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Fat Freezing: Cryolipolysis – I wish I’d really known

Fat Freezing: Cryolipolysis, which is the medical term for fat freezing, is a medical treatment used to destroy fat cells under your skin.

“I Bought Into the Hype.”

There it was; the newest, greatest weight loss fat wonder. The magical fat melter. Oh, the promises. Oh, the praise. Banish the bulges forever. Lose the love hands. Undouble (or even un-triple) that beyond chubby chin. Abolish those flabby abs. Get those stubborn inner thighs, back and arms. It was a celeb sensation. You couldn’t turn the page of a fashion magazine, watch enough talk shows, or be Twittered about it enough. “Yes, I thought.” “Yes.” A fat removal fairy tale with absolutely, positively, guaranteed happy endings. Personally, I’m not one of those people who buys into those kind of unproven oaths. Upon thinking about it some more and doing more research, I discovered that some fairy tales can turn into horror stories. Off came the rose-colored glasses. Fortunately, (from all I’ve heard) I didn’t give fat freezing the green light.

“The Proof is in the Popsicles.”

 You’re going to love this one. Where did the concept for fat freezing come from? Some Stephen Hawkins kind of genius? Are you sitting? Years ago, scientists at Harvard University observed that some children who ate popsicles got dimples in their cheeks. The scientists—Dieter Manstein, MD and R. Rox Anderson, MD—realized that the popsicles were freezing and eliminating small pockets of fat cells. The idea that cold can target fat cells—without damaging the skin or surrounding tissue—was the insight behind Cryolipolysis®, the proven science on which the fat freezing procedure is based. Enough to give you the chills.

“There Are a Lot of Words for It”

So, suddenly fat freezing was the word. And so many good ones to choose from: non-invasive, economical, miraculous, amazing, incomparable, tantalizing, revolutionary, unbelievable…go on, Google the Thesaurus under synonyms for “staggering.” But the more I read (and I read, and read more) a host of other words came up: painful, expensive, ineffective, imprecise, uneven. Now that’s what I call really unbelievable. While they claim the side effects are mild, you are still pulled, tucked, pinched and sucked from repeatedly, even in one area, over and over. And even more when you consider all the sessions they say you need to get any results. Oh, and then expect the same thing for every part of your body you want to fat freeze. Oh, my word.

“Who’s Paddling the Fat Boat?”

Here’s another good question to ask; who, exactly is at the helm of the fat freezing procedure. More often than you think, it isn’t always done by a board certified plastic surgeon. Those vacuum-like tools are often in the hands of someone who might not have had much training. Sort of similar to all the relatively untrained folks administering Botox. (My dentist offers that service, if you can believe it.) Be totally assured, fat freezing is still (and should be) a medical process. They’re not love paddles for love handles. Not only do some of the individuals performing the process lack the skill needed, the machines themselves, have limitations in terms of fine-tuning fat removal the way an artful, precise and skilled plastic surgeon might by hand. And forget about anyone performing fat freezing on themselves. Yet, they do. Another terrible trend. There are fat freezing devices listed all over the web: “Do it yourself. Save even more money. It’s safe, effective. And it only costs $399…$129.99…$69.99…” I even saw one on eBay for $2650.00. Crazy would be putting it mildly.

“It Cost a Bundle, but it Didn’t Pay.”

I went for it. And there’s no question I’d never do it again. I certainly didn’t feel great afterward in a lot of ways. The pain was horrible; I couldn’t even sleep for three nights, and the doctor who did it prescribed prescription painkillers, assuring me it would go away. (Pain killer addiction, anyone?). I thought I’d go in for one treatment and come out svelte and sexually tempting. One treatment? Try three or four. If I did less, the doctor said it wouldn’t work the way it was supposed to. I thought I was taking the easier, less expensive road as compared to getting liposuction.  But each session was extremely expensive. I did three treatments because I wanted great results, but to my great dismay, the results were VERY subtle. I ended up dropping what to me was a small fortune for something that didn’t change anything. Once you get started, it doesn’t stop adding up. To anything but regret. To say it was a pain, is understatement.

“Liposuction is the Gold Standard.”

Unlike fat freezing which has only been around for ten years, liposuction has been a proven, safe way to sculpt and define areas of your body for 27 years. People think liposuction is more expensive, and requires surgery. Liposuction is done in a single treatment with dramatic results. “Wow” results. Pressing fat freezing paddles on your skin is like letting a vacuum loose on your fat. It can be extremely painful, and each time you subject yourself to it, it hurts all over again.(Sounding less and less appealing?)  Just as liposuction is the gold standard for getting the look you want, Thomas A. Narsete, MD, is the gold standard of cosmetic board-certified surgeons performing the procedure. He has an artistic eye. He has incomparable expertise and experience. He wants you to understand the differences between fat freezing and liposuction, and understand why liposuction is the smarter, more dramatic choice. Don’t be fooled by the fat freezing frenzy. Get the facts. Then get on the phone and call Dr. Narsete for a consultation.

