Introducing Dr. Tup Ingram

Dr. Ingram

At Marvel Cosmetic Surgery, we are dedicated to providing our patients with the highest quality care, while delivering the best results possible. To make the experience for our patients even better, we’ve brought a new surgeon onboard who has the knowledge and expertise to deliver the high-quality results you expect from Marvel Cosmetic Surgery.

Meet Dr. Tup Ingram, a graduate, and scholar of Yale University where he initially studied Mathematics and Philosophy graduating summa cum laude. After he completed his degree, he began his medical career at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center whose plastic surgery residency is currently ranked number one in the country.

Dr. Ingram has worked with the father of modern cosmetic surgery, Ivo Pitanguy while in Rio de Janeiro and went off to the University of Paris, France to study craniofacial surgery. He first attained board certification back in 1999 and continued to complete residencies at Mount Sinai Medical Center and Baptist Hospital here in Nashville.

We are so thrilled to have him join our team and wanted to give you an opportunity to meet him first hand.

What interested you in Cosmetic Surgery?

I always had an interest in Cosmetic Surgery, but it wasn’t until I treated a patient in Brazil that I realized the full impact it can have on an individual.  I was working with Ivo Pitanguy, one of the founding fathers of cosmetic surgery, when I performed a simple ear pinning on a young boy.

There were a lot of feelings mixed up with the child’s reaction to the surgery post-op that made me realize that he had endured unnecessary bullying or shame. He was thrilled with the final look and gave me the biggest hug. I could see how his whole attitude and demeanor changed. He appeared happier and more confident.

It was this experience that made me see how changing something so small could make a significant impact on a person’s confidence level.

What is the most rewarding experience you’ve had as a surgeon?

I was working at a mission hospital in Brazil when I met one of their soccer players with a cleft palate. The extent of his cleft palate was so large that when he ate some of the food came out of his nose. Needless to say, it was very uncomfortable for him. It was never treated because he didn’t know that a procedure existed that would help him. We operated on him the next day, and for the first time in his life, he could eat regularly.  

What do you love to do in your spare time?

There are so many things to do and see here in Nashville! I love jumping on one of the city’s public scooters and riding around town in search of some hidden restaurants which only the locals know. It’s called Music City for a reason, and I enjoy seeing live shows at 3rd and Lindsley or somewhere off Broadway. I love that I can grab inexpensive tickets to some of my favorite bands at the Ascend Amphitheater and sit under the stars, or for a more formal evening, attend the symphony at the Schermerhorn.

Also, the great thing about Nashville in the summer is all the festivals around town. I’ve yet to go to a park where there wasn’t something unusual or fun to check out.

What are your favorite restaurants in the area?

DeSano’s has killer pizzas!  If I’m in the mood for some barbecue, I’ll go to Jack Cawthon’s Bar-B-Que, or I’ll head to BB Kings for some ribs and entertainment.

Uncle Julio’s in Maryland Farms has excellent Mexican food! You must try their tableside guacamole. Bonefish has fantastic martinis and a seared Ahi tuna that will make your mouth water. If you want something diverse, The Red Pony in Franklin is a good place.  Nashville has so many fantastic dining options I could go on and on.

What does your ideal day off look like?

I love waking up to an early morning swim or a walk in one of the parks. I particularly like Radnor or Percy Warner. I also enjoy volunteering my time at the Williamson County Animal Center, spending a couple of hours walking dogs. To round off the day, I would stop by my rooftop pool and get to know my new neighbors!

If you could live anywhere else in the world where would it be?

This is a challenging question!  There so many places I have yet to discover, it’s difficult to say. For now, I am happy where I am!

5 Benefits of Laser Treatments

5 Benefits of Laser Treatments

As we begin to age, we notice our skin begins to change. From wrinkles to spider veins, there are many concerns that start to surface which we would like to change, but topical treatments only go so far. If you’re looking for a rejuvenation regimen that is effective and precise, you’ll want to learn about laser treatments. Lasers work deep within the skin to restore it and offer a more youthful and natural appearance.

