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The Way to a More Sculpted Jawline

The Way to a More Sculpted Jawline

 Neck Lift | Highlands, NCYou may have heard of the term “double-chin.” This common problem affects adults of all ages. Because a a large number of double chins are made up of fatty tissue, this cosmetic condition often gives the impression that a person is overweight. The truth is, the neck under the chin is just another area in which many people wish they could spot reduce fat. It’s a part of the body on which fat cells may simply accumulate for no good reason. Statistics suggest that nearly 70% of American adults are troubled by submental fullness. Clearly, this is a problem for which reliable solutions are needed. We have them.

Treatment Options for a Double Chin

There are a handful of treatment options that can reduce excess fat under the jawline. However not every technique is ideal. In our Highlands, NC office, patients receive options that are proven to achieve the best results in the shortest amount of time. These are liposuction and neck lift surgery.

Neck Liposuction

With nonsurgical treatments like Kybella, why would anyone undergo surgery anymore? The answer is simple: reliability, fast recovery, and results. Neck liposuction is ideal for several reasons. First, the results from treatment are almost immediate. Due to the minimally-invasive nature of neck liposuction, Dr. Buchanan performs this procedure in the office using a local anesthetic. We understand that may sound uncomfortable. It’s not. Patients who undergo neck liposuction with local anesthetic and a mild sedative typically have one response: “Wow! That was easy!” Kybella typically takes more than one treatment, is more uncomfortable that liposuction and the recovery from the first treatment is longer than liposuction.

Neck liposuction removes the localized fat cells beneath the chin and jawline to reveal a more dramatic curve from the upper neck to the face. Treatment usually takes about an hour, after which a compression garment may be worn for a short while when alone. Within a few days, patients are back to normal activities.

Neck Lift

It is important to know what your skin is capable of as you seek treatment for submental fullness. Even many of the nonsurgical treatments that are popular today focus only on fat destruction. If your skin has lost elasticity, it won’t bounce back after fat is removed, no matter the method of removing the fat. Without proper retraction, the skin may look worse without the smoothing effect of the unwanted fat. For this reason, some patients are better served by a neck lift.

Like neck liposuction, the neck lift can also be performed in the office with a local anesthetic with or without sedation. The procedure involves an incision under the chino vertically in the central neck. The neck muscles are carefully released and tightened with sutures. The skin is repositioned, as well, and, with some procedures, excess is trimmed before the incisions are closed. Recovery time after a neck lift is about one to two weeks before most normal activities can be resumed.

Zerona Fat Reduction

Although Zerona is better at treating larger areas, if you have some larger areas that you wish treated, the neck can be treated at the same time using Zerona non invasive laser fat reduction.

What to Know About Kybella Double Chin Treatment

Kybella is one of the most commonly hyped and discussed double-chin treatments today. The technique is safe and it is effective. However, so are the neck liposuction and neck lift procedures. Although it is claimed there is no downtime with Kybella, after treatment there is noticeable swelling that may prevent normal activities for a few days and is generally worse than liposuction and lasts longer. Also, to get liposuction-like results with Kybella, it is necessary to undergo up to 4 treatment sessions (each with multiple injections) and several months of waiting for fat to naturally dissolve. Although it was initially thought that the reaction from the Kybella would tighten loose skin, experience haas shown that this does not happen.

If you’re interested in prompt results from chin-sculpting treatment, call our Highlands office at (828) 526-3783. During your consultation, we can provide details about sculpting procedures that are right for you.

Has Your Body Reached a Plateau? Consider What Zerona Can Do!

Throughout the many years since aesthetic plastic surgery emerged, liposuction has been one of the most popular procedures. Men and women alike have turned to the minimally-invasive procedure to whittle away their middle, slim their thighs, and sculpt their waistline. Dr. Buchanan obtained liposuction training from some of the leading surgeons in Europe. He has performed this body-shaping technique for over 35 years with excellent results; and now, though surgical liposuction is still an option for our patients, he also offers laser body slimming with Zerona.

What is Zerona?

Zerona laser body slimming treatment is completely hands-off. The nonsurgical, non-invasive procedure uses 635nm low-level, cold-laser energy to stimulate fat metabolism. Being a cold laser, the device does not heat the skin or other tissue. The energy that gets absorbed enters the mitochondria, the organelles inside of cells that give them energy. When energy is absorbed in fat cells, lipids transform into liquid. Simultaneously, laser energy makes the membrane of each fat cell porous. This allows the liquefied fat to seep out into the space between the cells. Not to worry, the lymphatic system will pick up this toxic fat and eliminate it. At the conclusion of treatment, the fat cells in the treatment area have shrunk so substantially that circumference can be reduced by one to several inches. Common treatment areas include the abdomen, waist, hips, arms, and thighs.

