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Coolsculpting FAQS

How Many Coolsculpting Treatments are Needed?Every Coolsculpting procedure can lead up to a 25% reduction in the size of the fatty area treated.  So, if you are seeking a more than 25% reduction, a Coolsculpting procedure would need to be repeated.  This can be done anywhere from 2-4 months after the initial treatment.What are the Side Effects of Coolsculpting on the Stomach?Normal side effects of Coolsculpting on the stomach include redness, numbness, swelling and occasionally some discomfort.  Usually, all of these side effects resolve in a few days to weeks.Is Coolsculpting Covered by Insurance?No.  Coolsculpting is considered a cosmetic procedure and would not be covered by traditional health insurance.  However, Beleza Medspa does offer no-interest financing through CareCredit.What are Coolsculpting Pros and Cons?The Pros of Coolsculpting are that it is noninvasive, performed in office, no anesthesia is required, can take as little as 35 minutes, and there is no downtime.  The Cons of Coolsculpting are that results are limited to a 25% reduction in the fatty layer, it can’t sculpt the fat layer or transfer the fat and it can only treat areas that the applicator can fit.Does Coolsculpting Work on the Arms?Yes.  Coolsculpting works great to reduce pinchable fat on the arms.How Much Does Coolsculpting Cost for the Stomach?It depend on the areas of the stomach and the results desired.  The stomach is divided into upper and lower areas and each may require a separate treatment.  Additionally, larger fat layers will require larger applicators and further treatments.  A free consultation is required to determine a personalized quote.How Much Does Coolsculpting usually Cost?As Coolsculpting Prices reflect the cost of the applicators which can run from $800-$1600, one can expect to spend several thousand dollars for an effective Coolsculpting procedure.  In terms of the results delivered, Coolsculpting can actually be a bargain.Does Coolsculpting Actually Work?Yes.  Coolsculpting has been performed millions of times and is the gold standard for noninvasive fat reduction.  Coolsculpting is proven technology that freezes fat cells in a controlled fashion, causing the body to remove them.  How does Coolsculpting work?How Much Does Liposuction Cost?This is a great question.  As Coolsculpting can only reduce up to 25% of fat per session, patients who are seeking more reduction may find the Coolsculpting price too high.  Liposuction offers the ability to remove a large amount of fat in one session and also offers body sculpting and fat transfer.  So, for many patients, liposuction vs coolsculpting may be the better alternative.More Top Coolsculpting Questions and Answers …

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Most Common Cosmetic Dermatologic Procedures

ASDS Consumer Cosmetic Dermatologic Procedure SurveyRecently, the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery released their consumer survey of Cosmetic Dermatologic procedures.   There were many interesting findings why patients were seeking such procedures and what procedures they were looking for.Who influenced these consumers regarding their procedures?Surprisingly, while 50% of these consumers listed their Dermatologist as the most important, more than 40% listed their friends and more than 30% listed their primary care physician.  This indicates the importance of referrals from friends and families as well as the importance of other physician specialties in the recommendation of cosmetic procedures.Why are consumers exploring cosmetic dermatologic procedures?These finding were very interesting and also not surprising.  Consumer comments included “I want to feel more confident”, “I want to appear more attractive”, and “I want to look as young as I feel or better than my age”.  These are common refrains that we hear from our patients at Beleza Medspa.  When asked for reasons why they are waiting for such procedures they commented “Cost”, “May be painful” and “May not get the results I am looking for”.  Beleza medspa tries to reduce such concerns by offering specials and deals, less invasive and painful procedures and by trying to offer only procedures that are proven to be clinically effective.What are consumers bothered by?Again, these findings were interesting and not surprising.  The top body concerns were: “Excess weight on any part of the body”, “Line and wrinkles under the eyes”, “Excess fat under the chin/neck” and “Skin texture and or discoloration”.  Beleza Medspa offers solutions for all of these concerns including to lose fat, for eye wrinkles, double chins and skin texture and pigment problems.What are the most common Cosmetic Dermatologic Procedures?The most popular procedures included body sculpting, treatments to tighten skin or smooth wrinkles using ultrasound, laser, light, or radiofrequency, microdermabrasion and laser hair removal.  Beleza Medspa offers Liposuction and Coolsculpting, Ultherapy, Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing, ThermiVa and Hydrafacials (replacing microdermabrasion).Which procedures did consumers find the most satisfying?Consumers rated the following procedures as most satisfying: injectable wrinkle relaxers and fillers, body sculpting,  laser and light treatments for redness, tone or scars, laser tattoo removal, vein treatments and chemical peels.  Beleza Medspa offers many of these procedures including Botox, Xeomin and Juvederm, Coolsculpting and Liposuction, IPL Photofacials, Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing, Sclerotherapy and Chemical Peels.How much do consumers pay for skin care?Almost 80% of Consumers reported spending up to $100 a month on skin care products and more than half would prefer to pay more up front to lower their costs annually.  Beleza Medspa has several programs designed specifically to lower the costs for regular skin care including the Beleza Babe Vip Program and the Fresh Skin Club.…

