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liposuction in chattanoogaIn a perfect world, with the press of a button or pass of a wand, unwanted fat can be melted away, instantly revealing a slimmer, more confident you. While this almost sounds like the making of a science fiction film, this is what many non-surgical liposuction technologies are claiming.

As time passes and technology advances, the cosmetic surgery patient has an increasing number of non-surgical options. In fact, it is hard to imagine a world without Botox and injectable dermal fillers. However, recently, their appears to be a shift from anti-aging endeavors to a new frontier- body sculpting. It seems every month a new liposuction alternative emerges promising to deliver results parallel to traditional, tumescent liposuction but with less cost, downtime and risk. While many non-surgical treatments have proven to be effective, do these new, lipo-alternative treatments produce results which actually live up to their claims? Lets explore three important aspects of treatment satisfaction: cost, results and required downtime.

Cost
Because surgical costs can add up quickly, one major appeal to non-surgical alternatives are their affordability factor. Yet many of these liposuction alternatives can cost up to $500 a session and require as many as 8 sessions for optimal results, not to mention the additional, routine maintenance visits. While cost is dependent upon several factors, if you compare the total expense of both surgical and non-surgical procedures, non-surgical alternatives can ultimately cost just as much, if not more, than liposuction surgery. Even more, your results may not meet your expectations.

Results
Because many of these technologies are considerably new to the market, sufficient testing and data may not exist. This equates to a certain level of unpredictability and uncertainty as it pertains to producible results and safety . As a lipo-alternative patient, it is possible to spend just as much as you would on liposuction surgery, but not reap the benefits or results if your treatment proves ineffective.

Recovery and Downtime
The distinct advantage non-surgical liposuction presents is less required downtime, or no downtime, while the typical downtime for liposuction surgery is anywhere from one to three weeks. But one must ask..what good does diminished downtime do if the results simply aren’t evident?

While all of this new technology is exciting, it important to note that the only real proven method of instant fat cell removal is liposuction surgery. Therefore, if you are looking for an alternative to liposuction surgery, your best bet is to exhaust all diet and exercise efforts. Hopefully one day a proven and more affordable alternative to liposculpture surgery will find its way to the market. Until then, we will have to slave away in the gym or brave it out for surgery. Unfortunately the old saying seems to remain true- if it sounds too good to be true it probably is.

If you would like to schedule a complimentary liposuction consultation at Advanced Surgical Concepts, call 423-648-4011.

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While most cosmetic surgery patients widely acknowledge Botox’s effectiveness at reducing the appearancBotox Chattanoogae of wrinkles and fine lines, many are oblivious to the preventative uses of injectable neuromodulators. Yet the number of “20 somethings” receiving Botox or Dysport for preventative treatment is steadily increasing. In fact, according to a 2010 report released by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery(ASAPS), 15.2 percent of individuals between the ages of 19 and 34 received this non-surgical alternative.

Neuromodulators like Botox and Dysport are a class of injectables that work by temporarily reducing the muscle activity responsible for the appearance of unsightly crow’s feet, forehead wrinkles and “11” lines. Basically, “preventative Botox” is based on creating a certain degree of muscle atrophy before the fine lines and wrinkles evolve into a more permanent condition. The fear of many preventative patients is, essentially, that waiting until the lines have been etched into the skin, will result in a more costly and extensive treatment plan.

Although the majority of our Botox patients are over 35 years of age, we have treated some preventative patients in their 20s who report satisfaction. It is important to note, however, that this treatment is only temporary-lasting anywhere from 3 to 4 months. For optimal results, patients must routinely maintain their treatment.

If you are troubled by the early signs of fine line or wrinkle formation, neuromodulators may be a perfectly viable option. For the rest of you “20 somethings”, preventative, anti-aging measures can include habits as simple as consuming more nutritious food sources, getting a good night’s rest, refraining from tobacco use and limiting UV exposure in addition to wearing sunscreen. While it is wise to take preventative measures while you can, don’t let the fear of aging overwhelm your life…enjoy your youth!

If you are interested in preventative Botox, call 423-648-4011 to schedule a complimentary consultation.

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