The Most Requested CoolSculpting® Treatment Areas

Looking for a way to get rid of stubborn fat pouches, lumps, or bumps? In recent years, more patients have turned to CoolSculpting® as a non-invasive, highly effective fat removal option. Known for its innovative approach, CoolSculpting® is especially popular for its versatility. Here are some of the top places where CoolSculpting® is applied to create results patients love:

Abdomen (“Stomach”, Midsection)

Targeting excess fat on the abdomen with CoolSculpting® is an especially popular option for both  our male and female patients. During the procedure, the area to be treated is drawn in between the panels and targeted cold is applied to eliminate unwanted fat cells. For many of our male patients, CoolSculpting® is a great way of eliminating belly bulge or beer bellies, while women in general love that the procedure can be used as part of a mommy makeover.

Flanks (“Muffin Top”)

Like the abdomen, the flanks are a very common area for CoolSculpting®.  This area that hangs over the jeans in both men and women can be particularly frustrating and responds very well with the targeted fat reduction of CoolSculpting®.

Chin

Surprised? You shouldn’t be – double chins or submental fat are a commonly caused by age, genetics, and fluctuating weight. Removing fat from the chin and neck is especially tricky, even with a robust work out plan and diet. New attachments to CoolSculpting® equipment mean these stubborn fat pockets can be  tackled during a CoolSculpting® session.

Upper arms

Love tank tops but tired of bat wings? CoolSculpting® can help with that. Special applicators made specifically for the arms are attached directly to sagging fat tissue covering the triceps. When combined with a regular workout routine, CoolSculpting® is a great way of obtaining more sculpted, toned arms.

Waist, Hips, and Thighs

Stubborn fat pockets can accumulate anywhere; while some see fat gathering around their midsection, others notice it most around their lower half. At Dr. Diehl’s plastic surgery practice, CoolSculpting® can be applied to the waist, hips, and thighs as a popular multidimensional treatment strategy that leaves patients feeling more confident in their figures.  Inner and outer thigh treatments can give a more slimming contour to the legs.  Outer thigh CoolSculpting® helps with those “saddlebags” and inner thigh application can help make progress with the “thigh gap.”

Back

Double chins aren’t the only unfortunate side effect of aging. As we age, skin stops producing important collagen and elastin, proteins that keep skin looking young and feeling firm. When production slows and ultimately stops, skin everywhere becomes loose and doesn’t “bounce back” to its original placement. Ultimately gravity takes a toll as well. Combined with weight gain and muscle loss, it is not uncommon for individuals to develop noticeable back fat during their later years. To tackle this bothersome body contouring issue, CoolSculpting® specifically target excess fat and helps tone your back to create a pleasing silhouette. Targeting the bra fat area and the lower back, or posterior flanks, can do wonders for smoothing and shrinking the silhouette.

Stop Waiting – Schedule Your Consultation Today!

While summer may be over, it’s never too early to start feeling your absolute best. In Raleigh, Dr. Diehl and her team use CoolSculpting® to help patients restore confidence in their appearance. Lynn and Sharon have been Dr. Diehl’s CoolSculpting® providers for over 6 years.  You couldn’t be in better hands or have a more experienced team working with you.  Learn more about your treatment options – schedule a consultation with our plastic surgeon by calling (919) 381-5540 today!

 

Cellfina®’s Results are Now Proven to Last Longer

Cellfina® is our favorite cellulite reduction treatment and we are excited to share that new studies have shown Cellfina® treatment results to have long-lasting efficacy at 5 years.  Previous to Cellfina®, nothing had been shown to last more than 9 – 12 months. In this blog we are sharing the science behind Cellfina® and why it is so long-lasting.

Why Cellulite is a Challenge to Treat

Below the skin, connective tissue attaches the skin to muscle, creating small compartments that store fat cells. When there are few or small fat cells, and patients have good skin elasticity, skin looks smooth and toned.

