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Dr. Dave David Shares Top Procedures for Summer

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on May 29, 2010

With warmer months right around the corner, many men and women are considering going under the knife to improve their appearance.

However, there are now several procedures available that do not demand much downtime and can be performed within a few hours. These may be attractive options for those who want to enjoy a mini-makeover before the summer months, and avoid the risks and complications associated with more extensive procedures, such as facelift surgery, traditional liposuction and other body contouring procedures.

Dr. Dave David recently appeared on The Rhode Show on Fox Providence to discuss some of the latest procedures for the season. He recommends VASER Lipo, instead of conventional liposuction for those who want to lose a few pounds and inches before the summer begins. VASER liposuction is an ultrasound liposuction procedure designed to remove body fat without requiring general anesthesia.

The procedure helps remove unwanted body fat from the hips, thighs, stomach, buttocks and waist. It is considered to be a ‘next generation’ procedure in body contouring, using ultrasonic energy to break up fatty deposits and easily remove the fat cells. Some doctors also report that this procedure helps tighten and tone the skin naturally, creating a more sculpted, contoured appearance. This type of liposuction procedure also promises minimal downtime.

Botox is an attractive option for those who want to reverse the signs of aging without getting a facelift. Botox injections can be administered on the forehead, and also injected into other facial compartments to temporarily get rid of fine lines and wrinkles. Dr. Dave David reports that Botox is another popular procedure for the season, and is particularly effective for correcting wrinkles on the forehead and nasolabial folds.

Both of these procedures can be performed on an outpatient basis and Botox can be performed over the lunch hour.

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Detroit Clinic Integrates SmartSense Technology with SmartLipo

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on May 18, 2010

SmartLipo is among the most sought-after liposuction procedures available in the United States, a laser liposuction technique that works by heating up and emulsifying the fat cells before extraction, causing a skin tightening effect and better results.

The SmartLipo device is currently used at the Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery, and the clinic is now the first and only venue in the United States that has incorporated SmartSense technology into the treatment. This innovative body sculpting treatment is available at medical facilities in Rochester and Dearborn, Michigan.

The SmartLipo laser is administered under local anesthetic, and most people can return to work within a few days after the procedure. Dr. Masri, a board-certified physician at the Masri Clinic states that, “SmartLipo has become extremely popular due to the significant decrease in risk and shorter recovery time compared to traditional liposuction.”

SmartLipo is the first and only laser-assisted lipolysis system that offers permanent fat removal using a high-powered laser and less downtime than other liposuction treatments. Since it is minimally-invasive, the patient will see faster results, a shorter recovery time, and can expect fewer complications than traditional procedures.

The patient is completely conscious during the procedure. The SmartSense technology works to calibrate the laser, resulting in a more accurate and flaweless treatment. The calibrated laser liquefies the fat deposits through the layers of skin, and then ruptures the fat cells so that the surgeon can remove them through a tiny incision. Since the heat from the laser damages the surrounding tissue, the body begins to produce collagen to heal itself, and this causes the skin to contract and tighten on its own.

More information about the SmartLipo procedure can be found here.

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Study Says SmartLipo Offers Skin Tightening Benefits

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on April 23, 2010

Many men and women that undergo the SmartLipo procedure for fat removal not only get the benefits of permanent fat reduction, but also enjoy skin tightening benefits. Unlike traditional liposuction, Study Says SmartLipo Offers Skin Tightening Benefits

SmartLipo uses heated laser energy to break down the fat cells before extraction. The fat-melting process causes tissue coagulation, which in turn helps to tighten and tone the area around the treatment area, and ultimately creates a more contoured, streamlined appearance.

Dr. Barry DiBernardo, Medical Director of New Jersey Plastic Surgery, recently led a study that evaluated the fat-disruption and tissue tightening around abdominal tissue that was treated with SmartLipo technologies. The test involved administering three separate wavelengths, including a 1440 nm laser. Results of the study were recently presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery in Phoenix, Arizona.

The 1440 nm wavelength is one of the newest options available with SmartLipo treatments, and is the highest-powered laser device that has been approved as a fat removal procedure by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

According to Michael Davin, President and chief executive officer of Cynosure, “The research presented at ASLMs further validates the investment we have made to increase the efficiency and performance of our Smartlipo technology with the addition of a 1440 nm wavelength.” The high-powered laser helps to provide more muscular definition after fat removal, including areas such as the arms, abdomen and legs. In some cases, the patient also experiences less post-operative trauma because the tissues contract quickly and heal faster than traditional liposuction procedures.

Laser liposuction is among the leading fat removal procedures available in the United States, and is currently available at hundreds of medical spas, plastic and cosmetic surgery centers around the country. More information about SmartLipo can be found here.

