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Want To Know What To Expect During Your Liposculpture Recovery? Your Complete Guide

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019

Get ready to stand in awe of your new body!  This is an exciting time!  Liposculpture can be such a rewarding procedure! Congratulations on taking the steps to get the body you want!

I think it’s important to realize that recovering from Liposculpture can take several weeks for all of the swelling to go away and for your skin to re-conform itself. The end result does not happen over-night. However, most often the majority of your recovery will happen in the first two weeks.

Pain / discomfort:

For the most part, you will feel sore and bruised in the areas where fat was removed. It is nothing that should keep you from concentrating on or completing daily tasks. Most of our patients control post-surgical discomfort with Tylenol, but of course you will also have access to a prescription pain medication in case you should need it during the first few days of recovery.  There are two things you can do to help yourself:

  1. Follow the directions given to you by our office (not the ones on the internet).
  2. Move your muscles!

Exercise:

If you are a gym rat, we do not want you to lose momentum at the gym and want to get you back to your work out as soon as your body is ready.  If you are not a gym rat, you might find that your new body becomes the incentive you needed to put self-care, a healthy diet and exercise on your priority list. Liposculpture is often very motivating in that way!

You can typically expect to ease back into your work outs with a schedule that looks something like this:

  • 1st week: You will be asked to restrict exercise to light activity such as walking and routine motion movement.

2nd week: You are likely to be released to go back to the gym – but start slowly. You can resume walking on an incline and weight lifting at no more than 50% of your normal level. Refrain from running, jogging, and impact aerobics.

  • 3rd week: You can generally expect all exercise restrictions to be lifted at this point (pending your visit with Dr. Castillo). When you resume running, jogging, or high impact aerobics, I recommend wearing body spandex for a few weeks just to help you feel more secure with movement.

 

Recovery:  Days 0-5 Post-Surgery:

  • You will want to take it easy for the first 48 hours which is the perfect time to catch up on a good book or your movie list.
  • Recovering from liposculpture is NOT something that is done from your bed. You will be up and walking as tolerated the day of your surgery. As long as you feel up to it, we ask that you start walking a mile each day beginning the day after your surgery. Keeping your muscles warm by moving them will help to speed up your recovery.
  • Clothing: Remember that for the first 24-36 hours you may experience some tumescent fluid drainage so avoid wearing for favorite outfits as it can be a little messy.
  • Increase your fluid intake for the first few days after surgery.
  • Avoid salty diets as they can increase water retention.
  • You will be able to shower 48 hours after surgery. You can launder your compression body garment at this time if needed. You will need to wait to take a bath until 24 hours after your sutures are removed (one week post-surgery).
  • For the first week, you will remain in the compression body garment you were sent home in.
  • If we performed liposculpture on the back side of your body, sitting on hard furnishing may not feel good for the first few days. I recommend placing a small hand towel on each side of the toilet seat before you use the restroom or change your toilet seat for a cushioned one.
  • You can expect to be somewhat sore and bruised. You are likely to notice an increase in swelling and bruising days 4-7, then those symptoms will begin to dissipate over the next few weeks. Remember that gravity pulls fluids down so don’t be surprised to see bruising or yellowing travel to areas lower than the regions we worked on. It will resolve as well.

Recovery: One Week Post-Surgery:

  • You will return to our office for your first check-up on day 6 or 7. We will remove your tiny sutures and review your 1-week post-op instructions. While you will already be able to see some improvements in your body proportions, you will still be quite swollen so you will have to wait a little longer to see your results.
  • If you have not already returned to work, you will be able to do so at this time.
  • After your one-week post-op visit, you will no longer need to wear the compression garment provided by our office. Instead you can begin wearing a Spanx garment during the day and you can go without a garment while sleeping at night.
  • Dr. Castillo may ask you to begin soaking in a warm bath at this point to help increase circulation, and decrease swelling and soreness. Try placing a thick bath towel in the bottom of your tub to sit on to ease any discomfort of sitting on a hard surface.

 

 

 

Recovery: 2 Weeks Post-Surgery:

  • The toughest part is behind you and you will begin to see the rewards of your procedure!
  • You will likely be released to go back to the gym at 50% of your normal effort.
  • Hold out a little longer to start buying new clothes, your body is still changing, and you may still have some swelling in certain areas (nothing others will notice).
  • The majority of your bruising and swelling should be resolving.

