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Summer Season Means Increased Demand for Breast and Body Enhancements

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on May 13, 2010

With bathing suit season right around the corner, plastic surgeons across the country are finding more women are booking up appointments for body contouring and breast enhancement procedures. Dr. Michael Niccole, founder and medical director of CosmetiCare Plastic Surgery Center and MedSpa in Newport Beach, and one of the “Top Plastic Surgeons in America”, reports that his appointment books are full, with a high demand for breast implants, skin tightening procedures and body contouring procedures to help women lose a few inches around the hips and thighs.

Dr. Niccole reports, “Many of the patients requesting breast augmentation, breast lift or liposuction explain to me that they need to have surgery before summer weddings, beach parties and vacations begin. Unfortunately, if they don’t plan far enough in advance, they panic when they find it difficult to fit surgery into their schedule between work, family obligations and summer activities.”

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons  2009 survey reports that breast augmentation and liposuction have been among the top cosmetic procedures performed in the United States. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons, along with the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, encourage patients to thoroughly evaluate the background of the plastic surgeon before booking their appointment, and ask for proof of board-certification and other credentials to determine if the doctor has a significant amount of experience performing these types of procedures.

Women who find that they do not have enough time to make an appointment and plan for downtime associated with surgery, may consider a non-invasive or minimally-invasive procedure instead. Skin tightening procedures such as Thermage, and cellulite reduction treatments such as VelaShape and SmoothShapes can help to improve the tone and texture of the skin without surgery. These procedures also  demand very little downtime, so patients can resume regular activities – including heading to the beach – within a day after their procedure.

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Doctor Performs ‘Tummy Shrink Lift’ to Drop 2 Sizes in One Hour

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on March 6, 2010

For the thousands of women who want to drop a few dress sizes by losing body fat around their hips, thighs and stomach, a tummy tuck or liposuction is the best option for permanent fat removal.

Now, one doctor claims that he can help women lose up to two dress sizes in just one hour using a combination liposuction and skin tightening procedure.

Dr. Thomas Barnes uses the FDA-approved laser SmartLipo to melt certain areas of fat that have become resistant to diet and exercise, and then performs the ReFirme skin tightening treatment to help strengthen and tighten the loose skin around the treated area. Dr. Barnes reports that “some patients try one area, then return later to do another one or two areas. They love the AWAKE approach and get back to regular activities asap! Getting something done lie this without downtime issues and avoiding IV sedation and general anesthesia attracts many of our patients.”

The procedure is currently available at Final inches, a state-of-the-art medical body shaping center in California. The center has been offers advanced laser liposculpture solutions for patients that want to get rid of back rolls, belly fat, love handles and excess weight around their thighs after diet and exercise stop working. The body contouring procedures help to permanently remove the body fat without any post-procedure pain, and most patients can return to work and regular activities the following day. The Final Inches laser liposculpture regimen promises mild to no bruising, and most patients cannot see scars 6 to 9 months after their procedure.

As of 2010, the average cost for laser liposculpture at this clinic is $2,500 to $3,500 per body area. Traditional liposuction typically costs between $5,000 to $7,000 per area. More information about the Final Inches fat removal solutions can be found here.

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New Laser Lipo Technology Promises One Hour Procedure

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on January 2, 2010

Laser liposuction continues to be one of the most sought-after procedures in body contouring and permanent fat removal, but some plastic surgeons have taken the procedure one step further by using a special technique that cuts down on surgery time. Plastic and cosmetic surgeons across the country are promoting the “one hour liposuction” procedure that promises patients they can lose an entire dress size in just one hour and be back to work the next day.

Dr. Ahn Ngo, the medical director of Final Inches, is one of several surgeons to promote the procedure. According to Ngo, the minimally invasive fat removal procedure is done under local anesthesia in an office setting. “The laser stimulates heat in the area, which stimulates collagen production.” (Source: ABCLocal)

In traditional liposuction, the doctors must make several incisions in order to insert a cannula that breaks up the fat. With the advanced techniques available with laser liposuction, the doctor uses a laser-infused wire instead, which helps to liquefy the fat and also tightens the skin around the treatment area.