Tips for Maximizing Zerona Results

Zerona laser body slimming works by stimulating the body’s natural processing of fat. Each treatment essentially delivers fatty content up on a platter to the body to eliminate. To achieve the best results, it is necessary to commit to multiple treatments a week for a few weeks. This maintains adequate stimulation within cells to spill the desired amount of fat.

After the process has begun, patients are encouraged to maintain their usual exercise routine. Because there is no downtime after each appointment, it is possible to head straight to the gym to prompt increased metabolism. A healthy diet that includes less processed foods, low amounts of sugar and carbohydrates, and plenty of water is also recommended for maximum fat loss.

Water is key to the entire Zerona process. Water facilitates the expedited elimination of fat content and toxins through the bloodstream and lymphatic system. By aiding this process, water also hastens visible results and simultaneously decreases any side effects that this release may cause. Because fat cells hold toxins, their release may cause some people to feel slightly nauseous, woozy, or fatigued after their treatments. Drinking water throughout the day can significantly help, if not eliminate, these feelings.

Body contouring is made easy with Zerona. For more information or to schedule your consultation for treatment, call (828) 526-3783. We are pleased to serve the Highlands and Asheville, NC areas.

What is Zerona?

 ZERONA™ Non-invasive Body Slimming Highlands, NC

Historically, when a person has wanted to reduce the circumference of their thighs, hips, waist, or other areas, they had only one option: liposuction. If you’ve struggled with stubborn fat that persists regardless of your diet and lifestyle habits, you may have wondered if liposuction was in your future, too. Maybe not. In recent years, innovative developments in cosmetic medicine have created a new possibility, nonsurgical body contouring.

Patients of our Highlands, NC practice appreciate the opportunity to improve their body contours with Zerona, an FDA-approved laser fat removal technique that does not require anesthesia, incisions, or downtime. We’re pleased to offer Zerona body contouring and even more pleased with the results our patients are obtaining. Here, we discuss details you’ll want to know as you consider how to get the shape you want.

What is Nonsurgical Laser Lipo?

Zerona is referred to as nonsurgical laser lipo not because it involves a liposuction technique but because it stimulates a process called lipolysis. Zerona is a cold laser device that permeates fat cells with energy, disrupting the integrity of the outer membrane of each cell. Essentially, the cell’s walls become punctured by the cold laser energy and spill out the lipids that give them shape. Without the same lipid content, fat cells shrink in size, just like when we diet. The result is a slimmer physique.

What Happens During Treatment?

Each Zerona treatment typically lasts less than an hour. The front and back of the body are treated separately, with 20 minutes spent on each.

Patients may wear a swimsuit or undergarments during their treatment session. While the patient lies on the table, the device applicator is positioned over the treatment area. The Zerona device has multiple arms, making it resemble an octopus. Each laser arm is aimed at a specific part of the body, such as the hips, abdomen, thighs, or other areas.

Because it is cold laser energy that penetrates through the dermis, Zerona treatment is completely comfortable. There is no warming, tingling, or other sensations that occur. After treatment, as well, patients avoid the side effects they might expect from an average laser treatment. There is no soreness or tenderness to speak of. Some patients do report feeling somewhat tired for a short time after their session, but this is relatively uncommon.

The results of Zerona treatment occur gradually. Because the lymphatic system is involved in escorting lipids from the body, patients are encouraged to drink at least 64 ounces of water a day and to walk at least 15 minutes a day after their treatment. These strategies stimulate the body to better perform its detoxification duties.

What Now?

If you are interested in looking slimmer this summer, now is a great time to start Zerona treatments. To learn more, call (828) 526-3783.

Spend Less Time Focusing on Fitness and Still Feel Fabulous with Laser Body Slimming

ZERONA™ Non-invasive Body SlimmingHighlands, NCIt is no secret that many people would like to reduce fatty deposits on one or more area of their body. Typically, this goal has been associated with a lot of hard work, a lot of discomfort, or both. It doesn’t have to. If you have a goal of revealing a slimmer version of you this year, we can help. Here, we discuss the value of laser technology for non-surgical body contouring.

Zerona™ Laser Fat-Reduction

Patients who are interested in feeling better about their body but are not in a surgical procedure and its inherent risks may discover that Zerona laser fat-reduction is their ideal strategy. The technology was initially developed as an enhancement for tumescent liposuction. However, during clinical use, it was discovered that the circumference of the thighs, hips, waist, and other areas could be reduced using the cold, low-level laser technology alone.

