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Much to the disappointment of many of our patients, liposuction, Coolsculpting and Exilis Elite are not procedures that result in much weight loss. They do help to sculpt and reshape the body. All of these procedures do destroy fat cells permanently, but the end result of the procedures is that the body is more balanced and proportional.
We offer several types of liposuction, from SmartLipo Triplex, which is a triple wave length laser form of liposuction, Body-Jet liposuction which uses water to dislodge the fat cells, and SAFElipo which is an advanced liposuction technique for removing fat. All of these are surgical procedures but offer quicker recovery, less bruising and less swelling than would be expected with traditional tumescent liposuction. These techniques all are capable of removing large volumes of fat, most particularly, Body-Jet, but none of them are designed for weight loss.
CoolSculpting is an in-office procedure that freezes the fat in a given area in about a one hour session. Results are seen gradually over the next several months. Often multiple treatments are required to achieve desired result. Results are more variable than with liposuction. Another non-surgical device, Exilis Elite uses radiofrequency technology to destroy fat cells in one hour sessions as the device is moved rapidly over the treatment area. A benefit of Exilis is that it is able to treat areas such as the arms, neck, knees, flanks, and other areas that are difficult to treat with CoolSculpting, or in some cases, with liposuction. As with CoolSculpting, results are not as predictable as with liposuction.
If you would like to learn more about the benefits of body-contouring, please contact Dr. Steven Ringler at 616.328.8800.
Although men still only represent about 10% of plastic surgery patients nationally, we have experienced a significant increase in men seeking plastic surgery over the past few years. According to a recent article by ASAPS, here are some of the more common complaints that men express as they age, and how they can best be addressed.
Even with diet and exercise, maintaining a fat free physique is a complaint we often hear in our practice. Fortunately, with body contouring procedures ranging from the non-surgical CoolSculpting procedure to several different types of liposuction, many of these problems can be addressed fairly easily. Just as with women, men who are close to their ideal weight but have isolated areas of fat that don’t respond well to diet or exercise are the best candidates for liposuction or CoolSculpting. Liposuction was the number one requested procedure by men last year.
Another complaint is the fat tends to become deposited around the chest area as men age causing the much despised “man boob”, which is clinically called gynecomastia. This can also be a problem for younger men, and is one that is fairly easily treated through either liposuction or removing the excess glandular tissue. This is one of the top five procedures for men and according to ASAPS statistics, and it affects anywhere from 40-60% of all men.
As men age, they may also be bothered by wrinkles or sagging around the jowls or neckline. Botox, facial fillers like Radiesse, Juvederm and Belotero are often requested by men who want to slow down the aging problem and address wrinkles. For those who have more sagging of the face, sometimes a MACS lift or blepharoplasty (eye-lift) or neck lift can address the problem. Fortunately, most plastic surgery procedures today are performed on an outpatient basis and have quicker recovery times than previously. This is particularly important to men who want to have something done to improve their appearance but don’t want the downtime associated with some former surgical procedures.
If you are interested in learning more about plastic surgery for men, please contact Dr. Ringler for a complimentary, private consultation