Tummy Tuck – I want some abs back

Tummy Tuck: Tummy Tuck Surgery, also known as abdominoplasty, removes excess fat and skin from the abdomen, and, in most cases, restores weakened or separated muscles creating an abdominal profile that is smoother and firmer.

Love, Love, Love My Kids. Hate, Hate, Hate My Stomach Flab.

I knew that having children was going to leave me with some extra belly skin. I mean, you stretch your stomach out for 9 months, the skin has to go somewhere. I’ve heard that it takes longer for some women to lose it, but enough already. My first pregnancy stretched my stomach out, the next two just exacerbated the problem. 6 months’ post-baby, someone asked when I was due. To say it upset me is understatement.

My Belly Bulge Just Won’t Budge.

I’ve always been heavy, and with time, just kept putting on more weight. I got to a size that shocked me. I can’t tell you all the different and often insane diets I tried. And never stuck to. But I’m really proud of myself that I lost a lot of weight recently. And I did it the right way, eating right instead of starving. But all that loose skin! I got so discouraged because it was so much more than I could ever have expected. My stomach seemed to be the worst. Here I had lost all the weight, and it protruded like loaves of doughy bread. Disgusting. I hit the gym and worked out like a fiend. I did sit-ups until I was ready to drop. Even with a personal trainer, the flab in my abs hung on (and over.)

My Underwear’s in There Somewhere.

I love clothes. And even though my stomach sticks out and hangs, I still want to wear sexy underwear, not old-lady baggy briefs. I’m too young to go that route, and just the thought of it takes a huge hit on my self-esteem. Problem is, no matter which way I look in the mirror, I hate the way it looks. Excess skin just wraps around my bikinis.  Not the “sexy” Victoria’s Secret look I was going for. Would a tummy tuck help? I talked to my friends about it and got a resounding “Yes”. I was so glad they were honest and didn’t drown me in “Oh, why? You look wonderful just the way you are”. They understood that I just wanted to look and feel better. They even offered to be there with me all the way. I can’t wait.

Menopause Meant Not Even Being Able to Suck It In.

I’m actually well- proportioned all over. I look pretty good in clothes (as long as they’re not clingy and super form fitting). It’s the naked thing that bums me out. The scale numbers are fine, but after menopause, my midsection began to thicken out, and my stomach seemed to blow up like a balloon. I researched and discovered that after menopause, body fat is redistributed from the hips, thighs and buttocks to the abdomen. Whatever the reason, it doesn’t change the fact that I want my stomach to have a flatter, more contoured look. Once I made the decision to have a tummy tuck, I looked for the best surgeon to do the procedure. Over and over I was referred to Dr. Thomas A. Narsete MD, in the Denver area. He spent time with me discussing my goals and what I could realistically expect. He was positive and warm and understanding. And his skill was obvious from the results I saw on other patients he had done tummy tucks on. Self-confidence, here I come.

Liposuction – If I could change just one thing

Liposuction: A surgical procedure that involves removal of excess body fat in order to improve the proportions and shape of the body. It is the leading option to diminish the appearance of stubborn bumps and lumps from localized fat and help sculpt areas to appear more toned and trim. 

“IT’S JUST NOT FAIR.”

Sometimes you think “I hate this body”. We get it. Because we hear it all the time. You’d be amazed how many people, and who they are, that feel just as upset as you. It’s ok. There’s probably no one who doesn’t like some part of their body. Promise. But hey, this is all about you. You look in the mirror and freak out. What you see aren’t just imperfections. To you, what you see is depressing. Of course, what you’re feeling is magnified. But you’re the judge, and the verdict is you’re miserable. And forget about trying on clothes. 3-way mirrors. Torture. Plus, whatever you try on, the top fits, the bottom doesn’t. The bottom fits, the top doesn’t. And anything knit or clingy? You don’t even think about it. It’s such a downer, “up” seems forever out of the question. You want to scream. It’s all right. We would, too. But being so hard on yourself isn’t the answer. On the other side, liposuction just might be.

“I’VE BEEN THINKING ABOUT THIS FOR…SEEMS LIKE AGES.”

It’s not easy living with a body you’re not happy with. Who in the world would want to?  In your mind, it’s like you’ve had those huge thighs your whole life. Your stomach always stuck out. And that skin that hangs over your bra? It all didn’t just happen overnight. It’s not something you probably want to hear, but it’s actually really common to have these “fat” places when you’re young. Regrettably, few of us win the genetic lottery. And genetics plays a big part. Honest. Millions of people have inherited a predisposition to fat accumulation in certain areas of their bodies. If mom or dad had it, good chance that’s your problem. “Gee, thanks, folks.” Not the excuse you’re looking for, but it’s what it is. You’ve been endlessly Googling liposuction “before and afters” that pretty much amazed you. You’ve been toying with the idea of liposuction and the thought just doesn’t go away. Like the fat. Maybe it’s time you stop thinking and do something about it. You can, you know.