However, fat cells can grow and accumulate with weight fluctuation. As fat cells grow within these compartments, they begin to create tension. The connective barriers do not grow to accommodate new fat cells; they remain taut, causing fat cells to push against the skin. This creates the appearance of bumps and dimpling that are characteristic of cellulite. Weight gain isn’t the only cause of fat cell expansion and cellulite, however. Genetics, pregnancy and an inactive lifestyle can also contribute to cellulite growth along the thighs and buttocks.

Before Cellfina®, massages, and creams were all marketed as the best treatments for regaining smooth skin. Unfortunately, these options fail to address the true source of cellulite, leaving less-than-satisfactory and always temporary results. While some patients have tried to treat cellulite with comprehensive treatments like CoolSculpting® and liposuction, these don’t fully address the cause of the issue either since they are only reducing fat. Patients who invest in topical creams and fat removal procedures can still leave their surgeon’s office feeling dissatisfied with the dimple correction.

Why Cellfina® Works

Cellfina®’s success comes directly from how the treatment targets the structures that create skin dimpling. Cellfina® uses a form of microblading known as subcision to specifically target the subcutaneous fibrous bands. Often used for treating acne scars and wrinkles, subcision uses a special hypodermic needle to cut the subcutaneous skin fibers that cause dimples or depressions in the skin. Cellfina® utilizes the same concept for cellulite treatment. During the procedure, the target area is numbed and the device is then inserted just below the skin. Using a specialized technique, Dr. Diehl cuts the connective tissue bands, releasing the tension responsible for creating the cellulite dimpling.

Whereas other cellulite treatments require multiple sessions until results are noticeable, Cellfina® is a one and done treatment. After their session, patients can see their skin bouncing back to a smoother texture in in as few as three days. Best of all, new studies have shown that patients are enjoying their results for years after treatment. In 2015, one study found that 98% of participants have continued to enjoy their results two years post-procedure. In 2018, however, the FDA cleared Cellfina® as a treatment that treats cellulite for up to five years post-procedure!

Get Smoother Skin Today

At Diehl Plastic Surgery, we know how disappointing failed cellulite treatments can be to anyone’s self-confidence. Minimally invasive Cellfina® has helped our Raleigh plastic surgeon improve our patients’ appearances and self-esteem for years. If you’re ready to get rid of your cellulite for the long-term, we encourage you to call (919) 381-5540 to schedule your consultation.

 

Want Results by 2019? Get Started with CoolSculpting® Today!

It’s happening.

Stores are starting to roll out their winter displays, holiday lattes have hit coffee shops, and plans to visit family and friends are in full swing. In just a few short months, many of our patients will start getting ready to make their New Year’s resolutions. Many of those resolutions often revolve around losing those last few pounds that are stubbornly keeping people from reaching their ideal body. Why wait until January to achieve your dream of a slender, contoured body? Now is the perfect time to start your CoolSculpting® treatment and reach your goals before the new year starts!

Why CoolSculpting®?

Even with diligent diet and exercise, some bumps and lumps of excess fat can stubbornly stay behind. This is due to the simple fact that while fat cells can shrink, they can never be truly eliminated without physical intervention. Traditionally, fat reduction or removal was done via liposuction, a popular cosmetic surgery that provides long-lasting results. However, not everyone may be ready for invasive surgery just to shed their last few pockets of fat. That’s where CoolSculpting® comes in.

Like its surgical counterpart, CoolSculpting® is designed to help patients add definition to different parts of the body by eliminating existing fat cells. However, CoolSculpting®’s innovative technology is completely non-surgical. With this treatment option, patients don’t need to worry about spending weeks preparing for surgery or take time off for recovery. While some individuals may experience some slight soreness or bruising after their session, this usually dissipates within a few days.  There really is no downtime with the CoolSculpting® procedure.

The Science Behind CoolSculpting®

So, what makes CoolSculpting® so successful without requiring even minimal surgical intervention? The key is in how the fat cells are destroyed. As mentioned, fat cells fluctuate in size based on several factors, including weight, diet, and exercise. While fat cells may shrink when a person has low body fat, they can quickly expand as an individual gains weight.

