Tickle Liposculpture is minimally invasive and FDA-approved for getting rid of excess fat and helping sculpt your desired body shape.
During Tickle Lipo (officially called Nutational Infrasonic Liposculpture), Dr. Kimmel uses infrasonic technology to remove excess fat cells. He makes a very small incision and then inserts a small air-pressured metal tube into the incision that breaks up fat with oscillations, rotations, and vibrations. It’s these vibrations that give Tickle liposculpture its name.
The infrasonic vibrations “trick” your body’s sensory system so that your body experiences tickling instead of pain during the procedure.
Because it’s a quick procedure, you can opt to have tickle lipo on multiple areas during the same session and use the excess fat for sculpting other areas.
Instead of receiving general anesthesia as you do with traditional liposuction, you will receive local anesthesia on the lipo site. Using local anesthesia means that you’ll be awake during the procedure. However, the incision sites will be numb, so you won’t feel pain.
Tickle liposculpture is less invasive than traditional liposuction. Traditional lipo involves larger incisions and suctioning out fat beneath the skin, which sometimes results in tissue damage. Whereas, tickle lipo preserves the surrounding tissue.
Tickle liposculpture is also more comfortable and efficient than typical liposuction, allowing precise body sculpting with minimal trauma. Plus, the fat is removed intact, which makes it possible to use it for body sculpting purposes during the same procedure.
This procedure results in significantly less swelling and bruising than traditional liposuction and has a less painful recovery. Thus, you can expect to be back to doing your normal activities in only a few days rather than a possibility of several months with traditional liposuction recovery.
Dr. Robert M. Kimmel, MD, FACS, PC, is an American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) certified plastic surgeon. He has over 15 years of clinical practice experience and is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS).
You may have heard that hundreds of thousands of people get plastic surgery each year. Outside of a temporary dip during the early days of the novel coronavirus pandemic, these numbers have remained consistent. Throughout 2021, interest in plastic surgery procedures once again skyrocketed. Here, we discuss why.
Generally speaking, people tend to recognize that plastic surgery alters a person’s appearance. It can enlarge the breasts, slim the midsection, and sculpt the face. Is this sufficient reason to explain why so many people are scheduling plastic surgery these days? Let’s get more specific about what various procedures do.
Dr. Robert Kimmel proudly serves patients from offices in Pottsville and Hazleton. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.
Springtime is a time of year when nature reminds that all things old can be new again. As the flowers begin to bloom and the sun shines a little brighter and warmer, it’s a great time to take a good look at ourselves. If your skin is dull from months of winter cold and indoor heat, or you are frustrated by signs of aging like frown lines, crow’s feet, jowls, and more, you have multiple options for making desired improvements. Regardless of the path you decide to take for a renewed appearance, we feel confident that you’ll be happy with where you land. Here, we discuss a few of the ways in which freshening-up can be achieved.
A funny thing happens when we start to develop a desire to look better; we want to see a positive change right away! This is one of the reasons that injectable treatments are so immensely popular. In a short consultation visit with a skilled, properly certified and trained professional, you can discover which type of injectable would be perfect for your desired outcome. In many cases, injectable treatments can be performed immediately after the consultation because the procedure itself takes just a few minutes and, in the case of dermal filler treatment, the results are instantaneous. What is it that injectables can do for you as you seek to refresh your appearance, you ask? They can:
Nonsurgical modalities can do wonders for aging skin. However, for a real turnaround, many people choose to have a facelift. The benefit of this decision is that the results that are achieved through surgery can last around 15 years before the shape of the face begins to change once again. Facelifts reposition and redistribute muscle, skin, and fat to restore more youthful contours along the lower face. For more subtle anti-aging, some patients turn to the minimally-invasive Thread Lift as an alternative to a full or mini facelift. This is what is beautiful about plastic surgery, that cosmetic concerns can be corrected with truly personalized care.
