Almost everyone who comes in for a liposuction consultation has one thought on their mind. “Remove as much fat as possible!” That’s totally understandable. After all, this fat has been probably been with us for a long time and has been resistant to our efforts to remove it by diet and exercise. Now that we’ve finally made the decision to remove it by a procedure, we want it gone!
The truth of the matter is, though, that the skill of doing liposuction well is to know when to say when and to not remove too much fat. Removing too much fat can leave deformities that look unnatural. This is especially true on the thighs. Over-aggressive liposuction of the outer thighs and inner thighs can leave divots. The outer thighs can be especially tricky since the surgeon can be fooled into thinking there is more fat than there actually is, if the thigh is not positioned correctly during surgery.
The goal of liposuction is to remove excess pockets or humps of fat. The end result is to leave a natural, smooth contour between the areas that are suctioned and those that are not. This almost always means leaving some fat behind. If we didn’t, the transition between the treated area and the surrounding areas would look awkward. So, while we all may feel that we want as much fat as possible removed, what we really desire is to remove all the fat necessary to give us the best result possible.
Today, I’m going to write about two procedures that can reverse the aging process. Much of what we do aims to reduce the signs of aging, but science has shown that these two procedures may actually reverse it.
The first is intense pulsed light (IPL) . IPL is a proven technology for treating brown and red spots on the skin, but, last month, a published study showed that IPL treatments may actually make genes younger. Exactly how IPL does is still being explored, but IPL treatments seem to trigger “young” genes to be active.
How much younger can regular IPL treatments make you look? A separate study published in February answered that question. This study took a look back at patients who got 1 – 2 IPL treatments per year for maintenance. What they found was AMAZING! While the average patient in this group aged 9 years, those patients who had regular IPL treatments only appeared to age 2 years!
The other procedure I will discuss is filler treatment. Filling with Restylane, Juvederm, and Radiesse are proven techniques for diminishing the signs of aging, but researches have found that fillers may actually slow the skin’s aging process. It turns out that fillers stimulate collagen producing cells called fibroblasts to begin producing more collagen, and the more collagen you replace, the better.
Given this information, I recommend that anyone interested in slowing the aging process consider having an IPL treatment every six months, and for those open to getting fillers, consider getting them earlier rather than later.
Journal of Investigative Dermatology Oct 2012
Cosmetic Dermatology Feb 2013