“Bikini Season”

BikiniBikini season doesn’t always have to be a bad word. Every year it seems to sneak up on us faster and faster. Then you find yourself starting to plan a new diet regimen and how you can slim down to fit into that cute but tiny bikini you noticed at your favorite store. Diet and exercise is definitely a key to slimming down for the summer, but sometimes that stubborn fat is still hard to lose. With that case, your board certified plastic surgeon is your next step to help the slimming down process a little less challenging with your everyday hustle and bustle.

Not all options are invasive surgical body contouring procedures, most are noninvasive procedures. Let’s start with the basics. First change your eating habits, count your calories and eat just over all better. It is never recommended to starve yourself, this can deplete the body of it basic nutritional needs. There should be a balance with cutting calories and starving yourself. We all have that one friend who is always trying out a new diet fad, and it never seems to work for the long run. Eating healthier has to be a lifestyle change not a fad.

Next is exercise, it has been proven that if you exercise 3-5 times per week your overall health improves tremendously. Does that mean you have to hit the gym every single day? No, you don’t have to be a fitness expert to tone up and lose weight. The American College of Sports recommends a minimum of 150-250 minutes per week of moderate-intensity physical activity. That’s only 20-30 minutes a day. You could take a brisk walk through the mall or simply jogging in place. Make it easy and manageable for you.

If you are exercising regularly and eating great but those couple of pounds you just can’t seem to shed a body contouring procedure could benefit you. There are several different options from Liposuction or Liposculpture to a Tummy Tuck. Liposculpture requires less downtime and can potentially eliminate fat cells and contour your shape. Although some women are not all candidates for Liposculpture so a Tummy Tuck is then recommended. To help achieve your beach body seek advice from a board certified plastic surgeon to give you an expert opinion of which surgical procedure might benefit you!

Dr. Shienbaum is a double board-certified plastic surgeon with over 30 years of experience in all forms of Cosmetic/Plastic Surgery, including Tummy Tuck/ Abdominoplasty, Liposculpture, Breast Augmentation, Brazilian Butt Lifts, and Mommy Makeovers. He provides services for the entire Tampa Bay area, including St. Pete, Largo, Clearwater, Pinellas, and Tampa, Florida. To find out more about the procedures near you, or contact us.

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Liposuction- Is it right for you?

LipoHave you recently inquired about the procedure, Liposuction? With it being named the second most popular cosmetic surgery last year many people are turning to the semi-invasive technique for great reasons. In 2015 more than 222,000 procedures were performed with the choice of personalized body sculpting of problem areas that you and your surgeon address together. Liposuction or Liposculpture has results that will last for many years without the drag of the long recovery time. With it being such a minimally invasive technique it only requires a few days of recovery and downtime. Occasionally for cases where there can be total or full body Liposculpture recovery can take up to five days.

Be aware that not every Liposuction case has the same result. Every patient is different, the key is to satisfying results is an informed and well educated patient. Both the surgeon and the patient are aware of realistic outcomes. The patient should thoroughly explain his or her expectations and the surgeon should address if your expectations are realistic for your body style. Knowing what to ask during your initial Liposculpture consultation can help determine if this is the right surgery for you! The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ASPS) has four questions that can help you in making the right choice for you.

  1. Are you board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?

By asking this question you are inquiring their experience, training, and board certification. A plastic surgeon who is board certified has had unique and extensive training in their specialty and is required to pass rigorous board certification exams. They are required to complete continuing education credits. To be safest you should always choose a surgeon who has years of liposuction, and if they have any unique training specified to your procedure.

  1. Where will you be performing my Liposculpture procedure?

Inquire the type of facility your surgeon performs his or her procedures. Does your surgeon use an office facility, day surgery facility, or an area hospital? All are fine choices as long as they are accredited facilities. Liposuction is performed under anesthesia and is normally an outpatient procedure. An outpatient procedure is a procedure in which you would be discharged to a responsible adult to drive you home after your surgery. You will recover in the privacy and comfort of your home.

  1. What type of Liposculpture do you perform?

There are many different types of Liposuction, your surgeon will decide the best technique for you and your expected outcome. Many factors play a role in deciding the type of Liposuction- desired areas of treatment, the extent of the intended areas, and if any reinjection of fat is desired. Ask your surgeon the type of Liposuction he/she performs on a routine basis. Most skilled surgeons prefer some methods to others, but a skilled surgeon will be experiences in a variety of techniques. Always address your recovery time and what to expect following anesthesia and post-operative.

The most widely used form of Liposuction is Tumescent Liposuction. Tumescent Liposuction is a solution of epinephrine and lidocaine injected in the area, and with a tiny cannula the fatty tissue is suctioned away. Another popular method is, ultrasound-assisted Liposuction which uses ultrasound waves to liquefy the fatty tissue. This is to be used in hard to address areas, such as the neck and back. Laser-assisted Liposuction is newest but very popular. Laser Liposuction uses waves that are concentrated of laser energy to break down and target fat, then removed through a tiny cannula.

  1. Will the results of my Liposuction be permanent?

The biggest advantage to Liposuction is that the fat cells that are removed do not “return”, however, the surrounding fatty tissue can expand with future weight gain. It is recommended to stay active and have a permanent change in eating habits for longer lasting results. Of course, life happens and over time fat can accumulate by normal ageing, weight fluctuations, pregnancy, and more. Ask your surgeon how he/she recommends how you can best maintain your Liposuction results to avoid needing repeat treatments in the future.

By talking with your desired Plastic Surgeon and asking these four questions and more you can have better insight towards if Liposuction is the right procedure for you.

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Things to know before your first Liposuction Consultation…

liposuctionHave you recently inquired about having Liposuction of certain problem areas of fat you just cannot seem to get rid of?

Be prepared for your consultation with these tips from Dr. Shienbaum at Brandon Plastic Surgery in Tampa, FL.

During your first consultation make sure to discuss your surgical goals, how you expect to look; is it a realistic expectation? Will the type of Liposuction you have require any medical clearance if you have certain types of medical conditions? What kind of drugs are involved and do you have any allergies, if so what does the surgeon recommend instead? If you are currently taking any supplements, vitamins, diet pills, etc. (even over the counter) be sure to ask if you can continue to take them before your surgery. If you have had any previous surgeries (even unrelated to cosmetic) tell your surgeon. Be as upfront with your surgeon, so they may give you the best evaluation and expectations possible.

You should expect your Liposuction plastic surgeon to evaluate you on your overall general health. They should inquire and ask if you have any pre-existing health conditions or any risk factors. The surgeon will most likely take photographs and discuss which type of Liposuction will benefit you and give you your desired expectation. Depending on the type of Liposuction what is their recommended course of treatment. Do they require any follow up appointments, or to purchase any equipment to ease your recovery.

Finally, your surgeon and you should discuss ANY potential outcomes for Liposuction surgery and any complications that can arise from type of Liposuction.

It is recommended to write a list of questions down to ask your surgeon so that you have a full understanding of all aspects of Liposuction surgery. Naturally you will feel anxious whether you are excited and anticipating your new look, stress is normal with this type of surgery, but the more questions and better understanding you have going into it, can help you achieve your best result and can help you choose the right Plastic Surgeon for you. If you would like to book a consultation with Dr. Marvin Shienbaum in a no stress environment to learn about all of the problem areas that can get addressed with liposuction along with other cosmetic surgery procedures we encourage you to call today: (813) 681-5709

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