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 

Liposuction for Fat Stem Cells

Liposuction has more benefits than losing a few inches…. Learn how storing your fat stem cells may help fight future disease.

For years the term “stem cell” has been used in the medical profession, seen in the news, and lately, it is showing up in our social media feeds. So what is a stem cell anyway? A stem cell is a type of cell than can become many other cell types, they support your immune system, coordinate healing and build healthy tissue. The medical possibilities they offer is vast. Currently there are over 700 clinical trials using these cells to treat age related disease and even aging itself.

But there is a problem. As you age you lose these cells and the ones that remain become damaged and less effective. At our practice, we solve this problem by storing your stem cells for you NOW in their youngest and best possible state. By storing your stem cells today, you are stopping the clock on a very important component of your biology. In fact, Dr. Schenden recently banked his own cells.

In the aesthetic world liposuction has been performed for years to contour the body and remove unwanted fat. This fat is then discarded. What many people don’t realize is that there are copious amounts of stem cells in fat. The benefits of liposuction can be more than losing a few unwanted inches. These cells can be processed and reintroduced into the body as a natural filler to plump certain areas with the Fat Grafting technique and Dr. Schenden can collect this fat and isolate the stem cells for cryopreservation. Storing these cells is simple and could be the greatest decision you make for your future health.


Dr. Schenden performs both Bone Marrow and Liposuction Fat Stem Cell Aspiration for storage. Call our office located in Troy, Michigan today to set up your consultation 248-524-0620 or contact our partner company Forever Labs at foreverlabs.com for more information on stem cell storage.

 

Fat Grafting

Fat Grafting

How can we use fat from one area of the body to enhance another area? Fat transfer (fat transplantation, fat injection or fat grafting) is a medical procedure that uses the patient’s own fat tissue from their thigh, lower stomach or inner knee to increase the volume of fat in the subcutaneous area of the body. Uses continue to develop but some of the most current applications include injection of fat into the breast for augmentation or after breast cancer surgery, cheek and chin augmentation, wrinkles next to the mouth (marionette lines) and the hollow areas under the eyes.

In most applications, the fat is injected down through the skin and into subcutaneous tissue and sometimes muscle to provide a better chance for the fat cells to find a nearby blood supply and survive. Some of the fat does not survive, so typically a surplus amount of fat is injected. Fat transfer provides excellent results, and it is readily available! If you don’t want to use synthetic fillers, fat grafting would be an excellent option for you.

To learn more about your options contact 248-524-0620 for a private consultation.

How to Regain your Pre-Baby Body!

Regaining your Pre-Baby Body!

Pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding are experiences that many women look forward to and enjoy. However, although you may be happy being a mother, there are some changes to the body that you may not be pleased with. The body changes quite drastically throughout the pregnancy and breastfeeding – the breasts and abdomen stretch, and the skin may lose elasticity which sometimes does not naturally return.

Women who have used all measures to lose weight often turn to cosmetic plastic surgery to achieve their desired goals. Typically, patients choose to undergo a combination of procedures in order to recapture their pre-pregnancy shape. The most frequently combined procedures include breast lift surgery or augmentation, traditional and/or laser liposuction and a tummy tuck, especially if their abdomen did not retract or if they underwent a C-section during delivery.

The combination of these procedures can be life changing as they help restore confidence and femininity by restoring the breasts to a more youthful shape and position, and tightening and flattening the abdomen. During a private consultation patients are able to discuss their needs and it will be determined if they are a candidate for the procedures; it is typically only advised to have the procedures if there is not plan to have more children.

Call 248.524.0620 for more information on the “Mommy Makeover” or other cosmetic procedures.