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Eye Wrinkles

What are the types of Eye Wrinkles?Our eyes are constantly opening and closing every time we blink.  Plus, when we smile and make other facial expressions, our eyes have a role too.  All this movement eventually causes wrinkles in the skin around the eyes.  The eye is surrounded by a circular muscle that acts to open and close the eyelid.  The wrinkles that result from its movement, tend to form in lines radiating from the center of the eye.  These eye wrinkles can run up to the eyebrow and down to the cheek.  These under eye wrinkles are better known as Crows Feet.What causes Eye Wrinkles?Did you ever wonder why children don’t have eye wrinkles as they are constantly opening and closing their eyes too?  The answer is contained in the overall condition of the elasticity of the skin.  Children have a lot of elasticity and their skin easily and readily bounces back after movement.  However, as we age, we lose that elasticity and after a movement, the skin remains folded and an under eye wrinkle eventually forms.What causes the loss of skin elasticity?The easy answer is the sun.  Damaging UV rays from the sun, damage the two main components of the skin, collagen and elastin.  These proteins are the building blocks of skin and are critical for healthy, youthful appearing skin.   Sun damage not only damages collagen and elastin in the skin, but also decreases their production.  The result of the loss of collagen and elastin is skin that loses its elasticity and allows eye wrinkles to form.What can we do to treat eye wrinkles?There are several approaches to treat eye wrinkles.  The first involves relaxing the circular eye muscle around the eye that causes them.  Our goal is to relax the muscle’s movement, not paralyze it.  Botox and Xeomin, are well known neuromodulators that can serve this purpose.  A few relatively painless injections of Botox or Xeomin placed around the eye can help to reduce eye wrinkles and more importantly, prevent new eye wrinkles.  Botox and Xeomin last around 3-4 months, and continued maintenance is required.  If the wrinkles are real deep, then a dermal filler like Juvederm may be required.  Fillers like Juvederm can fill in the wrinkles and also replace lost under eye volume.  Botox and Juvederm work the best together to completely erase eye wrinkles.The other treatment for eye wrinkles is to improve the elasticity of the skin around the eye.  The easiest first step is to use an eye cream.  The most effective eye cream is a retinol or retinoid based product.  Retinol and retinoids actually activate the skin cells to produce new collagen and elastin, actually rejuvenating the skin.  There are many other products that are complementary to retinols and retinoids like Vitamin C, peptides, etc.  Of course none of these products are useful if you do not prevent more sun damage with a sunscreen.More advanced cases of sun damage and eye wrinkles, require procedures that can stimulate even more collagen production.  These procedures include chemical peels, microneedling and laser resurfacing.  Chemical peels can remove several layers of skin and sun damage, replacing it with new skin.  Microneedling involves the use of tiny needles that penetrate the lower layer of skin, the dermis.  The dermis is where collagen and elastin are produced, and the trauma from the microneedles induces the skin cells to produce more.  When the wrinkles and sun damage are severe, laser resurfacing may be needed.  Fractional CO2 laser resurfacing uses tiny laser beams to not only stimulate collagen and elastic production in the dermis, but to also remove the upper layers of the skin.  Each of these procedures have varying levels of discomfort and downtime, and a free consultation can help you decide on the best procedure for your needs.…

