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What is Tickle Liposculpture?

blonde woman in yellow two-piece swimsuit with white shirt on forearms.Tickle Liposculpture gets its name from the mild “tickling” sensation that makes it more comfortable than traditional liposculpture. 

Tickle Liposculpture is minimally invasive and FDA-approved for getting rid of excess fat and helping sculpt your desired body shape.

How Does Tickle Liposculpture Work?

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.   

How Is Tickle Liposculpture Different From Other Types of Liposuction?

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.

We Offer Tickle Liposculpture in Pottsville and Hazleton

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).

If you’re interested in learning more about Tickle liposculpture or want to schedule a consultation, contact us or call 570-622-2900 (in Pottsville) or 570-455-4252 (in Hazleton).

Planning Liposuction Before Vacation? Here’s What You Should Know!

Beautiful girl touching her healthy skinWe’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.

What to Expect From Liposuction Recovery

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.

Help Your Body Heal More Quickly

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:

  • Wear compression as recommended by your surgeon. Do not remove it just because you are feeling better. This garment is used not only for comfort but also to facilitate that deep tissue healing and swelling-reduction.
  • Optimize lifestyle habits. After liposuction, it is more important to eat a very healthy, balanced diet than to severely restrict calories. Your body will need an abundance of nutrients to heal well after surgery. Rather than restrict calories, reduce or cut out alcohol, high-sugar foods and beverages, and high-salt, processed foods. Also, increase your water intake. This can also help swelling to resolve efficiently.
  • Rest. this can be one of the most challenging aspects of surgical recovery for many people. Most of us did not grow up with value placed on rest, so needing more than our norm can feel unsettling. Knowing this, you can go into your surgical recovery more mentally prepared. After liposuction, it is imperative to avoid doing too much too soon. Keep in mind, when tempted to do more than you should, that too much activity can cause swelling, irritation of incisions, and it also increases the risks of postsurgical complications.

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

What are the Areas that Liposuction Can Treat?

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

  • The neck and chin areas. The chin and upper neck are susceptible to small collections of fatty tissue. This results in a loss of jawline contour and, often, a double-chin. To resolve these problems with liposuction alone, a patient must have good quality skin that is elastic enough to bounce back after the minor procedure. 
  • The backs of the arms. Here, mildly sagging tissue may retract on its own after liposuction is performed to reduce the circumference of the upper arm. Sometimes, liposuction is a complement to arm lift surgery. 
  • The front of the armpit. Here, small accumulations of excess fat can bulge out of the sides of a bra. 
  • The sides of the chest. Liposuction is commonly used to treat gynecomastia. 
  • The bra rolls. Here, excess fat bulges from the back of the bra.
  • Back rolls and flanks. Liposuction can sculpt the lower back areas that commonly hold excess fat.
  • Abdomen. This may be the most well-known area for liposuction. 
  • The buttocks and hip area. Rather than perform liposuction on the main part of the buttocks, surgeons often use this procedure to sculpt the upper, outer portions of this area. 
  • The inner and outer thighs are also common areas treated with this procedure.

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. 

LipoSonix May be Your Key to Better Curves

In our Hazleton and Pottsville offices, we frequently consult with men and women about their body contouring goals. Liposuction is often a topic of interest because, let’s face it, many of us have an area where we can pinch an inch or more of excess fatty tissue. While liposuction has been a popular procedure for many years and is known for achieving excellent results for the right patients, there is value in also exploring nonsurgical options like Liposonix. We have performed this procedure on many of our patients and are pleased to say that it has proven itself effective.

What is LipoSonix?

Adults have many options in nonsurgical body contouring these days. We have carefully selected treatment options because we know that results matter. LipoSonix is a nonsurgical treatment platform that destroys fat cells using focused ultrasound waves. This technology allows us to selectively reduce fat in areas where contouring often needs the most improvement: the midsection. Abdominal fat has been a common problem that adults have tried to eliminate using a plethora of strategies. The thing about abdominal fat is that some people are genetically predisposed to it. That doesn’t mean that diet and exercise cannot help. It means that even with good eating habits and a healthy, active lifestyle, a small amount of fat may linger. For such situations, LipoSonix nonsurgical fat reduction may be ideal.

