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Why You Should Consider Traveling to St. Louis Laser Liposuction Center for Your Liposuction Surgery

You may live outside of the St. Louis area, and may want to take advantage of the services and procedures offered by St. Louis Laser Liposuction Center. Well, this should not be something that stands in your way of receiving the very best treatments to attain your desired results.

At the St. Louis Laser Liposuction Center, we specialize in liposuction procedures for those who want a slimmer, trimmer figure. You’ve worked for a long time to achieve that weight goal, and yet you still suffer from those stubborn fat deposits that just won’t go away, no matter how much you diet and exercise. And you know that body contouring liposuction can give you those last, final gorgeous results.

You may live far away from our clinic. However, that shouldn’t stand in your way. The travel may seem daunting, but traveling to get the very best service and results is worth it! When you visit our center, you will receive the very best care — from the first consultation to the end of your recovery time.

Dr. Wright and his staff understand that personalized care and treatment are very important to all patients. Because of this, we can help you throughout the process from making that initial decision to undergo liposuction to the final results.

How We Can Help

If you are considering traveling to our center for treatment, please understand that we will help you every step of the way. We will schedule your appointment times around your travel schedule so you can have the time to discuss all of your options.

We will even help you secure nearby accommodations where you can rest and rejuvenate after your procedure to ensure that you are healing well. This is just part of our personalized service we extend to all of our clients. We also emphasize privacy for our patients, and as such we offer the highest levels of discretion and privacy surrounding your visit to our clinic.

At St. Louis Laser Liposuction Center, we don’t want distance to stand in the way of you receiving the very best in liposuction treatment. Please give us a call today and we will discuss your options to help you travel to our clinic. We want to ensure that you get the best results you deserve—no matter where you live!

5 Ways to Treat Sagging Skin

As we age, we may find ourselves experiencing sagging skin. This can also occur after extensive weight loss. No matter the reason, sagging skin often leads us to feel less than satisfied about our physical appearance. This can be especially hard when our face begins to show signs of sagging skin. There are several different therapies that can help with sagging skin; read below for five ways to treat sagging skin.

Home Remedies

There are several home remedies that can temporarily provide relief from sagging skin. For instance, the astringent properties of lemon juice can often provide skin tightening properties. Applying egg whites and aloe vera has also been shown to improve your skin’s elasticity. Other home remedies include honey, cucumbers, and oil massages.

There are several treatments and procedures provided by dermatologists and cosmetic surgeons that can provide more permanent and longer lasting results. At St. Louis Laser Liposuction Center, we offer several different procedures that can help reduce the signs of sagging skin.

Forma

Forma is a non-invasive procedure that can treat wrinkles and sagging skin. This procedure uses radiofrequency technology in combination with heat to penetrate the skin and encourage collagen production. The new collagen will help add elasticity and tighten the skin. This procedure can be done on just about any body area, including the face, abdomen, and legs.

Kybella

Kybella is an effective treatment for those suffering from sagging skin in the chin— specifically double chins. This treatment is a simple injection of a form of deoxycholic acid. This substance has been show to help fat absorption that will then reduce that sagging chin. With this treatment, your chin area can experience a more contoured look due to the fat reduction, along with the skin tightening results.

Facial Treatments

There are several treatments for treating wrinkles and sagging skin in the facial area. These include dermal fillers, laser resurfacing, and PRP therapy. These facial treatments each have individual benefits and can often be used in combination with each other for overall facial rejuvenation results.

Liposuction

Some types of liposuction, including laser assisted liposuction, provide skin tightening results by encouraging collagen production. When considering treatment for skin sagging, it is important that you choose a procedure that is best for your individual case. At St. Louis Laser Liposuction Center, we encourage you to schedule a consultation. We will discuss your individual case, provide options, and help you select the best procedure for you!

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Handling Anxiety During Liposuction

Many patients undergo a certain amount of anxiety surrounding their liposuction procedure. While this is certainly normal, there are ways to handle the levels of anxiety you may experience. Anxiety is defined as the state of mind a person experiences that is worried, nervous, uneasy or apprehensive prior to an event such as liposuction. As we stated, anxiety is normal and nearly everyone experiences some level of anxiety before surgery, though some may be more anxious than others. It’s important to note that while some liposuction patients experience some soreness and/or tenderness after the procedure, it is usually handled with over-the-counter pain relievers.

Can Anxiety Be Treated Prior to Liposuction?

