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  • The Power of PAL (Power-assisted Liposuction)

    Liposuction has consistently remained one of the most popular cosmetic plastic surgery procedures for men and women who wish to re-contour localized parts of their body. Even with the introduction of alternative body contouring treatments like SculpSure™ nonsurgical fat reduction, liposuction ranks among the top three most sought after procedures. There are several different liposuction techniques board-certified plastic surgeons can use to target accumulated fat cells, but today, I want to talk about fighting unwanted fat with PAL (Power-assisted liposuction).

    The Power of PAL (Power-assisted Liposuction)In 2015 alone, the reported number of liposuction procedures jumped 5% with over 222,000 procedures performed just in the U.S.* – and ranking it second just behind breast augmentation. Starting with the basics, traditional liposuction patients typically treat areas that have become resistant to exercise and healthy eating like: thighs, love handles, abdomen, chin, buttocks, etc. Utilizing the tumescent liposuction technique, which uses an injected anesthetic fluid to make fat removal smoother, quicker, and safer, a small incision hidden within the natural contours of the body is made to allow a very thin tube (called a cannula) to reach the fatty tissue. It’s with the help of the cannula that I’m able to manually suction the fat out effectively.

    What is power-assisted liposuction (PAL)?

    Power-assisted liposuction (PAL) uses a special mechanical cannula that creates rapid vibrations within the layers of the fat. The vibrations break up the fat cells and make it much easier to suction out affected cells from the treatment area. The benefits of PAL include:

    • Allows more precise excess fat removal which lead to better liposuction results
    • Can sculpt once harder to reach areas like the inner thighs, male breasts, and around the belly button + harder to suction, more fibrous fat
    • Micro-movements let me target specific areas of fat without damaging the surrounding tissue
    • Quicker treatment times – means less time you spend in the operating room and the faster you get to rest easy in your own home
    • Less bruising
    • Reduced recovery time

    What else can power-assisted liposuction (PAL) be used for?

    Using a patient’s own harvested fat during cosmetic procedures has opened the doors for more ways to augment the body (specifically the face, breast, and buttocks) in recent years. I personally have been interested in using power-assisted liposuction beyond body contouring and have found this technique to be particularly advantageous during fat transfer procedures. I’ve found it can provide great benefits when used during Brazilian Butt Lifts and have even developed my own technique that has attracted worldwide attention. This technique not only reduces the amount of pressure and damage to the fat cells, which results in potentially improved survival when added to its new donor site, but also has been proven to reduce a patient’s operation time by as much as 45 minutes to an hour.

    As board-certified plastic surgeons, we are constantly researching new techniques and implementing those that help increase not only a patient’s safety, but their happiness with their results. Patients that are physically and mentally sound, have small amounts of localized fat, and aren’t seeing toned results, despite eating properly and staying active, make good candidates for power-assisted liposuction. The best way my patients can keep their svelte look after their liposuction procedure is to keep this reminder in mind: once I remove the fat cells, they’re gone forever – but that doesn’t mean fat cells can’t accumulate in other surrounding areas if you experience significant weight gain. Liposuction is not a weight-loss solution and requires your active participation in leading a health and wellness-conscious lifestyle if you want to get the most out of your liposuction results.

    For the Woman & the Mom in You

    Mother’s Day may not officially be here for another month but at Southern Plastic Surgery (SPS), we like to celebrate women year round. Each month, we feature nonsurgical and surgical cosmetic procedures hand selected to treat a wide-range of concerns that women of all ages can experience. From the mother of three who’s reclaiming her pre-baby body, to the college senior who wished for clear skin as their graduation gift, or the triathlete who’s ready to ditch the razors with the help of laser hair removal, we’ve got something for just about everyone. To treat the woman and the mom in you, check out our April specials at SPS and Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center:

    tummy tuck atlanta Mommy Makeover Special

    • $500 OFF Mommy Makeover Procedures
    • A Mommy Makeover is an a-la-carte type of combination plastic surgery procedure. Consisting of breast enhancement (augmentation and/or lift) and some type of body contouring procedure (like liposuction or tummy tuck), a Mommy Makeover reverses common physical changes that women experience after childbirth, from natural aging, or significant weight gain/loss. Don’t let the name fool you though, Mommy Makeovers are for women of all ages, with or without children.

    Nonsurgical Fat Reduction Special

    • $200 OFF four-applicator treatments (Orig. $500 per applicator; special pricing is $1800 for four applicators. Limit 1 treatment session per patient.)
    • SculpSure™ nonsurgical fat reduction is a real game changer. Not only can you achieve liposuction-type results in 25 minutes, but also get to skip the extensive downtime and scarring typically associated with any surgical procedure. Outdated fat reduction technology purported ice was the way to reduce unwanted, stubborn pockets of fat, but the ice ages are honestly no match for the heat SculpSure™ packs – to actually produce visible results. The FDA has given SculpSure™ nonsurgical fat reduction their stamp of approval for its safety and performance and we have no doubt our patients will agree once they’ve tried it for themselves.

