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Exploring Nonsurgical Fat Reduction

Exploring Nonsurgical Fat Reduction

Anyone who has ever tried to lose body fat knows how difficult it can be to do without a lot of help. Eating the proper foods and exercising regularly are good and necessary for optimal health. They aren’t always the ticket to the slim body contours a person wants, though. At some point, many people hit a plateau that they can’t seem to overcome. Furthermore, fat loss does not happen uniformly, frequently from inherited tendencies so some areas of the body may reduce better than others. This is why there has been such a strong interest in surgical liposuction and nonsurgical fat reduction in recent years.

Examples of Nonsurgical Fat Reduction Body Contouring

Historically, body contouring has been achieved with liposuction and other shaping procedures like abdominoplasty. Now, we have several ways to reduce areas of excess fat without surgery. Common examples of nonsurgical fat reduction include:

  • Injectable lipolysis. This is better known as Kybella, the injectable treatment that breaks down fat cells under the chin with deoxycholic acid. Though we have used Kybella, we find it more uncomfortable, more unpredictable, and slower to achieve results than liposuction and have abandoned it.
  • Many people know cryolipolysis as CoolSculpting. This method of reducing fat works by freezing fat cells, causing crystals to destroy them. The body flushes these cells over several weeks. This, however, is quite uncomfortable and has a tendency for the removed fat to rebound
  • Laser lipolysis destroys fat cells by heating them, leading to destruction. This, however, is more of a surgical procedure than regular liposuction.
  • Radiofrequency lipolysis also heats fat cells through the skin. We have found it minimally reliable.
  • Unlike other forms of fat reduction, Zerona disrupts fat cells using low-levels of cold-laser technology. This energy causes the fat cells to release the stored fat, is totally painless and somewhat more reliable than the other non-surgical modalities. This is what we use for our patients.

As you can see, each of these treatments works through unique technologies and techniques. Individual results can vary within any one of these modalities. Most forms of nonsurgical fat reduction offer some degree of gradual improvement over a few months. While none are intended for weight loss, each can result in a slimmer physique and better-fitting clothes. Also, none require downtime.

The Real Question to Ask

Many people procrastinate in getting treatment that can achieve their desired result because, with so many options, it’s difficult to know which one is right. This isn’t the real question. All you need to do is decide that you have done all you can with dietary and lifestyle modifications and that you still have some areas you would like to change. You then discuss with Dr. Buchanan how to achieve your desired outcome. Zerona nonsurgical treatment is ideal for larger to medium sized areas of excess fat. For small areas, minimally-invasive liposuction is frequently the best path to a better body.

We are here to help you find your way to your best self. To learn more about body contouring in our Highlands, NC office, call (828) 526-3783.

Treatment of Under Chin Excess Fat

Under Chin Fat reduction Highlands North Carolina

Under Chin Enhancement

A majority of adults have excess fat under the chin in the upper neck even if they are thin. This is because, although we normally lose weight in our faces as we age, we tend to gain fat in the upper neck area. Fortunately, removal of this, restoring the neck and jaw to a more ideal contour, is easily done in the office in several ways. Here, we will discuss these methods and what you need to know to make an informed choice.

Surgical Excision

Removal of under chin fat has been a part of face and neck lifts since the procedures were developed. For many years, there was no other reasonable option to treat the problem. However, today, we have other methods that are simpler and with faster recovery.

Sub-Mental Liposuction

Perhaps the best known method is removal of the fat with liposuction, vacuum removal of the fat using small hollow tubes. We do the procedure in the office under local anesthesia. Unlike liposuction of large areas such as the hips, abdomen or thighs, getting the neck numb is easy and almost painless. Most people do not even need any sedation and, at the end of the procedure, even remark at how easy it was. The advantage of liposuction is that it is a one time procedure and exactly controllable to achieve your desired result. Recovery is also quite rapid.

Zerona® Non-Surgical Laser

Although Zerona, and other modalities like CoolSculpting, are designed for larger areas, you can use them for smaller areas, especially if you are also treating other areas. This would not, however, be our first choice.

Injectable Kybella®

A number of years ago Allergan developed Kybella, basically a normal bile acid that dissolves fat when injected into it. This works quite well, but is significantly more painful and takes longer to recover than liposuction and takes 2-3 sessions spaced 6-8 weeks apart rather than being a one time procedure. For those reasons, as most plastic surgeons, we have abandoned Kybella, leaving it for those physicians not proficient in liposuction.

What About Loose Skin

All the above methods rely on the skin contracting after removal of the fat to give you a flat, smooth under chin area. If, however, you are over 35, this may not happen as well as desired, though the result may still be a great improvement. If this is not enough, a surgical neck lift may be needed. Frequently, these can also be done under local anesthesia in the office.

We can reduce the fat under your chin to give you a more refined, chiseled look. If you would like to learn more, contact us or call us in our Highlands, NC office at 828-526-3783.

How Does Zerona Compare to Liposuction?

