LipoLift is the trademarked name of Dr. Darm's signature laser-assisted liposuction procedure (laser lipolysis) that removes fat from the body. This minimally invasive surgical procedure is a popular body sculpting solution that “melts” fat with less pain, less downtime, and consistently favorable results. The laser is slipped thru a very small hole in the skin and passed back and forth slowly dissolving fat and fat cells. The melted fat is then gently sucked out through a small cannula. One to two liters of fat can be removed during the procedure. Treatment areas include the abdomen, flanks, arms, neck, and thighs.
Unlike some national providers, you'll always meet with the doctor that will perform your procedure before your surgery. We'll also perform a full medical history and physical (H&P), Electrocardiogram (ECG), and blood workup to ensure that you're a good candidate for the procedure. Once the procedure is completed, your physician will schedule follow-up appointments to review your results.
What to Expect at Your Consultation
At your scheduled consultation you will be greeted by a Wellness Consultant who will take you to a private office to watch a short video segment which visually explains the procedure. You will be shown before and after photos of previous patients to allow you a visual conception of what the procedure and physicians techniques have achieved in past cases. The photos shown will only be of patients who have given written consent to show their images. You will either, see the doctor who performs your procedure, nurse practitioner who assists in the procedure, or lastly have a telecommunication discussion from a licensed physician to determine if you may be a candidate for the procedure. This is done to determine your health status, medications, and to answer your medical questions before committing to the procedure. Once this is completed if you are a candidate and you are interested in moving forward all of your financial paperwork will be processed and your blood work and EKG will be completed for the physician to review before your history and physical. Your before photo’s will be taken as well for your clinical chart records and your appointment will be scheduled. Then prior to the procedure a physician or nurse practitioner will perform a full history and physical. If at that time it is determined that you are not a candidate you will receive a full refund, and will not be charged for the blood work, EKG, or history and physical.Liposuction Techniques
Understanding the Different Liposuction Techniques is very important before deciding what you are getting and the procedure you really want. Liposuction is also known as lipoplasty is a technique most commonly used in cosmetic surgery for removing excess fat, body sculpting, and contouring. Liposuction is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures performed and continues to grow.
Most Common Techniques Used
What We Use
- Laser Assisted Liposuction (LAL): This procedure utilizes a laser device to gently melt the fat and then a mechanical vacuum device to suction out the fat. This technique has less downtime, faster recovery, and with the heat of the laser adds skin tightening to all the areas treated. A local infiltration with lidocaine anesthesia can be used to numb the area treated while the patient is awake. To relax the patient a light oral sedative is optional and is used in many cases. Many manufacturers have marketed these lasers to the public including SmartLipo, SlimLipo, LipoLite, and TickleLipo to name a few. The device that we use is the SlimLipo by Palomar which we believe to be a superior device given our experience. The puncture wounds are very small, about the size of a cocktail straw, without requiring suturing and usually heal without significant scarring. The procedure is quick, comfortable and very effective at eliminating unwanted subcutaneous fat. Normally only one day is required to recover. A compression garment is then worn for 3 weeks to maximize results.
What Others Use
- Traditional Liposuction: Utilizes a cannula to mechanically rip out the fat and then a mechanical vacuum device to suction out the fat. This technique requires more downtime, longer recovery, and no tightening. This particular procedure may require general anesthesia which adds to the risk involved. A week for recovery is not uncommon.
- Power Assisted Liposuction (PAL): Utilizes a motorized device to mechanically cut and rip the fat deposits and then a mechanical vacuum device to suction out the fat. This technique is more damaging to the tissue. It requires more downtime, longer recovery and there is no tightening. This particular procedure may require general anesthesia which adds to the risk involved. Again there is more pain, trauma and downtime.
- Ultrasound Assisted Liposuction (UAL): Utilizes high-pitched sound waves to liquefy the fat and a mechanical vacuum device to suction out the fat. You experience more pain, more downtime and less tightening than laser assisted liposuction.
- Water Assisted Liposuction (WAL): Utilizes a fan-shaped water jet to break up the fat and a mechanical vacuum device to suction out the fat. While less traumatic this technique is also less effective and there is no skin tightening.
- Non-Invasive Options: This includes a wide array of devices utilizing many different technologies. In most of these procedures multiple treatments are required and in most cases they are performed by a laser technician or Esthetician. To achieve maximum results special diets, exercise, and drinking a certain amount of water are required. The pricing is generally the same as liposuction. None of these options can achieve the results that can be accomplished using the Laser Assisted Liposuction in one treatment. Some of the technology includes:
- Liposuction Areas: Make sure to ask questions regarding pricing and how the areas are determined. We keep it simple for you to understand and feel that we truly meet our patient’s expectations. We will always price match any reasonable offer.
Some physicians may utilize these techniques in combination during a procedure. Even adding a laser for tightening to the mechanical devices is not the same as pure laser technology. You will still experience the pain, downtime and inadequate tightening seen with purely mechanical techniques. At Aesthetic Medicine we only utilize LAL (Laser Assisted Liposuction). We use much smaller cannulas, than with traditional liposuction and we do not use traumatizing mechanical devices to disrupt the fat. At Aesthetic Medicine we will perform a blood panel, EKG, and full History and Physical to make sure that you are an ideal candidate for this procedure. This is not done by most providers who offer these services. Make sure that you understand what technique will be used in your procedure so that you understand the downtime, healing process involved, and lastly the risk involved. This is especially important if you decide to perform this procedure elsewhere. Again we do not utilize any technique other than the laser assisted liposuction that only involves local anesthesia and no IV while you are completely awake. Dr. Zawacki is the only physician performing this procedure at our facility, it is the only procedure that she performs and she has performed over 3000 of these procedures.
Here at Aesthetic Medicine we utilize Care Credit Financing. Care Credit is a well established name in the cosmetic and dental industry. They offer many different financing options including no interest plans. Aesthetic Medicine also accepts other forms of financing like Visa, MC, American Express, check, and of course cash. We suggest that if Care Credit financing is something that you may be interested in that you complete the application in the privacy of your home or office.
Our pricing is very competitive and we will always price match any reasonable offer. Most of our competitors do not perform blood panels, EKG’s, or history and physical exam prior to the procedure.
Lastly, I hope that we have adequately informed you about the process before your visit. We understand that this is a big commitment and thank you for taking the time to schedule a free consultation at Aesthetic Medicine to discuss your options.
EXILIS TREATMENTS FOR CELLULITE
(PORTLAND FACILITY ONLY)
Exilis is a non-surgical procedure that involves the use of radio frequency (RF) energy for fat reduction and tissue tightening. The procedure uses radio waves to heat skin and targeted fat cells. This thermal energy speeds up the metabolic activity of the fat cells thereby shrinking them. By combining RF energy with cooling, we can treat all areas of the body where stubborn cellulite persists or where tighter and/or firmer skin is desired. Patients remain relaxed and comfortable during the 15 to 30 minute procedure. Exilis treatments cause no pain, no downtime, and no anesthesia with best results seen after only 8 (eight) sessions.