 Recovery – 3 weeks Post-Surgery And Beyond:

  • 2nd Post-Op Visit: You will return to see Dr. Castillo for a 3-week post-op visit. We will take your weight and measurements to see how you are progressing and discuss your target weight. You can expect to be released from any prior exercise restrictions at your 3-week visit.
  • Expect to still have some minor recovery symptoms such as small areas that may feel a little firmer that others known as woody edema. This will eventually resolve on its own but Dr. Castillo may ask you to massage those areas (if they occur) for a few minutes each day to improve the woody edema more quickly.
  • You will notice your body shape is beginning to improve and your clothing will fit better; more proportionate. It will only get better from here!
  • You will no longer need to wear a body garment after your 3-week check-up! Yay!!

 

  • 3-month post-op visit – By this point, patients are enjoying their new body and are so happy with their results and recovery that they often feel they don’t need to come back for their 3- month check-up after surgery. Even though you look and feel fabulous, I encourage you to keep this appointment. Think of this visit as your “Reveal.”  Dr. will talk to you about your progression and what to expect from here on out. We will take final measurements and weight. We will take your after photos and will mail a copy of them to you.  These photos are an important part of your medical record so be sure to date them and keep them in a safe place.

 One Last Thought:

The decision to tell family, friends, co-workers etc. that you had liposculpture is entirely up to you.  Patients often feel compelled to tell people about their choice to have liposculpture because they think others will notice anyway.  The truth is, people won’t look at you notice how amazingly proportionate you are now. They are more like to ask about which changes you have made to your diet or what new exercise program you are on.  So, the choice to share your journey to looking and feeling better is up to you.  You are not obligated to share that information unless you are comfortable doing so. While friends and family will notice that you look totally awesome and probably be a little envious, it is unlikely that they will look at you and think you had liposculpture.

Of course, we do love it when you brag about your experience with us.

 

Roxanne Grace
Skincare and Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY

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What To Expect During Your Liposuction Consultation

Thursday, March 21st, 2019

Liposculpture Basics:

Dr. Castillo has been sculpting bodies into more proportionate forms since the early 80’s.  In the hands of an expertly trained and experienced cosmetic plastic surgeon, body contouring via Liposculpture (Liposuction) can do more in a few hours to equalize the proportions of the body, then you may be able to do on your own in a lifetime.

While making healthy food choices and maintaining a regular exercise regimen is essential for maintaining trim body shape, “spot-reducing”disproportionate areas through those means, where fat tends to over-collect is nearly impossible to correct on your own.

Liposuction will remove excess fat that over-accumulates in certain areas, resulting in body bulges of the hips, waist, stomach, lateral and medial thighs, back, arms, even the neck and face.

Liposculpture is used best in one of two ways:

  1. For those with a relatively normal BMI, who have 2-5 problem areas they wish to have reduced, such as the hips, thighs, stomach and waist…
  2. For those individuals who have a higher than normal weight, volume reduction liposcultpure is the procedure of choice. Here the main goal is to remove as much fat as possible, typically up to 6 quarts (1.5 gallons) of fat. Volume reduction liposuction can reduce and better equalize your over-all body shape. The best candidates for volume reduction liposuction would have a BMI less than 35.

 Your Consultation:

Dr. G.D. Castillo offers consultations for body contouring in both his Champaign (Savoy), Illinois locations.  You will be greeted by our patient coordinator as soon as you arrive. Then you will be escorted back to one of our consultation rooms where you will meet briefly with a member of our clinical staff.  You will be asked a few brief questions regarding your health history, including a list of your current medications, allergies, past surgeries etc.

You will then meet with Dr. Castillo to share your body contouring goals.  Once he has performed a quick body evaluation, he will discuss his recommendations and give you a detailed over-view of what to expect before, during and after your surgery.  You will also receive an all-inclusive cost quote so there are no surprises.

Don’t be shy about asking questions.  We want you to be well informed so that you can make the decision that is right for you. Most patients take some to think about the information they have received and call to schedule if they decide to move forward with the surgery, though we can certainly make all the arrangements for your pre-op appointment, surgery and post-op check ups before you leave the office if that works best for you. Once you have scheduled surgery, you will receive a surgical packet in the mail that will contain instructions on how to best prepare for upcoming surgery. Once you receive it, if you have any questions at all, just give a call.  We are always here to help.

Questions you might want answers to:

  1. Q: Will the fat Dr. Castillo removes return?

A: That is a big – “FAT” —NO!  Of course, that does not mean it will prevent you from accumulating more fat in the future, typically in other areas, if you are not disciplined in your diet and exercise habits.