To eliminate fat cells, CoolSculpting® uses a specific applicator that cools the areas to a very specific temperature that damages fat cells. The cold temperature is set to target just fat cells without damaging the surrounding skin and muscle tissue. Known as the process of cryoliposis, the damaged fat cells are then naturally absorbed by the body and eliminated in the weeks following treatment. By the end of the processing period, patients are left with a reduction in fat averaging 20-25% in the area treated.

Considerations for Your CoolSculpting® Treatment

Not every patient carries or loses weight the same way. When it comes to removing extra fat from your body with CoolSculpting®, our Raleigh plastic surgeon takes the utmost care to ensure your treatment is designed with your body’s needs and goals in mind. Lynn and Sharon have been doing CoolSculpting® treatments at Diehl Plastic Surgery for over 6 years.  During your CoolSculpting® consultation, Lynn or Sharon will perform an in-depth evaluation to ensure this solution will best help you reach your goals. While CoolSculpting® is highly effective for some patients, not everyone looking to eliminate extra bumps from their physique enjoy the same results. Individuals with larger or more abundant target areas may find that comprehensive treatment with liposuction or multiple CoolSculpting® treatments provides better results.

When thinking about CoolSculpting®, it’s also important to remember that treatment results are gradual – the process relies on your body to process out damaged fat cells. As such, it’s important for patients who are looking to use CoolSculpting® in preparation for an upcoming event to schedule their treatment sessions well in advance. If you’re thinking about starting the new year with a new physique, now may be the best time to start treatment.

Ready? Schedule Today!

At Diehl Plastic Surgery, our goal is to help all patients feel comfortable and confident in their appearance. To learn more about the advantages of CoolSculpting® and to see how this innovative procedure can transform your body, call our Raleigh plastic surgeon today to schedule your consultation!

Liposuction vs CoolSculpting®: Which Treatment Suits Your Goals?

Liposuction and CoolSculpting® have helped patients remove stubborn pockets of fat and achieve their dream body. While seemingly similar, both procedures use different techniques and work best for different patients. Knowing the difference and how to weigh each procedure against your desired goals is an important step in choosing the best plastic surgery solution for your body.

CoolSculpting® – Non-Invasive Fat Removal

Best known as the non-surgical fat reduction solution, CoolScupting uses cryolipolysis to eliminate fat cells. Developed by Harvard scientists, the process involves freezing fat cells so that they die and are naturally absorbed by the body. During CoolSculpting® treatment, stubborn pockets of fat are placed within applicator panels. The panels cool to a temperature that damages fat cells.  Over the course of several months, the target area becomes noticeably smoother as more fat cells are processed out by the body.  Some people may choose to have several treatments to the same area for a more aggressive fat reduction.  It is reasonable to expect a 20-25% reduction in the area treated with each procedure.

What are the Benefits of CoolSculpting®?

One reason why CoolSculpting® is so popular is that it is completely non-invasive. Patients who can’t or don’t want to have surgery can use CoolSculpting® as an effective alternative for achieving their goals of a more sleek physique. Furthermore, as CoolSculpting® is non-invasive, the treatment requires no downtime compared to its surgical counterpart. For busy individuals who don’t have the time to commit to surgical preparation or recovery, the non-invasive nature of this treatment makes it a particularly attractive treatment option.

Are there any Downsides to CoolSculpting®?

While this non-surgical option is certainly effective, there are some conditions that may keep patients from enjoying the full benefits of treatment. For starters, CoolSculpting® is not a one and done procedure. In order for patients to fully realize their ideal results, they may require several treatments to the same area. Additionally, results are not immediate and gradually manifest within a few months. While this may seem like a downside, many patients see this as an opportunity to keep their procedure discreet.

The applicators are specific sizes, and while there are a variety of applicators to allow optimal treatment of an area, this does limit how large of an area can be treated.  As a result, this treatment is most successful when it is used to target small, stubborn pockets of fat or a comprehensive plan is created to treat larger areas.  CoolSculpting® and should not be used as a weight loss solution.

