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Cosmetic Surgery is a Means to an End

Cosmetic Surgery Pottsville, PA

Cosmetic Surgery Pottsville, PATo undergo cosmetic surgery means that you have decided to permanently alter a part of your face or body for the better. People do this because they want to feel better about their appearance; they want the way they look to reflect the way they feel. This is the ultimate goal. It is interesting, then, that a large percentage of individuals who set foot into a cosmetic surgery office do so with a certain idea in mind. Here is what that can look like . . .

Just remove that fat.

Unwanted fat sends millions of people to their cosmetic surgeon each year. We live in a society that admires the slim physique, and liposuction is a great way to get there. Because liposuction is so popular, there is a tendency for people to come into the office with the basic request of “just remove that fat.” In some cases, it isn’t that simple. One of the areas that present frustration is the midsection. Abdominal liposuction is only advantageous when the skin and muscle tone has not been disturbed by weight gain or pregnancy. If laxity has developed, removing excess fat cells may make that problem appear worse. We need to remember the ultimate goal. If that is to flatten the belly, liposuction may need the assistance of abdominoplasty.

Just lift my neck.

Neck lift procedures are being performed with greater frequency these days, and are especially popular for men who want to eliminate the look of a “turkey neck.” Neck lifts are performed to reduce horizontal bands, to lift sagging, thin tissue, and to reduce the appearance of a double chin (sometimes along with neck liposuction). What surprises many patients hears that a neck lift cannot remove the jowls that have developed along their jawline. Where there are jowls, there is a need for a facelift.

Cosmetic consultations start at the end – with the outcome you wish to attain. From the end-point, we can pave the path that gets you where you want to be. For more information on our surgical and non-surgical treatments, call our Pottsville or Hazleton office.

How Liposonix Can Help You Get Your Best Body

We all want to feel good when we get dressed in the morning, and also when we get undressed. To maintain the body, we are told to eat well and stay active. Indulging is something to do only occasionally, if at all. This, they say, will give us the body we want. Have you taken all the right steps only to discover that there are certain fatty deposits that just don’t want to leave you alone? You’re not alone. More importantly, you’re not stuck. Let’s talk about the value of Liposonix®, an innovative fat-reduction treatment available in our Pottsville and Hazleton offices.

How Liposonix Works

This non-surgical body contouring procedure harnesses the power of ultrasound energy. We are familiar with the safety of ultrasound in the area of diagnostic medicine, and are now witnessing its efficacy in the area of aesthetic medicine. What happens when high-intensity focused ultrasound hits fat cells after penetrating the skin is heat transfer. This heating of unwanted cells slightly damages them so the body can then metabolize them naturally.

Why People Love This Treatment

The clear advantage to Liposonix is that fat is disrupted and eliminated without the associated risks of surgery. There is no need for anesthesia because energy is delivered from the outside of the body. This also means there are no incisions, and there are no scars. Treatment appointments may take up to 90 minutes depending on the area we are treating. After each session, however, patients are able to immediately resume their normal activities. These are significant benefits that make up for any “delay” in noticeable results.

Because Liposonix relies on the natural processing of fat, it can take several weeks to notice a reduction in the circumference of the treatment area. If we were to look at surgical liposuction, though, we would still notice a lapse between treatment and final results due to the natural swelling and bruising that occur after surgery.

Every body is different and innovative technologies allow us the opportunity to customize fat-reduction based on particular needs and preferences. Get the care that your body needs in our practices near Philadelphia.

We’ve Got a Cool New Way to Lift Your Skin!

Non-Surgical Hazleton, PA

Non-Surgical Hazleton, PA Don’t you just love technology and how much as have advanced in this area? Who listens to CDs anymore? Most of us download digital files directly to our devices when we want to hear our favorite music. And cosmetic surgery? This is an area in which growth has remained consistent. However, there are more people who are taking a stand against aging earlier in life. This way, the need for surgical lifts may be postponed by several years.