  1. Q: How long before I can return to an active lifestyle?

A: You can expect to be up and walking around the day of your surgery and walking a mile the day following surgery. Patients return to most forms of activity after the 1st week.  Running and high-impact aerobics can be resumed after the 3rd week.

  1. Q: What effect, if any, will liposculpture have on the appearance of my skin?

A:  This ranges on a variety of factors such age, degree of sun damage, skin type, weight stability etc.  This is a question Dr. Castillo will be better able to address once he evaluates your skin.

4. Q: What is the scheduling time before surgery? 

A:  Surgical availability can vary greatly so it is best to check with us once you have some dates in mind.   We will be happy to discuss our available dates in your consultation or by phone.  If you have a certain date or time frame in mind, it is best to schedule your consultation at least several weeks before

5. Q: What kind of results can I expect?

6. Q: Do you have before and after photos of your work?

 

A few things to consider when making the decision to have surgery are:

  • Am I a good candidate?

Good candidates for liposculpture are those who:

  • Have been at a stable weight for at least 6 months
  • Have realistic expectations. It should not be thought of as a “weight-loss” solution. Liposculpture is not meant to solve the issues of someone who is chronically over-weight. Making healthy life-style choices when it comes to eating right and exercising regularly will still be up to you.
  • Those with a BMI of less than 35

 

  • Will this procedure give me the results I am looking for?
  • Are there other options I should consider?

 

  • Is Dr. Castillo, his facility and his staff right for you?
  • How much experience does Dr. have performing Liposculpture?
  • Is he board-certified?
  • What is his expertise in liposcultpure? (Did you know he is the Past-President of the American Society of Liposuction Surgery?!!)
  • Did you feel comfortable with his explanation?
  • Did he answer your questions?
  • Did you finish the consult with a clear idea of expectations?
  • Was Dr. Castillo kind, professional and knowledgeable?
  • Was communication between you and Dr. Castillo / staff clear?
  • Was his staff friendly, knowledgeable and helpful?
  • Were you comfortable in the facility?

Important Note:

Traditional Liposuction / Liposcultpure is still the GOLD STANDARD of treatment.  While there are many new non-surgical “fat reduction” treatments being marketed today, Dr. Castillo has elected not to offer those treatments to our patients.  We want what our patients want; the best outcome possible.  Traditional liposculpture delivers 360 degree contouring known as 3-D or tri-dimensional body sculpting. Today, there is simply no substitute for traditional liposculpture in regards to accurate, safe, consistent results, unlike non-surgical options.

 

Roxanne Grace
Skincare and Laser Specialist
G. D. Castillo, M.D.
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY

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Real Results Are Achievable With Our Popular Gold-Standard Liposculpture

Friday, January 18th, 2019

There are many non-surgical modalities available to treat unwanted fat.  Unfortunately most of those non-surgical modalities lead patients down a lumpy path of disappointment.  The reality is that even if you are at a normal weight (BMI below 34)  excessive fat in areas such as the “love handles or hips, back, thighs, stomach, etc.  can make your body look disproportionate. The only way to accomplish real results is to actually remove quantifiable – measurable – fat.

If you find yourself in a consultation where someone suggests a type non-surgical modality rather than traditional liposuction or liposculpture, you may want to ask a simple question:  “How much fat will this procedure physically remove in terms of pounds or volume?”

During volume reduction liposuction, traditional liposculpture removes up to 6000 cc of fat at the time of the procedure! That is 13 pounds or 7 quarts or 1.8 gallons of fat!  These are typical numbers for volume reduction liposculpture performed at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center routinely. So yes, traditional liposculpture translates into being able to downsize in a significant way.

When considering if the latest way to “reduce” body fat is the best way to get the results you desire, ask the hard questions that are important to your outcome!

 

 

•How many pounds will you remove?

•How much volume will I loose?

•Will the results be smooth or lumpy?

•How many treatments will I need to achieve my desired results?

•What happens to the “melted fat?”  Are there future health concerns I should know about?

When asked “was worth it?”, more than 95% of our traditional liposculpture patients answered – ABSOLUTELY!

If you are looking for consistent, smooth, proportionate, REAL results consider choosing the “gold-standard” of body contouring – traditional liposculpture surgery.

 

 

G. D. Castillo, M.D.
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY

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Ask Our Expert: What Is The Difference Between Liposuction & Liposculpture?

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Q: What is the difference between liposuction and liposculpture?

A: Though both of these cosmetic surgeries are used for body contouring. Liposuction is a two dimensional cosmetic surgery, while liposculpture is a three dimensional cosmetic surgery. Liposuction and liposculpture can be used to contour any body shape, though we use it primarily for body contouring in individuals who are reasonably fit but have some problem areas.  Removal of fat in specific areas such as the love-handles, waist, thighs, back or arms allows the patient to feel more proportionate and confident in and out of their clothing.