There are multiple types of facial rejuvenation available today. This is advantageous because it further allows for customization around each patient’s needs. Some of the popular combinations include Botox and dermal fillers, facelift surgery and laser skin resurfacing, eyelid surgery and brow lifts, and facelifts and fat grafting. When we begin looking at combining facial rejuvenation treatments, our options are virtually endless.
We are proud to serve patients in comfortable offices in Pottsville and Hazleton. Contact us today to schedule your Springtime facial refresher.
We’re getting to a point where we can start to plan for the near future again. This has a lot of people considering a vacation to a sunny location in the coming months. Instead of engaging in restrictive diets and excessive exercise to get the best body contours beforehand, many people schedule a quick trip to their plastic surgeon for a little liposuction. The brief, minimally invasive procedure provides outstanding sculpting not only for vacation but potentially for many years after. It’s a gift that keeps on giving. Still, when planning liposuction as a pre-vacation procedure, there are some things to consider. Namely, the stages of healing that are necessary for optimal results. We’ll discuss this topic here.
Liposuction is a relatively conservative procedure in comparison to other surgeries. Patients should still expect seven to 10 days of recovery afterward, though. When we say seven to 10 days, we’re referring to the initial healing that occurs through a lot of rest and activity restrictions. After these initial days of recovery, it is not uncommon to still have some tenderness in the surgical area. Also, deep tissue healing is ongoing for at least a few more weeks. To help support this healing, as well as reduce swelling, it is beneficial to continue wearing a compression garment even after returning to work and light activities. After surgery, it is common for the body to experience a sustained inflammatory response as an integral part of healing. This contributes to swelling and, while that side effect may not be painful, it could make the treated area appear “puffy” for some up to 4 weeks. Knowing this, patients can plan their surgery and special events accordingly.
The time it takes to fully recover from liposuction can vary from one person to another, but who doesn’t like the idea of expediting their process if possible! Some of the ways that you might help your body heal optimally after liposuction include:
Whether or not you have a special event like a vacation in the near future, you deserve to love what you see when you look in the mirror. Dr. Kimmel performs tumescent liposuction and Tickle Liposuction. Patients with more time to reach their goals and a desire for nonsurgical body contouring may be interested in the Liposonix procedure. For more information about our body contouring options, contact us and schedule a visit to our Pottsville or Hazleton office
A brief online search into the ins and outs of plastic surgery and you’ll come away with one common piece of advice: choose a board-certified plastic surgeon for your desired procedure. Ask at least one surgeon about complications, and how many procedures they have performed. These are good, but they are just the beginning. Savvy patients know that there are better, more specific questions that will help them get the best results and have the best patient experience. Here, we discuss what you should be asking as you determine who should have the honor of performing your abdominoplasty surgery.
Abdominoplasty is a tummy tuck procedure. However, there’s more to it than that. Going beyond the basics, you want your surgeon to explain to you what kind of tummy tuck you need, a full abdominoplasty, mini-tuck, rectus repair? Do you need more than one technique, or do you need something else entirely? A very good surgeon will be able to make a recommendation and also back it up with clear reasoning. The options for tummy tuck surgery are varied, which means you should know a little about your own anatomy.
The abdominal wall is made up of various layers. The skin, then fat, then muscle at the innermost layer. For a tummy tuck to successfully achieve optimal contouring, every layer must be addressed. In more detail, the abdominal wall has two vertical rectus muscles that sit front and center. They are surrounded by the oblique muscles on each side. When the central muscles split, it is referred to as rectus diastasis. If the muscles require repair, this may be done without a full tummy tuck incision if the patient does not have excess fat and skin to trim.