According to the Final Inches website, this special liposculpture procedure is capable of contouring and sculpting the body and promises permanent fat removal. It also boasts minimal discomfort during and after the procedure, and the patient remains awake for the entire treatment. The procedure can be performed on people of all ethnic backgrounds and with all skin types, and is most suitable for healthy men and women with a BMI ranging from 20 to 30, or those that are within 40 pounds of their ideal weight. The procedure also costs less than traditional liposuction. At Final Inches, it is priced at $2,500 to $3,500 per body area.

While laser liposuction does offer instant results, patients need to maintain a healthy diet and consistent exercise program to stay within a healthy weight range. Any weight that is regained after the procedure will accumulate in other areas of the body.

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VASER Liposuction Featured on FOX Denver

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on January 1, 2010

VASER Liposuction is among the most innovative permanent fat removal procedures available and was recently spotlighted in a news segment on FOX Denver. The ultrasonic liposuction procedure was featured on a segment that explores the phenomena of “Cougars” – the type of woman that dates men about 10 to 15 years younger – and reports that one of the growing trends for this market of women is to undergo the VASER procedure to ward off the signs of aging.

According to Drs. John Millar and David Broadway that appeared on the show, clients from around the country and many foreign countries are flocking to their practice to undergo the VASER ultrasonic liposuction procedure to battle the clock. The VASER procedure can be performed to sculpt a particular body part, remove or transfer fat for breast augmentation procedures, and also be used as part of a facelift procedure.

Dr. David Broadway reports that, “the miracle of VASER’s gentle ultrasound technology allows the physician to perform a complete body makeover, and then perform fat transfer augmentations, all in the same operation…VASER’s precise and gentle technology has revolutionized the industry, giving us unprecedented control and capability to sculpt a muscular and youthful appearance. And that bodes well for anyone out there wishing to enhance their bodies, no matter their dating lifestyle.”

The doctors use the VASER technology as part of their “bodevolve” treatment program that promises to be the new generation of body sculpting and body design. The procedure is followed by a complete lifestyle and exercise program with treatment s at a medical spa, personal trainer assessments and evaluations, and guidance from the doctors and other experts to help the patient maintain their new physique. Both doctors are recognized as preeminent Colorado plastic surgeons and offer other popular “makeover” procedures including Smart Lipo, Brazilian Buttock Augmentation and Pro Lipo.

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Experts Say Endermologie May Be Next Best Thing to Liposuction

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on December 27, 2009

If you’ve been considering going under the knife to improve your silhouette and reshape your body, you may not need to make that liposuction appointment just yet.

Several minimally invasive options such as endermologie can help to break down fat stores and improve your appearance within a few weeks. Some experts believe that endermologie is actually an attractive option for those that want to get rid of stubborn lumps and fatty deposits that are causing cellulite, and since the procedure does not involve any needles or incisions, presents few complications.

Endermologie works by delivering a high intensity heated massage to the body’s main tissues, helping to increase circulation and strengthen the muscles. This vigorous massage can break down fat cells and improve the skin’s appearance.  The rollers and suctioning massage process help to increase blood flow to major parts of the body and break down some of the fibrous buildups that may be causing cellulite. A series of these procedures can also increase collagen production which in turn strengthens and tightens the skin.

The procedure is designed for patients who are at an ideal weight or for those that only want to lose a few pounds without surgery. It is also an attractive option for those that want to improve the appearance of their skin after weight loss, and may be an attractive option for those that do not want to undergo a painful body contouring procedure.

When combined with a healthy diet and consistent exercise regimen, endermologie helps to streamline the silhouette and creates a more contoured look. The procedure is currently available at medical spas, cosmetic surgery centers and plastic surgery centers around the United States and treatment costs range from $100 to $150 per session. Some centers and clinics offer a discount on treatments booked as a series.