 ZERONA™ Non-invasive Body Slimming Highlands, NCBody contouring is more than a trend, it is a technique that has helped millions of people feel better in their own skin. In our Highlands, NC plastic surgery practice, patients may explore fat-reducing options including liposuction and Zerona. One, as you know, requires a minimally invasive surgical technique. The other is a laser treatment that causes the spontaneous elimination of unwanted fat. Initially, many people lean toward one or the other because of the belief that it may be better. This isn’t necessarily the case.

We offer both surgical and nonsurgical fat-reduction options because every scenario is unique. Some people may achieve their desired outcome with Zerona, while other’s needs may be best met with liposuction. Here, we discuss how liposuction and Zerona work, as well as some of the advantages and disadvantages of each treatment option.

Liposuction

The surgical extraction of fat cells has been performed for many years. In the hands of a board-certified plastic surgeon, liposuction is one of the safest and most predictable surgical procedures. The technique can be performed on just about any part of the body. With improvements over the years, liposuction has become so precise and gentle that the procedure can be performed in the office using a local anesthetic and, if desired, a mild sedative. To reduce fatty tissue, liposuction involves the insertion of a small hollow tube (cannula) that is attached to a suction device. Only small, discreet incisions are needed to complete this body contouring procedure. Though swelling and bruising may occur, recovery from liposuction is generally rapid.

Advantages

  • Liposuction can reduce localized areas precisely without much wait time.
  • It is, in fact, ideal for small areas of fat that you desire to lose.
  • It is a one time procedure that takes only an hour or so.
  • Fat cells are removed and will not grow back.

Disadvantages

  • Some form of local or other anesthesia is required and there is frequently some post operative discomfort, though this may easily be controlled with Tylenol.
  • A few days of downtime may include swelling, bruising, and soreness.
  • Irregularities like lumpiness are possible though unusual in expert hands. Treatment with a qualified physician is a must.
  • Remaining fat cells can increase in size if a healthy lifestyle and eating habits are not maintained, though the area will not gain as much as other areas.

Zerona

An FDA-cleared body contouring device, Zerona, safely and effectively targets unwanted fat using cold laser technology. When cold laser energy contacts fat cells, they open. Lipids in the fat cells move into intercellular space and become a part of the lymph, fluid that is naturally flushed from the body.

Advantages

  • Zerona is ideal for people who have larger or multiple areas that you desire to reduce.
  • Zerona is completely noninvasive.
  • No local anesthetic or sedation is needed as there is absolutely no sensation.
  • Normal activities can be resumed immediately after treatment.
  • Fat is flushed naturally, virtually eliminating the risk of irregularities.

Disadvantages

  • Zerona takes 3 sessions a week for 2-3 weeks to benefit fully.
  • Zerona does not remove fat cells, it shrinks them. This could be an advantage and disadvantage in one. A healthy lifestyle is necessary to enjoy lasting results from treatment, but the brain frequently forgets its old appraisal of you so that it begins acting like you are the thinner person you have become. If this does not happen or you do not change your eating habits, you can regain what you lost.
  • Fat reduction occurs naturally, which takes time. At least two weeks pass before Zerona patients begin to see results.

Learn more about body contouring in our Highlands office. Schedule a consultation at (828) 526-3783.

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 Highlands & Asheville, 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 liposuction 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. Essentially, the cells 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 perform 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.

Slim Down for Summer with the Zerona Laser

When the sun heats up and the mercury rises, it’s time to whip out those bikinis and dresses again, right? For most of us – no! Even those people who are slimmer tend to gain 5-7 pounds during the winter and holiday months, so it is no surprise that when it’s suddenly summer; everyone wants to slim down yesterday! But is there really a quick fix solution? Is there a way to get rid of those saddlebags once and for all without having to recover from a liposuction procedure? The amazingly simple answer is, yes!

The Zerona laser is an FDA-approved laser treatment for actual fat reduction – and it works in just 2 weeks! Sound is too good to be true. It’s not – and our patients have proven it! The laser works by burning a small hole right in the fat cells membranes. This causes the fat to drip out, and then be eliminated by your body naturally. The process takes 6 treatments over 2 weeks which require less than an hour of your time. All you have to do is spend 20 minutes on your back, then 20 on your stomach while the laser zaps away the fat! There is no recovery needed – besides a tingling sensation afterwards, you can continue on with your day feeling great!

So is this miracle treatment right for you? It’s not for everybody! The Zerona laser eliminates the fat in cells only. It cannot tighten the skin as lift procedures done with liposuction could. So if you have more than a little extra fat on your thighs to lose, the Zerona isn’t ideal. It can however, be done before liposuction to help flush out fat, or you could even use it as a motivator to get you losing weight with quick results. It also doesn’t completely eliminate fat cells, it just drains them It’s best to still be careful with your diet and workouts afterwards so you don’t quickly gain it back, as with any fat loss procedure.

If the Zerona sounds like something you need to try, give us a visit! We’ll carefully go over all the steps with you and show you how this miracle laser can change your body for the better!

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