Eliminate Acne

From acne to acne scars, laser treatments are effective at reducing the signs of blemishes on the skin and providing individuals with clear skin.  Lasers work to penetrate deep within the dermis to kill the bacteria that causes acne. The high-concentration of monochromatic light evens out the pigmentation and helps to reduce scarring. The combination of efforts means many patients can benefit from two procedures at once. First, there is the reduction of the bacteria, and second, you can rid unwanted acne scarring that has carried over from your youth. The result is fresh, youthful looking skin.

Even Out Skin Tone

Lasers are the latest technology for skin resurfacing, that not only reduce scarring but help restore tone. They can remove wrinkles around the eyes, forehead, and cheeks. Additionally, it can help those who suffer from sunspots that are from overexposure to the sun or aging. The laser works by gently vaporizing the outer layer of sun-damaged or acne scarring to reveal smooth, fresh new skin underneath. Similarly, the laser works to phase out fine lines and wrinkles. The procedure gives your physician control over the application. Recovery time lasts about two weeks and works best for lighter skin tones.

Remove Hair

If you’re not interested in shaving, tweezing, or waxing to remove unwanted hair, laser treatments are an effective way to eliminate them altogether. Effective on almost every area of the body, lasers give precise control over what hairs to remove and can even target hairs that are dark, thick, and coarse.  The procedure is fast, which means your physician can work quickly through larger areas of the body. For example, the upper lip can be completed in minutes, and the back can take roughly an hour. Each pulse of the laser takes a fraction of a second and can target multiples hairs at once. The result for most patients is permanent hair loss.

Get Rid of Spider Veins

The tiny red and blue veins with a thread-like appearance near the surface of the skin are known as spider veins. They are caused by increased pressure on the veins and can appear anywhere on the body. However, most individuals will find them on their legs and thighs. For years, there wasn’t much you could do once they started to appear, but with the introduction of laser treatments, adults now have the option to banish them for good. The procedure uses a focused beam of light on the spider vein. As the laser begins to heat up, the vein is destroyed and reabsorbed into the body after 4-6 weeks. Lasers offer precision, which means physicians can target the specific area without damaging the surrounding areas.

Feminine Rejuvenation

For women who have given birth, suffer from urge incontinence, or who have had breast cancer and can’t be on hormones, lasers are a safe and minimally invasive procedure providing tightening, strengthening, and smoothing. It can also help with unwanted secretions, increase blood flow, and sensitivity. The lasers work to stimulate and promote the production of collagen. New skin cells will be produced in the underlying layer of tissue bringing about a smoother, tighter, and healthier skin. Before treatment, a pelvic exam should be performed, and the patient must have had a routine Pap Smear within the last six months. Results are achieved over a span of three months, with the inclusion of rest and temporary abstinence as part of the recovery process.

If you are interested in learning more about how laser treatments can work for you, call us today at 615-329-3900. Our expert members of staff and talk you through the options and book you a consultation over the phone!

Is it Time for a Tummy Tuck?

Is it Time for a Tummy Tuck?

Achieving a slimmer and leaner silhouette is a goal for many individuals. However, some may find that all the diet and exercise doesn’t move the unwanted and stubborn belly fat. Fortunately, there are procedures available like the tummy tuck that can help improve the contours of the abdomen. If you are considering a tummy tuck, read on to find out if it’s right for you.

The Procedure and Recovery

There are two different tummy tucks available: a mini and traditional tummy tuck. The mini tummy tuck focuses on the lower abdomen, tightening the muscles and reducing loose skin with less invasive techniques than a standard tummy tuck. The traditional version focuses on larger areas of the stomach.

The length of the surgery will vary depending on the amount of work you wish to have done. Tummy tucks are a surgical procedure that requires the individual to undergo anesthesia and could take several weeks of recovery – as do most surgical procedures. That being said, it is wise to do your research to find a cosmetic surgeon that has the correct qualifications to achieve the results you want. We also recommend looking at before and after photos.