If you are one of the millions of people who are struggling with that last 10 to 15 pounds around your midsection, LipoSonix may be an excellent treatment to improve your shape. The treatment takes about one hour and, according to clinical data, can reduce the waistline by up to one inch. That’s about one pant or dress size. During treatment, ultrasound waves permeate superficial tissue without causing harm. Energy is absorbed into subcutaneous fatty tissue, where disruption occurs to cell membranes. The body eliminates the damaged cells through natural lymphatic processing.

LipoSonix is the result of 10 years of research and testing. The device has developed quite a reputation for safe, consistent results as it has been used in Canada, Japan, and Europe for several years. It has been common in the United States since 2011 and continues to be popular today.

As we start to look forward to more outdoor time this summer, many people are contemplating how they can refine their shape after gaining the COVID 15 or 20. LipoSonix may be the solution that feels right for you. To explore this option and compare it to liposuction, schedule a consultation at our Hazleton or Pottsville office.

It May Be Time to Ditch the Shapewear

Shapewear has become a common way to manage unwanted bulges and bumps. These are frustrating problems that many people live with, which is exactly why we have various compression garments like Spanx® to help smooth and refine the silhouette. These items allow people to feel better in that little black dress or slim slacks. However, they can also become uncomfortable after a while. If you’ve been relying on shapewear and are ready for a change, now may be your ideal time for liposuction.

How to Know if You’re Ready for Liposuction

Shapewear has lost its appeal.

Shapewear may be a great idea for temporary contouring. Compression can work splendidly for holding in bulges or hiding cellulite that may show in that special outfit. The thing about shapewear, though, is that it only works in certain areas. They happen to be the most common areas, such as the tummy, hips, buttocks, and thighs. As good as shapewear may work for the occasional event or night out, it may not be something you want to wear every day. As you may know, it isn’t exactly easy to squish excess fat into garments that fit tightly!

With liposuction, you wear what you want because your body is always ready. No more wiggling into and out of uncomfortable compression shapewear.

You want something more long-term.

While shapewear can give you the contours you want for a night, liposuction can give you that shape for years. The procedure is performed using a local anesthetic in most cases. To sculpt the body, the surgeon uses a small cannula, a hollow tube attached to a medical device that suctions fat cells into a reservoir. The tube extracts lines of fat cells, and surrounding cells fall into the space to create a smooth, natural result. Fat cells do not grow back so, with a healthy lifestyle, the slimming effects of liposuction can last a very long time.

You want to love the skin you’re in.

Wearing Spanx, you might feel great in the little black dress you wear to that holiday dinner party. When you get home, though, you see something different in the mirror. Shapewear is a lovely illusion for special occasions, but it may not meet your true desire to feel great no matter what you wear. Liposuction does not conceal the problem of extra fatty deposits, it eliminates it! So, no matter what you’re wearing, or if you’re wearing nothing at all, you feel great in your own skin.

We are pleased to perform liposuction for patients in the Hazleton and Pottsville areas. For your consultation, contact an office near you today.

Will Liposuction Cause Loose Skin?

Liposuction is one of the leading cosmetic procedures performed by plastic surgeons. This minimally-invasive body contouring technique has been performed millions of times over the years and has sculpted arms, abdomens, hips, thighs, and more. Over time, we’ve seen several new developments in the area of liposuction, such as the use of innovative technologies to aid in fat reduction. What we do not yet have is a way to prevent loose skin from occurring after liposuction using any particular technique. Here, we discuss why loose skin may be noticed after liposuction and what can be done about it.

Does Liposuction Cause Loose Skin?

Loose skin may look more prominent after liposuction. Does that mean that liposuction is the cause? No. At least not directly. The reason why skin may look looser after liposuction is because, when fat is removed, there is less volume beneath the skin to make it look plump and relatively smooth. Laxity develops when the skin ages or is significantly stretched. Aging affects the skin everywhere on the body. This happens because certain cells stop producing chemicals like collagen, hyaluronic acid, and elastin, which are vital to firm, smooth, elastic skin. Laxity means that the skin cannot bounce back after being stretched. It means that, when the volume of fat is decreased through liposuction, the skin has nothing to push it outward.

Your Plastic Surgeon Has Solutions

It is possible to undergo body contouring treatment that meets all of your needs. An experienced plastic surgeon may have numerous tools to help you achieve the results you want after liposuction. First, it is necessary to observe the skin during the initial consultation for liposuction. Knowing that the skin may look loose and puckered if it is too loose, a plastic surgeon will recommend additional techniques to address this issue. Laxity is not a “wait and see” issue for many people. We know when it may occur and we know what to do about it.