Tried and True Liposuction

Perhaps one of the best-known fat removal solutions, liposuction is a tried and true plastic surgery procedure popularly used to help patients achieve a more contoured physique. During this procedure, cannulas (thin tubes) are strategically inserted into the target area, and excess fat cells are removed.

What are the Benefits of Liposuction?

Liposuction is among the most popular, minimally invasive surgical solutions available. The treatment is very comprehensive in that large treatment areas can be successfully addressed in just one session. Liposuction is often included as part of larger treatment strategies such as mommy makeovers and full body contouring to help patients fully achieve their dream body. Furthermore, evolution in treatment instruments and technique have turned liposuction into a simple treatment that requires only limited recovery time. With a healthy diet and exercise, the results of liposuction can last well into the future.  Liposuction is often done under local anesthesia, so general anesthesia is not necessary.

Are there any downsides to liposuction?

While the treatment process may be limited to very small, hidden scars, liposuction is still considered plastic surgery; patients must be healthy enough to undergo surgery to be a candidate for treatment. Likewise, there is a certain amount of recovery time patients should expect post-procedure.

Find Your Perfect Treatment Plan with Dr. Diehl

When it comes to plastic surgery, the surgery itself is only part of the overall treatment plan. Planning and preparation are arguably the most important steps in creating any successful surgery strategy. At Dr. Diehl’s plastic surgery practice, your one on one consultation is that important first step in the treatment process. By discussing your concerns and goals, our team can assess whether CoolSculpting® or liposuction is the best procedure for you.

Ready to get started? Call Dr. Diehl at (919)381-5540 today and schedule your consultation at Diehl Plastic Surgery today! We look forward to helping you achieve your best body.

The Smartest Medically Assisted Weight Loss Treatment

If you struggle with your weight, you understand that diets can leave you feeling worse than you did before you even started them and can cause your weight loss efforts to feel never-ending. While a caloric deficit is essential to shedding pounds, the method you use to achieve it can make or break the results you want.

In order to create a caloric deficit, we see many patients adopt restrictive diets that work at the beginning but encourage dangerous behaviors such as strict food restrictions, dramatic caloric restrictions, and even binge eating certain foods.  These types of diets frequently result in weight gain in the long term as the patients fatigue with the limitations.

While patients often go from one diet to another in search of a consistent caloric deficit, they miss the most important piece of the weight loss puzzle: Creating a healthy relationship with food is key to long-term, successful weight loss. Unfortunately, diet culture does not encourage healthy, balanced eating and patients continue yo-yo dieting, often for decades.

So, how do we put an end to this cycle and achieve our weight loss goals?

Where do Fad Diets Fail?

These days, it’s hard to go on any blog or social media platform without seeing a new personality promoting the latest trend diet. From ketogenic to paleo, new diets promising fast weight loss with a quick diet change are constantly emerging. While many of these diets are developed with the best intentions and can provide great results, many of these diets fail in two major areas:

1) They encourage an “all you can eat” approach rather than portion control.

2) Rely on restriction rather than relationship building to keep the weight off.

There’s a Problem with Your Portion

For individuals prone to binge eating, the concept of eating as much as they want, whenever they want, so long that it’s one of the diet’s specified “good foods,” can be especially alluring. However, portion control matters and eliminating it completely tends to encourage overeating and can ultimately lead to weight gain rather than weight loss, especially once you are not following the diet as instructed.  And who wants to follow a diet forever – the goal would be to follow NO diet, eat healthily, and achieve your goals.

Where Restriction Does Not Equal Success

In the push for greater food label transparency, more and more diets are being developed with a focus on clean eating and cutting out ingredients that are less natural or more heavily refined. These solutions are highly restrictive, requiring individuals to completely cut out common ingredients like sugar, dairy or grains from their diet.

