Learn about Liposculpture

Let’s admit it. Even with careful dieting and working hard at the gym, few people genetically have a perfect shape.

Most of us have a tendency to accumulate pockets of fat in undesirable places. In women, this is usually on the inner and outer, or on the upper and lower abdomen. Men, on the other hand, often have spare flesh in the form of 'love handles' or on the chest.

Unlike nonsurgical interventions like cooling and heating techniques to get rid of fatty deposits, our liposculpture procedure/technique gives you instant results that you can see for yourself right in the operating room! You don't need to convince yourself and your friends that there is an improvement. The results are profound and easily appreciated. Unlike other forms of liposuction (like the traditional liposuction which is performed under general anesthesia) , our technique of GV Liposculpture under oral sedation only has an outstanding safety record. Dr. Varkarakis has been performing this surgery for many years without a single significant safety complication. The most successful way to alter our body shape is to selectively remove unwanted fat from selected spots such as on the tummy, back or thighs. Our liposculpture technique using compressed air and nutation produces excellent results with very fast recovery. You can expect some temporary bruising and just 1-2 days off work. The additional skin contracture from the procedure is definitely a bonus.

This revolutionary procedure used by Dr. Varkarakis will safely, effectively and successfully achieve your desired body shape, by removing unwanted body fat. However, liposculpture is not intended as a method for weight loss. It is used as a shaping procedure for areas where hereditary fat deposits resistant to diet and exercise have accumulated. If your weight is not stable or you don’t have the appropriate lifestyle, this is not a good procedure for you and you are not a good candidate. Dr. Varkarakis can give you the shape you want, its up to you to look after your investment. If you put on weight, you may put weight back on in the areas you have had treated or elsewhere. Dr. Varkarakis started doing this this procedure in Miami 5 years ago with the mission to offer the safest and most effective technique in body reshaping but also obtaining the best quality of fat for potential fat grafting. Dr.Varkarakis, a craniofacial plastic surgeon with sincere interest in the best quality fat graft has identified nutational liposuction as one if the scientifically best ways for body contouring in selected patients. Dr.Varkarakis is one of Miami's most experienced practitioner, with a safety record second to none.

Contact us now for a free consultation and see if you are good candidate for Dr.Varkarakis Liposculpture technique.

What is Liposculpture?

Liposculpture is most effective for removing localized fat deposits in areas that do not respond to diet or exercise. Liposculpture is not intended as a substitute for weight loss, but rather is a contouring procedure. It is therefore best utilized in a program of exercise and optimal weight maintenance.

How does Liposculpture work?

Liposculpture is the removal of excess fat with a thin, straw-like instrument called cannula, which is attached to an aspirator machine. Thin micro cannulas with the use of air compression are used to dislodge the fat from its web-like gristle supports under the skin. The aspirator then suctions and removes the fat away. Dr.Varkarakis uses the S.A.F.E steps for his liposuction technique. After the end of the procedure, an elastic garment is then worn to compress the skin on the underlying tissues. The result is a re-sculpting of bulging areas into more attractive contours.

The thin micro cannulas (1-2mm diameter) in conjunction with the nutation forces allow for a more comfortable procedure and a more even result, with less bruising and smaller incision holes.

What happens prior to liposculpture surgery?

Before liposculpture surgery, you'll have a consultation with Dr Varkarakis in which a full medical history is taken and a careful examination conducted to evaluate your condition. During the consultation, Dr Varkarakis will describe the procedure, what results might be realistically expected , and answer any concerns you may have. Your doctor will also review alternative treatment options and explain the possible risks and complications that may occur. Photographs are taken before and after surgery to evaluate the amount of improvement. A complimentary body fat measurement with our STYKU machine is done preoperatively which also allows us to get correct measurements for your garment as well. A prescription for antibiotics is given to commence the day of your procedure. Pain medication and relaxing medication are prescribed as well. Avoid taking any aspirin or aspirin-related products for two weeks prior to surgery.

GV Liposculpture

How is the technique of liposculpture performed?

Our Liposculpture under local anesthesia can be performed in Dr Varkarakis clinic at “The GV Plastic Surgery’, in a safe and beautiful environment. We use local anesthetic (super wet infiltration) to infiltrate the area to be treated with our GV technique for better pain control.

Once the local anesthesia is administered, a small incision is made in the skin and a tube connected to a vacuum is inserted into the fatty layer. Our technique uses air to break the tissues and because of its characteristics it can be done under local anesthesia with the patient being awake. Using nutational movements by the cannula the fat is separated from the surrounding tissues gently without destruction of the tissues (vessels and fascia).That gives the procedure a big safety advantage compared to the other procedures. The fat is drawn through the tube into a collection system which then can be further processed if needed to be used for facial, breast or butt fat augmentation.

This unique method of liposuction enables Dr Varkarakis to remove the appropriate amounts of fat more uniformly, with fewer skin irregularities and less bleeding and bruising.

What happens after the liposculpture treatment?

The local anesthesia injected into the tissue remains for 18-24 hours following liposculpture surgery, greatly minimizing postoperative pain. After liposculpture, patients are usually alert and able to function without nausea, grogginess and the "washed out" feeling associated with general anaesthesia. With the tumescent technique there is minimal bruising and many patients do not require postoperative medication for pain. You can usually return to a desk type job within 48 hours. Physical exercise generally can be resumed three to seven days after liposculpture.

Are there any possible complications?

The GV technique of liposculpture is a remarkably safe procedure if done correctly. Meticulous and careful dosing of lidocaine, appropriate plane of dissection and careful aspiration are important to have quality results.

What are the limitations of liposculpture?