    laser hair removal discounts atlantaSkincare Specials

    • 20% OFF any laser hair removal package
    • Buy THREE Réjuvapen® Microneedling w/ HGF treatments & receive the fourth treatment FREE (save $425)
    • 20% OFF ONE full face Fractionated CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing treatment
    • Buy ONE Chemical Peel treatment & receive $100 OFF a second treatment (excludes ViPeel® & Fruit Peel)
    • To round out the specials for April, we picked some of the top treatments our patients choose to help revive dull, wintry skin, combat signs of aging, and enjoy razor and hair-free lives. The Laser Light’s team take skincare very seriously, are members of the American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery (ASLMS), and only use equipment that is FDA-approved, medical grade, and safe for every skin type (light and dark all included). To get flawless skin, it takes a knowledgeable and experienced staff and the ladies at Laser Lights work tirelessly with patients to figure out what’s right for them and their skin as an individual.

    Mother’s Day Specials

    • If you’re on the hunt for the perfect Mother’s Day gift for the special women in your life, we’re hosting a week of Mother’s Day special offers Monday, May 2nd – Friday, May 6th at Laser Lights. Featuring deep discounts on anti-aging treatments, laser hair removal, skin resurfacing, skin tightening, fat reduction, and more; check out the flyer for details on what you can save on each day and how to book an appointment for your loved ones, or for yourself.

    Our current specials are valid until April 30th, 2016 and some exclusions may apply. All of the details for our April specials and Mother’s Day offers can be found on our flyers or on our specials page, but feel free to call us at 770-622-9100 with any questions you may have. We hope you have a great first official month of spring and look forward to seeing many of you soon at Southern Plastic Surgery and Laser Lights!

    Surgical and Nonsurgical Fat Reduction

    Atlanta Sculpsure Results (2)When Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center was added to the Southern Plastic Surgery practice, we had big dreams for it. We wanted our Atlanta area patients to have access to both nonsurgical and surgical plastic surgery and skincare services. Technology continues to impress as it gets more effective and readily available to treat people with a wide range of skin tones, types, and conditions. For decades, liposuction was the only way patients could target and remove fat cells from a specific area of the body, but patients now want noninvasive options to reduce stubborn fat without the downtime associated with plastic surgery. Even cosmetic injectables, like Kybella™ fat reduction for the double chin, have given patients even more fat reduction options than they’ve had access to in previous years. Depending on your specific preferences, you can now eliminate stubborn pockets of fat from many parts of the body with two different methods: surgical and nonsurgical fat reduction procedures.

    Atlanta Sculpsure Results (2)Surgical fat reduction with liposuction (performed at Southern Plastic Surgery):

    Despite the increase in nonsurgical fat removal technology, liposuction remains one of the top 5 procedures performed each year by board-certified plastic surgeons. With the American Society of Plastic Surgeons recording 222,051 procedures in 2015, and a 5% increase from 2014, liposuction is a well sought-after body contouring procedure. What liposuction isn’t?  A solution for weight loss. Patients who have small pockets of localized fat (think pockets of fat on the face, abdomen, thighs, buttocks, hips, and love handles) that don’t seem to diminish with even the most routine diet and exercise regimen, make ideal candidates for liposuction.

    There are several different liposuction techniques that can help get rid of the fat but at the very core, fat cells are removed using a tiny tube, called a cannula. The cannula helps to target fat deposits and remove them from the treatment area by way of a suction-like method. Patients are typically able to go back to work after a few days to one week of recovery and the results are long-lasting (meaning fat removal is permanent as long as you stay on top of your dieting and exercising).

    Nonsurgical fat reduction with SculpSure™ (Performed at Laser Lights):

    SculpSure™ nonsurgical fat reduction system puts outdated systems to shame in many ways – most notably because it provides better results in less time and at a fraction of the cost of similar procedures. As the newest fat reduction system, SculpSure™ uses four flat plates to send controlled heat deep below the skin to specifically target layers of fat. What’s great about these plates are that they can be customized to treat larger areas or multiple areas simultaneously; it will just depend on the area/s you choose to have treated.

    Possible treatment areas are similar to liposuction and include love handles, thighs, and abdomen. Treatment sessions last about 25 minutes and patients are able to comfortably enjoy their treatment and take advantage of quiet time to rest, do some light reading, spend time on their cell phones, or take a quick nap; once treatments are over, they’re able to return to business as usual. SculpSure™ results are gradual over several weeks as the body naturally eliminates the targeted fat cells and while some patients are happy with their results from a single treatment, others may decide to have multiple sessions for maximum fat reduction results.

    Theoretically, with both of these procedures, once the fat cells are gone, the bulge is gone. That being said, the best way to make sure the fat cells don’t re-accumulate or find a new area to gather is to maintain your weight. If you aren’t one who is keen on diet and exercise, there are plenty of ways to stay active around the house and outdoors (especially with the weather warming up and the beltline and other Atlanta trails expanding). The less sedentary your life, the better you’ll help your results continue to be long-lasting. If you’re interested in learning more about the types of surgical and nonsurgical fat reduction procedures at Southern Plastic Surgery and Laser Lights, feel free to contact either office for details.