While removing processed foods can benefit your health and weight loss, this can be a challenge for many dieters who aren’t prepared to make the long-term lifestyle adjustments sustained weight loss requires.  These diets can also be prohibitively expensive long-term because of the types of foods you are forced to buy.  These restrictions and costs lead to non-compliance and re-gaining any weight lost when the dieter fatigues with the plan.   

Out with Old, in with the New: Why Science in Driving Weight Loss

Within the last 20 years, researchers have discovered the important role healthy eating habits play in weight loss treatment. This goes beyond just what you’re eating; Sustainable weight loss requires that individuals adopt healthy ways of eating. The development of the SmartByte system is a culmination of this important research.   SmartByte is an FDA cleared, safe and comfortable device that is made specifically for you.

The device forces you to take smaller bites and chew more thoroughly – leading to mindfulness when eating, teaching you to taste and enjoy your food, and being more “in the moment”.  This allows your brain satiety centers to kick in and tell you when you are full, and ultimately decreasing the amount of food you eat.  This is the ultimate weight loss tool for people who eat too quickly and eat too much in one sitting.  SmartByte removes dietary restrictions, thereby reducing the risk of binge eating. Often, overeating occurs when an individual has followed a restrictive diet and ends up binging on forbidden food. Rather than forcing patients to give up specific foods, SmartByte reinforces the concepts of portion control and moderation.  With this innovative weight loss system, patients can enjoy their favorite foods throughout the process, rather than trying to gorge themselves before or after their procedure. With SmartByte, you can have a slice of chocolate cake but don’t be surprised if you only end up eating half.  

People who use SmartByte averaged 23% less food to feel satisfied.  Over time, that decreased caloric intake makes an impact on your weight loss goals!

Most importantly, SmartByte focuses on promoting healthier behavioral changes for sustainable weight loss and maintenance. Smaller, slower bites allow patients to sit and enjoy their food rather than scarf it down and risk overeating. This form of eating quickly becomes routine, allowing individuals to better adjust their lifestyle to a healthier one capable of supporting their weight loss.   SmartByte is truly a behavior modification tool.  We aren’t changing what you are eating, but how you are eating it!  SmartByte also includes a chip to allow you to download information to your smartphone and personalized coaching by trained professionals with the company.  These tools allow you to track progress and help you reach your goals.

Schedule Your SmartByte Consultation Today!

While every weight loss journey is unique, successful weight loss requires a fundamental lifestyle change that embraces healthy eating habits as well as diet and exercise. At Diehl Plastic Surgery, Raleigh plastic surgeon, Dr. Diehl, is dedicated to helping patients understand these important steps to weight loss and find a professional system that best suits their needs. To learn more about SmartByte, contact our Raleigh team to schedule your consultation!

 

Submental Liposuction: A Sleeker Neck Line by Thanksgiving

With the weather starting to cool, the time to make holiday plans is quickly approaching. But for patients who feel less than confident in their appearance, the idea of seeing family and friends for the first time in months can be overwhelming. Double chins, in particular, are a common condition that can quickly undermine the self-confidence of many individuals and have few solutions outside plastic surgery. Luckily, solutions like submental liposuction give these individuals the opportunity to achieve a sleeker, more youthful look without having to undergo extensive treatment.

Seeing Double Chins? You’re Not Alone

Submental fat, better known as a double chin, is an increasingly common cosmetic condition among men and women of all ages. While many associate the development of extra tissue below the lower jaw with aging, the truth is that even individuals in their 20s and 30s can develop a double chin.

Given the high prevalence of submental fat among American adults, it’s no small wonder why patients are looking for ways to safely and effectively remove this excess tissue from their faces. One especially effective procedure is submental liposuction, a form of plastic surgery the gently (and permanently) removes excess fat deposits from below the jawbone to add definition to the face.  Submental liposuction not only decreases bulk under the chin, it also helps to give a more sculpted jawline.

Why Submental Liposuction?

Also known as microliposculpture, submental liposuction applies the concept of liposuction to a smaller target area. This provides patients with several key benefits compared to other alternatives:

Less Invasive Treatments

As submental liposuction requires mini cannulas to remove excess adipose tissue, the treatment is much less invasive than the other surgical alternatives. During our patients’ consultation appointments, Dr. Diehl takes the time to study the lower half of the face and neck. She usually uses one small incision to access the entire area.