The layer of abdominal fat may be the primary problem that needs correction. In this instance, the surgeon would recommend liposuction instead of a tummy tuck. The skilled eye observes the skin and anticipates how it may or may not retract after fat reduction. For some patients, the skin may look loose and wrinkled after liposuction alone. Tissue laxity may be corrected surgically, with the proper abdominoplasty technique, or a doctor may correct the problem with a nonsurgical skin tightening protocol performed after liposuction incisions have healed. The same treatment protocol may be advisable for patients with minimal unwanted fat and loose skin or for patients concerned primarily with the appearance of sagging or wrinkled abdominal skin. For skin tightening alone, patients may consider Refirme Skin Tightening treatment. For nonsurgical fat reduction and skin tightening, Refirme may be combined with Liposonix. The treatment can also be added to a treatment protocol after surgical liposuction.
The question of whether or not to have a tummy tuck is just the tip of the iceberg. For a more in-depth discussion about your cosmetic goals, schedule a consultation with us in Pottsville or Hazleton.
There are certain times throughout the year when we pay a little, or a lot, more attention to our appearance. We want to look our best for special occasions, may become mindful of our shape before summertime, and desire a refresher before the holidays. One of the busiest seasons of the year is about to end, which has us looking forward with that New Year, New You mindset. If your holiday season has left you looking and feeling a bit depleted, we have a few tricks up our sleeves that might help revive your skin and body. Here, we offer a few easy treatment suggestions that can have you sailing right into the new year with a sense of exuberance.
ReFirme™ treatments are one of our two powerful skin-tightening services. This procedure combines infrared light and bipolar radiofrequency to safely and effectively tighten the skin by stimulating new collagen growth. Immediate improvement is noticed thanks to instantaneous collagen tightening. Long-term improvement occurs as the body remodels collagen with healthy new production over time.
For more profound results, some of our patients choose to address their loose, lax skin through Triniti skin-tightening. This process combines the power of the Refirme system with FotoFacial RF and Matrix IR Fractional, each of which targets specific concerns. Triniti is more comprehensive in its targeting of laxity, fine lines and wrinkles, and pigment concerns caused by aging and sun damage.
The loss of volume and firmness in facial tissues is not the only thing about our appearance that changes with age. For many of our patients, this time of year motivates them to address the issue of stubborn fat. Maybe you’ve been following a diet and exercise routine that you’ve carefully developed to reach a goal, and yet you’ve got a problem area. You’re not alone. Weight loss is not all that difficult, but body contouring can be. In our Pottsville and Hazleton offices, we’ve got options to correct those areas.
Liposonix® is a nonsurgical body contouring treatment that employs high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) to permanently destroy unwanted fat cells. The body naturally clears the broken down fat cell products over time. Liposonix® treatment takes about an hour. While results do not occur overnight, patients realize about one size difference as the body clears the unwanted fat. This is a huge benefit of Liposonix, that one treatment, taking about one hour, can make you one size smaller.
For more pronounced body contouring, patients might consider “tickle liposuction.” Technically, the procedure is called Nutational Infrasonic Liposculpture (NIL). It is performed using an FDA-approved device that utilizes an air pressure powered cannula (tiny metal tube) to create a patented triple motion of piston-like micro oscillation, rotation, and vibration. This increases efficacy and comfort while minimizing disruption to surrounding tissue.
With a new year ahead, there is a lot to look forward to. More beauty is one example! Contact us to schedule your visit.
Deciding to have plastic surgery is momentous. For most people, it takes months, if not years, to make the decision that surgery is the best approach to their cosmetic concerns. Once the decision is made, the expectation has been set. Most people, once they have consulted with a surgeon, begin imagining what life will be like after surgery. They imagine their new and improved appearance and just know that they will feel happy that they chose to take the path that they did. It is very rare for any other perspective to emerge. There is no inkling whatsoever that feelings of sadness may occur after plastic surgery. Feelings of sadness can occur, so this is an issue that we must discuss.
The term postoperative depression has been used to describe the strong emotional reaction that some people have after a major procedure. This condition is often related to open heart surgery, hysterectomy, or other procedures in which there may be some sense of loss. In such situations, feeling a little blue makes sense. It doesn’t make sense to most people to encounter sadness after a cosmetic procedure, and this can be precisely what makes it so challenging.
