, function, and/or appearance of the face, particularly lower part of the face such as upper jaw, lower jaw, and chin. This is usually seen clearly in the unbalanced face shape and difficulty closing the mouth.

Orthignatic surgery may be undertaken to improve how the teeth fit together, normalize or optimize facial proportions, and/or to treat obstructive sleeep apnea.

Whether you want to improve your appearance or are experiencing functional problems, orthognathic surgery can be a life-changing procedure.

How do I know I need orthognathic surgery?

There are a lot of people with facial imbalances. Jaw or forehead that is too large or too small, teeth not fitting right or just aren’t in right position, flat cheeckbones, those are all examples of facial characteristics that can be improved with orthognathic surgery.

Here are some common facial abnormalities:

  • Retruded Maxilla

This is when the maxilla (upper fixed bone of the jaw formed from the fusion of two maxillary bones) recedes with respect to the frontal plane of the forehead. A retruded maxilla can have detrimental effects on a person’s aesthetics.

  • Protruded Maxilla

Condition where the upper jaw along with the upper teeth is too ‘forward’. In some cases, the sufferer would have difficulty closing their lips. Teeth would always be visible and in most cases, so would the gums when smiling (gummy smile) which resulted from excessive vertical growth of the maxilla.

  • Protruded Mandible

Pathologic mandibular prognathism is a potentially disfiguring genetic disorder where the lower jaw outgrows the upper, resulting in an extended chin and a crossbite. It is sometimes a result of acromegaly.

  • Face asymmetry

Condition where some parts of the face are more developed or less developed so that one part of the face becomes bigger or smaller.

Do I need orthognathic surgery?

You are advised to do orthognathic surgery if you have displaced jaw. Orthognatic surgery will treat the jaw so it can function properly.

What will the surgery be like?

Orthognathic surgical process usually lasts 3 to 4 hours during which you will be sedated. A small incision will be made on the inside of your mouth to expose the bone to be cut, then the surgical procedure will be carried out. The incision will be closed by suturing.

How long is the recovery time?

There is usually swelling and facial color changes during recovery.

In-hospital recovery time varies from 1 to 3 days after surgery. Physical activities need to be limited for at least a week after surgery. Any heavy work physical activities are not advised in the first month after surgery.

What if I don’t want to have orhognatic surgery?

Imperfect jaw can impact not only your appearance (at minimum), but also its function. If the functional problems are not resolved, it can cause difficulties with biting and chewing, closing your mouth, and/or also difficulties with speaking clearly.

It can also cause problem with dental health, gums and especially jaw joint health (TMJ) if not treated.

The other reason people opt for othognatic surgery, as mentioned above, is for cosmetic reasons, as imperfect jaw can spoil your appearance.

Orthognathic surgery helps patients regain the condition of the affected jaw, both upper and lower jaw, so that they return to their proper shape and position.
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2 of The Top Plastic Surgery Destination Countries

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top plastic surgery countries

Plastic surgery has become a trend in recent era, as people have become more concerned with their physical looks – especially those in entertainment industry. There are over 30.000 plastic surgeon all over the world and 17 million plastic surgeries performed each year.

 

South Korea

One of the countries with most plastic surgery procedures done is South Korea. Why is this?

Seoul is the center of innovation for plastic surgery care in South Korea. At least 20 percent of Korean women aged 19-49 has undergone at least 1 plastic surgery procedure. They have about 10.000 plastic surgery patients yearly and half of those are foreign patients. Among the more popular procedures in South Korea area eyelid surgery, body and face surgery, jaw surgery, anti-aging surgery, and breast surgery.

South Korea is known with its natural looking plastic surgery results, and so, people all over the world still visit South Korea for their plastic surgery treatments despite its higher price. This is the number one destination for you who wish for great results for your plastic surgery.

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Thailand

Another country closely familiar with plastic surgery is Thailand. Aside from being on the cheaper side, plastic surgeons in Thailand are certified by the American and Australian board of plastic surgery which guarantees their qualities as plastic surgeons. Almost 1 million foreign patients have traveled to Thailand in order to undergo plastic surgery. Most of them came from Australia and Indonesia.

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Popular Plastic Surgery Trend Among Celebrities

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Dr. Harold Lancer, a dermatologist concluded that plastic surgery trend is largely affected by not only parts of body the patients want to change, but also the ever changing commonly accepted beauty standards. He also said plastic surgery has become really desired in among Hollywood celebrities.

Dr. Lancer is beauty consultant frequented by the likes of Kim Kardashian, Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez, and Margot Robbie.

