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 SculpSure™ is the newest nonsurgical fat reduction technology that puts those outdated systems to shame because it provides better results, takes less than 25 minutes per treatment, and is at a fraction of the cost of other nonsurgical systems.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.

Southern Plastic Surgery Intern Spotlight: Meet Laney

Welcome back to our intern spotlight series where this edition we’ll dish on our latest Southern Plastic Surgery (SPS) guest resident, Laney. A native of Lawrenceville, Laney is in the home stretch of her formal training at the Mercer University College of Health Professionals where she’s focusing on becoming a Physician Assistant. Having come to us with an interest in one day joining an esteemed dermatology or plastic surgery practice (we selfishly vote for the latter choice), Laney has really found her knack working with our patients and has seemed to genuinely love every minute of her time learning through hands-on practice and combining the hard work she’s put in so far. Before Laney left, we had her share some of her fondest memories with us and open up on where she hopes to go once she’s officially a graduate, here’s what she had to say:

Southern Plastic Surgery Intern Spotlight: Meet LaneyWhat made you choose a career in medicine? It’s like a puzzle. Every day presents new problems to be solved. Each patient is different, and the field is always changing and advancing. It’s challenging, exciting, and rewarding!

What’s your favorite memory? When Dr. David Whiteman sent me to the penalty box. He asked me a question in the operating room (OR) that I couldn’t answer, so I was sent out to the nurse’s station (the penalty box) to look up the answer. Then I returned to the OR to teach everyone about the information I had found.

What’s been the biggest challenge? Probably being open to criticism. I think most people in the medical profession are very driven, type-A people. We are motivated to be the best at what we do. Sometimes I have to swallow my pride and remember that I am going to be wrong, and it’s ok!

What skills have you learned that you think will be most valuable in your medical field?  I think knowing how to relate to each of my patients and  make a surgical plan to meet their needs will be important regardless of which specialty I choose to pursue.

What’s the best thing about interning with Dr. Whiteman? He is such a good mix of personality traits. He is really laid back, but completely invested in helping me become a better provider at the same time. He is demanding but also very forgiving.

Do you have a personal motto?  Improving requires you to go outside your comfort zone. If you’re not being challenged, you’re probably not growing.

If you didn’t practice medicine, what would you do professionally instead? Ice cream taste tester.

Hobbies: Reading, hiking, soccer, sewing, and refinishing furniture.

Fun Fact: I attended college at both Georgia Tech and the University of Georgia. I met my husband at Georgia Tech, but we cheer for the Dawgs during football season!

Favorite weekend activity in Atlanta: Taking my beagle to the park or hiking.

The office is never quite the same whenever we have to say goodbye to any of our extended SPS team members, but we are enthusiastic that Laney will do great no matter where she ends up. Having skill and expertise is always important but it goes beyond that. The relationships that you are able to nurture with your patients set certain medical providers apart – it’s our belief that the passion you embody and exhibit towards your patients are the type of additional qualities that make overall great providers and Laney will undoubtedly fit the profile when she starts to make a name for herself within the medical community. Stay tuned in the upcoming weeks for more installations in our intern and patient spotlight series, and if you’d like to share your own personal plastic surgery story with other readers, don’t hesitate to contact Southern Plastic Surgery so we can help get you started!