Zerona works by walls of fat cells. The disruption to the cell membrane of these cells allows the stored lipids to spill out of the cells into the interstitial space where they are then carried through the bloodstream for elimination.

Patients appreciate the non-invasive nature of Zerona treatments. To enjoy a slimmer shape, all that is required is that you lie on a comfortable treatment table over which the laser applicator is placed. During treatment, cold, low-level laser energy penetrates the superficial tissue and gets absorbed by adipocytes. All the while, you feel nothing. Each side (front and back) is treated for approximately 20 minutes. After treatment, you are free to go about your day as usual. No pain. No side effects.

Details You Should Know

It is important to us that our patients have options for non-surgical and minimally invasive procedures whenever possible. At the same time, we also want to achieve the results each patient envisions. Zerona is an excellent treatment option for fat-reduction but it is not designed to tighten the skin. Therefore, patients who have excessive laxity may wish to discuss how the condition of their skin could affect the outcome of treatment.

Zerona works in an entirely different manner than liposuction. Fat cells are not extracted manually during Zerona treatment; they are disrupted to trigger the body to eliminate the contents that have spilled from targeted cells. This not only contours the body but it may also trick the brain into jump-starting weight loss. Although fat cells are not extracted, we have had an outstanding success rate with long-term results.

This is not intended as a weight loss alternative, though we have used it to jump start weight loss with lifestyle and dietary modifications. It is also not ideal for small localized areas of fat, but works best on more generalized areas. For small areas, liposuction under local anesthesia is still the most effective method.

Achieving a better body doesn’t have to be so difficult. To learn more about Zerona and how it can support your healthy lifestyle, call our Highlands office at (828) 526-3783.

Preparing For Liposuction – Listen Up, Guys!

liposuctionFor men who want to achieve an ideal body shape and enhance the appearance of their pecs and abs, liposuction may be just the ticket. Liposuction is popular with men and women alike because of it’s proven body-changing results. More men are currently taking advantage of liposuction at the Center for Plastic Surgery.

Read on to learn about a few things you can do before your procedure to ensure optimum results:

6 months before:
•Schedule an evaluation consultation with your surgeon and take a list of any questions you may have.
•Have a complete physical to make sure you don’t have any health conditions that could interfere with liposuction.
•Quit smoking because it interferes with recovery.
•Maintain a regular exercise routine and healthy eating habits. For best results, you should lose as much weight as you safely can before your liposuction procedure.

3 weeks before:
•Reduce your alcohol consumption.
•Arrange for time off work, and for help with daily tasks while you recover.
•Confirm your surgery date ask any remaining questions.
•Make sure you have someone to take you home following the procedure.

1 to 2 weeks before:
•Avoid taking anti-inflammatory drugs (aspirin and ibuprofen) since they can contribute to excess bleeding.
•The day before surgery and the day of surgery: Carefully follow the instructions given you by your surgeon. These may or may not include not eating or drinking the night before the surgery and what type of clothing you should wear the day of the surgery.

These are simple and very loose guidelines. For specific instructions you should always consult your surgeon. To learn more about liposuction and the many other procedures ,we invite you to call to schedule a consultation appointment, today: (828) 526-3783.

How to Make the Most of Your Liposuction

 Liposuction Highlands & Asheville, NCLiposuction is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries for a variety of different reasons. It reduces localized fatty areas and even some less localized fat to smooth and even your contours. It is, in the right hands, quite safe. It is relatively easy on you and has a moderately fast recovery. Although we can perform the surgery to give you the results you desire, there are some things that you can do to make sure you get great results.

Make Sure You’re a Good Candidate for Liposuction

One of the best ways to really get the most out of your liposuction results is to ensure that you are a good candidate to begin with. One common misconception about liposuction is that it’s for people who are obese and have a lot of weight to lose. Although liposuction is considered to be a body contouring procedure, it is only for patients who are close to their ideal body weight but simply have localized areas of fat that spoil an otherwise nice contour, in other words, those who have already tried a combination of diet and exercise but are still unable to get rid of stubborn, excess, localized fat.

Make Sure That You’re Mentally Prepared

One thing to know about any sort of cosmetic procedure is that it can oftentimes be a lot more mental than it is physical. Although we can control the physical aspect of liposuction, it’s up to you to mentally prepare yourself for the surgery and recovery. What results do you want? Can you tolerate the procedure when done under local anesthesia? Are you ready to wear the post- op elastic garment? All of these things will help you head into surgery and recovery feeling like a champ.

Make Sure You Take Recovery Seriously

Yes, you may think that recovery is optional and that you can ignore your doctor’s recommendations, but recovery is definitely mandatory. By taking several days off any vigorous activity to rest and relax, you can help to speed your recovery time and allow your body to heal before you fully get back into your normal routine.

