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Industry professionals share frequently asked questions and their responses.

Is ultrasonic liposuction a safe way of removing unwanted fat?

Although ultrasonic liposuction has been available abroad for several years, only with the new generation of FDA approved equipment have I considered it to be truly safe, efficient and effective. Ultrasound represents the latest technology in body contouring and should enhance, but not replace, current techniques. The same principle that has been used in many other areas of medicine has now been expanded to encompass the removal of individual fat cells.

The ultrasonic energy at the end of a probe disintegrates the fat cells; then the material from the dissolved fat is simply drained off with suction similar to the traditional liposuction. In fact, the tumescent small canula liposuction technique that has been successful in removing fat with negligible blood loss and no hospitalization often is used in conjunction with the ultrasound.

Ultrasound is especially helpful in contouring fat that is thick and hard to suction with conventional techniques, such as around the waist and abdomen of young, physically fit people. Early studies indicate that ultrasound may possibly decrease post-operative discomfort, swelling and bruising. It may also aid in skin contraction and improved skin appearance. This may be particularly useful for difficult areas of loose skin such as the neck, arms, and lateral thighs.

Combining ultrasonic liposuction with tumescent allows us to safely remove large volumes of fat from multiple areas in one-outpatient procedure.

For more information on ultrasonic liposuction, call 800-940-FACE or the Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Center at 817-336-9131 in Fort Worth or 214-368-6863 in Dallas.

I am frustrated by dieting and exercising with little or no results. What can J do?

The key to a successful body composition alteration program is to build or maintain muscle tissue at the expense of body fat. If your body is not changing every three to four weeks, you are doing something wrong. The Apex Medical program offers an individualized, properly balanced nutrition program designed to work in conjunction with a specifically designed exercise regimen. This program combines a large amount of food with a relatively small amount of work to produce lasting changes in body composition. An FDA-approved appetite suppressant may also be used with the Apex program.

Ranna Lucas, M.A.

The Institute of Preventive Medicine, PA.

The Institute of Preventive Medicine has clinics in Dallas (across from Medical City), Piano and Bedford. Call 972-918-0000 or 800-918-1626 to schedule a free consultation or visit the World Wide Web at www.webh .com/drj

What advantage does laser surgery have over more traditional procedures?

The C02 Supcrpulse laser has revolutionized facial cosmetic surgery. For skin resurfacing, eyelid surgery, facelifts, skin lesions and even snoring, this state-of-the-art technology offers dramatic results with better healing and less pain. It is more precise than a chemical peel and while the laser does not replace a facelift, it can eliminate the need for one later in life.

Lasers are able to eliminate fine wrinkles and create a more youthful appearance without incisions or scaring. The technique involves removing damaged skin and shrinking underlying collagen.

When considering any surgery, it is important to remember that it takes a skilled surgeon to achieve desired results in the same way that an artist and not his brush is responsible for the quality of a painting.

Christopher L. Tye, MD, DDS

Oral. Maxillofacial and Facial Cosmetic Surgery

Dr. Tye is a stole-licensed, board-certified physician and demist. He is trained, qualified and skilled in the full spectrum of cosmetic, oral and maxillofacial surgical procedures including facelifts, nose and eyelid surgery, endoscopic brow lifts, facial liposuction, dental implants, wisdom teeth, corrective jaw and laser surgery.

Collcyville, TX 656-5195 Metro 1817)577-8430

Can anything be done for extremely thin eyebrows?

Today, those suffering from very fine or no eyebrows can add thickness with an eyebrow transplant. To attain the full eyebrow look, single-hair transplants are sought from the nape of one’s neck or the temporal area of the head. These single-hair grafts are placed in slits at an acute angle in the eyebrow. The procedure usually takes two to four hours and is performed under local anesthesia.

For patients with extensive hair loss, scalp reduction is a popular treatment. This procedure involves removing excess bald skin and is often performed in conjunction with a hair transplant.

Dr. Kathryn Duplantis, MD, FAAD

and Dr. Jim Gilmore, MD, FACS, FICS combine facial plastic and cosmetic surgery with cosmetic dermatology to create a unique full service center that is able to treat patients more completely and distinctly.

972-960-0950 or 1-800-637-0144

What is a mini-facelift?

Mini-facelift is a common way of referring to the surgical procedure known as temporal lift. An incision is made in the temporal hair and upper eyelid fold to avoid a visible scar. The temporal lift has been especially successful for relatively young patients in their 40s and 50s who are concerned about sagging jowls and heavy folds of skin running from the outer nose to the corners of the mouth. The procedure also alleviates crows feet around the eyes and outer brow which create a tired appearance with age.

Because the mini-facelift involves deep layers of skin, the results are longer lasting than procedures which only pull the outer layers of skin. It offers all the benefits of a facelift, brow lift, cheek lift and upper eyelid correction without a lot of scars.

Dr. Sylvan Bartlett, MD, PA

Dr. Bartlett is double board certified in both Plastic Surgery and Otolaryngology He also holds a fellowship from the prestigious hand program at the University of Louisville and is a Kleinert Hand Fellow. A pioneer of the temporal lift, Dr. Bartlett has more than 20 years’ experience in microsurgery and plastic surgery. To schedule a complimentary consultation, call Barbara Ann Bardert, M.A., R.N., Certified Plastic Surgical Nurse at 972-851-3412. 14200 Midway Road, Suite 105, Dallas

I’ve heard great things about the new diet medications Phentermine and Fenfluramine. Will they work for me?

At the Institute of Preventive Medicine, we guarantee results! Last year, more than 3,200 patients lost weight on the Institute’s medically supervised program. When used in combination with proper nutrition, moderate exercise and stress reduction, FDA approved appetite suppressants such as Phentermine and Fenfluramine have proven effective in helping patients reduce weight and keep it off. The average Institute parient loses between two to four pounds per week. After the initial three weeks of participation, seminars on nutrition, exercise and stress reduction as well as group hypnosis are included in the follow-up program at no additional cost.

Dr. Harvey Johnson, M.D.

The Institute of Preventive Medicine, PA.

The Institute of Preventive Medicine has clinics in Dallas (across from Medical City), Piano and Bedford. Call 972-918-0000 or 800-918-1626 to schedule a free consultation or visit the World Wide Web at www. webh.com/drj

My wife and I seldom make love. I just don’t feel like it very often, and when I do, my erection is too soft. What’s wrong with me?

Many factors can affect performance, including hormone deficiency, mild depression, or stress. You are rarely in the mood because you’re simply not able to perform very often. To keep from failing, you avoid trying!

Treatment is easier than you might expect. The VCD method can restore virility in 95% of men. In some cases, the VCD is not only corrective but curative. The VCD also helps men who are totally or partially impotent due to physical causes such as diabetes, high blood pressure, Parkinson’s, or prostate cancer. The VCD will give you a better quality erection than you are getting now. It enables a man to achieve an erection on demand and maintain it for 30 minutes.

For more information, just call my message center at 972-326-4055 and leave your name and phone number. You will be called back that day or the next.

Dr. Claire C. Leggatt, MD

Graduate of University of Texas at San Antonio with residency training at St. Paid Hospital (Dallas) and Texas Tech Medical Branch at Amarillo. She specializes in male sexual dysfunction. 12890 Hillcrest, Suite 201 – Dallas Message center: 972-326-4055

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