Dr. Dan Shapiro is a plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He has been practicing cosmetic or aesthetic plastic surgery in the Scottsdale Paradise Valley area since 1992 and all he performs is cosmetic or aesthetic plastic surgery.
Dr. Shapiro does a lot of body contouring. He’s gone down to Colombia a couple of times to learn some very specific body contouring techniques, and we think the difference between good and great when you’re talking about body contouring and the results we get as surgeons are very apparent. We turn away a lot of people from liposuction. The reason being is that we don’t like unpredictability, and we really want people to get their money’s worth and to feel as though they look better than worse after the procedure.
Liposuction is very technique dependent, and we’ve seen an evolution of the procedures over time. Whereas before the cannulas that we take the fat with used to be much larger, they’re very, very small now, and that accounts to much less rippling. A common question that we have from patients is, “Dr. Shapiro, why can you get rippling after liposuction, especially in the abdomen?” The reason being is that it tends to be technique dependent, and we’ll tell you why. First of all, we think, as we said, when we turn away patients, we think that their skin is not of sufficient quality to get the tightening that we want to showcase the contouring that we performed. We never want to have anybody with extra skin, and we really, really don’t like have anybody with irregularity. The reason why that irregularity can happen is that either the skin doesn’t have the elasticity to contract back, or when the procedure was done, it was done in an even fashion. We think that if there’s any question about what should be done, we just don’t do it.
In the last year or two Dr. Shapiro have adopted a technique called safe liposuction, that’s S-A-F-E, that actually is a technique that takes your fat. When we’re doing the liposuction, we will pre-tunnel with cannula that has a little basket on the end that tends to cause some tightening beneath the skin and equalize the fat departments. It makes the fat compartments much more even. We then perform liposuction, and then we go back with that same instrument. We even out the fat compartment, and we even out the skin. That really results in much less chance of irregularity or rippling from the skin and really promotes some skin tightening. The answer to the question is, “Why does rippling happen after a liposuction in the abdomen?” The general reason is either it should have been done on that patient with some skin-tightening issues, or it probably was done in an uneven fashion.
There are ways to fix that. You can either have the safe liposuction technique. You can have some ultrasonic liposuction to help decrease the irregularities right beneath the skin, and you could have some fat put in to help even out the area. If you have some rippling from liposuction, the best way to figure out what can be done is come in for a consultation. We think it is very important that you understand that the abdomen is very unforgiving. Why? Because you look down and you see it all the time, so be very careful if you’re having liposuction of the abdomen. Check out the surgeons performing it. Ask them what can be done. Ask them how often they see it in their practice, and ask them how they would fix it. We’re very happy that we see that very, very infrequently in our practice.
For more information about finding the right surgeon to perform your liposuction, you can contact us by visiting our site http://www.shapiroplasticsurgery.com/ or contact us using the information below.
Shapiro Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and Skin Klinic
5410 N. Scottsdale Rd. Building F-100
Scottsdale, AZ 85253