Make Sure You Maintain Good Habits

Getting liposuction doesn’t all of a sudden mean that you have a free pass to eat and drink whatever you want while you sit on the couch and watch TV all day. In fact, one of the things that you have to do after you get liposuction is to maintain a healthy diet and exercise plan. The leaner you eat and the more you exercise, the better results you will have.

Are you ready to take the next steps toward getting liposuction? Schedule your constellation at our Highlands office today by calling us at (828) 526-3783.

Why Liposuction Remains So Popular

Liposuction Highlands & Asheville, NCIt seems like with most anything there are trends that come and go. However, in the world of plastic surgery, good procedures that work well safely stay for a long time. Liposuction is one of those and has remained a popular procedure amongst patients for decades, and it’s definitely here to stay. So, why has liposuction remained so popular?

It Gives Patients Real Results

With summer just around the corner, if you haven’t already thought about getting your body in the perfect shape for swimsuit season, it’s not too late. If you are overweight, lifestyle and eating habit modification is the first step. (See Dietary Advice.) If, however, you are already at a reasonable weight but just have localized fat, liposuction is the ideal treatment to consider. In fact, liposuction is not a weight loss method. It is for people at a healthy weight but just have some stubborn fat around their neck, abdomen, flanks, thighs, knees or other specific areas that they can’t get to go away.By suctioning the fat from these areas, liposuction gives patients real results.

It Treats Several Parts of the Body

Another great reason why patients love liposuction so much is that it can be used for multiple specific areas. Do you have fat on your back that you want to get rid of? Liposuction can do the trick. Need to get rid of that fat around your abdomen? Liposuction is the thing for you. Liposuction can also help get rid of fat on the buttocks, arms, thighs, neck, love handles, and knees. Of course, if you have fat in more than a few specific areas or more generalized fat, then liposuction is not the answer, weight loss or something like Zerona, a non surgical laser, similar but better than CoolSculpting, is what is needed.

It is Safe and Recovery is Rapid

When done properly by an expert surgeon liposuction has very few risks and recovery to normal activities is only a day or so. The most common problem is slight irregularity, lack of complete elimination of the problem, mild bruising and some prolonged swelling. Except for the bruising, these are rare. The bruising, however, can be covered with camouflage cosmetics. Unfortunately, because the problems are usually minimal and the recovery rapid, many non surgeon and inexperienced physicians have started doing liposuction. This has markedly increased the risks all the way to severe irregularity, burns, skin loss, severe infection and, even, death. Therefore, it is imperative that, if you are considering liposuction, you select a Plastic Surgeon who has been doing the procedure for many years and has a history of excellent results. (Dr. Buchanan has beed performing liposuction since it first came to this hemisphere from Europe and even helped develop many of the safety standards used today by most plastic surgeons.)

If you have wanted to learn more about liposuction, schedule your consultation at the Center For Plastic Surgery in Highland’s by calling: (828) 526-3783.

Stick Your Neck Out Without Feeling Self-Conscious: Liposuction for the Neck

 Liposuction There are certain parts of your body that you expect to show signs of aging faster than others like the skin on your face. Luckily with non-invasive treatments like skin rejuvenation, IPL, fillers, and botox, you can reverse most of these changes and look like your younger self once again. As one part of your body that shows equally as much age but is often forgotten about, your neck needs just as much love as your face. If your neck has started to accumulate fat and make you look like you have a turkey’s neck, then you may want to consider getting liposuction of the neck. Read on to learn more about this simple, in office surgical procedure with rapid recovery.

What Is Liposuction of the Neck?

Traditionally, liposuction is done on areas of the body like the buttocks, abdomen, and upper thighs to get rid of stubborn fat. However, liposuction can also be done on the neck to get rid of excess fat that has started to accumulate due over time. By removing this excess fat with liposuction, you can get more taut results and look like your younger self.

What Are Results Like?

We have performed neck liposuction on patients from as young as in their twenties to those all the way in their sixties and seventies. Remember that the younger you are, the more resilient your skin is going to be – meaning it will contract better, thus looking younger. However, if you are a little older, even if the skin does not contract completely, your profile, and especially your frontal view, will still look better. If this is not enough, we can perform neck liposuction along with a face and neck lift so that you can not only get rid of stubborn fat but excess skin as well.

What Is Recovery Like?

Recovery from any liposuction is rapid. You should be able to resume normal activity and return to work and social engagements with a little camouflage make-up immediately.