In our practice, solutions to loose skin after liposuction include surgical lift techniques and nonsurgical skin tightening. Which option is best depends on the extent of laxity identified during the consultation. If you have mildly loose skin, treatment like Triniti RF microneedling may be sufficient to promote natural tightening over time. If your tissue laxity is more severe, a surgical lift such as a tummy tuck, thigh lift, or arm lift may be better suited to your needs. There is also the matter of how long results will last to consider.

We can help you get the results you want from liposuction and body contouring. Contact our Hazleton or Pottsville office to schedule your consultation.

Don’t Spend Your New Year in the Gym

Liposuction, Hazelton, PAA new year brings many of us to a place of contemplation. While some ponder who they are and what they want to do with the coming months to become a better version of themselves, it seems that the majority of people who make resolutions want something simpler: a better body. Seeing that the mind and the body have a close and lifelong relationship, we see the immense value that can come from feeling good about appearance. Here, we discuss why it pays to consult with a plastic surgeon about goals pertaining to shape and why a consultation with us can be the perfect complement to your gym membership.

If you’ve spent any amount of time trying to achieve the body you envision having, you know it can be quite the challenge. There are several factors involved in how we gain and hold weight. Both men and women may have a more difficult time managing weight as they age. This is due to natural changes in hormones that affect fat metabolism. Stress also causes us to hold weight, even when we’re working out and eating well. Finally, there are areas of the body on which we simply accumulate fat cells that are resistant to metabolism. This is why surgery may be the best solution.

At Keystone Cosmetic Surgery Center, patients have multiple options to achieve the contours they want. Liposuction continues to be a popular method of fast and permanent fat elimination, but the technique that is used can be customized based on preference.

  • Tumescent liposuction is a well-known fat-reduction technique that is performed with local anesthetic and IV sedation. Before extracting fat cells, Dr. Kimmel infuses the treatment area with a tumescent fluid that contains ingredients that reduce bleeding and firm fatty tissue for easier removal.
  • “Tickle” liposuction is an innovative fat-reduction technique that incorporates micro-oscillation, rotation, and vibration to trick the body into feeling a mild tickling sensation rather than discomfort. What patients appreciate about tickle liposuction is that they do not require IV sedation and therefore have a faster recovery from surgery.
  • Liposonix non-surgical fat reduction is the treatment of choice for those who want a slimmer figure without any surgical aspects to speak of. Liposonix naturally destroys fat with high-intensity focused ultrasound. Results do take a bit of time to see, but they are permanent with good lifestyle habits.

Fat-reduction and body contouring are matters best handled by a board-certified plastic surgeon. To reduce your gym time and maximize your results, call our Hazleton or Pottsville office for information on our services.


Why Liposuction Makes Sense

Liposuction Hazleton, PA

Liposuction Hazleton, PAMany of the online searches that are conducted today revolve around getting a slimmer physique. If we’re not looking up the latest diet trends or workout videos, we are researching which non-surgical body contouring treatments are getting the best results. At the moment, non-surgical fat reduction is incredibly popular. We can understand the draw to treatments like CoolSculpting. At the same time, it is necessary to thoroughly consider the value of surgical technique – aka liposuction – versus fat reducing methods that are conducted in the office setting.

Non-Surgical Fat Reduction

In recent years, several technologies have been developed for cosmetic use. As a result, we have multiple ways to eliminate unwanted fat. Patients of our Hazelton and Pottsville offices may choose the non-surgical route of Liposonix, which targets fat cells with high-intensity focused ultrasound. Another popular method of fat reduction is to freeze fat cells. You may know this method as CoolSculpting. We’re going to discuss the latter due to its overwhelming popularity.

CoolSculpting freezes fat in a localized area such as the lower abdomen or inner thighs. Fat-freezing is achieved by securing a region of tissue in between two panels. Tissue must stay between the panels for about an hour to reach the necessary effect. According to the device manufacturer, each treatment can reduce fatty tissue by up to 23 percent. This sounds advantageous. However, we must also look at the size of the treatment area. Also according to the manufacturer, it is approximately the size of a stick of butter. Not very substantial after all.

Liposuction Surgery

Because liposuction is referred to as a surgical procedure, there may be a connotation that the process is involved and very risky. In fact, many of the liposuction treatments that are performed today are conducted either in an office setting or an accredited outpatient surgical facility. While some liposuction procedures are performed under general anesthesia, many are completed with a local anesthetic and appropriate sedative. Patients are released to recover at home within a short time after their procedure.