Less invasive treatment also means this solution to double chins has a much shorter recovery time than traditional surgery.  There is really very little downtime with this procedure.

Effective for All Patients

While microliposculpture is still considered a form of cosmetic surgery, the minimally invasive nature of this treatment makes it ideal for almost every patient. Submental liposuction is highly recommended for individuals who are tired of seeing an extra bump below their chin as well as those missing distinction along the jaw. For individuals with excess thin or inelastic/lax skin tissue or platysmal banding along the neck, Dr. Diehl may recommend another procedure to help tighten the neck.  However, even in these patients this procedure can oftentimes create an impact and improvement in the area.

Short Timeline

Compared to other surgical options like face or necklifts that are long general anesthesia procedures, microliposculpture can be completed in just 30-45 minutes under local anesthesia.   We also have Pro-Nox (self-administered nitrous oxide) available if desired.

In recovery, the use of only one incision and the Smart Lipo laser (which decreases bruising and improves tightening) leads to a shorter healing time and faster noticeable results. Whereas necklifts require about one week of downtime immediately following treatment plus 10 to 14 days of swelling, submental liposuction patients are usually able to return to work within 1-2 days. Occasionally patients will have some bruising and the swelling gradually decreases over the first month, although results are already starting to show at one week in most patients.  Garments do need to be used to obtain the optimal results, but 24 hours/day only the first few days, after that the garment can be worn whenever you are at home.  This helps achieve the best result while not being self-conscious when out and about.

Ready for Microliposculpture? Here’s What to Expect

As with other cosmetic procedures performed at Dr. Diehl’s Raleigh practice, your consultation will include an in-depth discussion about your condition as well as your medical health. From there, we’ll determine the details of your appointment, including anesthesia preference. For some individuals, this includes developing a larger treatment plan that combines submental liposuction with other facial restoration procedures.

Following your surgery, we encourage patients to take it easy and spend a few days recovering at home and wear the comfortable compression garment. You can expect some mild soreness or tenderness in the coming days as you heal. However, most outward swelling and discomfort usually dissipate within a week or two.

Schedule Your Consultation Today

Is your double chin slowly chipping away at your self-esteem? Consider the advantages that submental liposuction can have on your confidence, all without lengthy surgery or recovery time. To learn more about this quick and effective solution, call Diehl Plastic Surgery today and schedule your consultation with our Raleigh plastic surgeon.

What Makes Labiaplasty Surgery Comfortable?

   

A common, but not often discussed, concern among women is an enlarged labia. For women who are unhappy with the appearance of their labia and seek change, labiaplasty is a great option. Read our infographic below to learn how comfortable surgery can be.

 

If you would like to learn more about how this surgery can help you, contact us today!

The Rise of Labiaplasty: Why More Women are Electing this Procedure

Labiaplasty is quickly becoming a popular treatment option for women across the country. By some estimates, the procedure has jumped in frequency by nearly 217% since 2012. But why is this treatment gaining traction among women across the country?

The Mechanics Behind Labiaplasty

To understand the growing popularity of the procedure, it’s important to understand the treatment process.

What is Labiaplasty

Every woman has uniquely shaped body parts. For some, the labia minora sits tightly within the labia majora. For others, however, the labia minora tissue extends past the outer lips. For women experiencing this condition, large inner lips can cause patients to feel uncomfortable with the appearance of this intimate area and the excess tissue can make intercourse, bike riding, running and other physical activities painful.   They may feel significant irritation or “pinching” during normal daily activities.

Labiaplasty is a common plastic surgery procedure in which the excess tissue is removed so that the inner lips of the vagina have less prominence and redundancy.

Why Labiaplasty is Gaining steam

There are a few reasons why the procedure is gaining popularity among women. Beyond the relatively straightforward treatment, changes in attitude and better communication between patients and their networks have contributed to shifting attitudes around labiaplasty.   The internet has made information readily available also.