How to Know You’re Ready for a Tummy Tuck

You Have Extra Skin or Fat in the Abdomen

Taking part in a tummy tuck and be life-changing. For many individuals, regular exercise and a healthy diet aren’t enough to move unwanted and stubborn belly fat. A tummy tuck provides patients with a chance to eliminate excess fat and tighten loose skin. The best candidates will have surplus skin in the abdomen. The procedure requires a sizable incision. Without enough skin, tension can be put on the scar causing stretch marks. The results of the procedure offer a slimmer profile. It should be noted that tummy tucks are not capable of producing toned abdominal muscles. The process is provided as a chance to improve the silhouette.

You’ve Recently Had a Baby

Having a baby not only changes your life but your body. Many women experience stretched skin and abdominal separation after having children. Pregnancy puts pressure on the stomach and as a result, causes muscles to separate to allow further expansion. Even after the loss of the baby-weight, many women experience permanent damage to the muscles and finds their skin hangs around their stomach. Left untreated, individuals might experience lower back pain, constipation, and urine leaking. Tummy tucks have the ability to repair this damaged tissue and restore muscles to give a flatter and leaner appearance.

You’re Not Planning to Have More Children

While tummy tucks can help reduce the signs of pregnancy, it should be avoided until you’ve decided you are done having children. A tummy tuck is a permanent solution to excess skin and abdominal separation, but it can’t prevent it from happening during the next pregnancy. If you experienced these symptoms the first time you gave birth, it’s more than likely it will happen during future pregnancies which will undo all of the efforts set forth by your surgeon. To get the most out of the tummy tuck, you’ll need to wait until you are done having children.

You’re at Your Ideal Body Weight

There are a few things tummy tucks can and can’t do for the body. They can provide individuals with a slimmer look, but it’s not a replacement for a healthy diet and lifestyle. Fat cells will reproduce, and if you’re not making healthy choices, it’s possible all the hard work will go to waste over time. The best candidate for a tummy tuck will already be within their ideal weight range but looking for a way to remove stubborn belly fat. All bodies are different, and some people tend to carry their weight in the abdomen. After trying diet and exercise, if the fat isn’t budging a tummy tuck is an excellent solution.

Learn more about the procedure and schedule your consultation today by calling 615-329-3900.

Your Guide to Flawless Summer Skin

Your Guide to Flawless Summer Skin

Summer is here and that means many of us spend more time outside than in, due to our constant activities or vacations. During these months, many women choose to wear less makeup as they lounge by the pool or relax at the beach. If you are looking for ways to improve the appearance of your skin so you can feel more confident going au naturel too, we’ve highlighted some of the best treatments at Marvel Cosmetic Surgery.

Hyaluronic Enhancer

Hyaluronic acid is an amazing product that makes your skin look younger, fresher, and more subtle. Overall, it’s a skincare superstar and is found naturally in your body. Although the name says acid, it’s not. It’s actually a sugar molecule found in the body that holds almost a thousand times its weight in water. The result is plumper, fresher looking skin. As a facial treatment, it has the ability to smooth out skin and add volume. If you’re looking to obtain natural, dewy skin Hyaluronic Enhancer is a fantastic option.

Botox

Combating fine lines and wrinkles is possible with Botox. Botox is derived from neurotoxins that relax facial muscles. The process encourages patients to limit movements that enhance age lines like furrowing or frowning. What it does not do is add volume to the skin. Instead, it focuses on eliminating wrinkles cosmetically around the eyebrows, mouth, and forehead. The results provide patients with a more youthful complexion.

O2 Lift

An interest in a spa-like experience is completed with the O2 Lift Facial. This facial is a multi-step treatment that infuses oxygen, stem cells, peptides, and a high concentration of botanicals that are designed to exfoliate, illuminate, and oxygenate. The process is safe and great for all skin types. The products used are free from acid and sulfates and work to balance out the skin’s pH leaving you with nothing to the softest and most radiant skin.

Fillers

Fillers are similar to Botox as they are injected into different areas of the face. But while Botox eliminates lines by relaxing the muscles, fillers work to add volume to the skin. The perfect candidate for fillers will have a noticeable loss of volume around the mouth, eyes, jaw, and cheeks. There are a variety of fillers available that provide patients with the youthful, glowing skin they desire. The best part is the utilization of Hyaluronic Acid. Because it’s naturally found in the body, these fillers will work well with almost everyone.