We are a cosmetic surgery practice, yes; and we are also interested in helping the men and women who visit our Hazelton and Pottsville offices maximize their skin with numerous treatment options. One that we are excited to be using at this time is CooLifting, a four-minute treatment that makes a significant impact on the skin.

What is CooLifting?

CooLifting is a fascinating facial that promotes gorgeous skin with a blend of botanicals, hyaluronic acid, and a quick spritz of carbon dioxide. Essentially, this is like a miniature version of the cryotherapy that has become such a hot trend lately. The carboxy spray that is passed over the skin affects positive regeneration at the cellular level by increasing microcirculation. This increase prompts the accelerated production of collagen and elastin. The application of hyaluronic acid and botanicals adds luminosity and hydration that is vital to healthy aging.

Cool Facts about CooLifting

  • Studies suggest that the skin plumps and contracts (lifts) in response to highly-concentrated carbon dioxide.
  • The skin looks more radiant and luminous immediately after CooLifting treatment. Additional improvements continue as collagen and elastin stores increase.
  • Can be combined with other treatments and procedures, including microneedling and chemical peels.
  • CooLifting is safe and effective for all skin types and tones.

Non-surgical, Non-invasive tissue tightening is convenient and pain-free. We are proud to support our patient’s preferences for this type of treatment without inhibiting the results they can enjoy. Learn more about the innovative technology behind CooLifting by scheduling your visit with us. More importantly, schedule your treatment so you can experience all the benefits of a cryofacial for yourself!

Want Independence from your Baby Body? Let’s Talk Contouring Options!

Mommy Makeovers Hazleton, PAMotherhood is an exciting – albeit busy – endeavor. Raising children is a never-ending, amazing task, and only one aspect of the totality of being a mother. Women are also maintaining their relationships, professional success, and trying to throw in a bit of self-care wherever they can. Often, it is that self-care that gets the short end of the stick.

On one hand of mothering, there is the sheer joy of the love within the family. On the other hand, there are the cosmetic concerns a woman may struggle with as a result of biological changes.

  • We often think of breast changes related to breastfeeding. However, tissue changes usually begin during pregnancy. Some women gain as much as a cup size due to additional fat storage and the expansion of milk glands. The additional volume may linger for several months, especially when breastfeeding, but tends to deflate over time.
  • Fat stores. It is natural and necessary for fat stores to increase to support healthy fetal development. Where and how much fat the body holds is only partially related to diet and exercise habits during pregnancy. After giving birth, some women continue to struggle with stubborn fat that just doesn’t want to leave the body.
  • The abdominal muscles are made to stretch to accommodate a growing fetus. At some point, though, too much is just too much. Some women experience stretching to such an extent that muscle structure cannot be restored without surgery.

Body Contouring Techniques for a Beautiful Post-Pregnancy Body

Most women have heard of the Mommy Makeover, a series of surgeries that restore curves to the right places. A Mommy Makeover is a customized treatment protocol that may involve surgical and non-surgical therapies such as:

  • Breast Augmentation to restore fullness and height to the breasts.
  • Liposuction for targeted fat removal. Common areas include the abdomen, flanks, hips, and thighs.
  • Tummy tuck surgery corrects the separation that may affect the abdominal wall. This surgery also tightens skin that has become saggy and thin due to stretching.
  • Velashape® is a non-surgical body contouring treatment based on elos technology, which slims, tightens, and can even reduce the appearance of cellulite.
  • Liposonix® is body contouring using high-intensity focused ultrasound to heat excess fatty deposits to such an extent that the body metabolizes them over a few months’ time. The procedure feels warm but is not described as uncomfortable by most patients.

You can have a Mom Bod that you love. Learn more about our body contouring treatments by contacting our Pottsville or Hazleton office.

What You Can Do Now for Great Skin in the Future

Anti-Aging Treatments Hazleton, PA

Anti-Aging Treatments Hazleton, PAGreat skin. We may not look at our beauty concerns and say that they are related to our skin, but most of them are. The signs of aging, such as the formation of jowls or the flattening of the cheeks, are all related to how the skin ages. Primarily, it is the loss of collagen and fatty tissue in the face that leads to many of the concerns men and women express as they get older. This is why our knowledge and attainment of professional skin-boosting treatments is integral to younger looking skin now, a year from now, and ten years from now.

