Which is better: Liposuction or SculpSure™ Nonsurgical Fat Reduction?

Having to pick between liposuction and new SculpSure™ nonsurgical fat reduction is like asking a parent to choose which of their two children are better – they’re equally as awesome, just in their own unique ways. It has long been a belief of mine that the more options you can give patients, the better they’ll feel about the procedure and how they’re going to get the results they most desire. When choosing between a surgical and a nonsurgical body contouring procedure like liposuction and SculpSure™, there are clear differences in how they each treat areas of concern, but at the very core, they both help patients address underlying fat. If you want to attain a more sculpted and toned body, deciding between these two body procedures can be daunting, but we want to break down some key points of each to help you decide which fat reduction treatment is best for you.

For means of body contouring, and specifically addressing localized pockets of stubborn diet- and exercise-resistant fat, liposuction has been the go to treatment for hundreds of thousands of patients each year. On one hand liposuction is a surgical procedure, meaning there is a little bit more downtime needed for recovery (versus a SculpSure™ treatment) but on the other hand it’s a safe and highly effective procedure that’s been around for many decades and utilized in other cosmetic plastic surgery procedures like fat transfer.

Nonsurgical fat reduction systems have only been around in the past decade, but there hadn’t been an updated, or as effective of a system, until now. SculpSure™ is the newest nonsurgical fat reduction technology that puts those outdated systems to shame because it provides better results, takes less than 25 minutes per treatment, and is at a fraction of the cost of other nonsurgical systems. This technology is FDA-approved and works by targeting fat cells deep below the skin’s layers. Unlike older systems that use extreme cold to freeze fat, SculpSure™ uses gentle heating and four customizable flat plates to produce liposuction-like results for patients.

Other notable benefits of both liposuction and SculpSure™ include:

Liposuction vs Sculpsure

Many of you have expressed interest in SculpSure™ so we’ve planned a little something special for you all. Join us on Thursday, June 9th, 2016 at Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center for a special SculpSure™ Fat Reduction Demo Day Event to see firsthand what all of the buzz lately is about! Attendees can watch live treatment demonstrations for SculpSure™ the most advanced non-invasive fat reduction technology available (there’s an Abdomen Demo at 11am and a Flanks Demo at 2pm – RSVP for one or both if you’d like) followed by a complimentary consultation to learn how SculpSure™ could help you. Guests can save big on any SculpSure™ treatments you purchase that day (all four-applicator SculpSure™ treatments purchased at the event will be priced at just $1000 for a savings of $800 on one session or $1000 on two sessions), plus, enjoy light refreshments, and be entered to win a free giveaway. RSVPs are required in advance, so call the Laser Lights team at (770) 495-9322 today before the schedule’s full! 

For information on the cosmetic procedures performed at Southern Plastic Surgery or to schedule a complimentary consultation, contact us at 770-622-9100. We hope to see many of you at the SculpSure™ Fat Reduction Demo Day Event and if you can’t make it but have pressing questions in the meantime, just give us a call – we’d be thrilled to walk you through how it’s done.

Why Plastic Surgery Is Not a Freak Show

Let’s be honest, some people in today’s society attach stigmas to plastic surgery – some may be good but others can be scathing. Everyone has an opinion on just about everything these days and I find myself still being disappointed by the negative comments I read on cosmetic plastic surgery articles. In my over 22 years of plastic surgery experience, the main motivator that pushes me to do better and work harder is the positive way plastic surgery can change lives. It’s the giant smile on a mother of three’s face when she expresses she never thought she’d see her youthful body again, the teenager who is excited to be able to swim with his friends without feeling embarrassed by his male breasts, and the tears of joy from a young woman in her 20s who had stopped looking at herself in the mirror because her nose was all she could see – it’s for all of them, and those to come that I do it. So when I see such judgment being directed towards those that choose plastic surgery because they want nothing more than to lead a happy, active lifestyle, I feel the need to speak up. Even though certain tabloids and media outlets love to cover the most bizarre and often over the top, one in a million fanatical cases, plastic surgery is not a freak show.

Why Plastic Surgery Is Not a Freak ShowFor many people, plastic surgery is the only way to help reduce functional body issues some active men and women face on a daily basis. I saw an article over the past few months that claimed more women were electing to have labiaplasty (a procedure that reduces the folds of skin surrounding the vulva, called labia majora and labia minora) because they weren’t happy with the way they looked in yoga pants. That type of motivation is purely cosmetic and not exactly a reason that I would have ever considered before reading that article, but for the aspiring dancer who can barely move without having extreme discomfort due to chafing or the teenager whose period causes incapacitating labial swelling and pain, this type of procedure is life changing.

Our bodies are not symmetrical and many of us have quirks that make each of us unique. It’s when day-to-day living is a physical struggle or when a person’s health is at risk that plastic surgery becomes the type of treatment that is most effective. Men who have gynecomastia, the medical condition where they have oversized male breasts, can cause an immense amount of insecurities that keep them hiding inside. Exercise is vital for both brain function and nourishing the body so we can perform at our best. Women with overly large breasts also find themselves in a similar boat in regards to health concerns. Large breasts can contribute to chronic back, neck, and shoulder pain, leaving it virtually impossible to properly exercise without experiencing discomfort. Instead of suffering day in and day out, these types of cases look to breast reduction (for women) and male breast reduction to alleviate the excess fatty tissue and skin that make up their once pendulous and extremely heavy breasts.

