Surgical Liposuction procedures were down 25% in 2008. It’s not just the economy says renowned cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Simon Ourian M.D. The introduction of minimally invasive procedures has provided a real alternative for patients seeking to lose fat and reduce cellulite.
March 25, 2009 — Liposuction is still the second most popular plastic surgery procedure, taking in more than $900 million in 2008, with more than 341,000 procedures performed in 2008. Breast augmentation is the number one invasive cosmetic surgery procedure.
Dr. Simon Ourian, Medical Director of Epione, located in Beverly Hills, the exclusive shopping, restaurant and hotel enclave in Los Angeles, California knows all about it. “Every day I have patients and friends asking my opinion on the best weight loss program or weight loss pills,” he says. “They want to know what I think about dieting and various diets. Most of all they want to lose fat and reduce cellulite.”
“And they want to talk about liposuction and SmartLipo”, Dr. Ourian continues. “Traditional liposuction is one option as is SmartLipo, a laser assisted liposuction, I tell them, but there are other, less invasive alternatives. I’m a big proponent of mesotherapy.”
OptiLipo is a series of injections of microscopic quantities of homeopathic agents, pharmaceuticals, natural plant extracts, agents and vitamins into the skin. The doctor selects a customized formula designed to treat the condition at hand. OptiLipo can be used to treat cellulite and reduce fat including spot reduction.
OptiLipo has some obvious benefits over liposuction. Meso can be used for cellulite reduction while lipo can often exacerbate a preexisting cellulite condition, making the cellulite more prominent. OptiLipo treatments can result in a smoother skin surface. Unlike lipo, meso can also target fat reduction. Fat deposits can be flushed out of specific areas. It is not uncommon after liposuction for patients to gain weight back in other areas. Liposuction is a surgical procedure that may require hospital admittance, general anesthesia and downtime which isn’t the case for mesotherapy. OptiLipo treatments don’t necessitate extensive medical evaluations nor is elaborate laboratory data required prior to treatment. Finally, it is not uncommon that a liposuction patient may ultimately need a plastic surgeon to perform a tummy tuck to address folds of extra skin.
What does a mesotherapy session feel like? According to Dr. Ourian: “During mesotherapy sessions the patient might feel a slight pinching or burning sensation. I can prescribe a topical anesthetic cream to help alleviate any discomfort. After the session,” continues Dr. Ourian, “you may experience slight bruising which resolves over one week. To speed up the healing process, I may recommend supplements such as Arnica to be taken orally or topical ointments to help decrease bruising.”
“Please be careful,” warns Dr. Ourian, “not all mesotherapy is the same. Some treatments like Lipodissolve involve a chemical called phosphatidylcholine that is not FDA approved.”
“I tell to all my patients that a healthy diet low in fat is crucial to maintaining weight loss and preventing weight gain. Regular exercise will help you burn fat. If you come to my medical spa I can help you lose fat and get a jump start on your new body.”
Dr. Ourian’s Epione Medical Corporation, located in Beverly Hills Golden Triangle, is among the most comprehensive and state-of-the-art laser and aesthetic surgery centers. Dr. Ourian has been a pioneer for laser technology and non-invasive aesthetic procedures including Restylane, Botox, Juvéderm, Radiesse and Sculptra. These treatments are used for correction or reversal of a variety of conditions such as acne, acne scars, acne scar removal, skin discoloration, lip enhancement, wrinkles, stretch marks, varicose veins, cellulite, and tens of others. Laser hair removal and laser tattoos are offered too. Epione also carries Dr. Ourian’s Signature Series skin care products. For further information please contact 310-271-6506.