Category: Post-Operative

How to Maintain Your Curves After a Liposuction Treatment

How To Maintain Your Curves After a Liposuction Treatment

If you’re struggling with stubborn or unwanted fat, liposuction can be a great solution! There are a variety of procedures that can be tailored to fit your needs and help you reach your goals.

Before making the decision to try liposuction, many people worry and wonder if they will lose their natural curves following the procedure. Thankfully, this is extremely rare! Most people are more than able to maintain their curves following their surgery. In fact, many people get the curves they have always wanted, in all the right places, following their procedure.

Liposuction is a procedure that is catered towards each individual person’s body. Initially, a surgeon will meet with you to discuss your needs and wants. Since liposuction is a “sculpting” procedure, both precision of the surgeon and the meticulousness of the technique help create the patient’s ideal body.

No matter what procedure you choose, maintaining a healthy lifestyle following the surgery is the best way to ensure that your results are lasting.

Exercising, eating well, drinking water, and reducing your stress levels are some of the best ways to keep your post-op body. 

Exercise has a myriad of benefits that go far beyond helping to maintain your surgery results. Staying active improves your overall health and has been linked to wellness benefits too, like reduced depression and anxiety.

Liposuction works to smooth out bulging areas of our bodies. The best way to keep your results is to stick to a diet low in fat, sugar, and processed food. Fruits, vegetables, protein-rich foods, and foods that are low in fat are the best choices for any person’s health, whether they have completed liposuction or not. 

Increasing the amount of water that you drink also provides a variety of benefits. When it comes to weight loss surgery specifically, increased water consumption helps keep your weight stable and can even help you lose more weight. Drinking water before meals helps you feel fuller longer and can cut down on overeating. Choosing water over other caloric drinks is a great way to keep weight off.

Although it may seem counterintuitive, stress is one of the biggest causes of weight gain. When we are stressed or overwhelmed, our body raises the levels of cortisol in our system. These increased cortisol levels can lead to cravings, meaning we eat more than we need and also foods that are unhealthy for us. Reducing stress is different for every person, but most everyone can benefit from a consistent, predictable routine and a more positive outlook. Yoga, meditation, baths, and practicing gratitude are a few other ways that many people reduce stress.

If you’re ready to customize your curves, contact Marvel Cosmetic at 615-538-0399 for your free consultation today!

Why Winter is the Best Time for Laser and Cosmetic Procedures

Why Winter is the Best Time for Laser and Cosmetic Procedures

Some people are still under the misconception that you should not undergo cosmetic procedures or laser treatments during the winter. However, this is one of the best times of year for these treatments! A weaker sun means less sensitivity and an easier healing process for your skin. Additionally, you can spend more time healing indoors, so by summer you’re ready to show off your fabulous results!

Read below to discover why winter is a great time of year for a cosmetic procedure or laser treatment.

You Have Time to Plan Ahead

A concern most cosmetic surgeons hear from patients is they would like to recover in private and they want the post-op to be discrete so that they can heal comfortably. Planning your procedure around the holidays allows you to take advantage of some of the time off already allocated to you.

More Conducive to Treatment Plans

If you want to take advantage of the age reversing benefits of lasers, you’re looking at multiple sessions to get your desired results. These treatments are spread out because your skin needs time to heal in between. Cosmetic surgeons will also recommend that you avoid sun exposure. In winter, this is much easier to do because we naturally spend more time indoors.

You’ll Be Ready for Summer

When summer creeps up on us, we start thinking about fitting into swimsuits, shorts, and dresses. However, when you are considering laser treatments or cosmetic surgery you have to include recovery time. Undergoing procedures in the winter means you have plenty of time for your skin to heal and the swelling to go down, so you’ll be ready to show off your new self by summer.

Your Skin is Lighter

Give your summer tan time to fade before you book your laser treatments because they tend to work better on lighter skin. Lasers have an easier time penetrating the epidermis when your skin is at its lightest hue. So, if you wait until fall and winter, the treatment will be more effective.