In some cases, patients may seek medications that may reduce anxiety levels. These medications are known as anxiolytics. Some of these medications include Valium, Xanax, Ativan and other similar drugs. It is common for a patient to be given a small dosage of one of these medications the night before the procedure to reduce anxiety. Additionally, another dose may be given just prior to the surgery to further reduce anxiety levels.

Needles and Anxiety

It is completely normal to feel anxiety or nervousness with needles.  The anti-anxiety medication may help with these situations. However, some patients may have higher levels of fear and anxiety surrounding the use of needles, and because liposuction does require the use of needles, these patients may request general anesthesia during liposuction.

It is important to note that local anesthetics are far safer than general anesthesia. It is important that you discuss these issues with your physician prior to the liposuction procedure. You should understand the implications of both local and general anesthesia, including the overall risks of each, as well as the subsequent recovery times.

Allay Your Fears with St. Louis Lipo

Says Dr. Thomas Wright, of the St. Louis Laser Liposuction Center, “We want each of our patients to feel as comfortable as possible before, during and after their liposuction procedures.” He continues, “We sit down and explain the entire procedure and determine the level of any patient’s potential anxiety. We want you to feel as comfortable and safe as possible.”

If you are considering liposuction, but have some anxiety, we urge you to schedule a consultation. We will explain the entire procedure and discuss any necessary anxiety prevention steps. We know that understanding the procedure can be beneficial in helping you feel more comfortable with liposuction.

NeckTite vs Neck Lifts – Why Choose NeckTite?

We find that many people seek to tighten and firm their neck areas to reduce the signs of aging. These signs of aging in this area include:

  • Loose skin in the neck area
  • Fat deposits occurring under the chin
  • Skin and fat relaxation in the lower jawline that causes jowls
  • Abnormal contours caused by banding in the neck
  • Double chin or “turkey neck”

Often, people find that the neck area doesn’t match the more youthful face area, and seek a neck lift or other rejuvenation of this area.

The Neck Lift Procedure

A surgical neck lift entails different processes, depending upon the desired results. Some cases may use a liposuction procedure, while others may use surgical removal of fat and excess skin. Generally, surgical neck lifts are done using general anesthesia and may require lengthy recovery and down times.

The NeckTite Alternative

NeckTite is a new and exciting procedure that is a contouring solution for the neck and other facial areas. During the NeckTite procedure—which is done using a local anesthetic—a specially designed handheld device emits radiofrequency waves to heat the area, after which excess fat deposits are gently suctioned away.

The applied heat causes an immediate skin tightening effect to produce a contoured profile. This tightening effect will increase during the weeks following the procedure as new collagen is produced. The procedure is very effective in tightening and firming the neck and jowl areas to produce a more youthful appearance.

NeckTite Advantages and Benefits

The NeckTite procedure is considered to be minimally invasive and nearly pain-free, allowing patients to recover quickly. Additionally, only one treatment is usually required to provide stunning results. The NeckTite process can be combined with FaceTite and BodyTite procedures for an overall more youthful and contoured look to your face and neck.

Dr. Thomas Wright of the St. Louis Liposuction Center says, “The NeckTite procedure is a great choice for those seeking an alternative to surgical neck lifts. We have seen great results from this procedure.”

If you are interested in learning more about NeckTite, FaceTite, or BodyTite, or any other facial rejuvenation procedures from our clinic, we invite you to schedule a complimentary consultation. We will discuss your individual case and provide the best options for your desired results!

Best Vitamins for the Best Skin

Keeping your skin as healthy as possible is at the top of just about everyone’s list. Did you know that nutrients and vitamins are a great way to keep that skin glowing and youthful? There are supplements and vitamins that can certainly affect your skin. Your diet can also be good for your entire body!

Antioxidants are one of the best sources of keeping your skin glowing, as they can prevent skin damage from free radicals that cause harm and signs of aging in the skin. Consuming a wide variety of vegetables and fruits are a great way to include those important antioxidants. Fruits such as blueberries, strawberries, and veggies such as kale and spinach are great sources of antioxidants.

Omega-3 fatty acids can help keep that visible top layer of skin strong to help repel external pollutants and toxins. Foods high in omega-3s include sardines, eggs, walnuts, and wild salmon.

Supplements Are Important as Well

While a healthy diet is the best way to achieve and keep a great complexion, multivitamins can help boost nutrition, especially if you are finding it difficult to eat a healthy diet all the time. As with any healthy lifestyle, you should also avoid smoking (it can really do damage to your skin), get plenty of sleep, maintain a regular exercise regimen, and of course, drink lots of water—hydration is very important to skin health!