In our cosmetic surgery practices, patients from Philadelphia and surrounding areas can benefit from personal care and non-surgical treatments that boost the appearance of the skin. Some to consider before the busy holiday season includes:

  • Customized chemical peels. Chemical peels are spa-treatments that are customized to achieve the exact intensity of peeling needed to achieve the desired result. If you’ve got a special event in a week, a mild peel may be ideal to restore a healthy glow to your skin. If you’ve got more time to invest in recovery, a deep peel may be ideal for the most dramatic improvements, which can include reduced lines and wrinkles and tighter, smoother skin.
  • Laser treatments. There are various lasers used in aesthetic medicine to enhance the appearance of the skin. Most work by gently heating and ablating superficial tissue. The result of laser treatments may be heightened radiance, smoother texture, and the reversal of sun damage. Laser treatments are commonly performed on the face, neck, chest, and hands.
  • A gentle rejuvenating treatment, microneedling sounds much harsher than it is! This technique makes tiny pinhole channels in the skin at varying depths to incite collagen proliferation. With more collagen flowing through the epidermis, the skin appears smoother, tighter, younger.

Professional spa treatments aren’t just relaxing; they are intended to slow the aging process on the skin, so you look radiant years from now. Learn more about available treatments by speaking to a member of our staff.

Let’s Dive in to Some of the Leading Non-Surgical Cosmetic Treatments

Non-Surgical Cosmetic Treatments Hazleton, PA

Non-Surgical Cosmetic Treatments Hazleton, PAOne of the aspects of patient care that has made aesthetic medicine so wildly popular today is the availability of non-surgical cosmetic treatments. Men and women of all ages are able to obtain customized therapies that are aimed at specific goals or concerns, many of them without any downtime whatsoever. Because anti-aging is not a game for the aged, there is always benefit to learning about leading cosmetic treatments. Here, we look at a few non-surgical facial and body treatments that we offer to help our patients feel their best.

Facial Treatments

  • There is value in the immediate results we see from wrinkle-reduction, but there is also a need for more. Microneedling is the modern-day collagen induction therapy used to promote youthful skin as it ages. This natural therapy excites collagen reformation by creating micro-channels in the uppermost layers of tissue. Regular treatments support skin health, vibrancy, and suppleness.
  • Triniti™ skin rejuvenation. This multidimensional device platform addresses numerous concerns, including laxity and hyperpigmentation by affecting skin cells with positive energies such as radiofrequency and infrared light. Gentle and effective, this is a great treatment for younger adults who want to postpone the visible signs of aging.
  • Thread lift. Long before the time comes for a full facelift, many adults develop insecurities that result from mid-face volume loss. Thread lifting is an excellent technique to address this physical change in the face. Minimally invasive treatment situates specializes suture material in an upward pattern beneath the skin. This material lifts and supports tissue for a few years at a time.

Body Treatments

  • “Stem Cell Makeover.” Our stem cell makeover treatment is a doubly-beneficial process that removes fat cells from an area they are not useful, such as the abdomen. These purified fat cells, which have a high stem-cell concentration, can then be introduced into another area, such as the backs of the hands or the breasts or buttocks to increase volume.
  • “Tickle Liposuction.” Liposuction with a tiny, oscillating tip improves the extraction of unwanted fat, preserving individual cells for use elsewhere, if that is desired. A notable benefit to this liposuction technique is the minimal tissue trauma that occurs, which means an accelerated recovery for many patients.
  • Liposonix®. High-intensity focused ultrasound is an effective method of non-surgical body contouring. Effective by the heating of adipose tissue, this treatment encourages the metabolism of fat cells over time.

Learn more about the treatment options available today. Contact our Hazleton or Pottsville office for assistance.