Intense Pulse Light Facial Rejuvenation (IPL)

IPL Facials are designed to improve the appearance of photo-aged skin on both the face and body. It treats broken capillaries and age spots for a smoother looking skin. Additionally, it can reduce the appearance of redness, correct skin pigmentation and irregularities. The treatment uses emissions from high-intensity lasers to treat deep within the dermis. These lasers are filled with plasma and destroy skin cells that may be damaged. It will also induce a natural healing process.

Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is a popular treatment that eliminates dead skin cells but stimulates cell growth. Many patients use it to reduce fine lines, wrinkles, sun damage, large pores, and other imperfections. It’s a non-invasive procedure which means there are no incisions or scarring. Microdermabrasion is perfect for anyone who is looking to get rid of age spots, sun damage, acne, scares, or hyper-pigmentation. By exfoliating the skin and stimulating collagen production, your skin looks healthier and more rejuvenated.

Protecting Your Skin

The best way to protect your skin is to use sunscreen every day to reduce the chances of getting sun damage or wrinkles. You should apply it under your makeup and wear it regardless of how much sun you plan on getting that day. Even when you drive or sit next to your office window, you are subjecting your face’s delicate cells to UVA and UVB lights that in high doses accelerate aging and sometimes cause cancer.

Additionally, never underestimate the power of water. Your 8 glasses a day are a natural way to remove toxins from your body that can cause your skin to look dull. Try to swap your cokes and coffee with a glass of water as often as you can to keep skin looking youthful.

For more information about the procedures or to book an appointment, call 615-329-3900 today!

We’re Hiring: Sales Lead Manager and Social Media Coordinator

Marvel Cosmetic Social Media Coordinator

Sales Lead Manager and Social Media Coordinator

The perfect candidate for this position must be extremely savvy in all aspects of social media.  You should have a desire for sales while remaining engaging and pleasant to speak with. 

Responsibilities and Duties:

>Lead and Sales Management of inbound leads

>Social Media content generation

>Content Schedule

 

In this role, you will facilitate the execution and coordination of our advertising plans. You will work closely with the surgeons, our patient coordinators, and will head up our internal marketing team to ensure flawless campaign execution.

You will facilitate and manage key documents, creative, and processes for various advertising campaigns. You will act as the main point of contact among media publishers, media agencies, and internal teams. You will also be the project manager to ensure deliverables are on-time with no errors.

 

Desired Skills and Experience

  • At least one year of advertising related experience, media agency experience preferred, especially working in a digital environment
  • Experience in building and executing social media advertising plans.
  • Social advertising self-service platform knowledge/experience is a must
  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency with Microsoft Excel, Word, and Powerpoint
  • Detailed, project-oriented, and ability to multi-task is a priority
  • A flexible person who is comfortable in a fast-paced, dynamic environment & loves numbers

Job Types: Full-time, Contract

Pay:  Hourly $17; increase after 90 days

Send Resume to sue@marvelclinic.com 

             

Before & After: Brazilian Butt Lift

Brazilian Butt Lift Nashville

A perky, firm backside is a look that many desire. However, sometimes all the squats in the world simply can’t shape this common problem area. Whether it’s due to aging, weight loss, genetics or any other reason, sagging tissue can be a cause of self-consciousness for many women. 

Fortunately, there are several surgical options to help you achieve your desired look. The most common choices among our patients are fat transfer or butt implants. Butt lifts, most commonly known as Brazilian Butt Lifts, is a procedure that does not require implants but uses fat from other areas of your body. 

A Brazilian Butt Lift is a great option for those who are looking to not only shape their derrière but to also trim the waistline. This procedure uses your own body fat to enhance your shape and give you the curves you’ve always wanted. Read on to see what one patient had to say about her recent Brazilian Butt Lift:  

Why did you decide to undergo Surgery?

I decided to undergo surgery because I was unhappy with the excess fat around my stomach and the flat shape of my butt. Before undergoing the surgery, I decided to lose 20lbs to see if I could get the results I wanted. Unfortunately, my butt would not shape up no matter how many squats or lunges that I did. I decided at that time to consider Butt Augmentation Surgery. After my initial consultation, I decided to get a Brazilian Butt Lift rather than having implants put in.

