Body Contouring Span from Surgical to Non-Surgical
Body Lift, Lipo, Tummy Tuck...
What is the best option for you?
A fit and well-proportioned body is often considered a symbol of health and vitality. But despite good health and a reasonable level of fitness, you may still have a body with disproportionate contours due to localized fat deposits. This may be due to heredity, hormone imbalance, family traits, or considerable weight loss. We can help you achieve your goal of a well-proportioned body, with body contouring.
If you are bothered by excess fat deposits, located anywhere on your face or body, that do not respond to diet or exercise, the gold-standard way to achieve this is thru liposuction/body contouring. In general, liposuction slims and reshapes specific, localized areas of the body by removing localized or regional excess fat deposits, improving your body contours and proportion, and ultimately, enhancing your self-image. Unlike weight loss which can remove fat and fullness from all areas, actually making you look older or as some express "gaunt." Liposuction can specifically target the areas where you want fat removed.
The most common areas are love handles (flanks), back rolls, abdomen, inside of the thighs, saddlebags, neck, and arms.
Liposuction, also called lipoplasty or suction lipectomy, is the surgical removal of localized or regional excess fatty tissue. There are three techniques to the procedure.
Traditional liposuction, is defined as surgical suctioning of excess fat deposits using a local anesthetic. The anesthesia is achieved by a Tumescent saline solution containing Lidocain anesthetic to prevent bruising, prior to the actual removal of fat.
SmartLipo MPX laser (see below).
Lipo sculpture is achieved thru a gentle, manual syringe removal. Liposuction is a highly individualized procedure and requires careful consideration of your specific concerns and the area you desire improvement. Dr. Merkel will evaluate your skin tone and elasticity, as well as fat density and distribution, and will determine which procedure - or combination of procedures - will help you achieve your goals.
This laser-assisted lipolysis procedure is a revolutionary, minimally invasive treatment that permanently destroys fat cells, improves overall body shape, and actually results in tissue tightening. Perfect for those areas that do not respond to diet or exercise. Continued improvement can be seen in your body over 3 to 6 months after the procedure. SmartLipo MPX is often used by Dr. Merkel alone or in combination with traditional liposuction.
A flat and well-toned abdomen is something you may strive for through exercise and weight control. Often these methods cannot achieve your goal. Even individuals of otherwise normal body weight and proportion can develop an abdomen that protrudes or is loose or sagging. Also known as abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck removes excess fat and skin, and in most cases restores weakened or separated muscles creating an abdominal profile is smoother and firmer. You'll like looking into the mirror again!
A tummy tuck is highly individualized and Dr. Merkel will consult with you regarding the best method of performing the procedure and talk with you about your goals and expectations. Although excess fat and skin are removed, a tummy tuck is not a substitute for weight loss or an appropriate weight loss program but can help smooth and firm your abdomen and improve your self-confidence and body image.