Liposculpture is not intended as a method for weight loss. It is used as a shaping procedure for areas where hereditary fat deposits resistant to diet and exercise have accumulated. The best results from liposculpture occur in body areas where there is reasonable muscle tone, where skin has good elastic quality, and where fat is not excessive. In cases where there is a significant loss of tone and elasticity, superior cosmetic results may require a combination of both liposculpture and surgical skin tightening to remove the excessive loose tissue.

Dr Varkarakis can advise you of the likelihood of the need for additional treatments, depending on the specific condition of your skin.

Common liposculpture side effects

Menstrual irregularities with premature or delayed onset of monthly menstruation are a common side effect of any significant surgery, and are due to the release of oestrogen from the fat. Flushing of the face, neck and upper chest may occur after liposculpture and may last for a day or two. Slight temperature elevation during the first 48 hours after surgery is a natural consequence of the body's reaction to the surgery.

Any fevers or severe pain signifies infection, so you must contact the clinic immediately. You will be supplied with Dr. Varkarakis after-hours numbers- please contact him immediately if you have any concerns.

When to rest and resume normal activity

After liposculpture we advise resting for the first 12 hours, and taking it easy for the first week. You may resume your normal activities as you feel comfortable doing so. If you experience more than mild swelling or discomfort, you may be overdoing it. You can expect to experience swelling in the pubic area, such as the scrotum in males and the labia in females, especially after lower abdominal liposculpture.

Post-operative discomfort usually takes the form of deep muscle tenderness, and in most cases starts on the day following the procedure and improves steadily over the following week. You may experience swelling in your calves and ankles for several months following liposculpture. Remember that the healing process takes 6 months. The final results also will be at 6months since a skin contraction can take few months.

At around 4-6 weeks following the treatment, it is quite common to experience a lumpy sensation in the fat layer. This is just due to healing of the skin, and it resolves again in another 2-3 weeks as the skin goes soft. You may experience "pins and needles" or numb areas on the skin following liposculpture. This is due to bruising of the little nerves due to the procedure, and will resolve, although it can take as long as 6-9 months.

Although you will see 70% of the results straight away in the theatre, you will get some swelling, which starts immediately after the procedure and is part of the healing process. You will see anywhere between 80-90% of the final result 6 weeks following the surgery, but to see the final result, you will need to wait for up to 6 months for the imperceptible contraction of the skin, which slowly occurs.

Looking to Get a Facelift in Miami? Visit Dr. George M. Varkarakis!

If you live in Miami or the surrounding area, you may be asking yourself if now is the right time for you to make some changes to the way that you look. It could be that the aging process has started to have a negative effect on your face. You are noticing that your skin is saggy, and you look and feel older than your actual age. Other people may even mistake you for being older than what you really are. All of this can be very disheartening. There are non-surgical options that are available for individuals who want to freshen up their appearance. But there is a limit to what these non-surgical procedures can do. You reach a point where non-surgical procedures are not going to make a change. This is when you may start to look at surgical options such as a facelift.

A facelift is by far one of the most popular cosmetic surgical procedures performed today. This is because a facelift can make you look years younger. It is designed to improve the effects that aging has had on your face. It is designed to give you a tighter contour and erase deep creases, saggy jowls, and unwanted fat in certain areas.

Basically, a facelift is designed to make you look younger. However, it is important to understand that a facelift cannot change the structure of your face. Although a facelift is a surgical procedure, it is considered to be a very safe surgery. Just about any adult who is healthy and who wants to look younger can enjoy the benefits of a facelift with our talented surgeon in Miami. Of course, to be a candidate for a facelift, you should not have any underlying medical conditions that slow down the healing process.

The exact procedure used is going to vary depending on the type of work you’re going to have done. During the surgery, Dr. Varkarakis can skillfully and artfully sculpt the tissues, muscles, and fat on your face. Excess skin may be removed as well in order to achieve a better overall appearance.

In short, a facelift can give you a refreshed and renewed appearance. If you are interested in a facelift and have been looking for an expert surgeon in the Miami area to perform your procedure, look no further than Dr. George M. Varkarakis! Contact us today to schedule a consultation and get started.

When to Consider a Breast Lift in Miami

When it comes to your figure, you have always been pleased with your breasts. You were satisfied with their shape and fullness. You didn’t feel like you needed to go any bigger. You were happy with your breasts just the way they were. That all changed recently when you took a good look in the mirror and realized that your breasts are really sagging. It’s a common problem that many women face. It can be brought on by changes in weight, pregnancy, or menopause. Regardless of why, it may be time to think about a breast lift in Miami.

Is Now the Time for a Breast Lift?

A breast lift is a procedure that is intended to bring your breasts back to a position that will make them look more youthful. It will not make your breasts larger. If you are looking for more volume, breast implants are the answer. If the position of your breasts is your main problem, a breast lift could be the ideal procedure. Think about a breast lift when life has taken a toll on your breasts. If you are tired of relying on a bra to make it look like your breasts are perky, a breast lift can make it happen. If you have had more than one child, you are likely to have sagging breasts. If you have gone through extreme weight loss, it can leave you with drooping breasts. Aging can also make your breasts start to sag. Fortunately, you can turn the situation around with a breast lift.

What Happens When You Have a Breast Lift?

When you choose to have a breast lift, our surgeon will shape your breast tissue to be more attractive. Once your procedure is over, your breasts will have the ideal lift. You will need to go home and rest after your procedure. Limit your activity levels to avoid injury. Give yourself time to allow your body to heal. When it does, you will enjoy what you see in the mirror. Your bra won’t have to give your breasts a boost anymore.

Learn More About a Breast Lift in Miami

If a breast lift sounds like the answer for you, our Miami plastic surgeon, Dr. Varkarakis, can help. Set up your consultation visit to discuss the possibility of a breast lift. Our plastic surgeon will evaluate your bust to determine the best approach you take. Get started today