Tell us about your experience with Dr. Marvel and Marvel Cosmetic Surgery.

Dr. Marvel, as well as his staff, were FANTASTIC! They made me feel comfortable throughout the entire process and they remained professional the whole time. They took the time to answer any of my questions so I felt comfortable with the choice I was making. Their staff really went above and beyond to make me feel valued. After my surgery, I received a courtesy call from their team to check in and see how I was doing. You couldn’t ask for a friendlier team of people!

How has your life changed after your surgery?

My life has changed significantly after my surgery. I am definitely more confident in my appearance! I love trying on clothes and seeing how my body looks!! My belly fat is completely gone and now I have a flattering derrière. I can’t believe how amazing my body looks and feels. Dr. Marvel definitely made my dream come true! I couldn’t have asked for a better experience! Thank you, Dr. Marvel!

 

If you are interested in learning more about Brazilian Butt Lifts or would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Marvel, call 615-329-3900 or click here to schedule an appointment!

 

Who is a Candidate for Brazilian Butt Lift?

Who is a Candidate for Brazilian Butt Lift?

With the success of curvier celebrities and a shift in choosing a healthier lifestyle, rounder backsides are becoming a trendy cosmetic surgery choice. Now women have the opportunity to improve the shape and firmness with a procedure called a Brazilian Butt Lift. If you’ve longed for a more hour-glass shape, discover whether or not you are a good candidate for a Brazilian Butt Lift.

What is a Brazilian Butt Lift?

A Brazilian Butt Lift is a cosmetic procedure that forgoes the use of implants and utilizes fat transfers. The method uses your fat to create and enhance your backside and give it a more natural look. Liposuction is first performed on specific areas of the body, such as the lower back, stomach, and thighs. The fat is purified and then injected into various spots in the buttocks to obtain the desired shape and feel.

With the Brazilian Butt Lift, the risk of infection is low since we’re utilizing your own fat. And because the procedure uses liposuction, it creates a more uniform, shapely and natural enhancement.

What is the recovery like for a Brazilian Butt Lift?

This procedure requires about three weeks of recovery but produces long-lasting results. Each person’s recovery process will be slightly different than the next. Overall, most people can expect some bruising and swelling in the areas where fat cells were harvested. For example, the thighs and abdomen will be sore immediately following the procedure. Any pain is managed through the use of medication. Some individuals may see some of the excess fluid drain from the incision, which is perfectly reasonable.

One of the most important parts of the recovery process is not sitting on your butt for at least 4 – 8 weeks directly after the procedure. If it sounds complicated, we understand. However, sitting directly on your glutes will reduce the flow of circulation which may stunt the results. Reduction in blood flow prohibits the cells from getting the supply they need. In some instances, not adhering to this rule meant some patients lost around 40% of the volume transferred.

Additionally, patients should avoid sleeping on their back as well. Side and stomach are ideal. By using a pillow, you can help raise the buttocks and relieve any additional pressure.

Can I resume physical activities as long as I don’t sit down?

High-impact activities after any surgery are discouraged. When your body undergoes a certain amount of trauma associated with an operation, it needs time to heal. After one month, the patient may resume light activities like walking. However, we can’t emphasize enough the importance of not sitting down. As we previously mentioned, every person will respond differently from the surgery, but in most cases, regular workouts can resume after 6-8 weeks. The deciding factor will be the stabilization of the fat cells.

Who’s a good candidate for a Brazilian Butt Lift?

If you have always yearned for an hourglass figure, a Brazilian Butt Lift is right for you. This procedure can successfully give you the rounder, firmer backside that you’ve been coveting. Those with stretch marks, cellulite, and loose, hanging skin, also benefit from this type of procedure as it provides an opportunity to tighten and tone.

When considering the surgery, make sure you can commit to the recovery process. Getting the most out of your cosmetic surgery results relies heavily on following the post-op instructions from your doctor. Following these steps ensures the effects are maximized.

If you’re ready to see what Dr. Marvel can do for you, call 615-329-3900 to schedule a consultation today!

