Category Archives: Liposuction

Liposuction Procedures Increase 5% in 2014

Blog-Image-What makes this such a popular procedure?

In 2014 liposuction was the #3 cosmetic procedure in the United States according to the American Society of Plastic Surgery. That is a 5% increase from 2013. With Americans becoming a healthier more informed society, liposuction can be the solution for many people with areas of fat that have been resistant to diet and exercise. Making it even more attractive is the fact that it is an outpatient surgery with patients returning home the same afternoon. Areas recommended for liposuction are abdominal area, thighs, hips, back , chin and neck.

At Accent Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery in Tupelo, Mississippi (North Mississippi) board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Mark Craig performs liposuction procedures frequently. “We like to remind patients that this is body contouring and not a weight loss procedure. We try to take care of your “problem” areas that you cannot fix with diet and exercise” states Dr. Mark Craig.

Light activities and exercise can be resumed in the first week after the surgery. However, Dr. Craig usually recommends that patients refrain from heavy physical activities (such as running or aerobics) for at least two weeks. Most patients can return to work in a couple of days; those with manual jobs should wait at least a week before resuming work. Patients undergoing more than one area of liposuction should expect recovery to take longer.

Scarring is minimal. Patient should expect some bruising and soreness after surgery.

Contact Accent Plastic Surgery Today

For more information about outpatient liposuction and to find out if it is right for you, contact Dr. Mark Craig at Accent Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery in Tupelo, MS today. Call 662-377-6290 today.

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I Had Post-Bariatric Surgery – Now What?

Dr-Craig-Blog-ImageUndergoing bariatric surgery – a type of surgery that’s designed to help obese patients lose weight – can be a major undertaking.  People who are extremely obese can undergo gastric bypass surgery, which restricts the size of the stomach.  The smaller stomach makes it difficult for someone to overeat, thus helping the person lose weight.

Even after losing weight, however, many patients may still feel unhappy or uncomfortable with their appearance.  After losing a significant amount of weight, many patients are left with excessive sagging skin, which may make them feel heavy.  In fact, one of the most common comments that post-bariatric surgery patients have is that they still feel like their old selves.

That’s why many patients after bariatric surgery wonder what they can do to get rid of the excess skin resulting from significant weight loss. 

At Accent Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery in Tupelo, Mississippi, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Mark Craig can help post-bariatric patients determine if skin removal surgery is the right choice for them.  Determining whether or not to have surgery is a highly personal decision; however, Dr. Craig can help patients understand if they could benefit from excess skin removal.

There is no “one” skin removal surgery that’s performed; instead, excess skin can be removed via tummy tucks, breast lifts, arm lifts, and thigh lifts.  These are the most common areas that are addressed after weight loss.

If you’re considering undergoing excessive skin removal surgeries, it’s important to note that you should be at least one year out from surgery.  Additionally, your weight should be stable, which ensures that you won’t have to undergo this surgery again. We perform these surgeries as custom procedures so insurance will not cover them.

At Accent Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Dr. Craig works closely with the Accent bariatric surgeon to make sure it’s the right time for you.  To learn more about our post-bariatric surgery options, schedule a consultation at Accent Plastic Surgery in Tupelo, MS today. Call (662) 377-6290 for more information.

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Discover Liposuction On an Outpatient Basis

Khrom-Blog-ImageWhen you think of liposuction, are you concerned you will endure a long recovery period?

Liposuction at Accent Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

At Accent Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery in Tupelo, MS (North Mississippi), board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Mark Craig preforms liposuction as an outpatient surgery. That means patients can contour their trouble spots, all without being admitted to a hospital or spending a significant number of weeks in recovery.

Dr. Craig uses a tumescent fluid, which contains lidocaine and epinephrine to help with bruising and pain control. Patients can expect the same results from traditional liposuction, without encountering the same amount of swelling or bruising.

Light activities and exercise can be resumed in the first week after the operation; at your post-operative appointment, the sutures will be removed.  However, Dr. Craig usually recommends that clients refrain from heavy physical activities (such as running or aerobics) for at least two weeks. Most clients can return to work in a couple of days; those with manual labor jobs should wait at least a week before resuming work.

Patients who undergo liposuction for more than one treatment area should expect recovery to take longer.

Contact Accent Plastic Surgery Today

Call (662) 377-6290 for more information about outpatient liposuction – or to schedule a consultation – contact Dr. Craig at Accent Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery in Tupelo, MS today.

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Should You Choose Liposuction or Non-Surgical Lipo?

Tupelo weight lossSpring is officially here – and that means the warmer weather of the summer season is just around the corner.  But if your body isn’t ready for shorts and tank tops – and instead wants to continue being in sweaters and overcoats – it might be time to consider a little help.

Traditionally, liposuction has been the go-to choice for patients who need help contouring their bodies and removing excess fat from trouble spots like the stomach, hips, waist, arms, buttocks, and thighs.  While liposuction can be extremely effective, it also comes with risks associated with invasive surgery, as well as significant downtime.

Fortunately, there are new treatments on the block that could help you achieve the same look as liposuction over a longer period of time.  CoolSculpting is an innovative non-invasive procedure that freezes fat cells beneath the dermis; over time, the fat cells are destroyed and removed by the body’s natural waste processes.  What’s more, CoolSculpting minimizes any damage caused to the surrounding healthy tissue.

If you’re looking for help achieving your best body ever this summer, which option should you go for: liposuction, or CoolSculpting?

The answer is, it depends on the amount of time you can devote to recovery, as well as when you’d like to see results.  Since liposuction is a more aggressive body contouring treatment, you’re likely to see results faster than with a non-invasive treatment like CoolSculpting.  Yet like with all surgical procedures, you’ll need to devote a significant amount of downtime to recovery.  Many surgeons recommend taking one to two weeks off of work, depending on how much of the body has been treated.  Most patients can return to exercise after six weeks; swelling usually dissipates after three to five months.

CoolSculpting doesn’t require downtime, which might make this an attractive alternative to liposuction.  What’s more, this procedure can treat smaller, more localized areas.  However, CoolSculpting takes longer to achieve the same results as with liposuction.  Depending on the part of the body you’re treating, CoolSculpting could cost the same as traditional liposuction.

No matter which option you pick, you can find both at Accent Plastic Surgery in Tupelo, Mississippi.  For more information about which fat removal and body contouring procedure is right for you, visit Dr. Mark Craig at Accent Plastic Surgery in Tupelo today.

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