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Liposuction & Weight Loss

Liposuction is not a weight loss procedure. The procedure is performed to fix localized fat deposits, which adversely impact body contour.  These fat collections may be located in a variety of locations including the abdomen, hips, thighs, flanks, and arms to name a few.  In many cases these areas don’t respond to diet and exercise.


When liposuction is performed, it’s unusual for this procedure to result in weight loss greater than one or two pounds.  Despite this, even when patients are twenty pounds overweight, liposuction can result in improved body contour and high satisfaction rates.
 

When weight loss is the primary goal, a weight loss program would be appropriate.  Consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon would be a helpful first step. Make sure he or she discusses all of your options and helps determine which one is best for you.

Blurry Vision Following Blepharoplasty

Changes in visual acuity are not uncommon following blepharoplasty. There are several possible causes for changes in vision following this type of surgery. These can include the use of ointments following surgery, dry eyes following surgery, and eyelid skin tightness which can change the curvature of the cornea.
 

Blurred vision can result from the use of topical ointments, which are used for a variety of reasons in the postoperative period. In our experience, the use of eye ointment is the most common cause of blurred vision following blepharoplasty. For these reasons, we recommend the use of ointment at night and drops during the day. 



 


Eye dryness following blepharoplasty can also contribute significantly to vision changes following this type of surgery. This is typically treated with eye lubricant. Usually, eye drops are used during the day and longer lasting ointments are used at night.
 

Finally, tightness of the eyelids against the globe can affect the curvature of the cornea and cause refractory changes. This can be made worse when significant swelling is present.
 

When vision changes occur following blepharoplasty, it’s appropriate to consult an ophthalmologist. With appropriate management of these symptoms, vision usually returns to normal in a matter of weeks.

The Ideal Weight for Tummy Tuck Surgery

There’s no question that being close to your ideal body weight improves the results from tummy tuck surgery. It also decreases the potential for complications with this type of surgical procedure. For these reasons, we prefer that patients be within 10% of their ideal body weight at the time of surgery.
 

Unfortunately, reaching an ideal weight is easier said than done. The vast majority of patients are unsuccessful at losing this additional weight. 

It’s also important to know that even when patients are overweight, they can potentially benefit from abdominoplasty. 

Every patient must be evaluated on an individual basis.
 

We encourage patients to lose weight before surgery and prefer that their weight be stable for at least three months. We realize that some patients will have difficulty losing weight. We therefore encourage patients to be in a supervised weight loss program. Even with that help, some patients will be unsuccessful in their effort to lose weight. 

Even without weight loss, many of these patients will still potentially benefit from tummy tuck surgery.
 

It’s important to realize that weight loss following tummy tuck surgery can affect the final result. This could even result in the need for revisional surgery. For these reasons, it’s important to thoroughly discuss this issue with your board-certified plastic surgeon.

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Fight Aging and Extend the Life of Your Breast Lift Procedure With Proper Recovery

This is a commonly asked question in our practice and it’s hard to answer because of the large number of variables that are present. It’s safe to say that because of the constant force of gravity, we can set the clock back but never stop it from ticking.  Women who do not have breast lifts experience progressive sag and women who have had breast lifts can expect some recurrent sag as well.
 

Factors that are associated with the development of recurrent sag include thin skin, large breasts, fluctuations in weight, pregnancy, failure to use a bra for support, certain types of disease that involve the connective tissue, and cigarette smoking.

Surgical technique is important as well, but less important than the patient’s wound-healing and soft tissue characteristics. Most breast lift procedures utilize the skin to create an envelope, which supports the breast tissue. Recently, techniques have been developed that utilize internal sutures to provide additional support. If breast implants are used to add volume or create additional upper breast volume they should always be placed under the muscle and should not be of excessive size.
 

In my experience, breast lifts are associated with high satisfaction rates and in many cases last between 10-15 years. It’s important to realize that gravity goes to work immediately and as time marches on, recurrent sag is inevitable to some degree.

Beware of Coloring Your Hair Following Facelift Surgery

The ability of patients to apply makeup and fix their hair following facelift surgery are important benchmarks in their recovery process. For many patients, there is no recovery until these activities can be resumed. Facelift patients are obviously motivated by appearance, and for this reason, hair color is extremely important to them.

After facelift surgery, we recommend waiting until all the wounds have healed before proceeding with coloring the hair. This usually takes about three to four weeks. Once this point has been reached, patients can safely resume coloring their hair.

Is Liposuction Permanent?

Liposuction is typically performed to remove fat cells located in problem areas that don’t respond to diet and exercise. When these fat cells are removed with liposuction, they are gone forever. The only exception is when the patients are morbidly obese. Under these circumstances, fat cells can experience re-growth.
 

Unfortunately, poor lifestyle choices such as overeating can result in weight gain. This can lead to enlargement of the remaining fat cells in areas that have been previously treated with liposuction. This can result in re-accumulation of fat in these problem areas and a recurrence of the original problem.

 
 

In most cases of weight gain following liposuction, the previous problem areas are minimally affected. The weight gain is usually more evenly distributed throughout the body and is therefore less problematic. It doesn't significantly impact body contour and the overall aesthetic result.
 

Weight gain can have a significant impact on a patient’s result following liposuction. For this reason, it’s extremely important that patients maintain a healthy lifestyle following this procedure. This will prove to be the best way to protect your investment and make it all worthwhile.