10 Ways to Combat Fine Lines and Wrinkles

 10 Ways to Combat Fine Lines and Wrinkles

Aging is a natural process, and despite our best efforts fine lines and wrinkles will eventually start to appear. At Marvel Cosmetic Surgery, we are well-versed in the best practices available to help reduce the signs of aging, so you and your skin feel supple and fresh. Below are our top ten tips to achieve that youthful glow!

1. Sunscreen and Face Wash

One of the best ways to protect your skin from external damage is by applying sunscreen daily. Collagen isn’t just lost in the aging process. Free radicals from pollution and routine exposure to the sun will also deplete collagen and slow the process of new collagen forming. So, it’s important to practice a healthy skin care routine with a face wash that draws out impurities without drying the skin. Wearing sunscreen gives the additional protection from further damage to production. When buying sunscreen look for 15SPF – 30SPF, because anything lower or higher won’t be helpful.

2. Vitamin C Peel

Vitamin C is one of the best-known defenses against free radicals. The vitamin is used in every part of the collagen process making it a critical component of boosting collagen. A Vitamin C peel is an option for anyone who suffers from fine lines and wrinkles because it deeply cleanses the pores and gently resurfacing the skin to diminish the appearance of aging. The acid found in Vitamin C also works as a bleaching agent, which can help restore imbalanced skin tone and help fade blemishes.

3. Botox

Botox is widely known for its use to reduce the signs of aging. With a few quick injections, deep lines between brows, crow’s feet, and laugh lines are all reduced in appearance.

Botox works by using Botulinum toxins, which are injected directly into the facial muscle to restrict muscle movement. Deeply etched lines in the face, often created by intense concentration or constant furrowing, will smooth out with regular use. Regular Botox treatments mean preventing new creases from forming while smoothing out the appearance of what you already have.

4. Fish Oil

Omega-3 is a substance that is not produced naturally by the body, which means we have to supplement or incorporate Omega-3 rich foods like fish oil into our diets. There are numerous benefits to upping your intake such as:

  • Decreasing inflammation
  • Healthier Hair
  • Better moods
  • Healthier Heart
  • Improved brain function

Regarding healthy skin, fish oil nourishes the skin with fats and provides vitamins to keep the skin smooth and elastic. This helps to reduce wrinkles, fine lines, and prevent skin from sagging.

5. Drink Plenty of Water

Your skin is your largest organ but is usually the last to receive nutrients. Keeping it hydrated by drinking water keeps the skin looking plump and full. It should be noted that there is a difference between having dry or dehydrated skin. Dry skin is a condition you’re born with, and you know it pertains to you because other areas of your body (hands, feet, scalp) are also dry. Dehydrated skin appears when your water intake is low. Either way, your entire body will benefit from an increase of water, by flushing out toxins and plumping up your skin.

6. Fillers

Fillers differ from Botox because they are injected into the contours of your face, not to paralyze, but to add volume or plump specific areas.

Made with hyaluronic acid fillers smooth out wrinkles. Hyaluronic acid is a substance your body naturally produces to keep skin plump and hydrated. Since it already occurs in the body, these fillers are less likely to cause an allergic reaction. The filler itself has a gel-like consistency that is injected into the skin to smooth fine lines. These particular fillers can last from 6 to 12 months before being absorbed. Brands such as Juvederm, Juvederm Voluma, and Restylane are all options for those who are interested in the Hyaluronic Acid option.

7. Fat Transfers

Noninvasive fat transfers – or micro-lipo injection – add volume to the skin in the face and hands, giving you a more rested, youthful appearance. By using your body’s unwanted fat, the procedure reduces crow’s feet, laugh lines and ridges that appear as a normal part of aging. Along with improving the skin’s appearance and reversing the signs of aging, fat transfers can also repair and reconstruct skin damaged by trauma or surgery.

8. Deep Condition

Protecting yourself from dryness will eliminate red, flaky skin that highlights fine lines and wrinkles. It’s highly recommended to deep condition your skin a few times a week to continue to look fresh. You can choose between a lotion or a cream. A lotion is water-based and a little lighter for those who are on the oiler side. A cream is excellent for individuals with naturally dry and flaky skin.