UVA Won’t Damage Results

The goal of a laser treatment is to heal and repair you skin. However, being outdoors in the sun you are exposed to UVA rays, which damage to the skin. Since the sun’s power is much lower in the winter, you will receive less damage. Even if you apply sunscreen, waiting until the fall or winter is still a better option.

There is Less Sensitivity

Not only does the sun and UVA rays damage your skin, but they make it incredibly sensitive, which will also interfere with your results. The goal after a procedure is to heal properly. Spending more time inside means you will recover better and give your body the self-care it needs post-op.

The Additional Layers Are Protective

Part of a laser treatment or cosmetic procedure’s recovery might include redness, swelling, and sometimes flaky skin. By adding winter layers, you are providing an extra layer of protection between your new delicate skin and harsh elements. You can also use these layers to hide any bandages and temporary swelling you might encounter while recovering.

Laser treatments and cosmetic procedures help define silhouettes and improve the skin’s appearance. Whatever it is you want to enhance, reduce, define, shape, or smooth, there are practical solutions available to you this winter!   

At Marvel Cosmetic Surgery, we offer a comprehensive list of laser and cosmetic procedures. We provide patients with the most advanced processes to get unparalleled results with an emphasis on care. Call us today at 615-329-3900 to see how we can help you get your desired results!

How to Prepare for Your Cosmetic Procedure

How to Prepare for Your Cosmetic Procedure

Many people are choosing cosmetic surgery because they wish to enhance, rejuvenate, or simply reshape their body. Today, technological advancements give surgeons the ability to provide clients with the most natural results.

But before you go under the knife, we’ve put together a comprehensive guide to help you prepare for your cosmetic procedure.

Confirm Your Doctor is Board Certified

After medical school, most doctors go on to specialize in one area of medicine. They work towards becoming a board-certified surgeon, which requires even more training, continued education, and the ability to pass a rigorous set of exams. Only choose a doctor with a board certification, so you know they will have the expertise to complete your procedure safely and with the best results possible.

Book a Consultation

Consultations are a must when preparing for surgery. In fact, it would be inadvisable to continue with a procedure without talking to your doctor first. The consultation gives you and the surgeon plenty of time to discuss your goals and create a treatment plan specific to you.

During this meeting, ask about your options, the final pricing, and any risks associated with the surgery. Ask about the recovery period, taking time off work, and avoiding strenuous activities like exercise.

This conversation will deepen your connection with your doctor, instill trust, and confirm you have made the appropriate choice for your surgery.

Preparing for Cosmetic Surgery

You’ll need to prepare for surgery at least three weeks before your appointment. Here are some of the best tips for getting your body ready.

Three Weeks Before

What you put in your body can impact the results and how well you recover from surgery. Three weeks out, stop smoking and drinking. Both weaken the immune system which will be working overtime to help you recover after your operation. Alcohol can make you susceptible to bleeding. You should stop consuming alcohol pre and post op until your surgeon has given you permission. 

All prescription and over the counter medications need to be divulged to your doctor. If you are taking anything that could compromise your health during the procedure, you’ll need to stop taking them temporarily to prepare your body.

Two Weeks Before

Coming off your medications is often a gradual process. During week two, you will revisit all your medications with your surgeon and make necessary adjustments. Most notably will be the removal of blood thinners such as aspirin and ibuprofen and other medicines like anti-inflammatories or Vitamin-E.

During week two you start taking vitamin supplements that will boost your overall health. Vitamins A and C are great, plus Bromelain. It’s found in pineapples and works will to relieve swelling after surgery.

One Week Before

This week, you’ll need to focus on reducing the swelling. Surgery is hard on the body, and there is sure to be some swelling associated with the procedure. Did you know that too much salt increases sodium levels which can be uncomfortable after your procedure is complete? Continue improving your immune system by eating whole fruits, vegetables, and grains. If you will need prescription post-op, go ahead and get them filled before.