Postoperative sadness after plastic surgery is akin to postpartum depression in one major way. In both situations, the affected person feels sad when everything tells them they should feel immensely happy. The conflict here creates confusion, guilt, and can feel very isolating.
Some of the ways that sadness can present after surgery include:
Any surgical procedure is stressful on the body and the mind. This is one of the primary reasons people can feel sad after a successful cosmetic surgery. The nervous system is simply doing what it does to process what has happened “to” the body. Having to rely on others, even for a short time, can exacerbate the emotional aspect of recovery, as well.
Emotional balance will return as the body heals and energy is regained. Patients who experience postoperative sadness tend to feel increasingly better as side effects like swelling, bruising, and discomfort subside, and as they can do more for themselves. However, there is no need to wait it out.
Some ways to attend to emotional needs after surgery include:
The vast majority of people who have plastic surgery are very glad they did. You can be one of them, and we are here to see you through. To schedule a consultation, contact our Pottsville or Hazleton office today.
We’re heading into sweater weather soon, which means we may be dressing in layers of clothing for the next several months. Why would this be a time of year when we would want to think about getting rid of unwanted hair? Shouldn’t that have been a concern we addressed before summer, not after? This is a common school of thought. However, because of the photosensitivity that laser treatments can cause, now is actually a fantastic time to schedule this service.
Here, we discuss a few of the details that patients often want to know before they schedule laser hair removal.
Start your laser hair removal treatments now to be ready in time for smooth sailing next summer. The results from laser hair removal are visible right away. However, to get lasting results, we perform multiple sessions about 6 weeks apart. To schedule your consultation for laser hair removal, contact our Pottsville or Hazleton office.
We have seen time and time again how a single procedure can have a transformative effect on one’s appearance. This is one of the most exciting aspects of what we do! When it comes to breast enhancement, just one little change can make a big impact on body proportions. The question that some patients have is which change they should make. Breasts that have begun to look deflated, droopy, and generally sad can cause a lot of concern on the part of the person who owns them. Because breast augmentation surgery is so well-known, it is natural to assume that this procedure could do wonders to address these concerns. It might. But there is also the option of a breast lift. Here, we discuss details that may help you begin to understand which procedure, or combination thereof, may be ideal for your desired outcome.
As we mentioned, breast augmentation is one of the most well-known of all plastic surgery procedures performed today. This makes it more accessible to more people, but also allows room for some misconceptions to occur. Patients who are interested in enhancing the appearance of their breasts need to discern the minute differences between augmentation and mastopexy (breast lift) in order to achieve the results that are perfect for their bodies.
Breast lift surgery is the procedure that is performed to restore a more youthful breast position. In bringing the breast mound back to a higher position on the chest wall, breast lift surgery can result in a perkier shape. The crease beneath the breast is less obvious, and the nipples project forward. Also, it is possible that the size of the breasts may look slightly smaller due to the removal of bulky tissue that once filled out a bra. In some cases, bra size may decrease up to one cup size. Patients can better understand their risk of this result after consulting with a plastic surgeon.
Breast augmentation is performed to increase the volume of the breasts. This enhancement can improve overall breast shape, correct asymmetry, and improve body proportions. Breast implants fill out the breasts but do not always fill out loose and sagging tissue that covers the breast mound. This is why breast lift surgery may be a better choice in some cases. Inserting breast implants can increase both the size and weight of the breasts and could, therefore, worsen sagging that is not properly addressed.
Is a breast lift ideal for you? Could breast augmentation be your best procedure? Contact our Pottsville or Hazleton office to begin your journey of discovery!
We’ve come to realize that we cannot stop our aging process. Through the ages, humans have developed all sorts of ways to at least slow down its progression. Most recently, research has led to the development of multiple injectable products that can pump up the volume and smooth wrinkles with extraordinary speed. For nothing more than the ease of injectable treatments, many adults easily slip into the notion that surgery is no longer a necessary consideration. This isn’t the case. Here, we discuss how to identify when surgery may be the best option for achieving the results you want.