Liposuction can also be used as a volume reduction tool.  We are able to remove up to two gallons of fat during this procedure.  The results of this procedure create an over-all slimmer, more proportionate body shape in an otherwise full-figured individual.

At Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Clinic in Savoy, G.D. Castillo, M.D. FACS performs liposuction or liposculpture  on both men and women from late teens to seniors. In most instances, patients are back to work in four to five days.

Did you know that Dr. Castillo is the Past-President of the American Society of Liposuction Surgery?  He is very proud of honor as he was nominated by his peers (other surgeons) across the nation to represent, lead and teach within the prestigious American Society of Liposuction Surgery.

 

Yours Truly,

Roxanne, Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Skin Rejuvenation and Laser Institute

Roxanne Grace

Skincare and Laser Specialist

G.D. Castillo, MD

 

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FDA ISSUES A WARNING…”LIPODISSOLVE.”

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

FDA ISSUES A WARNING TO MEDICAL SPAS, RAISING THE ISSUES OF SAFETY AND EFFECTIVENESS OF “LIPODISSOLVE.”

Medical Spas around the country were recently issued a warning from the FDA for making misleading and/or false statements about the safety and effectiveness of LIPODISSOVE.  At Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center in Savoy (Champaign-Urbana), we encourage consumers to think twice about signing up for an elective procedure like Lipodissolve that could be putting them at risk.   While many people believe that lipodissolve is a brand new procedure brought about by “leading edge medical spas,” in reality it is simply the use of multiple injection s of a combination of drugs that is said to create possible partial destruction of fat cells.  Consumers need to be aware that these substances have not been evaluated by peer review and have not been approved by the FDA. The safety of the drugs being used in Lipodissolve is unknown.

The use of these drugs began many years ago in the 1970’s in Europe and South America when drugs were used to try to modify the structure of fat in a technique called mesotherapy.  Mesotherapy was not able to provide safe, consistently effective results. More recently, Mesotherapy was “re-invented” in the United States through the term of Lipodissolve.  Spas inject deoxycholate or phosphatidylcholine into the fat to destroy and/or modify the structure of fat.  The effects of the medication cannot be properly controlled, since the diffusion rate; that is, the rate in which the substance moves through the tissue cannot be predicted. Therefore, the reach of these substances vary from individual to individual and from injection to injection.  If one looks at the results of mesotherapy throughout the years in Europe and South America, they have been haphazard.  The procedure has never been able to gain a foothold as a venue for treatment of fat deposits anywhere in the world.  The resurrection of this technique in the United States is at the present time, an unproven technique without validation by peer review and is outside the limits of approval by the FDA.  Frankly, practitioners that use these drugs, whether in a medical spa or outside a medical spa, do it at their own risk.  In my opinion, they also put the safety and well being of their patients and/or subjects at risk.  Specifically, the FDA sent letters in April to the following spas:

  • Monarch Medspa, King of Prussia, PA
  • Spa 35, Boise Idaho
  • Medical Cosmetic Enhancements, Chevy Chase, MD
  • Innovative Directions in Health, Edina, MN
  • PURE Med Spa, Boca Raton, FL
  • All About You Med Spa, Madison, IN

Stating that the drugs utilized have not proven to be safe and/or effective, also noting that these substances have not been approved and that the involved companies have made claims that lipodissolve has an outstanding safety record and is superior to other fat removal techniques including liposuction.  FDA regulators have called on the spas to stop making such misleading claims of safety and effectiveness, and to notify the agency within 15 days of what steps they are taking to correct the violation.

The FDA, as a regulatory agency, has received reports of adverse effects such as scarring, skin irregularity, painful nodules in the subcutaneous tissue where the material was injected, etc.  As consumers, we need to remember that tumescent liposuction as a procedure has proven to be safe and effective by peer review. It is practiced worldwide.  Tumescent Liposuction has an unmatched safety record and when done by experienced cosmetic or plastic surgeons, has revolutionized the treatment of bulges, fat pockets and localized unsightly fat deposits.  Buyers beware – gimmicks cannot replace proven procedures.    The FDA seems to corroborate what surgeons have known for many years.  While tumescent liposuction has been proven safe and effective, no such approval exists for lipodissolve.

Dr. Castillo, Past-President of American Society for Liposuction Surgery

 

G. D. Castillo, M.D.
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY

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