Are you ready to see what Marvel Cosmetic Surgery can do for you? Contact us today to book your consultation by calling 615-329-3900!

What to Expect Before and After Cosmetic Surgery

What to Expect Before and After Cosmetic Surgery

Cosmetic surgery provides individuals the opportunity to enhance and reduce areas of their body. However, any time you consider an operation, you need to do your due diligence. We’ve put together a quick guide to help you understand what to expect before and after a cosmetic surgery procedure.

How to Prepare for Cosmetic Surgery

The majority of cosmetic surgery planning revolves around the consultation, but before you schedule the meeting to discuss your treatment plan, you will need to choose the right cosmetic surgeon. Here are a few tips for choosing the one that is right for you:

Make Sure the Surgeon is Board-Certified

In order to comply and become certified, doctors must complete three to five years of training in general surgery and a minimum of two to three years of training in plastic surgery—in addition to written and oral tests. Plus, board-certified surgeons must undergo continued education.

Where is Their Operating Facility?

You’ll want to ask your surgeon where they perform surgery and about the facility’s accreditation. Accredited operating rooms have a life support system, in the off chance that something goes wrong. Look for AAAASF, AAAHC or JCAHO operating facility certification.

They Have Experience in the Procedure You Want

Each cosmetic procedure requires a different skill set. Make sure your doctor has experience in the surgery you are looking for. Look at before and after photos and reviews of their practice.

They Share Similar Aesthetics

Before and after photos are an excellent way to ensure your surgeon shares your aesthetic. Take time to look through images of previous clients to be confident the results will match what you are trying to achieve. For better comparison, look for others who have similar face, body, and age as you.

Asking Questions in The Consultation

Now, that you’ve chosen your doctor, you’ll schedule a consultation. This initial meeting is crucial to the success of your surgery. It’s at this time you convey your desired results and begin an open discussion about the treatment plan. To get the most out of your consultation, here are a few good questions to ask according to the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery:

  • Am I a good candidate for my procedure of interest? If not, what is keeping me from being a candidate?
  • How many times have you performed this procedure?
  • What are the benefits?
  • What are the risks?
  • Do you have hospital privileges? If so, where?

  • Who will perform the anesthesia and what are their qualifications?
  • What type of anesthesia is required for this procedure?

What Happens After the Procedure

Each procedure will come with different post-op recovery plans, but there are a few additional areas you can address while recovering from cosmetic surgery.

Skin Care

With most procedures comes scarring. It’s a necessary part of the process, but most scars will fade if you take the right care. Sometimes the recovery time can take longer than you would like, but the worst thing you can do is Google your own alternative solutions. Your doctor should give you specific care instructions after your surgery on what is best for healing. Adhere to these instructions with care, as they will affect your results and the visibility of your scars.

Diet and Exercise

If your cosmetic surgery involved body contouring and removal of fat, diet and exercise are vital. Liposuction does remove fat cells, but only in a particular area. Without proper exercise and diet, you might find that other areas become trouble spots.

Tummy tuck’s and butt lifts require skin tightening. For these particular procedures to last, it is essential to maintain the weight you were at the time of your procedure. Otherwise, you risk stretching out the skin and losing some of the results.

Up Your Vitamin C Intake

Vitamin C helps promote collagen regeneration which is crucial post-op. It also helps improve the immune system function, so you can recover without the worry of getting sick. Vitamin C is water soluble and is quickly expelled from the body which means two things. To maintain healthy levels, you will need to have a continuous supply, and you won’t be able to overdose. Your body will always be able to get rid of what it doesn’t need.

Sunscreen

While recovering from facial surgeries or procedures, try your best to stay out of the sun. This is especially important since your skin will be at its most delicate. If being outside for extended periods of time is unavoidable, make sure to apply sunscreen of 30 SPF or higher. Better yet, bring it with you so you can reapply throughout the day.