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Study Points to Lack of Training in Nearly 40% of Plastic Surgery Centers in Southern California

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on April 10, 2010

Physicians count on profiting from procedures including liposuction, injectable fillers, Botox and other skin rejuvenation treatments, and many successful cosmetic and plastic surgery practices have managed to maintain a steady stream of clients that undergo these procedures on a regular basis.

In Southern California, liposuction is big business, and there are now approximately 1,876 cosmetic practitioners located throughout the region, from San Diego to Los Angeles.

In a recent story by the LA Times, a study published in the April issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery shows that only 40% of the 1,800+ practitioners actually had any type of formal training to perform liposuction. A total of 495 practitioners were trained specifically in plastic surgery. The remainder were comprised of primary care physicians, dermatologists and otolaryngologists.

California law does not prevent any type of doctor to offer services in an office setting. In many cases, individuals that are not plastic surgeons simply undergo a single course or complete a multi-day training program to perform liposuction, administer injectable fillers, or to perform other types of surgical procedures. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons warns patients to learn as much as possible about the surgeon’s training and years of experience, as a single-day class or accelerated training program is often inadequate to perform a successful procedure.

Authors of the study report that more legislation is needed, in Southern California and other states where rules about promoting and offering certain services in a doctor’s office are relatively lax. The authors point out that the “divorce of the practice from the name of the responsible physician has the potential to have a profound impact on the doctor-patient relationship and how patients select a provider.”

More information about the study can be found in Volume 125, Issue 4 of the Plastic and Reconstructive Journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

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Breast Implant “Bandit” Sentenced to 180 Days in Jail

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on April 8, 2010

Yvonne Jean Pampellone of Laguna Niguel was charged with breast implant fraud In late 2009 after opening up a line of credit under someone else’s name and pursuing liposuction and breast implant surgery at a Huntington Beach plastic surgery center.

The staff at the Pacific Center for Plastic Surgery reportedly became suspicious of Ms. Pampellone’s activities when she came into the center for surgery in 2008, but then stopped coming in for her follow up appointments.

Ms. Pampellone wanted to undergo additional surgery, and returned to the same treatment center under a different name a year later. She stole the ID of another woman and set up a new patient profile at the center. Her real identity was later traced by tracking the numbers on her first implants, and the staff identified her through a photo lineup. She turned herself in to police the following day.

Yvonne Pampellone has now been sentenced to 180 days in jail and three years of probation. She reportedly attempted to purchase $12,000-worth of cosmetic surgery at the Pacific Center for Plastic Surgery. She pleaded guilty to burglary, grand theft and identity theft. In the state of California, second-degree burglary is also called commercial burglary, which means the individual entered a place of business with the intent to commit a felony. It can be charged as a felony or a misdemeanor. Grand theft in California is defined as a committing a crime when the money, labor or real or personal property is of a value exceeding four hundred dollars.

When Yvonne Pampellone was arrested in the spring of 2009, her defense attorney Paul Wallin tated that the facts would eventually show that his client was not guilty.

In addition to serving jail time and probation, Ms. Pampellone has been ordered to pay back the money she used to get the breast implants.

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Cynosure Launches SmartLipo Patient Website

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on March 26, 2010

Men and women interested in undergoing the SmartLipo laser liposuction procedure can now learn more about the latest technologies and advances in laser liposuction by visiting Cynosure’s own informational website,

The SmartLipo procedure is designed to melt the fat cells before removal, making it easier for the surgeon to remove large amounts of fat while sculpting the body into the desired silhouette.

SmartLipo also helps with skin tightening, and works at a deeper level to increase collagen production and tighten up the dermis to improve results. Another benefit of laser liposuction is that the healing process is much faster than traditional liposuction, and most patients can wear a foam vest or compression garment for a few weeks and then resume exercise and other activities in order to support the healing process.

The Smart Lipo website explains the entire procedure, and provides information on target areas that can be effectively treated with the surgery, and what patients can expect from the entire process. Smart Lipo is particularly effective for getting rid of “love handles”, and other problem areas that are not responding to diet and exercise. Since the procedure does tighten the skin when the fat is removed, the patient does not need to worry about dimpling or sagging of the skin.

Most people can get the SmartLipo procedure under local anesthesia, and the incision is about the size of a pen tip. A laser fiber is inserted through a small tube into the body, and when fired, ruptures the fat cell membranes. The fat cells are destroyed permanently, and the liquefied fat is suctioned out. The body then produces collagen as it coagulates the skin tissues, which in turn has a tightening effect. Only one treatment session is needed, and results vary depending on the treatment site. Most people see results within a week, and continued improvement over the course of three to six months.