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FDA Approves Celution 700 System to be Regulated as Medical Device

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on July 28, 2009

Celution 700, a device designed by Cytori Therapeutics to fill out soft tissue voids and for body contouring, has recently been cleared to be regulated as a medical device by the United States Food and Drug Administration. This means that Cytori must submit a formal marketing application to the FDA to determine if clinical evaluations will be needed in order for the product to be used in services for the consumer market.

According to Christoper Calhoun, CEO of Cytori, “This important decision provides greater clarity of our regulatory path in the U.S. and is consistent with our interpretation of current device regulations. We are preparing for the next steps in the process of working with the FDA to determine the specific device marketing application to submit, including whether clinical evaluations will be necessary.”

The Celution system harvests adipose tissues, separates the fat cells into a concentrate, and then returns the cells into the patient to begin the reconstruction process. It is designed primarily to promote bone healing and tissue regeneration, and the system is one of the latest advances in reconstructive plastic surgery.

Cytori received a Notice of Allowance from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office related to the use of the Celution system for treatment bone-related disorders in early July 2009. Other patent claims have been filed, but it the system is now under review by the FDA review boards and committees. According to Cytori’s website, “The Celution® Technology has been developed as the first bedside device to enable real-time, adult stem and regenerative cell processing. This innovative technology automates and standardizes the separation and concentration of a patient’s own (autologous) adult stem and regenerative cells from body fat (adipose) for real-time redelivery to the same patient.”

The FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research will conduct further investigations to determine if the device meets all Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) regulations and standards.


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More Seniors Opt for Body Contouring Instead of Facelift

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on January 16, 2009

Facial rejuvenation procedures continue to be the most coveted procedures for baby boomers and the aging population, but recent trend reports show that seniors aren’t heading to the plastic surgeon’s office for a just the standard facelift. While facial wrinkles and sagging skin are a concern for many, more seniors are opting for body contouring procedures to achieve a tightened, toned and more youthful appearance. recently reported on this trend and interviewed Dr. Alan Freedman, a plastic surgeon from Great Neck, New York.  Dr. Freedman concurs that body contouring for older adults is one of the leading trends in cosmetic and plastic surgery, and that more men and women who are older than 55 are looking to tummy tucks and lipoplasty rather than facelift surgery.

Body contouring procedures are designed to not only remove excess fat, but also remove sagging skin and excess skin tissues to create a streamlined appearance.  Many problem areas for aging women are the thighs, buttocks, upper arms and stomach.  Problem areas for aging men are typically the stomach, back, and upper arms.  Plastic surgeons each have a unique approach to performing these skin removal, liposuction and body reshaping procedures, and interested patients can set up a consultation with an area surgeon to determine if the procedure is the right choice.

Body contouring is a relatively extensive procedure, and many surgeons include a supplementation program to speed up the healing process.  Seniors who are taking medications or are not in good physical condition may not be good candidates for the procedure, but there alternatives to surgery available.

For now at least, more seniors are likely to settle for body contouring instead of worrying about lines and wrinkles around the face.  Upper body and lower body contouring and reshaping procedures typically cost between $8,000 – $15,000+ depending on the surgeon, extent of surgery and pre and post-operative treatment needed.

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Cryolipolysis May Offer Alternative to Lipo

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on January 3, 2009

ice1While traditional liposuction and treatments such as LipoDissolve continue to be popular choices for getting rid of excess body fat, there may soon be another option:  freezing the fat cells until they die with a procedure known as Cryolipolysis.  The procedure is currently undergoing clinical trials in the United States, and was developed by researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard University.

Cryolipolysis is a non-invasive procedure that involves freezing the fat cells to trigger the process of lipolysis.  A small plate-like device made by Zeltiq is placed directly on the treatment area and cooled to near-freezing temperatures.  This results in the breakdown of body fat, and the cells can then be flushed out of the body naturally.