The thigh gap concept was also another “trend” I saw that got a lot of attention but also added some negative opinions of body contouring. Instead of certain body contouring procedures being accredited for helping patients with what I like to call “friction syndrome” (like when the inner thigh rubs together constantly to the point of causing clothes to feel uncomfortable, chafing, and pain) that interferes with walking and simply being able to function without being miserable, the benefits are being overshadowed. But whether a patient chooses to go with liposuction or a thigh lift to address their lower body or the SculpSure™ nonsurgical fat reduction method, they’re alleviating a genuine concern that is persistently bothersome – and there’s nothing freakish about any of that in my opinion.

Thanks to advancements in technology and the constant improving of surgical techniques, patients have access to more options today than ever before. The internet and social media certainly have become hot beds for conversations and shared opinions on all things plastic surgery, but at the very core, the choice for a person to undergo any surgical procedure should be extremely important, personal, and shouldn’t be dictated based on societal views and prejudices. Vanity will perhaps always exist but I think keeping an open mind when considering the pieces of a person’s story we may not know, before lumping them into negative stereotypes, will foster a stronger support system within our community and view those who benefit from plastic surgery in a more positive light.

Gift Guide for Surgical & Nonsurgical Cosmetic Treatments

Sometimes we can put a lot of pressure on ourselves to find “the perfect gift.” We don’t want to give someone a sweater that’ll end up buried in the bottom of a dresser or a piece of artwork that ends up at next year’s annual yard sale but for someone you feel has it all, what’s left to give? Each month we hand select special savings on a variety of treatments that patients choose to help relax, pamper their skin, and restore their body. This month, since we are celebrating moms everywhere, the Southern Plastic Surgery (SPS) team thought a gift guide for surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic treatments might come in handy when figuring out what will make the special person in your life most happy.

Southern Plastic Surgery May Specials

Southern Plastic Surgery May Specials

Nonsurgical Cosmetic Treatments

Of the nonsurgical cosmetic treatments on today’s market, two treatments that rank as two of the most popular go to facial fillers and nonsurgical fat reduction. Between SPS and Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center, we offer patients a plethora of FDA-approved anti-aging facial fillers that focus on specific areas of concern that contribute to patients looking tired, skeletal, or older than they actually are (some focus on sagging cheeks, others focus on deep wrinkles on the forehead, and there are others that focus on plumping the lips).

SculpSure™ new nonsurgical fat reduction (as recently seen in Harper’s Bazaar and Best Self Magazine, and also one of our featured procedures for May) combats the same trouble zones that were once only treatable with liposuction. This latest FDA-approved fat reduction technology system beats other currently outdated systems because it provides better results in less time (only 25 minutes per treatment), at a fraction of the cost. Commonly treated areas include love handles, thighs, and abdomen and best of all, no downtime is needed so SculpSure™ patients are back to their regular routines once they’re all done.

Laser Lights May Specials

Laser Lights May Specials

If you’re curious to find out for yourself why SculpSure™ is as great as it is, join us at Laser Lights on Thursday, June 9th, 2016 for a special SculpSure™ Open House Event. We’ll have two live demos that you can RSVP to watch (abdomen demo at 11am and flank demo at 2pm), followed by complimentary consultations. Attendees can also enjoy light refreshments and special event pricing available for one-day only! For details or to RSVP, give the Laser Light’s team a call at 770-495-9322.

Surgical Plastic Surgery

Gifting plastic surgery is a trend we’re starting to see more of as cosmetic plastic surgery continues to grow in affordability and popularity. It’s not necessarily a matter of knowing exactly what a person would want to have performed but more about giving them the means to choose. Two procedures that are performed at Southern Plastic Surgery that let women choose their preferences are the Mommy makeover and Grammy makeover. Mommy makeovers include a combination of breast enhancement (breast augmentation, breast lift, and breast reduction) and body contouring procedures (liposuction and tummy tuck) to restore the physical effects of pregnancy, childbirth, breast feeding, and natural aging. A Grammy makeover goes a step further to include hand and facial rejuvenation (like facelift, browlift, cosmetic injectables, etc.). You can think of these procedures as an a-la-carte type of cosmetic procedure that let’s mom, or grammy, focus on the areas they most want to improve, in one fell swoop.

Gift Certificates

If you still feel like finding an ideal gift for mom is hard, gift certificates are a great way to let the gift receiver pick what they want the most for themselves. Whether gifting plastic surgery at Southern Plastic Surgery or selecting one of our skincare treatments at Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center, our gift certificates will make sure everyone gets exactly what they want.

Can’t make it to the SculpSure™ Open House Event but have friends who want to find out about SculpSure™, the most recent non-invasive fat reduction technology? Give us a call and ask Jackie Madison about scheduling a SculpSure™ Party for at least 10 of your family and friends to enjoy, including treatment demonstrations, refreshments, and more (plus, as the host or hostess, you’ll receive a special gift and discount as well)!

For details on the May savings we’re featuring at SPS and Laser Lights, check out our flyers for more.  Don’t hesitate to give us a call at 770-622-9100 if you have any questions about our specials, events, or would like to schedule a complimentary consultation or Laser Lights appointment. We wish everyone a great month ahead!