Dr. Kimmel frequently chooses Tickle Lipo as the preferred method of body sculpting. This technique is versatile enough to treat just about any area of the body. Using surgical liposuction, he can also address multiple areas in a single surgery without increasing downtime. But the most significant aspect of surgical liposuction versus any non-surgical treatment is the degree of fat removal that is possible – up to 2.5 liters of fatty tissue in a single surgery.

Do you want noticeable body sculpting? Call our Hazelton or Pottsville office to learn more about Tickle Lipo.

When Liposuction Sounds Like a Good Idea

Liposuction Hazleton PAPatients who visit the offices of plastic surgeons around the world tend to have complaints that revolve around one of two glaring problems: facial aging and fat. Of course, there are other beneficial procedures commonly performed in our accredited facilities, such as breast augmentation and tummy tucks. For today, though, we want to focus on the various reasons why liposuction has maintained a solid position in the Top 5 most popular cosmetic surgery procedures year after year.

Liposuction has been recognized as an efficient fat-reducing surgery for many years. The advent of non-surgical body contouring treatments such as Liposonix (based on high-intensity ultrasound) has been good but hasn’t knocked surgical liposuction off its pedestal. Every patient to chooses liposuction for fat-reduction has personal reasons. We want to list a few of them here.

  • Fat is so stubborn! Fat cells can accumulate in any area of the body. When they do, there is a good chance they may hang on for dear life. When you have spent months eating right and working out to diminish the pockets of fat on the thighs, buttocks, abdomen, or another area, it can be incredibly frustrating when cells just keep sticking around. Liposuction provides a fast and efficient way to say goodbye to stubborn fat for good.
  • “I’d like my body back.” These are familiar words to a large number of moms who love being Mom but don’t necessarily love the Mom Bod. We don’t revere this as much as we have the Dad Bod (that’s a whole different topic of discussion!), and women interested in the shortest path to their pre-pregnancy body often find it in liposuction.
  • Options, options, options. We live in an era of options, and we love it! One of the reasons that many patients give for their interest in liposuction is that they want to be able to wear clothes that show who they are, and that align with their taste. By refining body proportions, liposuction can make this possible.

Ultimately, the long-term results that come from liposuction can facilitate lasting confidence and satisfaction with your body. Learn more about this procedure by calling our Pottsville or Hazleton office.

There’s More than One Way to Beat a Double-Chin

Neck Lift Hazleton, PAOne of the concerns that have historically been difficult to address has been excessive fatty tissue in the submental region. This is also known as the double-chin. What is interesting about this particular cosmetic problem is that there have been solutions available for many years. It has only been recently, with the development of Kybella, that we have begun to talk more about the pressing issue of submental fullness and how a double-chin can affect a person’s sense of well-being. Of course, we now know that a few treatment sessions of injections with Kybella can wipe out a double-chin. But there are also advantages to surgery for double-chin correction. We want to talk about them here.

Submental Liposuction

When we mention surgery for a double-chin, it is the neck lift that may first come to mind. In reality, liposuction may be what is recommended. Liposuction is the procedure of manual fat extraction using tumescent fluid and gentle suction through a tiny cannula, or tube. Submental liposuction is often performed in an outpatient surgery center using local anesthesia. General anesthesia may be used if adjunct procedures, such as neck or facelift surgery, will also be performed.

Submental liposuction involves the introduction of tumescent fluid into the fatty tissue under the chin. This fluid is delivered through a discreet incision at the natural crease of the chin. Tumescent fluid not only helps to break up fat cells, but it also contains numbing medication to facilitate comfort, as well as ingredients to minimize bleeding and post-surgery bruising. Through the same small incision, fat cells are extracted. Following incision closure, a compression garment may be applied to support tissue healing and minimize swelling.

Neck Lift

Liposuction isn’t always enough to achieve the best possible outcome for the person with a double-chin. In some instances, we also need to look at how to address loose and sagging skin. Removing fat can make this problem appear worse, so we may suggest tissue tightening with the neck lift technique. This procedure usually involves general anesthesia. Incisions are made behind the ears and at the crease of the chin, where they can be hidden. Through these incisions, a tissue is repositioned and excised as needed to achieve a younger-looking neck and chin.

A double-chin isn’t something you have to live with. We offer both surgical and non-surgical treatment options to patients of our offices near Philadelphia, Reading, and Allentown, and surrounding area. Contact an office near you for more information.

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