Dr. Marvel is the leading cosmetic surgeon in the Middle Tennessee area. He’s helped many individuals achieve their goals through cosmetic surgery. If you are ready to see what he can do for you, call 615-329-3900 to book your consultation today!

Maintaining Your Results After Liposuction

Maintaining Your Results After Liposuction

Liposuction is an excellent way to reduce stubborn fat. With many advancements in technology, there now are many ways to achieve fantastic results! But fat cells are something the body continues to produce, so if you don’t maintain a healthy lifestyle after liposuction, you could sabotage your results. Fortunately, there are some easy ways to maintain your new figure! Read on to learn more about ways to maintain your liposuction results.

Eat Healthy Carbs

There is too much material floating around shaming carbohydrates. Yes, excessive intake of pasta, bread, and sweet cakes aren’t good for your health, but that doesn’t mean skipping out on carbs altogether. What your body needs is a balance of healthy carbs to give you energy. Focus on nutrient-dense foods that are high in fiber. Slow releasing, they keep you satisfied longer helping to reduce the desire to snack on unhealthy foods because they are convenient. If you are looking for ways to add healthy carbs to your diet, you can start by swapping white pasta and bread for whole grain. Barely, peas, acorn squash, and beans are fantastic options for adding healthy carbs into your meals.

Exercise Often

Admittedly, we too wish there was a way around it, but there isn’t. If you want to maintain your new figure, you’re going to have to exercise. You don’t need to take up marathon training or lifting heavy weights if that’s not what you’re in to, but finding a way to increase your heart rate for at least thirty minutes a day is optimal to maintain your results. Your exercise could be in the form of walking outside or on a treadmill, running, yoga, dancing, or CrossFit. Ideally, you’ll want to pick something that interests you because it’s something you because you are ultimately looking for a lifestyle change rather than a quick fix!

Increase Water Intake

Water consumption is incredibly beneficial for the body and for keeping your lipo results! By drinking several glasses a day, you are providing your body with the necessary tools to flush out toxins. If too many toxins start to store, you are looking at an increase in fat cell production. Water is also an excellent and organic way to satiate hunger. We aren’t trying to say skip meals, but we often confuse hunger pains for thirst and omit drinking liquids altogether. Ideally, if you are beginning to feel “hungry” but you know you’ve had a good sized meal within the last one to two hours, try drinking water to see if it relieves the symptoms before indulging in a snack.

Don’t Skip Meals

Speaking of not skipping meals, eating is critical to keep your liposuction results long after you’ve had your procedure. When you don’t eat breakfast, skip lunch, or go to bed without dinner, you are putting your body under unnecessary stress. The first thing that happens is your blood sugar takes a dive. The organic and natural sugars found in fruits and veggies are precisely what the body needs for energy. By removing these options from your diet, your metabolism starts to slow down because your primal brain thinks you are going through a famine and will store fat for survival. The first place the body will store fat is around the midsection to protect vital organs, and if you’ve recently had liposuction, it’s more than likely this is the area where you had it removed.

If you are ready to see how liposuction can give you the curves you’ve always wanted, call us at 615-329-3900 or contact us to book your consultation today!

The Best Foods to Eat After Cosmetic Surgery

What to eat after cosmetic surgeryCosmetic surgery procedures are undoubtedly hard on the body. Most come with recovery periods that seem long and intensive but are crucial for the body’s healing process. We would never actively encourage anyone to try to speed up the recovery process, but there are ways you can nurture your body to ensure it has everything it needs to heal its.

How many times have you heard, you are what you eat? In the realm of healing, this saying couldn’t be truer as food is essential in the recovery process! In honor of National Nutrition month, we’ve listed some of the best foods you can eat post operation.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C helps promote collagen regeneration which is crucial post-op. It also helps improve the immune system function, so you can recover without the worry of getting sick. Vitamin C is water soluble and is easily expelled from the body which means two things. In order to maintain healthy levels, you will need to have a continuous supply and you won’t be able to overdose. Your body will always be able to get rid of what it doesn’t need.