Want your Bikini Body Ready for Summer? Act Now!

Body Procedures Hazleton, PA

Body Procedures Hazleton, PAIt is usually during the months of Spring when we start to hear that little voice in our head grumbles about the upcoming bikini season. It seems only natural that we would feel the urge to slough off extra pounds as the weather warms up and heavy clothing starts to shed, layer by layer. There may never be a bad time to think about weight management, fitness, and body contours. However, to wait until the last minute could be more stressful than acting now, in the heart of Winter, to perfect your shape.

Why Body Contouring is a Great Wintertime Treat

There are a few key reasons why we encourage patients to think about their aesthetic goals now, during months when the body is rarely “on display.”

  • The cover-up. After a body-contouring procedure like liposuction or a tummy tuck, or even brachioplasty, there is a bigger desire to cover-up due to post-surgical swelling and bruising. These side effects may linger subtly for several weeks. The last thing you want is to feel the urge to wear shorts or a bathing suit when your body is in recovery, so why not look into surgical body contouring when the weather demands more clothing?
  • Time on your Hands. There is something to be said about the need for “me time” after a surgical cosmetic procedure. On the one hand, it may sound enticing to schedule treatment during the summer, when kids are out of school, but this could backfire. Winter proves to be a great time for cosmetic procedures precisely because kids are kept busy several hours a day outside of the home. This allows you the ample time you need to do nothing but relax and recover.

Let’s Talk about Non-Surgical Body Contouring

Not everyone is interested in whittling their middle with liposuction or other cosmetic surgery. Many people today prefer non-surgical methods of fat-reduction. We offer Liposonix® and Velashape for gradual slimming and cellulite reduction. There are clear benefits to non-surgical body contouring. However, these techniques take time to work – up to three months. For this reason, the “off-season” is a great season to schedule your consultation and treatment for a great bikini body.

Call our Pottsville or Hazleton office for assistance with your cosmetic needs.

Are you Skipping Over Important Details about Liposuction?

Liposuction Pottsville & Hazleton, PA

Liposuction Pottsville & Hazleton, PALiposuction is not a new procedure. It’s been performed for decades with enormous success and is continually a leader in the pack of cosmetic procedures. Because we hear about liposuction so often, it’s easy to think we know the important details. From our standpoint, what many people believe about liposuction is off the mark.

Where it is easy to go wrong is in perceiving liposuction as a fat-reducing procedure. It is, in fact, a surgical technique that removes fat cells that are sticking around where they are not wanted. So, by very nature, liposuction is a fat-reducing procedure, right? And because of this, more people than you may imagine associate liposuction with weight reduction. This could lead to disappointment or, worse, to bypassing a body-sculpting procedure that could give you a body you love.

Better Curves through Liposuction

To know if liposuction is right for you, you need to know what this procedure is really for:

  • Liposuction is for better curves, not weight loss. After liposuction, there is typically little, if any, change in weight. There isn’t supposed to be. Relatively little fat needs to be removed to create proportionate contours, which is the primary objective in the performance of this sculpting procedure.
  • Because liposuction is about contouring, there is no reason to rule out the merit of this surgery if you would describe yourself as thin. Remember, fat-reduction is not about losing weight, it’s about looking better.
  • Liposuction is intended for long-term results, but this also takes effort. When fat cells are extracted using the liposuction technique, none will grow back. The cells that are left in the treatment area, however, can grow larger. To keep this from happening, liposuction patients are encouraged to eat a healthy, low-calorie diet and to exercise regularly. In many cases, we see this healthy lifestyle even before liposuction is performed.

Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure that we perform often and with success. To learn more about treatment options for better contours, call our Pottsville or Hazelton office.

Triniti™ Brings the Power of Three to Your Skin

Triniti™ Treatments Pottsville, PA

Triniti™ Treatments Pottsville, PAServing the men and women of areas in and around Philadelphia, Allentown, and several other communities bring us a great deal of joy. One of our top priorities is to meet expectations and preferences. To achieve this, we have selected some non-surgical anti-aging treatments to complement our cosmetic surgery services. One such treatment is the Triniti™ light and laser skin rejuvenation platform.