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Keto Diet

Keto Diet ExplainedThe preferred source of fuel for your body is sugar, aka glucose.  The main source of glucose for your body is carbohydrates which we are flooded with in the form of sugar and flour.  When you eat a slice of bread or eat some cookies, your body immediately converts those carbohydrates directly into glucose.  Some of that glucose is used to run your body, but any excess glucose is converted into fat, causing weight gain.  This is why our carbohydrate rich diets are making us continually fat.  The keto diet reverses this process and causes weight loss.The Keto Diet is designed to shift your body away from using glucose and carbohydrates as its preferred source of fuel.  The Keto Diet restricts carbohydrate intake and focuses on fats and protein.  When you eat fat instead of carbohydrates, your body is forced to start breaking down fat for a fuel source.  The liver starts to access your stored fat to break it down into ketone bodies.  These ketones can then be used as an alternate fuel source, especially by the brain.   When your body is breaking down fat to make ketones, you are in ketosis.It can take 3-4 days for your body to run out of glucose and completely shift over to ketones on the Keto Diet.  But once ketosis is achieved, your body is now running on the fat you ingest and your stored fat too.  In contrast to a carbohydrate rich diet where you were actively making fat, your body is now using fat to make energy for your body.  This is why significant weight loss can be seen with the keto diet.   The Keto diet shifts you from “fat producing” to “fat burning”.Many argue that the Keto Diet is the diet that most of us should follow long-term.  The carbohydrate rich world we live in now is not natural.  Carbohydrate rich food like breads, candy, sodas, cookies, etc., do not normally occur in nature.   Our bodies were never designed to have access to so many carbohydrate rich foods and this has led to the obesity epidemic.   Lean meats and fats as well as other low carbohydrate foods are more readily available in nature and are probably what we should be eating.  Low carbohydrate diets with most of the calories coming from fats and protein are probably what most of us should be following to prevent obesity.  The other benefit of the Keto Diet is that it help us break our food addiction, that is primarily due to carbohydrates.Keto Diet MenuSo what keto diet foods are on the keto diet menu?  The main focus of the keto diet menu is to avoid carbohydrates, especially those rich in sugar and flour.  This means no rice, no pasta, no breads, no cakes or cookies, no ice cream, no fruits, no potatoes and no candy.  So what can you eat on the keto diet?  You can eat meats, eggs, fish, vegetables that grow above ground, cheese and natural fats like butter and olive oil.The other remarkable thing about the keto diet menu is that it tends to make you less hungry.  When you eat a lot of carbohydrates, your blood sugar spikes and causes the release of insulin by your body.  Insulin causes fat storage and hunger.  When your diet focuses on fat and protein and you are in ketosis, there are no insulin surges that cause those sugar cravings.  In fact, fat and protein has also been found to make you feel fuller faster, leading to less food intake overall.  The keto diet is not only ideal for weight loss, but more importantly for weight maintenance.Contact us today for a free consultation for medical weight loss and the Ideal Protein Diet.…

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Med Spa Near Me

Looking for a Med Spa Near Me?Finding a good Austin Med Spa can be a daunting task.  Besides the incredible number of procedures available, there are an overwhelming number of Med Spa providers in the community.  There are Cosmetic Surgeons, Plastic Surgeons, Dermatologists and may others running Med Spas.  We would like to give you some tips when choosing a Med Spa near me.Med Spa Near Me Tip 1: Medical DirectorThe owner of a legitimate Med Spa should have a visible medical director.  This is important as this physician is responsible for training and supervision of the staff as well the treatment of any potential complications.  If no physician is readily identifiable, it is best to go elsewhere.Med Spa Near Me Tip 2: ExperienceLook for a Med Spa that has at least 5 years of experience.  This way you know that there are established staff and policies available to provide the procedures you want.  You don’t want to be an experiment or a practice patient when undergoing these procedures.Med Spa Near Me Tip 3: Available ProceduresOffering a few procedures is fine.  However, many of these procedures complement each other and improve your results like Botox & Juvederm or Coolsculpting and Liposuction.  The best Med Spas offer a wide variety of procedures as well as both surgical and non surgical options.  This way you know you are getting the best results with the best procedure available.Med Spa Near Me Tip 4: ConvenienceYour time is valuable.  A good Med Spa should offer multiple locations that bring their services closer to you.  Besides saving your time, a local office makes follow-up appointments more convenient.Med Spa Near Me: Beleza Med SpaBeleza Med Spa has everything you are looking for in a Med Spa in Austin.  Medical Director Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Staci Hix-Hernandez MD supervises and trains the Beleza staff.  Beleza Med Spa has been around more than a decade and is one of the leaders in Med Spa services like Botox, Juvederm, Coolsculpting, Microneedling, Hydrafacials and Plastic Surgery services like Liposuction, Tummy Tucks, Breast Augmentation, Mommy Makeovers, and more, in the Austin area.  Finally, Beleza Med Spa offers offices in Austin, Round Rock, Cedar Park and Killeen TX for your convenience.  Beleza recently opened BroDerma a MenSpa specifically for our male patients.  Contact us now for your free Austin Med Spa consultation!  …

