Nonsurgical cosmetic treatments have surged in popularity in recent years. However, they haven't negated the immense value of surgical interventions. Dr. Maria Lombardo is a highly trained, highly sought-after surgeon who curates treatments around each patient's individual goals.
Several surgical procedures are popular here in our Rancho Mirage cosmetic surgery office. You can learn more about them or schedule your personal consultation to explore a preferred procedure by calling (760) 610-8990.
What are the Benefits of Surgical Body Contouring Procedures?
Body procedures range from liposuction to breast augmentation to buttocks enhancement and much more. Popular surgical procedures are intended for profound, lasting results. These are the primary benefits and why so many people seek surgical rather than nonsurgical treatments for their cosmetic concerns. The effects of most surgical procedures last seven or more years, many of them much longer, all with little risk and a little bit of downtime.
Who is a Good Candidate for Liposuction?
Liposuction is one of the most popular body contouring procedures performed today. It isn't performed for weight loss. In fact, you may not see more than a five to eight-pound difference after this minimally invasive surgery. What you will see are more slender, sculpted contours! You may be a great candidate for liposuction if you're within about 20 pounds of your ideal weight, have been at a stable weight for at least six months, and want to eliminate unwanted fat from an area such as your tummy, thighs, arms, or neck.
Are the Results of Cosmetic Surgery Permanent?
The primary reason people choose cosmetic surgery over nonsurgical anti-aging treatments is that they want to achieve the best, most enduring results possible. Most surgical procedures can result in profound changes to appearance that last many years. That said, no surgical procedure, no matter how well done, can stop the effects of aging from recurring at some point. You might think of your cosmetic procedure, such as blepharoplasty eyelid rejuvenation or a tummy tuck, as hitting the Pause Button on aging. Liposuction results are considered permanent because, at the time of this surgery, you have all the fat cells your body will ever make. So, after surgery, you'll always have fewer fat cells than you did before. In any situation, it's usually the weakening and loosening of the skin and underlying tissue that causes the effects of cosmetic surgery to decline over time. Fortunately, this usually happens so gradually that repeat procedures are not needed.
How Long Does it Take to Recover from Cosmetic Surgery?
Your recovery time, side effects, and aftercare instructions may be unique to your situation. That said, the first phase of surgical recovery usually lasts one to two weeks. In this phase, you'll see a significant improvement in your comfort, bruising, and swelling. You may be able to go back to work within that time frame, provided that you can avoid strenuous physical activity. From two weeks up to one year, your long-term recovery will progress. This involves the resolution of the last little bit of swelling and also the maturation of scar tissue where incisions were made.