When our bodies don’t respond to diet and exercise in the way we wish, plastic surgery procedures can reshape many areas, by removing excess fat and skin and toning muscle. The following is an overview of the state of the art body contouring procedures we offer our clients.
Liposuction removes stubborn and undesirable fat from the abdomen, waist, hips, flanks, buttocks, knees, ankles, neck, and/or upper arms. It has minimal risks or downtime and leaves almost no scars. Dr. Buchanan was one of the first group of American surgeons to be trained in liposuction by its European developers. He studied it extensively to determine its efficacy and safety and continues to perfect the technique. Learn more about liposuction.
The best candidates are of normal weight and in good physical condition, with localized fat and no to minimal loose skin that has not responded well to diet and exercise.
When you visit Dr. Buchanan to discuss body contouring and liposuction, he’ll also talk to you about Zerona® non-invasive body slimming. This revolutionary treatment reduces fat and contours your body without surgery, discomfort, or effort. It is useful for those with more generalized fat or several areas needing treatment. Learn more about having Zerona® non-invasive body slimming.
Liposuction is performed on nearly any part of the body, right up to a double chin! Some of the common treatment areas include:
Zerona laser body contouring is performed on many of the same areas as liposuction. Common treatment sites include:
Back when the Zerona laser device was first cleared by the FDA, it was approved as a non-surgical alternative to liposuction. That says a lot about the power and efficacy of this technology! During a Zerona treatment, which requires no incisions or anesthesia, the laser energy creates tiny holes in the membranes of fat cells. Fat content within the cells seeps out of the holes and gets picked up by the lymphatic system. The cells gradually shrink to a smaller size. In order to achieve more profound results, it’s necessary to undergo a series of comfortable, convenient sessions.
Liposuction manually extracts as much as five liters of fat in a single session. This can come from one area or multiple areas but typically does not exceed this volume in total. The surgery can be performed using local anesthetic but does require small incisions and does incur more side effects than Zerona. Generally, only one procedure is needed to achieve visible results. These results become more apparent over several weeks as swelling subsides.
The results of Zerona and liposuction can last quite a long time. Whether you have treatment that shrinks fat cells or surgery that removes them, there is still a chance for the remaining fat cells to expand. Your results can last years provided that you maintain a healthy lifestyle, regardless of which treatment you receive.
Very little downtime is needed after liposuction. In fact, you’ll be able to walk and move around quite well right away after your procedure. You’re encouraged to engage in light physical activity like walking for 10 to 20 minutes (as is comfortable) starting the day of your procedure and can gradually increase distance or time as you regain more energy. To avoid complications, you’ll need to avoid strenuous activities for up to one month after your surgery.
You won’t need any downtime after undergoing Zerona laser treatments. You can go right back to your full intensity of activities the same day. That said, you may want to follow a few post-treatment guidelines to maximize the results you achieve! Suggestions include: