This is a young woman, 23 years old, who was frustrated because she felt her body “looked square” and lacked shape. Being fairly tall (5’8”) without defined made her feel self-conscious and lack confidence. With smaller breasts, she felt that her body was not proportional. In a combined plastic surgery session, she had breast augmentation with silicone implants and Aquashape liposuction of her abdomen and waist. She is shown before and three months after. Her weight has decreased 11 pounds since having the procedure.
Both the breast augmentation and liposuction were performed at the same time while the patient was asleep under general anesthesia. The surgical procedure took just over two hours. New generation “gummy bear” breast implants were placed under the breasts to restore a natural roundness to them.
At the same time, Aquashape water-assisted liposuction removed fatty tissue from the abdomen and waist. Just over 5 lb of fat was removed (2350 grams). Liposuction with post-op weight loss (11 pounds) was just what this patient needed to have curves and shape that brought her confidence in her body.
Over the first two weeks after surgery, the swelling decreased and she was driving 5 days after the procedures. She returned to work on day 8, still wearing compression garments. She needed pain medicine for the first week and occasionally at night during the second week.
So many young women suffer from poor body image. Many are exercising and trying to follow a healthy lifestyle, but feel insecure because of the way their body is shaped. Sometimes there are fatty tissue deposits in the worst places that seem never to go away.
Unwanted fat particularly in the lower tummy or waist area can give a squareness to the body and an exaggerated fullness to the tummy. Neither of these are typically desired or reflect a young woman’s healthy body. Liposuction can remove this stubborn fatty tissue selectively to improve shape and restore waist definition.
This combination of breast augmentation with liposuction was chosen to enhance the curves in a dramatic way, contouring the waist while enhancing the bust. Silicone breast implants were used instead of a fat transfer procedure because the enhancement desired by the patient could not be achieved with fat transfer breast augmentation.
Women who are overweight should absolutely first investigate a healthy lifestyle. This means healthy diet, regular exercise, stress reduction, self-care. Liposuction is not a weight loss treatment. Overweight women who chose liposuction as a quick fix over a healthy lifestyle almost always regain the weight within the first year. Liposuction selectively removes small quantities of fat where it creates a distortion in body shape. Your body will store fat somewhere, and you won’t have a choice where it goes.
The goal for this young woman was to help her with better shape and balance. By making her breasts larger and more proportional to her frame (and desire) and reducing her torso her shape and balance is completely different. The changes were complimentary. Now in profile her most projecting body area is her breast, not her tummy.
All liposuction devices remove fat through a cannula from a remote site. The problem is how the fat is removed. The energy or force with all other types of liposuction creates trauma to the normal tissues in the surrounding area. This results in swelling and bruising, and sometimes permanent numbness.
Dr. Ditesheim wanted a liposuction technique that would permanently remove the fat but be gentle on the body for safety and better recovery. Aquashape uses a controlled water jet to dislodge the fat cells and then permanently remove them from the body. Think of if as “flushing away the fat”. It really is a safer, gentler approach compared to the other techniques plastic surgeons use. It even allows the patient to have the procedure awake if they prefer. Without going to sleep, you have the option to drive yourself home.
There will always be new technologies, but for over 10 years, Dr. Ditesheim continues to use Aquashape for its effectiveness and gentleness.
Plastic surgery procedures like breast augmentation and breast lift can have a significant influence on a person’s body contour, helping boost their confidence to new heights. To learn more about these procedures and how a breast implant can help you get the curves you want, schedule a consultation with Dr. Ditesheim by calling our office or contacting us online.