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Botox Brow Lift

What is the Botox Brow Lift?The position of the eyebrows are critical to how are faces are perceived by others. “A younger brow has a lower central brow (near your nose), the arch is lateral (at the edge of your pupil), and the tail is elevated. An older brow has less of an arch and tends to be straighter and less curved throughout,”explains NYC-based plastic surgeon Dr. Melissa Doft.  As we age, the lateral or tail-end of the brow tends to droop making the face appear older.  The Botox Brow Lift can change this.A surgical brow lift aims to lift the brow, opening the eye and giving a more youthful appearance.  Non surgically, Botox injections can be used to produce the same effect without the expense, downtime and risks of surgery.  Specifically, Botox can be carefully placed to relax some of the muscles of the forehead that depress the brow.  This allows the muscles that elevate the brow to produce a brow lift.The great thing about the Botox Brow Lift is that it is very easy to perform, has no downtime and it will go away if you don’t like it.  It is even adjustable if you get too much lift or arching of your eyebrow!Botox Brow Lift Before and AfterThe effects of Botox on the forehead and brow are very pleasing.  There should be a relaxation of the forehead lines or wrinkles and a slight arching of the tail-end of the brow, producing an opened, youthful eye.Botox Brow Lift UnitsSo how many units of Botox does it take to produce a brow lift?  The great thing, is not many.  To relax the frown lines it may require 20-25 units and to relax the forehead it may take 10-15 units.Botox Brow Lift CostAs not may units of Botox are required for the brow lift, the cost is not excessive.  A typical Botox Brow Lift Cost can run from $300-$400, but is different for every individual.How Long Does a Botox Brow Lift Last?The typical effects of Botox will last 3 -4 months.  If the Botox injections are repeated before the full effect goes away, sometimes the results can last longer.Botox Brow Lift Near MeBeleza Medspa offers trained and experienced Botox injectors at all of its locations in Austin, Round Rock, Cedar Park and Killeen Texas.  Contacts us now for your free Botox Brow Lift consultation!          …

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Looking for Coolsculpting in Cedar Park TX?Beleza Medspa has been performing Coolsculpting in Cedar Park TX since 2013.  We have successfully treated thousands of Austin, Round Rock and Cedar Park patients with Coolsculpting.What is Coolsculpting Cedar Park?Coolsculpting is the revolutionary, non surgical body contouring procedure that was FDA approved to treat love handles in 2010 and the stomach in 2012.  Since then, more than 7,000,000 Coolsculpting treatments have been performed worldwide.Coolsculpting uses a technology called cryolipolysis or fat freezing.  The Coolsculpting machine freezes the fat in a safe, controlled fashion.  This causes some of the fat cells to die and gradually be removed from the body.  The results are a visible reduction in the fatty areas treated.  The great thing about Coolsculpting is that it is non invasive, with no anesthesia required, and can be performed comfortably, in office.  There is little to no downtime and results can be seen in several months.Top Coolsculpting Questions & AnswersWhat Body Areas can be Treated at Coolsculpting Cedar Park?The Coolsculpting procedure is now FDA approved for 9 body areas.  These include the chin and jawline (double chin), abdomen, love handles (flanks), inner thighs, outer thighs (saddlebags), upper arms, bra rolls, back fat and under the buttocks (banana roll).  Since each treatment can take as little as 30 to 60 minutes, multiple body areas can be treated in each office visit.What is the Coolsculpting Cedar Park Cost?The Coolsculpting Cost is personalized for each patient.   The cost depends on the areas that needed to be treated and the number of treatments needed for each area.  A personalized treatment plan is developed during your free consultation to meet your goals.  Beleza Medspa rewards patients who select multiple areas and multiple treatments with lower prices.How do I get a Coolsculpting Cedar Park Consultation?Easy!  Just call or email us for a free Coolsculpting consultation.  Our experienced Coolsculpting technicians will discuss your goals and how Coolsculpting at Beleza could meet them.  Coolsculpting is not right for every patient.  Some patients will benefit from Medical Weight Loss and/or Smartlipo Liposuction, and Beleza offers all of them!…