Triniti™ is a multidimensional treatment that utilizes three powerful modalities: radiofrequency, intense pulsed-light, and laser. By combining the three, it becomes possible to treat a wider range of concerns, including skin laxity, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation or sun damage.

What to Expect

During Treatment:

Triniti™ treatment is conducted in an office visit lasting approximately one hour. After cleansing the skin and applying topical gel to assist in the fluid movement of the handpiece, we begin treating discoloration and UV damage with the RF FotoFacial aspect of the process. Refirme skin tightening follows, reaching deeper beneath the surface to promote collagen reformation for firmer, younger-looking skin. Finally, Infrared fractional laser treatment is performed to continue the stimulation of collagen remodeling. Triniti™ treatment is not uncomfortable for most patients. Slight warmth and pinching or “zapping” may be experienced.

After Treatment:

One of the numerous beneficial aspects of Triniti™ is that the recovery period after each of the three necessary treatments is relatively uneventful. Normal activities can be resumed immediately, with an eye for sun protection. Broad spectrum sunscreen should be used every day, and tanning of any kind (tanning beds included) should be avoided for at least 4 weeks after the series of treatments have been completed. If the skin is exposed to ultraviolet light through sunshine or tanning lamps, there is a risk of permanent darkening. Furthermore, ultraviolet light breaks down collagen, so inevitably minimizes the long-term results from treatment.

Over the first several days after Triniti™ treatment, areas of darkened skin may appear. Minor peeling or flaking may also be noticed. These are both temporary and indicate the turnover of skin cells to reveal healthier, more youthful skin.

Learn more about our non-surgical beauty treatments by calling our Hazelton or Pottsville office.

Cellulite: It’s a Sticky Subject but We’ve Got to Talk about it!

Cellulite removal Pottsville, PA

Cellulite removal  Pottsville, PACellulite is a huge problem for women, yet it is a condition that we don’t understand quite as well as we’d like. As many studies have been conducted on this cosmetic topic, findings provide minimal insight. The good news is that we are moving in the right direction when it comes to helping women overcome the problem of cellulite. Some of the details that have been extracted from the research include:

  • Cellulite is not a skin problem. What studies have found is that cellulite occurs when fat pushes up to the surface of the skin through septae, which are the bands of tissue that run beneath the skin.
  • Cellulite is not a fat problem. Yes, obesity can make dimpling more prominent. However, there are plenty of “skinny girls” who feel the frustration of cottage cheese thighs. All it takes is a small amount of fat, and women carry more on their frame than their male counterparts.
  • Cellulite favors the female form. It is pretty rare to see a man with cellulite, regardless of his weight. How unfair! The reason women struggle more with cellulite comes down to simple anatomy. In men, the bands of septae run in a criss-cross pattern. In women, they are more vertical in their path. This allows fat to push through more easily, causing that orange-peel appearance we love to hate.
  • Weight loss may help, or it may make cellulite worse. Remember, cellulite is not a fat issue. So, while eating well and exercising is good, don’t expect incredible results regarding dimpling. Don’t give up, either! Studies suggest that muscle toning may improve the appearance of the skin over time.
  • Liposuction is not a cellulite treatment. There was a time when it was believed liposuction, by removing excess fat cells, would improve cellulite. History has disproved this theory. To date, cellulite remains a challenge, but new treatments are being developed all the time.

Women in the Allentown, Harrisburg, and Philadelphia areas (to name a few) can find help with cellulite at Keystone Surgery Centers in Pottsville and Hazleton. Velashape multi-dimensional treatment deep-heats fat cells and connective tissue while also stimulating collagen and elastin production with gentle suction. Clinical studies indicate this precise combination of vacuum, radio frequency, and infrared light can significantly improve the texture and structure of the skin.

Contact us to learn more about Velashape and how it can help you love your look.

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