“IF I COULD JUST CHANGE ONE THING…”

Sure, one thing. Something that’s been killing you. Saddle bags, muffin tops, thunder thighs…You want to grab the fat, squeeze, and make it go away. It’s all disgusting. And Snapchat or Selfies? Selfies can be brutal. Looks like you have three chins. So, this “just one thing” business. Just say it is just one area bothers you—like your thighs. But when you really look at it, there could be other things that can bother you in other places, too. Like your thighs and abs, maybe. Heard that a lot. But here’s something you’re going to want to hear for yourself. Good news. When it comes to reducing fat throughout the body today, it seems as if there’s nothing liposuction can’t do to contour and shape, firm and slim. All that stuff on your tentative, dubious, but sometimes hopeful wish list. How do flatter abs sound? Nothing grossly rolling over your pant when you sit? “A waist?” Unbelievable. But totally possible. With liposuction it’s bye-bye pear shape. Oh, and the horrors of upper arm jiggle? Go ahead, go sleeveless. Yep, that’s what we said. Knees? Not really as much fat there, but liposuction can still help them look slimmer and more in proportion with your legs. No more hiding them under loose pants anymore. Oh, and here’s a good one. The neck. This can be a real giveaway that you’re getting older. (Even if you’re not.) It droops, loses shape or fattens up. But once again, it’s liposuction to the rescue. Like other parts of your body, it can tighten, smooth and shape it. You’re never going to look like Audrey Hepburn, but, who does?

“I GOTTA KNOW, IS IT GOING TO WORK?”

First you have to get real.

You want that fat gone? (Rhetorical question) That’s what liposuction’s going to do for you. With the right doctor, you can get big time results. Well, big time in the sense might want to run out and shop. Or, are you sitting? Put on a bathing suit. (Major Victoria Secret Runway Angel bikini? Don’t kid yourself to that extent.) Yes, liposuction will work. That is if your expectations aren’t over the moon. Liposuction’s no magic wand. Be honest with yourself…what are you hoping it will do? If you expect it to make your body celebrity perfect, forget it. Which brings us to another point. Liposuction isn’t a cure-all for obesity. Most doctors won’t even consider using it on someone obese. It’s for getting rid of really stubborn fat in certain places all over your body.  It works best if you’re in pretty good shape and your skin isn’t all stretched out already. It isn’t going to zap any cellulite, getting rid of that dimpled stuff that really shows on your legs and buttocks. And if you think it’s going to make you lose a lot of weight since they’re taking the fat away…well, sorry, it doesn’t take removing a lot of fat to get remarkable results. (That’s where a doctor intensely trained in the procedure comes in.)

But the answer to your original question is a definite “yes”. You’ll really see a difference. You’ll see those outer thighs gone, your skin is going to look smoother. And tighter. You’re going to have a figure with natural looking curves and contours that are more proportional. You’re going to have shape you can’t stop looking in the mirror at. Sound fabulous? It is. And that’s just on the outside. Because you’re going to feel a whole lot better about yourself inside, with confidence and self-esteem you never felt before. Liposuction is going to let you get past your hang-ups and body issues. You’re going to want to get out and start living your life the way you wanted to. Does that answer your question?

“LIPOSUCTION. SCORE ANOTHER ONE FOR WOMEN.”

We always sort of think about women when it comes to liposuction, but it’s not the case. Why shouldn’t men be as self-conscious and distressed about their bodies as much as women?  Why shouldn’t you feel as uncomfortable in clothes that don’t fit or at the beach in a bathing suit. Even in the locker room at the gym. You worry you’ll embarrass your kids…your wife will lose interest…and if you’re single, you don’t even think about dating. You spend your nights watching Xfinity and men with 12 packs (6 packs died a few Matt Damon and Chris Hemsworth movies before.) Now who’s being cruel to who? “Liposuction? Give me a break.” We’ll admit it, liposuction is stereotyped as an option for women. But guys, you’ve got an issue women never have to deal with or even think about— “man boobs”. There’s nothing else to call it. That’s what you hear. No one knows it’s actually a disease that results in enlargement of the breast tissue. You want to talk humiliating? It can happen to boys as young as 14 when hormonal changes happen. Self-esteem goes down the drain. Liposuction can feel like a life saver. You know what else? Liposuction can get rid of fat in some of the same areas women get it for. Why shouldn’t you want to get rid of fat in your waist or stomach, too? All right, so you call it “gut”. In any language, it can be gone. The point is, liposuction can help give you the tighter, better shaped look you want. Not to mention a better image of yourself. Man, is this something you should look into right now.