Current most popular procedures, according to him, are botox and liposuction, more precisely mini babytox and liposculpting mini. Tummy liposculpting to create a sixpack or Kardashian’s ass augmentation surgery for example, is no longer hot on demand among celebrities while liposculting on smaller areas like chin, nose, or ears has become increasingly popular.

Similarly, filler implants for nosetips and ears have also become in increasingly popular method to combat aging symptoms. This sentiment is supported by Dr. Jeffrey Rockmore who claimed that our ears keep growing as we grow older which can make us look old. In some cases, ears can also shrink as you grow older, but that problem can be solved by transplanting fat into the lobes to make them look fresher and younger.

Another increasingly popular trend these past months is microneedle procedure in order to remove wrinkles and neck lines. Microneedling is a procedure involving small and sterile needle injection several times into the skin. This is done in order to stimulate collagen and elastin production. In addition to tightening the skin and removing neck lines, microneedling radiofrequency can also lift breast nipples about two to three millimeters.

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According to Dr. Lancer, youth who likes to wear open neckline dresses are also ones who often do microneedling procedures. In addition, the procedure is not only popular among women, but also men. “Five years ago, men are among one out of 20 people who underwent plastic surgery procedure, now they are among one out of eight, or even more.”

With most people wanting a ‘natural look’, the more popular plastic surgery procedures are ones that offer natural looking results. Therefore, many people look for non surgical alternatives such as coolsculpting, ultratherapy, and butt tightening procedures without Brazilian-style surgery. “There is no knife to lift the neckline or stick nose and the like,” Dr. Rockmore explained, According to him, such demand will continue to grow when people are accustomed to natural results.

 

 

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Let’s Learn Fat Graft

Fat Graft plastic surgery

Fat Graft plastic surgery Fat grafting, also referred to as fat transfer or fat injections, is surgical process by which fat is transferred from one area of the body to another area. The goal is to improve or augment the area where the fat is injected. This technique involves extracting adipose fat by liposuction, processing the fat, and then reinjecting purified fat into the area needing improvement.

The necessary fat is obtained by a limited liposculpture through one or several 3 to 5 mm incisions. It is normally taken from the abdomen or inner thigh, The aspirated fat is processed by centrifuging, filtering, or rinsing. Pure liquid fatty tissue ready for injection is the result. The fat is then injected and distributed evenly into the needed area by injecting minute amounts in the tissues so that the injected fat is well surrounded by healthy tissue. This ensures that the transplanted fat remains in contact with the surrounding tissues that must supply it with oxygen and nutrients.

Fat grafts have increasingly captivated the attention of plastic surgeons not only due to their aesthetic capabilities, but also their regenerative properties, due to the high concentration of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) resident in the fat tissue.

 

Fat grafting process

The process of fat grafting involves three steps:

  1. extraction of the fat from the donor area with liposuction
  2. decanting, centrifugation, and processing of the fat
  3. reinjection of the purified fat into the area needing improvement

Fat Graft plastic surgery

Common areas of fat grafting

A summary of common fat grafting applications and the associated volumes of fat injected is as follows:

Face (10cc – 100cc total)

  • Restores youthful appearance by adding volume to hollowed out or wrinkled areas such as the area below the eye and the nasolabial folds
  • Helps repair scars
  • Adds volume to the cheeks to create the appearance of higher cheekbones
  • Improves the texture and appearance of the skin

Breast (25cc – 400cc each breast)

  • Increases the breast size by one or two cup sizes
  • Corrects breast asymmetry
  • Repairs radiation tissue damage and can treat breast implant capsular contractures
  • Helps correct scar deformities from lumpectomy or breast reconstruction

Hips (100cc – 300cc each side)

  • Adds volume to achieve a more feminine profile and better waist-hip ratio

Buttocs (200cc – 1300+cc each cheek)

  • Makes buttocks appear perkier
  • Augments buttocks size (aka Brazilian butt lift)

Hands and feet (5cc – 100cc per extremity)

  • Reduces wrinkles and rejuvenates appearance
  • Provides padding for bony feet

 

Fat Graft plastic surgery

Risks

Asymetry, irregularities, overcorrection, and infection.

 

Possible side effects

Donor area: bruising, swelling, tenderness, up to 24 hours drainage of anaesthetic liquid.

Treated area: bruising, swelling (especially the lips if treated), tenderness.

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Recovery

Swelling usually diminishes from the third day on, and social activities can be restarted after about one week, sometimes with the help of some make-up.

 

Results

Correction of deep wrinkles and folds. Correction of the treated irregularities and dents. Volume augmentation of the treated areas such as cheekbones, cheeks, and chins. Improved quality of the overlying skin can be a positive side effect. After the body absorbs a percentage of the fat (between 20% and 50%) the correction can be considered permanent.