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What is a mini tummy tuck?

If you’re seeking the results of a standard tummy tuck but targeting a smaller area of skin and fat, consider a mini tummy tuck. Also referred to as a mini abdominoplasty, a mini tummy tuck is a great way to help flatten and tighten your stomach with a faster recovery time. If there is excess skin below the belly button that you want to reduce, a mini tummy tuck is ideal for you. Many busy moms prefer the mini tummy tuck following giving birth because of the reduced down time, allowing them to return to their routines faster. We recommend waiting until you are finished having kids before opting for any sort of body-shaping procedure, including the mini tummy tuck.

The down time after a mini tummy tuck is typically around 2 weeks before patients feel up to participating in their standard routines. Following the mini tummy tuck procedure, patients can expect a firmer midsection and less loose abdominal skin, and patients can expect to see their final results 3-6 months following the procedure. The procedure itself consists of local anesthesia, a smaller incision and overall faster recovery time. The smaller incision also produces a smaller, more discrete scar compared to traditional tummy tuck procedures. Keep in mind that mini tummy tucks are not an ideal substitute for weight loss and patients should aim to achieve their goal weight before opting for this procedure.

What are stretch marks and how can I reduce their appearance?

Stretch marks are commonplace, but do you know exactly what they are? Stretch marks, also referred to as striae, are long, narrow stripes that occur as the result of skin being stretched too quickly. They are a form of scarring on the skin and can appear on nearly any body type and on any body part, as they are extremely common. Typically, stretch marks appear on the stomach, thighs, hips, breasts, upper arms and lower back, but they may appear anywhere the skin has stretched out. Stretch marks appear after a period of intense skin growth, often resulting during pregnancy, weight gain, weight loss or puberty.

While stretch marks can be difficult to treat, there are certain microneedling and radiofrequency heat treatments such as GENIUS by Lutronic that have shown promise in reducing the appearance of stretch marks. The GENIUS treatment tricks the body into creating and rejuvenating skin which is helpful for reducing stretch marks, ultimately hiding them and creating new skin on top of them.

How do I know when my breasts need to be redone?

When you opt for a breast augmentation in Chicago, know that the results won’t last a lifetime. This is only natural and something that comes with the territory of breast implants, but it can be tricky to determine the best time for another surgery while still trying to get the most use out of your current implants. On average, both saline and silicone breast implants last for around 10-20 years, but this number can change if there are complications such as hardening, rippling, a change in position, a rupture, etc.

Here are some tips to help determine when it’s time for an implant replacement.

Changing Shape When you initially get your breast augmentation in Chicago, you’ll be thrilled with their natural shape. While silicone implants are durable, saline implants have the potential to rupture and slowly deflate, ultimately changing their shape. The only way to restore the original shape is through breast revision.
Each Breast is a Different Size Your breasts should always be around the same size, especially when you have two implants that are the same size. Over time, you may notice that one breast begins to look uneven, causing a disproportionate, lopsided appearance. Movement, deflation or overall wear and tear can cause one breast to become smaller than the other.
You’re No Longer Happy with Their Size The number one reason that women choose to get their breast implants redone is simply because they are no longer happy with their size. Whether women initially go too small and want to opt for a larger pair of implants or initially went too big and want to downsize, this is a common reason for revision.

The decision to undergo breast augmentation in Chicago is a big one, but with our skilled team walking you through every step of the process, it’ll be a breeze! Call our team at the Liposuction and Cosmetic Surgery Institute to learn more about breast revision and how it can help your confidence for the better.

Can ice packs reduce belly fat?

Many of us only feel our best if we look our best. Excess body fat may cause us to feel self-conscious about our physical appearance. If diet and exercise don’t seem to be producing the results that you want, you may grasp at straws trying to find a solution that produces results.

Debunking Methods That Don’t Work Freezing off your fat is a method that has gained popularity over recent years. The idea is that the colder your body is, the harder it is working internally to heat itself up, burning excess calories along the way. However, strapping an ice pack to your stomach or to the targeted area won’t yield the results that you want. Additionally, this can be dangerous, because applying an ice pack to bare skin can, and will, cause frostbite, which can lead to a multitude of issues that require further medical evaluation and treatment. Cryolipolysis, which is the fancy name for fat-freezing, only works if the fat layer itself is specifically targeted. Again, an ice pack applied directly to bare skin for an extended period of time can cause serious medical issues to both the skin layer and the underlying muscle. Only specific modalities, like CoolSculpting, should be used in an effort to reduce pockets of fat via freezing. The CoolSculpting technology specifically targets the fat layer in the human body, while effectively protecting the dermal and muscle layers. Plus, in order for fat-freezing methods to become effective, they typically need to be completed a few times.

Turn to Liposuction Instead Instead of relying on a potentially promising fat-loss method, why not turn to a tried-and-true method to minimize fat? Liposuction in Schaumburg has long been used as an effective tool to reduce body fat. Liposuction is a great way to target specific areas of your body that are stubborn against weight loss. This procedure is ideal for those who have just experienced significant weight loss and want to improve their body’s natural contours. It’s mainly utilized to improve physical appearance and targets the following areas of the body:
  • Back
  • Abdomen
  • Chest
  • Buttocks
  • Hips
  • Thighs
  • Upper arms
  • Neckline
  • Flanks

Many patients turn to our expertise at the Liposuction & Cosmetic Surgery Institute for this procedure. Don’t wait to see how liposuction in Schaumburg can benefit you, contact our team today to schedule a consultation.

Liposuction vs. tummy tuck

Although the terms liposuction and tummy tuck (also known as abdominoplasty) are sometimes used interchangeably, the liposuction procedure and the tummy tuck procedure are different procedures that can both target the same problem: unflattering waistline. These cosmetic surgeries aim to make your stomach appear tighter, flatter and smaller, but the procedures themselves differ in many ways.

Who Is a Good Candidate? It’s important to note the differences in candidates between liposuction and tummy tuck procedures. Liposuction is an ideal fit for those who want to remove localized deposits of fat that are often found on the hips, thighs, stomach or buttocks. However, liposuction is not a weight loss tool and shouldn’t be utilized as a simple solution to your weight loss roadblock. Tummy tucks in Arlington Heights not only remove excess fat from the abdomen, but they also help remove excess skin in the abdominal region as well. Many women who have recently given birth opt for a tummy tuck over liposuction to help bring the core abdominal muscles back together that were stretched out during pregnancy.

Expected Results The expected results of each procedure are dependent on the weight gain after the procedure is done. Liposuction results tend to yield a flatter, proportioned midsection once the procedure is over. However, fat deposits still have the potential to appear after the procedure is over, though they don’t usually appear in the same areas that they originally appeared. Tummy tucks in Arlington Heights yield results that are considered permanent and your abdominal wall will be strong and tight. The only way that excess skin would come back is if there is a significant amount of weight gain in the same area or another pregnancy. While liposuction and tummy tuck procedures have many similarities, they also have many differences in how they work and the expected results.While both procedures are safe, the recovery from liposuction tends to be shorter when compared to tummy tucks, but may not produce the same results. Ultimately, it’s important that you consult with your doctor to help make an educated decision about which procedure is best for you.

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