Augmenting a Healthy Lifestyle for Great Skin

While your best bet for attaining and keeping that great skin is diet and exercise, sometimes you may find that you want a little help. At St. Louis Laser Liposuction Center, we are dedicated to the patient experience; we offer cutting-edge treatments and procedures that can help you attain and keep healthy skin.

If you are looking for simple procedures that can give you clearer, brighter skin, you may want to consider microdermabrasion or even a chemical peel. These easy treatments will give you a more youthful look almost immediately.

If you want more robust treatments, we offer everything from dermal fillers to laser therapies to help you gain that beautiful skin! And of course, we offer a full menu of skin care procedures that are anti-aging in nature to give you that glowing, young look. Give us a call today to schedule a consultation to discuss the options available for your best skin!

Study: Increasing Rates of Melanoma Throughout the Country

A recent article published in JAMA Dermatology highlights some startling facts about the rise of melanoma cases throughout the United States. According to the study, fatalities from invasive melanoma has risen steadily over the past two decades. Currently, the risk of an American developing invasive melanoma is 1 in 54. This is in comparison to figures reported in 2009 that indicated a rate of 1 in 58. Additionally, in situ melanoma (stage 0) cases rose more rapidly during study period. The lifetime risk of developing in situ melanoma rose from 1 in 78 to 1 in 58.

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Other Findings

Various geographic regions of the country were studied and were found to vary in incidence and death rates. The highest percentages were found in the Midwest, which experienced an increase during 10 years. A majority of Northeastern states were found to experience a decrease.

Study researchers used CDC data to compare trends over a 10-year period from 2003 to 2013. The trends studied included death and incident rates by state and geographic region. A total of 48 states reported melanoma deaths between 2003 and 2013. Of these states, 23 states experienced a decrease, 21 states an increase and four states reported no change.

Regional Findings

Decreases in cases:

• Six Northeastern states
• One Midwestern state
• Seven Southern states
• Nine Western states

Increase in cases:

• Two Northeastern states
• 10 Midwestern states
• Seven Southern states
• Three Western states

The study states, “Several U.S. geographic regions may require special focus. Eight of 11 Midwestern states (for which we had information) experienced a rise in both death and incidence rates between 2003 and 2013, perhaps indicating a greater number of melanoma cases resulting in a greater number of deaths.”

According to the researchers, the Northeast, specifically the New England area, was the only geographic region that saw a reduction in both incident and death rates. Researchers attribute this to strong skin cancer prevention programs within this region.

Says Dr. Wright of the St. Louis Liposuction Center, “It is so important to understand how important skin cancer prevention programs are. At my clinic, we emphasize skin care, including sun safety tips to prevent any occurrence of skin cancer.”

If you would like to know more about this study, or would like to know more about skin cancer prevent, please contact us today!

Treatments for Rosacea Welcomed by Doctors

At a recent meeting, newly available treatments for rosacea were welcomed. Additionally, it was pointed out that dermatologists and other physicians are reconsidering and rethinking about some older therapies, while waiting from promising new developments.

What is Rosacea?

Rosacea is very similar to acne; in fact, is often referred to as adult acne. Rosacea is characterized by tiny red bumps, lines, or pimples that usually show up on the central area of the face. Additionally, rosacea can look a lot like dilated blood vessels.

Often people do not know that they are suffering from rosacea because of its similarity to acne, often manifesting through rosy or red cheeks, blushing, and sunburn-like symptoms. Unfortunately, it is a chronic condition with no known cure. Those suffering from this condition can experience temporary flare-ups that will dissipate. However, the rosacea will continue to return. Due to the chronic nature of rosacea, the new therapies have been well received.

Treatments for Rosacea

Topical options for certain types of rosacea include α-adrenergic agonist brimonidine. While some patients receiving this treatment may experience worsening redness, there are strategies that can help decrease the redness caused by this treatment, including using good skin care routines that include barrier repair. Also, it is advised that papulopustular rosacea be under control prior to this treatment. Patient expectations are managed by advising patients about the potential for redness. Alternatively, the redness will generally dissipate within 24 hours of the treatment.

Another option for rosacea’s background redness is the off-label use of other treatments, including Botox. Some success has been seen through the use of this treatment.

Other studies have shown effectiveness in the use of ivermectin 1% cream. This cream offers anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial effects. Also, this technique was shown to be better tolerated.