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Safe Lipo or Safe Liposuction

 What is Safe Lipo or Safe Liposuction?Safe Lipo is a standard liposuction procedure marketed as a new combination of liposuction techniques.  It basically involves three steps: “disrupting” or “separating” the fat, “aspirating” or “suctioning” the fat, and finally “smoothing” or “equalizing” the fat.  These techniques have been a part of liposuction for more than twenty years and have been utilized by Beleza surgeons for more than a decade.  In fact, Beleza Medspa incorporates all of these techniques into all of its Smart Liposuction procedures.What is Tumescent Anesthesia?This is absolutely the most important part of any liposuction procedure whether Safe Lipo or Smartlipo.  It involves the infusion of a salt water solution containing the anesthetic lidocaine and a drug called epinephrine (like in Epipens).  The tumescent anesthesia does four main things.  One, the fluid expands the fat cells and pushes all other structures out of the way so there is room to safely remove the fat.  Two, the fat is solid and the liquid tumescent anesthesia allows the fat to be easily suctioned away.  Three, the lidocaine numbs the fat layer (more than 12 hours) so the procedure can be performed comfortably and safely awake.  Four, the epinephrine constricts the blood vessels so there is little to no bleeding.  So as you can see, tumescent anesthesia is what makes modern liposuction so safe and effective.Microcannula LiposuctionWhen liposuction was first invented, the liposuction instruments were huge!  They could remove a lot of fat quickly, but they also left a lot of problems behind like divots and irregularities.  Smaller, more sophisticated liposuction cannulas are now used which not only prevent irregularities, but allow for much more advanced sculpting of the fat layer leading to better results.Fat Disruption or SeparationAfter instilling the tumescent anesthesia and before suction the fat, Beleza surgeons will disrupt the fat layer.  Using various types of cannulas, the surgeon will disrupt the fat cells from the surrounding tissues without using suction.  The goal here is to make it easier to remove the fat and increase the amount of fat removed.  Vaser liposuction can also be used similarly to disrupt and separate the fat from the surrounding tissues.Fat Aspiration or SuctioningOnce the fat has been loosened up by disruption or Vaser, the surgeon then uses standard microcannulas to begin to remove the fat cells.  This is where the skill, experience and creativity of the surgeon is critical.  This is like sculpting a statue, using fine instruments to remove small amounts of stone to slowly reveal the final result.  The surgeon suctions the fat off the body to carefully sculpt a new smaller, more attractive fat layer that better fits the body.Fat Smoothing or EqualizingWhen the surgeon is satisfied that enough fat has been suctioned away to produce the desired results, attention is now turned to the condition of the remaining fat.  It is this fat that you will be looking at when you are recovering, and not the fat that has been removed.  Beleza surgeons use several instruments to make sure that the remaining fat is smooth and well distributed.  This is the fine tuning step of the liposuction procedure.Skin TighteningLeaving a smooth, smaller fat layer is not the only desired result of Safe Lipo or Smartlipo.  What about the skin?  If the skin doesn’t shrink down over the new smaller fat layer, the results will be very disappointing.  Beleza surgeons are not only skilled in fat disruption, aspiration and smoothing, but also aggressive liposuction to induce skin tightening.  The connective tissue that connects the skin to the fat below, has to be stimulated to shrink down the skin to the fat.  This is accomplished by using techniques and instruments to safely induce skin tightening in this connective tissue layer, as in shrink wrap liposuction.Power Assisted LiposuctionBeleza surgeons have been using power assisted liposuction or PAL for almost 10 years.  PAL allows the surgeon to remove more fat with less effort, and the vibrations of the hand piece provide some degree of anesthesia for some patients.Open Drainage/Massage/CompressionSafe Lipo or Smartlipo doesn’t stop when the procedure is completed.  There are several more steps after the procedure that are just as important for good results.  The small incisions made to introduce the instruments and anesthesia are left open after the procedure.  This allows the remaining tumescent fluid and any loose fat to safely drain from the body, speeding recovery.  Liposuction patients are placed in compression garments that serve to shrink the skin down to the fat layer, smooth the fat later and reduce swelling.  Finally, massage is used to further smooth the fat layer and reduce swelling.Contact us now to make your FREE Safe Lipo or SmartLipo consultation now! …