Water

Daily water consumption is important but when you are recovering from surgery it’s even more vital. Water detoxifies the body by helping to flush out impurities. It can also help stabilize the metabolism and reduce joint pain.

Fiber

A common problem after surgery is constipation. To help ease this issue, increase your fiber intake by eating lots of fruits and vegetables. You’ll also want to avoid processed foods, dairy products, and sweets. These foods are notorious when it comes to increasing the risk of constipation.

Protein

You can help your muscles bounce back by increasing your protein intake. Try to make your protein choices lean so your body doesn’t have to work extra hard to burn unnecessary fats.

There are also some things you can do before undergoing the knife to help your post-op recovery. Before surgery, it’s always advisable to stop taking aspirin, Vitamin E, and fish oil. This is especially important if you are a heavy bruiser. If you bleed or bruise easily, there are some homeopathic options that can help. Arnica Montana is one we not only suggest, but sell here in the office. If that is not available, you can also try bromelain, a natural substance found in pineapples (we recommend taking the supplement for a higher concentrated dose). Regardless of which supplement you choose, they need to be administered pre-and post-procedure to help with any swelling.

Striving to eat healthily is a great way for the body to reduce toxins, increase vitality, and manage a healthy weight. But when your body undergoes a trauma like surgery, you need to take extra special care of what you put inside you in order to help with recovery time.

4 Tips for Maintaining Your Cosmetic Surgery Results

4 Tips for Maintaining Your Cosmetic Surgery Results

Everyone knows cosmetic surgery is an investment both emotionally and financially. The energy put into researching options and consulting with doctors should be rewarded with long-term results. Once the process is over, it’s often easy to forget that there are certain measures you should take in order to maximize the longevity of your results.

Here are 4  tips to help you get the most out of your cosmetic surgery.

Diet and Exercise 

It may sound commonplace to talk diet and exercise, but these two can have an effect on your results. If your cosmetic surgery involved body contouring and removal of fat, diet and exercise are vital. Liposuction does remove fat cells, but only in a particular area. This means other areas of your body could gain weight since they still contain fat cells. Without proper exercise and diet, you might find that other areas become trouble spots.

Tummy tuck’s and butt lifts require skin tightening. For these particular procedures to last, it is important to maintain the weight you were at the time of your procedure. Otherwise, you risk stretching out the skin and losing some of the results you waited so patiently for.

Skin Care 

With most procedures comes scarring. It’s a necessary part of the process, but most scars will fade if you take the right care. Sometimes the recovery time can take longer than you would like, but the worst thing you can do is Google your own alternative solutions. Your doctor should give you specific care instructions after your surgery on what is best for healing. Adhere to these instructions with care, as they will affect your results and the visibility of your scars.

Ask if your cosmetic surgeon has an aesthetician on staff. They can help by recommending specific moisturizers and creams to help the healing process. Because they work with your doctor, they will be familiar with your postoperative needs, advising you on only what is best!

Get out of the Sun

While recovering from facial surgeries or procedures, try your best to stay out of the sun. This is especially important since your skin will be at its most delicate. If being outside for extended periods of time is unavoidable, make sure to apply sunscreen of 30 SPF or higher. Better yet, bring it with you so you can reapply throughout the day.

Avoid Excess

Excess drinking and smoking is definitely something to avoid after your cosmetic procedure. Most doctors will tell you to stop smoking before your surgery, but trying to kick the habit after is still helpful. Excess amounts of alcohol and cigarettes can accelerate the skin’s aging process. In fact, nicotine has an impact on your skin’s healing ability, not something you want when you’ve spent time and money to look and feel your best.

If you have questions or would like to learn more about any of the procedures mentioned above, feel free to give us a call at 615-329-3900 or click here to contact us