Another therapy showing promise is the use of oxymetazoline 1% cream. This drug has been submitted to the FDA for approval as a rosacea therapy and is expected to earn approval sometime in 2017. Clinical trials have shown satisfactory results among study group participants.

St. Louis Lipo

Says Dr. Wright of the St. Louis Lipo Center, “I look forward to seeing more promising therapies for rosacea for my patients.”

If you would like to know more about rosacea and its treatments, please give us a call today. We will schedule a consultation where we can discuss the potential options for treating rosacea.

All About BodyTite

BodyTite is an innovative advancement in the area of body sculpting and contouring. BodyTite is a liposuction technique that uses radiofrequency to target unwanted fat. Additionally, it is also an effective skin tightening procedure.

The technology used by BodyTite is called Radio Frequency Assisted Lipo Tightening (RFAL). With this technology, energy is applied to the fat within the treatment area to melt the fat, along with encouraging collagen production that will produce the skin tightening results.

The BodyTite Procedure

During the BodyTite procedure, unwanted fat is gently melted and the suctioned away through a tiny incision. This “pre-melting” of the fat prior to removal is considered less traumatic than some other liposuction techniques. Radiofrequency energy waves are sent through electrodes. The BodyTite device will simultaneous liquefy and suction away the fat. The heating factor is the part of the technique that will produce the skin tightening feature.

One of the most unique benefits of BodyTite is its precision and safety. The procedure utilizes a gentle, precise heat process, and the device will shut off should the temperature fluctuate below or above the optimal range for the best results.

What Are the Benefits of BodyTite?

When you choose to undergo BodyTite, you will receive several benefits including:

  • Considerable diminishing of fat deposits
  • Skin tightening that does not often accompany other body contouring techniques
  • Minimal side effects
  • Quick recovery times

Additionally, because of its precision, BodyTite can be used on almost any body area, such as:

  • Abdomen/waist/stomach
  • Hips
  • Thighs
  • Buttocks
  • Knees
  • Arms
  • Neck

St. Louis Lipo

Says Dr. Thomas Wright, medical director at St. Louis Liposuction Center, “I am pleased that BodyTite has joined the other contouring procedures we offer at St. Louis Liposuction Center.”

He says, “The BodyTite procedure provides impressive results, especially the added benefit of skin tightening. Many of our patients have expressed overall satisfaction with this new procedure.”

If you are interested in learning more about BodyTite and how it can help you achieve your contouring results, please call us today to schedule a complimentary consultation. We will discuss the entire BodyTite procedure, as well as answer any questions you may have. We will also discuss other options available that can help you achieve your goals for a slimmer, trimmer you!

Top 5 Benefits of Belotero

Would you like to look younger and more refreshed? Perhaps you’d like to show off some new clothes or your beautiful smile, all highlighted by a confident personality. You may be seeing small lines and wrinkles appearing, or even lines above your lips that just aren’t being concealed by makeup. While these age signs are completely normal and natural, that doesn’t mean that you have to accept them. With Belotero, you can help reduce those unsightly signs of aging.

What is Belotero?

Belotero is a cosmetic injection that can temporarily smooth those lines and fill out those folds around the lips and nose. Belotero has wonderful benefits, including these top five:

• Offers a natural feel to the touch
• Your facial expressions and movement remain normal
• Can smooth moderate to several lines and wrinkles in the face
• Fast procedure, with near immediate results
• Little to no downtime

Belotero is actually one of the mildest or “lightest” dermal fillers, and is considered one of the best options for those with minor lines. It is comprised of a hyaluronic acid gel, which is a substance that naturally occurs in the body. When this hyaluronic acid is injected, it essentially acts as a sponge and expands to plump up the wrinkles, lines, and sunken areas.

Because Belotero has a thinner consistency than other similar fillers, it can be injected higher up in the layers of the skin, without causing related bumps or lumps. This is why Belotero is especially efficient in filling lines and wrinkles in areas with thinner skin, such as around the lips and mouth.

Belotero can be used on any skin type or color. Keep in mind that it is best used for those with tiny lines and wrinkles. If you have deeper wrinkles or folds, other fillers such as Juvederm or Perlane may be more beneficial as they have a thicker consistency and can more effectively treat these types of wrinkles and lines.

St. Louis Laser Liposuction

At St. Louis Laser Liposuction Center, Dr. Thomas Wright and his staff are very knowledgeable about all types of dermal fillers. We invite you to schedule a complimentary consultation. We will discuss your individual case and your desired results to determine the best dermal filler that will give you the very best results!