Plastic Surgery Blog

The Evolution of Liposuction: Radio Frequency Liposuction on the Horizon

The Drive for Improved Liposuction Methods

Clearly, the manufacturers of liposuction technology are dedicated to improving technology. Both women and men are interested in finding improved ways to improve skin tone, elasticity and lose weight in the most troublesome areas. In fact, the technology of yesteryear did not provide for the needs of the obese which are provided in technology today. But why we would need radio frequency liposuction may be the question that still remains.

Radio frequency liposuction couples the advantage of today’s small cannulas that allow for smaller incisions and less trauma with energy based treatment that is targeted to contract the skin. In addition, radio frequency liposuction is said to hold promise for the treatment of large areas which might otherwise require additional treatment sessions. Finally, radio frequency liposuction may result in less pain, bruising, and swelling which helps to speed the wound healing process. Studies to support the efficacy of radio frequency liposuction are just beginning to surface. Yet, the technology may present another viable liposuction method in years to come.

Plastic Surgery Over The Holidays

December is traditionally our busiest month here at Rodeo Drive Plastic Surgery.  At first it might seem unusual for people to have procedures over the holidays.  Certainly that is how it seemed to us at first.  But in some ways it does make sense.  People have time off so there are no scheduling issues.  There is plenty of time for recovery.  They have family around to help them during their recovery.

In our case, many people travel to us for plastic surgery procedures.  This is even more so during the November and December.  While usually about twenty percent of our patients are from out of state or abroad, during the holiday period this goes up above fifty percent.  Our warm weather location is also part of the draw for people in the colder winter months.

While procedures done over the holidays are typically very rewarding for patient and their families, good planning is called for.  Following a procedure such as rhinoplasty, for example, there will be some restrictions on activities.  No running, swimming, sunning, or contact sports should be done for at least a few weeks after surgery.  If someone wants to have big New Year’s Eve celebrating, it may be best to postpone things until after the festivities are over.  But with good planing, care in communication between doctor, patient, and family, this is typically a great time to go ahead and plan for a change.

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