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Beleza Receives AAAHC Accreditation Through 2022!

Beleza Medspa Reaccredited After Two Day InspectionOn January 21-22, 2019, Beleza Medspa Cedar Park, underwent a two day, on-site survey to continue its Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) certification.  Beleza Medspa is accredited specifically as an Office Based Surgery Suite (OBS) at its Cedar Park location.  The survey included an intensive survey by an outside AAAHC consultant who observed several surgeries, reviewed hundreds of pages of policies, interviewed Beleza staff and inspected equipment and the facility.  Beleza Medspa was initially accredited by AAAHC in 2013 and reaccredited in 2016.Beleza Medspa staff spent months preparing for the survey including revising policies, holding emergency drills and performing quality improvement studies.  AAAHC accreditation requires continual evaluation by management to ensure safe, high quality care is being provided to patients.Why AAAHC Accreditation?The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) was founded in 1979 to:“encourage and assist ambulatory health care organizations to provide the highest achievable level of care for recipients in the most efficient and economically sound manner. AAAHC accomplishes this by the operation of a peer-based assessment, consultation, education and accreditation program.”Beleza Medspa attains AAAHC accreditation on a voluntary basis as a sign to patients that we provide safe, high quality health care. The AAAHC certificate of accreditation is a sign that a health care organization meets or exceeds nationally-recognized Standards. …

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Liposuction 360

What is Liposuction?Basically, liposuction is the suctioning of excess fat from the body.  But that is an over simplification of what liposuction really is.  Liposuction is actually an artistic, body sculpting procedure designed to produce more aesthetically pleasing body contours.  The surgeon uses the liposuction instruments to carefully and skillfully remove excess fat to reveal new curves and profiles.  So, in the pursuit of liposuction results, the creative and artistic abilities of the surgeon are as important as their training.What is Liposuction 360?Like most sculptures, the body is 3 dimensional.  This means that treating one area, actually requires treating the neighboring areas to produce the best results.  For instance, let’s look at the waist.  You could just treat the abdomen and get a smaller waist.  But to really get the smaller, tighter waist (snatched), one would also need to treat the love handles and the back too.  This all-around liposuction, or liposuction 360 (lipo 360) will give the patient the results possible.So liposuction 360 involves circular liposuction around the body areas treated.  Liposuction 360 is critical in areas like the waist, arms and thighs, where the fat is contained in tight compartments.  The thing to know about these areas, is that the fat and the skin are all connected.  Best results require treating all the connected areas.  Removing fat from an area completely opposite the area that you are interested in, can produce even better results!How Does Liposuction 360 Work?As we mentioned above, liposuction 360 is critical for best results in areas like the arms, waist and thighs.  What do these areas have in common?  They are all basically closed compartments, tightly connected to each other.  As a result, removing fat with liposuction and inducing skin tightening, will produce results in the entire compartment.  For example, removing back and love handle fat, will produce a tighter waist on the opposite side, the abdomen.  Once you and more importantly, your surgeon understand liposuction 360, your liposuction results can be unlimited. …

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