Treatment that focuses on the use of soft tissue fillers and neuromodulators like Botox is often referred to as a liquid facelift. Doctors and nurse injectors can achieve outstanding results using carefully selected products in specific areas of the face, such as the cheeks, eyes, and jawline. Depending on the products included in the injectable treatment, the rejuvenating results may last up to two years.
The benefits of injectable treatment are obvious. People first choose this route because they don’t need to schedule time off for recovery, do not require prescription painkillers to ease postoperative discomfort, and can see at least some improvement the same day they undergo treatment. Injectables are also pretty accessible in terms of cost, making them more convenient to get than surgery.
Facelift surgery has been performed around the world for many years. The perceived downside to a facelift is that it will look obvious. In the early days of this procedure, when surgeons focused more on tightening the skin and superficial tissue, that may have been true in more cases than not. Today, it’s just a lingering misconception. Facelift surgery today gets to the heart of facial aging. It repositions the fatty tissue and muscle that have descended downward from the cheeks so that a more youthful facial shape is restored. Sure, a facelift can achieve more dramatic results than injectables. It can make a person look about 10 years younger versus 2 or 3 years. However, it does not result in an overly-tightened appearance.
It is a big decision to have a facelift. We understand that. Some of the signs that it may be more appropriate than injectables include:
Facial rejuvenation via surgery has been on the rise. To explore your options, including the Thread Lift, contact us and arrange a visit in Pottsville or Hazleton.
The word “cosmetic” has nearly always been associated with women. Women wear cosmetics, or makeup. For many years, the primary belief was that plastic surgery was also “for women.” This is no longer the predominant thought. As aesthetic medicine has evolved to include less invasive techniques and more natural looking outcomes, the number of men undergoing various procedures and treatments has increased. In 2019 alone, that number was over 1 million. We expect it to continue to climb as men realize there is nothing “girly” about cosmetic treatments, nor their outcomes. Here, we discuss some of the most common aesthetic procedures for men.
Many adults become interested in facial rejuvenation procedures as the signs of aging worsen. The goal of treatment is to achieve a more youthful appearance without diminishing the uniqueness of a person’s natural structural features.
Eyelid rejuvenation has been one of the leading plastic surgery procedures for the past several years. This minimally-invasive surgery may be performed in an outpatient surgery center or the surgeon’s office. It is often performed comfortably using local anesthesia and a mild sedative. Patients need very little downtime after their surgery and are typically ready to go back to work within 2 weeks. Blepharoplasty must be performed carefully for the best results. For men, the blepharoplasty incision may be made slightly different. Skin tightening is also conservative, if done at all after the excision of excess tissue.
Botox and dermal fillers make up the bulk of cosmetic injectable treatments. These techniques are popular because they are conservative, temporary, and convenient. Treatment must be repeated every few months to two years, depending on the product used. To address the signs of aging in men, injectors often use dermal fillers conservatively. Though men’s skin is thicker and may require a higher dose of product, their requests are often for minimal contouring. Our approach to injectables is to tailor dosing to the skin as well as the desired outcome so our patients can enjoy a rejuvenated look that appears completely natural.
Body contouring procedures, like facial procedures, are slightly different for men than women.
Stubborn fat is a frustrating problem that can affect men as easily as it does women. While men tend to find it easier to build muscle thanks to their extra testosterone, mid-life brings changes that can lead to excess fat in various areas. Liposuction is a minimally-invasive procedure performed in an outpatient surgical center or in-office operative. Patients often need only local anesthetic for optimal comfort. Where people often associate liposuction with abdominal fat, men often seek this procedure to remove unwanted fat from the neck and chin areas.
Somewhat less common than liposuction, abdominoplasty is a plastic surgery procedure that can give a man back the flat, firm midsection he once had. The tummy tuck removes a moderate layer of fatty tissue (anything more requires liposuction) and it trims excess skin that has become loose and saggy. With just a few weeks of recovery, abdominoplasty offers an outcome that can last indefinitely.