“I WOULDN’T KNOW WHERE TO START.”

DO YOUR RESEARCH!!! We can’t say this any stronger. But not the kind of research you think we mean. If you make the mistake (o.k., we know everyone does it) of endless hours of internet obsession, you could get sucked into some pretty confusing stuff. This article says this…another says that. Our heads would spin, too. What you really need to find out is who’s the absolutely right, qualified and experienced specialist to do the procedure. Unfortunately, there are some unlicensed, uncertified and even untrained people claiming to produce miraculous results, for procedures that shouldn’t even be done.  Or especially overdone. “Lipo” specials are even popping up at spas. And hold on for this one; even on Groupon.

So we have to repeat here, it’s all about the doctor you ultimately choose. There’s a lot of information to find and know when you’re choosing your liposuction doctor, but it will be well worth the work. Ask for recommendations. Find out their training and qualifications.  And you know what might help in this whole process? Get some support. Positive support. Your friends, family, general internist who are all behind you. Don’t go it alone. Fly your thoughts at someone. Let them know what you’re feeling.  Naysayers not welcome.

Next, start with a list. Anything and everything you want answers to. Take it to your consultation. Get the whole story. Not some story they’re trying to pull you into. You want a doctor who will listen and spend as much time with you as you need. Don’t feel pressured. See samples and results of work they’ve done. Be prepared. You’re putting your body in their hands, so you want to feel totally comfortable and confident from the start. You don’t want the wrong procedure with the wrong doctor or just as important, the right procedure with the wrong doctor. Weigh the experience and listen to your gut. All of this will help shape your decision.

 

“I’M READY TO DO IT. DR. THOMAS. A. NARSETE MD IS EVERYTHING I’M LOOKING FOR.”

Great choice.

Is Dr. Narsete someone who treated you with respect and consideration, explained the procedure in understandable detail and was totally honest about what he can do for you?

Without question.

Do his qualifications and intensive experience in every type of liposuction rise above the expertise other surgeons claim to have so that you firmly believe in the complete and total safety of his work?

Absolutely.

Does he utilize the combination of technical skill with an artistic eye to give you a body with an often enviable, naturally contoured shape?

Beyond compare.

THEN IN ANSWER TO YOUR DECISION, WE COULDN’T BE HAPPIER FOR YOU.

Thinking about Getting a Brazilian Butt Lift?

A Famous Denver Plastic Surgeon Has Something to Tell You

Plastic Surgery in Denver

Flat or uneven buttocks and breasts can be a cause of discomfort and embarrassment. Your Denver plastic surgeon can confirm that butt and breast augmentation surgeries are one of the fastest and safest ways to enhance the shape of your body. Augmentation surgeries can help by making the targeted area plumper, more appealing, and more proportionate with the body. While there are several cosmetic procedures that achieve these goals, Brazilian butt lifts and breast augmentation in Denver are currently very popular.

What is a Brazilian Butt Lift?

A Brazilian Butt Lift takes fat from one area of a patient’s body, and transfers it to the buttocks. This will increase the size and curvature of the buttocks, making them appear bigger, more curvy, and aesthetically pleasing to others. Brazilian Butt Lifts are surgical procedures, so it is extremely important to prepare for the surgery in advance. There are many important aspects of preparing for a Brazilian butt lift in Denver which should be considered.

Preparing For a Brazilian Butt Lift

Preparations for a Brazilian butt lift must begin at least two weeks prior to the surgery. Preparatory measures can include:

Changing Habits

People who drink alcohol or smoke need to change their habits, at least temporarily. Alcohol and nicotine can impair the healing abilities of the body, and patients who indulge in either usually take a longer time to recover from the surgery.

Comfortable Resting Spots

After getting a Brazilian butt lift surgery in Denver, patients might not be able to sit or lay down normally. Therefore, it is important that they design adequate resting and sleeping places, where they will be able to lie on their stomach or sides.

Plan a New Routine

Patients should know that when they return after surgery, their daily lives will be affected. They might have to take off from work, or they might have to limit their daily physical activities. They should plan accordingly in advance.

Realistic Expectations

Brazilian Butt Lifts can reshape the body, but patients should keep their expectations realistic. There will be enhancement, but one procedure will not magically give anyone a completely different body. It also takes time for the body to heal post-surgery, so patients should not expect immediate changes.

Dr. Thomas A. Narsete is an experienced Denver plastic surgeon who has performed cosmetic surgeries on many patients. More information on Brazilian Butt Lifts and other body augmentation procedures can be found at: tnplasticsurgery.com.