If you have stubborn fat around your neck and you would like to get rid of it, consider getting neck liposuction at the Center For Plastic Surgery. To learn more about neck liposuction and whether or not it’s the right for you, contact our office today! If the word “surgery” scares you, we also have an injectable treatment, Kybella®, that can get rid of under chin fat.

 

 

3 Considerations Before Liposuction

Before Liposuction Highlands, NCLiposuction is one of the best ways to get rid of stubborn areas of fat that just don’t seem to go away no matter how much you diet and exercise. By actually suctioning the fat from these areas,a procedure that can frequently be done under local anesthesia in the office, liposuction will give you an improved contour with minimal recovery. If you are thinking about liposuction, there are really 3 things to consider. Read on to learn more.

  1. Is the Fat Localized?

Liposuction is indicated for localized areas of fat. Most commonly this is under the chin, on the tummy, hips or flanks, around the knees or other isolated places. Although it can be used for multiple areas, when there are multiple places needing reduction, frequently weight loss or use of the Zerona fat melting laser is the best choice. If you are not sure, a consultation can define what is best.

  1. What is the Quality and Elasticity of Your Skin?

Liposuction works best if your skin si relatively tight and the elasticity is good. This allows your skin to contract with no wrinkling after the fat is removed. However, liposuction can be an excellent choice even in someone with moderately lax or excess skin. This can be especially true if the excess is below the chin or you are mainly concerned with looking good in clothes. In fact, in the early days of liposuction when the recommendation was to not do liposuction on anyone over 30, Dr Buchanan did the first procedure on someone over 60. Without clothes she had some loose skin still, but in slacks she no longer had the bulges she had had previously and she was one of the happiest patients he had after the procedure. Within a few years everyone was expanding the age restriction.

  1. What is Your Health?

Depending on your health, you may be more at risk for developing problems during or after surgery. If you have health conditions like diabetes, heart disease, or a blood disorder, make sure that you notify Dr. Buchanan during your initial consultation. Our number one priority at The Center For Plastic Surgery is to ensure that all of our patients have a safe and speedy surgery and recovery.

Getting liposuction is a great way to get rid of excess fat on your tummy, hips, flanks, or under the chin. To learn more about liposuction and whether or not you are a suitable candidate, contact The Center For Plastic Surgery today!

 

 

Deciding Between a Tummy Tuck and Liposuction for a Flatter Midsection

A flatter, firmer, and well-toned midsection is of the most common cosmetic goals of men and women who visit us here at our Highlands plastic surgery clinic. Majority of these patients have done their homework and have looked for information online regarding procedures that can possibly help them achieve such goals. During the initial consultation, these patients would often ask about which body-contouring procedures are ideal for them — should they go for liposuction or decide on a tummy tuck instead?

Although both procedures have the same end goal, they actually target a different set of cosmetic concerns. If you find yourself in the same boat as the aforementioned patients, read on below!

When to Decide on Liposuction

By and large, liposuction is ideal for concerns that has to do with localized pockets of excess fat such as the dreaded love handles and spare tires. The procedure can be done not only in the abdominal area but also in other areas of the body such as the neck, hips, upper arms, buttocks, and thighs.

The procedure is ideal for men and women who want to improve the appearance of their abdominal areas and have done both diet and exercise to get rid of the stubborn pockets of fat. In addition, liposuction works best if the patient is within their ideal body weight and have good skin turgor (the ability of the skin to change its shape and return to normal).

It should be noted, however, that liposuction doesn’t eliminate loose, sagging skin and doesn’t strengthen weakened abdominal muscles which often occurs following pregnancy and childbirth.

When to Decide on a Tummy Tuck

As mentioned earlier, liposuction won’t help you deal with sagging skin and weakened abdominal muscles. This is where a tummy tuck can prove to be beneficial.

Although there may be a variation in the surgical techniques used in a tummy tuck, the procedure is usually performed with a horizontal incision in the lower abdomen just above the pubic area. This makes it easier to be camouflaged when wearing bikinis and low-rise jeans. The excess skin is trimmed away and the abdominal muscles are tightened and repaired.

Combining a Tummy Tuck and Liposuction

If your cosmetic concerns has to do with excess fat, sagging skin, and weakened abdominal muscles, combining both a tummy tuck and liposuction can possibly be your best course of treatment.

Ultimately, it should be noted that both liposuction and a tummy tuck are not weight loss tools but rather body-contouring procedures that will help reshape a certain part of your body in proportion to other parts.

Do you want to learn more about body contouring procedures here at our practice? We are located at 209 Hospital Drive, Suite 202, Highlands, NC. Call us at 828-526-3783 or fill out this contact form today to schedule an initial consultation. We look forward to your visit!

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