Liposuction: The Most Popular Plastic Surgery Procedure from Raleigh to Beverly Hills

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Liposuction: The Most Popular Plastic Surgery Procedure from Raleigh to Beverly Hills. Dr. Michael Law, a board certified plastic surgeon has moved his Beverly Hills plastic surgery practice to his hometown of Raleigh, NC. He discusses new advancements in liposuction.

Liposuction: The Most Popular Plastic Surgery Procedure from Raleigh to Beverly Hills. Dr. Michael Law, a board certified plastic surgeon has moved his Beverly Hills plastic surgery practice to his hometown of Raleigh, NC. He discusses new advancements in liposuction.

Liposuction is a body contouring operation that requires not only an artist’s eye, but also the insight to determine which patients are likely to benefit from the procedure (and which specific areas of a patient’s body are appropriate for liposuction). When artfully and appropriately applied, liposuction can produce dramatic contour improvements. As with all plastic surgery, the goal should be to produce a natural contour.

Aren’t there different kinds of liposuction?

Liposuction is traditionally performed using vacuum suction. Recently, new technologies have become available in an attempt to improve the efficiency of fat removal. ‘Power-assisted’ liposuction uses an energy source applied to the liposuction apparatus to create vibrations that enhance the efficiency of fat removal.

‘Ultrasonic’ liposuction, uses ultrasonic energy emitted by the liposuction apparatus to emulsify (liquefy) fat and enhance its removal. A consequence of ultrasonic energy emission is heating of tissues, which can lead to burns and other complications if a number of precautions are not carefully followed. This has led some plastic surgeons to not adopt or to abandon ultrasonic liposuction.

Is ‘tumescent’ liposuction better?

Well, yes, but tumescent technique is used for all liposuction, and has been for a quite some time. ‘Tumescent technique’ essentially means that a saline solution containing epinephrine is injected into the areas to be suctioned, so that blood vessels in the fat constrict and bleeding is minimized.

Choose your surgeon carefully

Liposuction is the most commonly performed surgical procedure each year in the United States. Here’s a statistic that many may not have heard: the majority of physicians performing liposuction in the United States are not plastic surgeons; in fact, many do not have any formal surgical training whatsoever. It seems hard to believe, but many physicians performing liposuction have had no more training in liposuction than a ‘weekend course’. One way to determine whether or not a physician has had appropriate training in a particular surgery is to confirm that they have hospital privileges for that procedure.

Perhaps some practicioners view liposuction as a ‘simple’ surgery, since it does not involve making large incisions, and it requires little, if any, suturing. Nothing could be further form the truth.

Dr. Michael Law believes that Liposuction is a very challenging operation that requires careful planning and preparation, and a great deal of care and finesse when it is performed. It requires a three-dimensional understanding of the layers of human anatomy, an understanding that is second nature to a surgeon alone. I think that it is often an inadequate understanding of anatomy (and, perhaps, of the body’s response to surgery) that leads to poor results in liposuction which are sometimes seen.

Dr. Law believes the goal of aesthetic plastic surgery today is to provide a natural, not "done" result. When performed expertly, friends and family of an aesthetic surgery patient will often comment that a patient looks great, but can't put their finger on what the change is. Good plastic surgery doesn't look like surgery, it just looks good.

Dr. Michael Law is the only solo practice plastic surgeon voted among the best in the Raleigh, NC area in 2003 and 2004. Patients from all parts of the country choose Dr. Law as their plastic surgeon to ensure beautiful natural looking results. Dr. Michael Law has moved his Beverly Hills plastic surgery practice back to his hometown of Raleigh, NC. "I have always loved Raleigh" says Dr. Law, "now that I have a family of my own, I wanted them to be here. I want my sons to experience all the wonderful things I experienced growing up here. I miss my practice and patients from Beverly Hills, but it is wonderful to be back home."

Dr. Law has been featured in many national magazines, news reports, and television programs although he has declined invitations to participate in plastic surgery reality shows.

For more information go to http://www.michaellawmd.com or call (919)256-0900

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