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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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Zeltiq Liposuction Alternative Enters U.S. Market

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on February 3, 2010

Cyrolipolyisis is one of the latest techniques for removing fat permanently, and is a patented cooling technique that is now used in the Zeltiq procedure.

Zeltiq has recently entered the U.S. market as an alternative to liposuction, and may soon become the latest competitor for Zerona and other non-invasive fat removal options available at medical spas around the country.

The Zeltiq procedure works by inducing the death of fat cells in the treated area using a suction cup that vacuums and sucks in folds of fat and then rapidly cools them for a full hour. This innovative procedure is only available at select plastic and cosmetic surgery centers in the United States and Canada, and is a non-invasive, painless procedure that may be a good match for men and women struggling to lose a few stubborn pounds.

The Zeltiq procedure can be performed on almost any area of the body that has an abundance of fat cells, and works on the underlying layers of fat, not just the subcutaneous levels. This results in a visible reduction of fat in the treated area, and most people see full results within a few months.

Zeltiq is currently available at the Naficy Plastic Surgery and Rejuvenation Center in Bellevue, Washington. The procedure can be performed on an outpatient basis and does not require any anesthesia. Patients do need to complete the full hour cycle on each treated area in order to achieve results, and they can return to their regular activities and resume physical activities including exercise immediately after the treatment. In order to achieve optimal results, patients also need to adhere to a well-balanced diet and maintain a healthy exercise regimen.

More information about the latest liposuction procedures and non-invasive body contouring procedures can be found here.

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Body Jet Water Assisted Liposuction Now Available in Canada

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on February 2, 2010

Body Jet water assisted liposuction is already making waves in the United States, and has recently been introduced to medical centers and plastic surgery clinics in Canada. Dr. Sean Brian Rice is the first plastic surgeon in the country to offer Body Jet water assisted liposuction to patients, and is reporting exceptional results.

The innovative liposuction technique uses the power of pulsated water to dislodge the fat from the treatment area before it gets removed. This is an alternative to laser-based procedures that run the risk of burning the skin and tissues, and works by preserving the blood vessels and nerves for a more favorable outcome. The natural water pressure helps minimize trauma and also reduces the amount of downtime. The entire procedure can be performed under local anesthesia, and in some cases, recovery time is much faster than traditional procedures including SmartLipo and laser liposuction.

Dr. Rice reports that, “We’ve had tremendous interest in the Body-Jet procedure already…patients are intrigued by the new “water lipo” procedure that offers a more natural way in which patients can achieve results. As well, the revolutionary opportunity to repurpose unwanted fat and a faster recovery time are both of great appeal to our clients.”

The Body Jet procedure is designed primarily for people that want to lose a small amount of “stubborn fat” around their stomach, hips, thighs and arms. The procedure can be performed within a couple of hours, and does not leave much swelling or bruising because it only requires a few incisions. The average healing time is between two and five days, depending on how much fat has been extracted, and there is little risk of indentations on the surface of the skin after the procedure. Once the fat has been removed, the patient does not regain the fat in the treated area when they put on weight. As long as the patient maintains a healthy diet and exercise program, they can continue enjoying results of their procedure.

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Unique Liposuction Procedure Helps Increase Bust Size

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on January 11, 2010

If you’ve been thinking about getting silicone or saline breast implants, you may be a good candidate for a procedure that promises to increase your bust size by up to two sizes without implants. Dr. Thomas Young, a plastic surgeon, has been working on developing an innovative breast enhancement procedure that involves transferring fat from the hips, thighs or abdomen directly to the breasts.

Dr. Young calls it a “natural breast enhancement” procedure because the fat is removed using water-assisted liposuction and then transferred into the breast tissue using about 100 syringes. He states that, “It’s permanent, it’s safe, it’s your own tissue. You’re not getting something foreign put in that’s gonna cause a scar that’s going to need to be replaced.” (Source:

Dr. Young reports that women are still able to breastfeed after the fat transfer, and that the doctor needs to use a special technique to ensure that the fat cells survive throughout the procedure.

Many aesthetic surgeons around the country have already been using fat injections to increase breast size, but few have used the patient’s own fat for the process. However, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reports that this process can be potentially dangerous. According to, the ASAPS states, “Fat cells that are removed from one body site and injected into another frequently do not survive. Fat injected into the breast may be absorbed by the body, may become liquid and drain from the injection site or may calcify, becoming a scarred mass within the tissues. Massive calcification of injected fat can mask or mimic the presence of breast cancer. Seven to 14 ounces of fat injected into the breast, the amount required for an average enlargement, could make accurate detection of cancer by mammography extremely difficult.”

Further research is needed to determine if a simple liposuction procedure can help to increase bust size permanently and successfully, but patients may soon have several options beyond implants for breast augmentation.

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