Researchers report that this procedure does not cause damage to the surrounding tissues and blood vessels, and will not traumatize the nerves and bones around the area. states that the procedure is ‘more effective in areas that have a lot of fat than in leaner areas,’ and that ‘the natural biological inflammatory process removes dead fat cells over time and causes a reduction in the fat layer.’, the company behind the Cryolipolysis device reports that:

“Cryolipolysis is the non-invasive cooling of fat cells to induce lipolysis (the breakdown of fat) without damage to other tissue types. This novel technology is designed to enable safe reduction of fat tissue near nerves, muscle and bones. Cryolipolysis penetrates deepest in thick fat areas, tapering to less effect in leaner areas, which causes natural body sculpting.”

If the clinical trials continue to be successful, ‘fat-freezing therapy’ may offer a new option for millions of people interested in body contouring procedures and losing body fat without surgery.  Currently, there are only a few infrared heat-based treatments on the market that claim to deliver circumferential reduction (VelaShape, Thermage), and ultrasound fat reduction (UltraShape) is available in the UK and Canada.

Cryolipolysis may lead the next generation of fat reduction procedures and reduce the need to pursue extensive liposuction and fat removal surgery.

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Lipotherme Laser Helps Break Down Stubborn Body Fat

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on November 26, 2008

While liposuction and body lifts continue to be popular procedures for men and women interested in losing excess body fat and achieving a sculpted look, many people aren’t able to achieve a smooth and contoured appearance right away.

Liposuction can remove excess body fat but typically leaves skin looking ‘lumpy’ and uneven.  Skin tightening treatments such as Thermage and VelaShape can help improve the appearance of the skin and even help tighten up loose skin after weight loss surgery, but a new technique has been developed by European researchers that uses heat-generating lasers to break up the fat before it is even removed from the body through liposuction.

Lipotherme is the latest liposuction-enhancing procedure that may help surgeons selectively break up body fat from different areas of the body before removing it with the suctioning device.  Breaking down the fat first means that the skin can contract quickly after the liposuction procedure, creating a more contoured and sculpted appearance.

Lipotherme is being marketed as a ‘safe and effective procedure to liquefy and remove unwanted fat in targeted body zones.’ The website offers the following information about the laser lipolysis procedure:

The clinical term for this type of procedure is laser-assisted lipolysis (also called laser lipolysis or laser lipo for short) which is an evolution of traditional liposuction. Although effective, traditional liposuction is considered a highly-invasive procedure. By contrast, Lipotherme laser lipolysis is a minimally-invasive procedure with virtually no downtime. Most patients resume normal activities the day after their procedure, however, it is recommended you wait several days before resuming strenuous activity such as exercising. (Source:

The procedure can be used to get rid of excess fat on the abdomen, waist, back, thighs, face, chin, arms and knees.

Another popular laser lipolysis procedure is SmartLipo, and this procedure is currently available at several cosmetic surgery centers around the country.  However, Lipotherme may be the new contender as more surgeons become skilled in using the heated laser technique and has proven to be, at least for now, an effective body contouring procedure.

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Mommy Makeovers in High Demand for Cosmetic Surgery in California

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on August 23, 2008

Women already head to plastic and cosmetic surgery centers in California for innovative procedures, and body lifts, breast implants and liposuction have become a popular choice for those who want to improve their bodies after pregnancy.

Dr. Stewart Wang, one of several cosmetic surgeons in Rosemead, California recently reported a sharp increase in demand for the Mommy Makeover at his practice. Thousands of women are turning to fat removal and cellulite reduction, breast lifts and other body contouring procedures to regain their pre-pregnancy shape, or to simply undergo a complete body transformation to achieve their ‘ideal’ body. These procedures are typically offered as a package, and may help women increase their self-esteem after the drastic body changes associated with pregnancy.

Dr. Wang explains that “If you’ve had a baby, and despite taking care of yourself those loose muscles and that little roll of fat on your tummy just won’t go away, plastic surgery makes a lot of sense to you. It’s about restoring the appearance you previously enjoyed, or maybe even looking better than you ever have.” (Source:

Those who do not want to undergo surgery can improve their bodies with non-surgical treatments that get rid of cellulite and tighten and tone the skin. Thermage is another increasingly popular procedure that helps tighten loose skin and improves collagen production. Cellulite treatments such as VelaSmooth can also reduce inches and create a slimmer appearance.

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