What is liposuction?

Liposuction is a surgical procedure to remove excess or undesired fat and can be performed on most areas of the body. The aesthetic market for fat shrinkage/reduction is constantly changing however, liposuction has been around for years and is still one of the fastest and most efficient ways to remove unwanted fat from the body. The best candidates for liposuction are men or women who have attempted diet and exercise to improve areas with excess fat but have not been successful and have good skin quality/tone. 

There are various types of liposuction machines, but the techniques and results of liposuction are generally the same.  To access the fat, several small incisions (typically about ¼” in size) are made. A solution called tumescent is injected in the fatty deposits to help break up the fat, provide anesthetic (numbing of the area), and minimize bruising.  After the tumescent solution takes effect, the liposuction cannula is used to break up and remove the unwanted fat. Taking the appropriate amount of fat and blending it with the surrounding tissue is extremely important. This requires not only a highly qualified surgeon but an artistic eye to ensure you end up with a nice, even contour. 

The length of the surgery depends on the number of treatment areas.  The surgery is usually completed as an outpatient. Postoperatively you will wear compression garments.  These are an essential component of the surgery as they minimize fluid buildup in the surgical sites, which facilitates skin contraction, limits scarring, and speeds up the healing process.  These garments are worn for 4-6 weeks after surgery. You will see a nice improvement shortly after surgery, but the final results can take several months to become evident as your skin shrinks down to your slimmer body.

Liposuction can be combined with other forms of body-contouring surgery, including abdominoplasty, or performed at the same time with other aesthetic surgeries such as breast or facial surgeries.   If you are interested in augmenting another part of your body, for example the breasts, buttocks, or face, the removed fat can even be processed and injected into these areas for additional volume or contour enhancements.  This procedure is called Fat Grafting.  

Are you tired of those stubborn areas of fat?  Call today to set up your consultation and see how liposuction can work for you!  248-524-0620

Dr. Sarah Elswick,

Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery 

TruSculpt flex

Muscle Sculpting without the heavy weights or sweat!

  • Do you want to look better w/out working out?
  • Concerned about a problem area?
  • Need to kickstart your workouts? 

If you answered “YES” to any of these questions, the truSculpt® fleX Muscle Sculpting Treatment is your solution.  This system is personalized for your fitness level, shape and goals. truScuplt fleX uses a unique Multi-Directional Stimulation (MDS) technology to deliver 3 different treatments by replicating intensified crunches, squats and twisting actions to targeted muscle groups.  No downtime, No weight lifting, No sweat! 

TtruSculpt flex’s comfortable, safe and effective technology is clinically proven to increase an average of 30% mass tailored to your needs! 

Unlike other systems on the market, the Trusculpt flex technology has the ability to treat multiple areas at one time.  Interested in your Abs and Legs? No problem, save time and money getting the results you desire.  

Our practice is excited to offer this safe, effective, and non-invasive procedure.  Call today to set up your free consultation at our Troy office and start the New Year strong!  248-524-0620

Michael J. Schenden, MD, PC, Sarah Elswick, MD and Aesthetic Injection Practice

Sculptra Butt Filler

Wanted… Fuller buttocks and filled in dimples!

As an Aesthetic RN, ISSA Certified and Competitive IFBB Bikini Pro, I receive messages asking what can be done for a flat buttock, dimpling or single cellulite dimples. First I recommend muscle building exercises targeted for this area such as squats. However, if squats in the gym aren’t giving the lift you need or genetics are against you, say no more. A non-surgical solution is Sculptra injections.

What is it?

Sculptra® Aesthetic works subtly and gradually over time for a more youthful-looking appearance. Sculptra® is a poly-L-lactic-acid-based injectable dermal filler. It is comprised of polylactic acid, which has been used in the medical field for over 20 years in surgical products, which includes dissolvable stitches. Polylactic acid is a synthetic substance made to duplicate a similar product that the body’s muscles make during exercise. When injected it simulates an injury that will stimulate collagen production to the area to heal the injection site.  

How it works 

 

Sculptra’s microspheres generate a mild inflammatory reaction which stimulates your collagen.  Collagen will gradually increase, creating the volume-enhancing results & a lifted appearance which is visible from the treatment in about four to six weeks. Sculptra is FDA approved for use in shallow/deep wrinkles, nasolabial folds and contour deficiencies. Many aesthetic products are introduced to the public with FDA approval for use in a certain body area. Doctors however, will discover that the products can often work in other areas of the body as well and produce desired results.  This is referred to as “Off Label” use. One of these off label uses is injecting Sculptra into the buttock area or into dimples to increase volume by stimulating collagen production.

I typically like to start off by injecting about 4 vials each side, and can go up to 10 vials for complete treatment, with a return visit at 4-6 weeks. I have patients that are athletes who stay lean but would like more fullness or contouring. The best candidates are ones that have low body fat or no fat to harvest and don’t want the downtime of a surgical implant or fat grafting. It is important to note that depending on the fullness desired the total for the procedure can be the higher price range but is an alternative to surgery. Sculptra is often used off label as well to smooth cellulite indentations or dimples in the skin that won’t go away for a smoother appearance.

What are the most common side effects after Sculptra®? Discomfort at injection site, burning, redness, swelling, nodules and bruising. The luxury of this treatment is no recovery period vs surgery interfering with your daily life.

 

How long does it last?

Sculptra is a product that generates your own collagen. It’s different than HA (hyaluronic acids) which only only last 9-18 months. Results may vary per patient with Sculptra fillers, with a range of lasting 2-5 yrs.

 

Call our office today located in Troy, MI for your free consultation. Raquel Merlini, RN 

 

Call today to set up your free consultation and together we will develop a treatment that is specific to your goals. Raquel Merlini, RN, Schenden’s Aesthetic Injection Practice. 248-254-0620