9. Bone Broth

Bone broth or “stock,” is a process in which tendons, ligaments, bones, and cartilage are heated in water for a period eventually releasing healing compounds like collagen, glycine, glutamine and many others. By incorporating bone broth into your diet, you are providing your body with extra collagen that it doesn’t have to produce and improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin.

10. CO2 Laser

CO2 laser is the latest technology for skin resurfacing. It’s designed to help remove wrinkles around the eyes, forehead, and cheeks. The laser works by gently vaporizing the outer layer of sun-damaged or acne scarring to reveal smooth, fresh new skin underneath. Similarly, the laser works to phase out fine lines and wrinkles. The procedure gives your physician control over the application. Recovery time lasts about two weeks and works best for lighter skin tones.

If you would like to see what Dr. Marvel and his team can do for you, call 615-239-5247 to book a consultation today!

SlimLipo™ vs. CoolSculpting: What’s the Difference?

SlimLipo™ vs. CoolSculpting: What's the Difference?

Even those who follow a strict diet and exercise regularly will find certain areas of the body hard to trim or tone. Thighs, stomach, buttocks, and underarms are common problem areas for many individuals. If consistent efforts through a healthy lifestyle are unable to reduce fat deposits in this area, you can consider liposuction methods. Fortunately, with the advancements in technology, there procedures available that are minimal to non-invasive. If you are considering surgery, here is everything you need to know about the revolutionary SlimLipo™ and CoolSculpting procedures.

Technology

SlimLipo™

SlimLipo™ is a new laser liposuction technique that uses laser wavelengths, to dissolve fat. With a few tiny incisions, this laser gently “melts” fat for quick and permanent results. The fat is liquefied and removed from the body through micro-cannulas. Additionally, the technology from SlimLipo™ can tighten and smooth skin during the treatment process.

CoolSculpting

Technically speaking, CoolSculpting is the exact opposite of SlimLipo™ because it freezes fat off rather than using the heat from lasers. The technology uses controlled cooling to target fat cells in the body. After the cells are frozen, they begin to die off allowing the body to absorb them naturally and eliminate them without the use of additional tools. The tools used are safe and won’t allow the temperature to become uncomfortable.

Process

SlimLipo™

SlimLipo™ is a minimally invasive procedure that requires tiny incisions in the skin. Because the stiches are small, they won’t need stitches post-op resulting in unnoticeable scarring. A local anesthetic is applied to the area where the SlimLipo™ will be performed. The laser uses two different wavelengths with one targeting unwanted fat cells and the other stimulating collagen growth to tighten the skin. The procedure takes only a few hours, and clients can go home the same day.

CoolSculpting

CoolSculpting is a non-invasive procedure. There is no need for any type incision or the need of anesthesia. The process begins by simply placing the applicator on the targeted area where it does all the work. From there, you can rest and relax while the fat cells are frozen off your body. Many clients experience a mild cold sensation and tightening of the skin in the first few minutes of treatment. After the process is complete, you receive a brief massage to encourage blood flow and warm up the area.

Recovery

SlimLipo™

There is very little downtime associated with the SlimLipo™ procedure. Every client is different, but many individuals can return to work the same day. Because of the laser application, it’s not uncommon for the area to be a little sore. Not enough, however, to interfere with daily activities or require special medications. Post-op, your surgeon, will provide you with compression bandages that you will wear. There will be some initial swelling, but after it subsides, you will begin to see the results. It will take at least a full six months to see a complete transformation.

CoolSculpting

The benefit of CoolScultping is there is no downtime. The procedure is non-invasive which means there is nothing to recover from. The results are permanent, and there is rarely any side-effects, but some clients feel itching, numbness, redness, swelling, or tenderness in the area. Your results begin to show within three weeks, but the process is gradual. The cells will continue to die for another four to six months after the process is completed.

It is important to remember that any form of liposuction surgery is not a cure for generalized obesity. It is a procedure that can benefit those who want to remove unsightly fat from localized areas. Patients who choose this procedure, however, must have realistic expectations about the outcome and understand that final results may not be apparent for up to one year.

To find out which process is right for you, call Marvel Cosmetic Surgery today at 615-329-3900 to book your consultation!

When Should I Consider a Mommy Makeover?