Cosmetic treatments can restore a sense of confidence and satisfaction. Contact our Pottsville or Hazleton office for more information about cosmetic treatments for men.
For many of our patients who have been trying to achieve desired body contours, liposuction can be a real turning point. This procedure doesn’t help with weight loss and it may not be ideal for every person. A healthy lifestyle is still a must. However, having liposuction can be a game-changer in terms of confidence, satisfaction, and even motivation to maintain healthy eating and exercise habits. Here, we’ll discuss which areas of the body tend to do very well with liposuction.
So, can liposuction be performed anywhere on the body? No. This procedure is not performed on the face due to the delicate nature of fat here. When excess fat protrudes under the eyes, for example, instead of liposuction to remove the fat, a doctor will perform either dermal filler injections to hide the puffiness or blepharoplasty to smooth the under eye area.
Are you considering liposuction? Contact our Hazleton or Pottsville office today to schedule your consultation. At your appointment, we can answer any questions you may have about this procedure and how it can help you feel your best.
We tend to see the signs of aging first on the upper face. Horizontal lines show we’ve worried. Frown lines show we’ve concentrated or expressed displeasure. Under eye bags remind us of the value of a good night’s sleep. Crow’s feet show we have laughed and smiled, hopefully a lot. As many memories as there may be in these expression lines, they feel concerning when they make us look older. So concerning, in fact, that we may miss how aging settles on the lower face. At some point, we start to see heaviness in the hollows beneath the cheekbones. We see jowls at the jawline and sagging skin or excessive fat beneath the chin. These signs of aging change the structure of the face. Fortunately, there are ways to address them.
We love helping adults of all ages feel their best. When the signs of aging alter the face’s youthful “Y” shape into more of an inverted “V,” we perform specific treatments that restore firmness and shape. It doesn’t always take surgery to do this, either.
Most people who plan to undergo plastic surgery expect to have to wear a compression garment afterward. This garment, primarily made of nylon and some type of spandex, is a crucial aspect of post-operative recovery. Fortunately, most garments are carefully made to accomplish the goal of gently pressing on an area. They are rarely overly-tight and uncomfortable. Still, because they do fit snuggly, compression garments can sometimes feel like a bit of a nuisance. Patients sometimes wonder why they need to adhere to the guideline of wearing compression. We discuss that here.
Compression garments are worn at all times after surgery to assist with several aspects of healing.
In the past year, many people who had never thought they would have plastic surgery have decided to take that leap. If you’re interested in learning more about a particular procedure, schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon. We’d love to see you in our Pottsville or Hazleton office.
Breast shape is comprised of several nuanced factors. We pay a lot of attention to size as a general guide of nice-looking breasts. However, we shouldn’t view size as the primary factor in having beautiful breasts. Without ideal perkiness, size could become detrimental to appearance. Here, we discuss why breasts may sag over time and what you might do to help yourself out in the breast department.
Breast tissue is fatty, glandular, and connective. Three different layers of tissue all contribute to contouring. The layer of connective tissue is related to shape and perkiness, as it contains “the cooper’s ligaments.” These suspensory ligaments are threads that form a matrix that suspends, lifts, breast tissue. With age, these ligaments can stretch and weaken. In addition to changes in connective tissue, we also experience changes in the firmness and thickness of the skin. Without a lot of collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid, the skin also loses resiliency.
We know the biological factors of drooping breasts, but what about the factors that relate to them? Some of the most common reasons that breasts lose their perkiness include:
It is impossible to prevent breast sag. It happens to every woman at some point. However, it may be possible to reduce the severity of the problem with the following:
Sagging breasts are a problem for many women, regardless of breast size or age. The ultimate solution? A breast lift! If you would like to learn more about this procedure, contact our Pottsville or Hazleton office to arrange a consultation.