Mommy Makeover

A Mommy Makeover isn’t one product, but a package of services customizable for each person. The idea is to give mothers an opportunity to restore and reshape areas of their body post-baby. Because of its flexibility, women can add and subtract various surgeries and procedures to tailor the package to their needs, but with so many options available, how do you know which is right for you? We’ve addressed the most common options our clients request when putting together their Mommy Makeover, their benefits, and how you know you are ready!

You Want to Define Curves

For those who are looking to lose weight in the tummy, hips, and thighs, there are liposuction treatments that will get you back to your pre-pregnancy body.

Liposuction

Liposuction, also known as lipoplasty and body contouring surgery, is a popular cosmetic procedure that uses suction to remove excess fat deposits from the skin and muscle. This procedure works well on stubborn fat deposits. Read more about Liposuction

SlimLipo™

SlimLipo™ is a liposuction technique that uses laser wavelengths to dissolve fat. And unlike traditional liposuction, there is no need for general anesthesia and extensive downtime. With a few tiny incisions, this laser gently “melts” fat for quick and permanent results. Since the lasers stimulate skin cells into producing collagen and elastin, you can also tighten up the skin;

Special note: Liposuction treatments aren’t a form of weight loss. The right candidate for liposuction has lost most of the baby weight before they undergo surgery. Fat cells are easily reproduced by the body, so you want to be as close to your ideal weight as possible. Read more about SlimLipo™

Tummy Tucks

Tummy tucks are also quite popular and will help dramatically improve your stomach’s appearance by reducing excess fat, skin, and tissue. You can also use this procedure to repair any abdominal separation. You can choose between two options. A Mini Tummy Tuck focuses on the lower abdomen by tightening the muscles and reducing loose skin. This surgical procedure flattens the look of the belly, but with less invasive techniques than a standard tummy tuck. A standard Tummy Tuck focuses on a larger area of the torso. Your doctor can help you decide the best option. Read more about Tummy Tucks

You Want to Restore Lost Breast Volume

If breastfeeding has left you with noticeably thinner or saggy breasts, you have a couple of options to restore lost volume. While you can breastfeed if you have implants, we don’t recommend nursing mothers to undergo surgery.

Breast Lift

A breast lift can help repair and reshape your breasts without the need for implants. Depending on the amount repair required, an incision around the areola or down the breast allows for skin to be tightened and the nipple to be raised. This procedure will help restore your breast to a more youthful position. If a more dramatic look is favored, a breast augmentation can also be a good option to give volume and lift to the chest. Read more about Breast Lift

Breast Augmentation

Breast Augmentation is another option to restore lost breast volume. Implants can help to balance your figure, boost your confidence and restore volume to your chest. Breast augmentation is a major surgery that does require some recovery time. There are many different sizes, shapes, and fillers available which allows each client to customize the look. Deciding on what shape and size to go with is best discussed in your consultation, just bring along some pictures. Read more about Breast Augmentation

You’re Ready to Smooth Out Lines

Late nights can leave you with noticeable lines around the face and eyes. There are facials, injections, and skin-resurfacing treatments that will help.

Botox®

Botox® works by using Botulinum toxins, which are injected directly into the facial muscle to restrict muscle movement. Deeply etched lines in the face, often created by intense concentration or constant furrowing, will smooth out with regular use. Regular Botox treatments mean preventing new creases from forming while smoothing out the appearance of what you already have. Read more about Botox®

Fillers

Fillers are made with hyaluronic acid which is injected into the face to smooth wrinkles. The filler itself has a gel-like consistency that is injected into the skin to smooth fine lines. These particular fillers can last from 6 to 12 months before being absorbed. Brands such as Juvederm, Juvederm Voluma, and Restylane are all options for those who are interested in the Hyaluronic Acid option. Read more about Fillers

Regardless of the option you choose, the procedure is non-invasive, which means you can start a treatment plan soon after giving birth.

What should I do next?

Mothers in the Nashville, Franklin and Tullahoma area looking to restore their post-baby body should consider a mommy makeover. 

Are you ready to see what Dr. Jeffrey Marvel can do for you? Call 615-329-3900 or contact us to set up your initial consultation.