Breaking Down the Taboo Around Women’s Reproductive Health

As the discussion around plastic surgery and women’s reproductive health becomes more commonplace, more women are feeling comfortable bringing up their physical discomfort resulting from the size of the labia and the social anxiety this can also cause. This improved communication has led to a shift in how the topic is broached by both patients and their physicians.

Word of Mouth

As with almost any other procedure or process, word spreads. More women are becoming comfortable discussing procedures with their physician, often leading to more openness with close friends and relatives. Once the taboo is removed, they feel more comfortable sharing their experience with other women considering similar procedures.

Long-Term Benefits

The physical and mental advantages of choosing labiaplasty have helped spur patients to make the decision. Beyond enhancing the appearance of the vagina, this form of rejuvenation can also help to relieve hygiene issues tied to excessive moisture. This type of vaginal rejuvenation also helps alleviate discomfort that can occur during normal daily activities, exercise, and intercourse due to large labia. The procedure can be incredibly liberating to women who enjoy exercise and have constant irritation and chafing.  The bulk of tissue in swimsuits, tight jeans, and yoga pants is another reason patients seek labiaplasty.  By decreasing the size of the labia minora, the volume of tissue is also decreased in clothing.

Aside for relieving physical discomfort, another major benefit of labiaplasty is the mental health benefit. Dr. Diehl sees many patients with social anxiety as a result of the appearance of the labia.  By redefining the shape and appearance of the vulva, labiaplasty allows these individuals to restore their confidence and self-esteem.

Rebuild Self-Confidence with Labiaplasty in Raleigh

At Diehl Plastic Surgery, our team is dedicated to helping women feel their absolute best about their bodies. If you feel that having an enlarged labia is keeping you from feeling confident in yourself or your appearance, call Dr. Diehl at 919-381-5540 to schedule your personal and private consultation. During your visit, we will walk you through the treatment process and develop a completely customized treatment plan tailored to address your concerns and achieve your goals.

 

Beat the Heat with miraDry®

With the hot Raleigh summer well upon us, staying cool and comfortable is a top priority for many of our patients. While some may be able to seek relief indoors, men and women suffering from excessive sweating or hyperhidrosis may find that not even air conditioning on full blast is enough to keep the sweat and odor at bay. Luckily, non-invasive hyperhidrosis treatments like miraDry® are helping these individuals stay cool and odor-free year-round.

Why Hyperhidrosis Requires Permanent Treatment

While some may associate being sweaty with physical exertion, people with hyperhidrosis or “excessive sweating” are constantly sweating, even at rest, in the winter, and when not anxious. They may even be sweating in a swimming pool.

There are two types of hyperhidrosis, which determine where the excess sweat appears. In primary hyperhidrosis, the hands, face, feet, and underarms develop excess perspiration. For patients with secondary or generalized hyperhidrosis, sweating occurs all over the body or across larger swaths of the body like the back. As you can probably imagine, both forms of the condition can create further anxiety for men and women with the condition.

Until the development of miraDry®, non-surgical treatment options were relatively limited to prescription-strength antiperspirant and Botox®. While the Botox® solution is effective, the results are temporary and only last 3 to 6 months. In comparison, miraDry® destroys the sweat glands permanently to prevent uncomfortable underarm sweating while at rest and during stressful or exertional situations.

How miraDry® Tackles Underarm Sweating

Unlike Botox® injections, miraDry® permanently destroys the gland responsible for sweat overproduction. This treatment uses a specialized device that delivers electromagnetic energy to the glands. Patients have a dramatic correction with one treatment but may require more than one procedure for complete correction. Most patients have such a significant lifestyle improvement with a single treatment that they do not feel the need for more. We re-treat approximately 8-10% of patients.

Why Choose miraDry®?

There are a number of key advantages that have led our patients to prefer this non-surgical option over others. For starters, the high dose of energy not only helps reduce underarm sweating, but it also reduces the distinctive odor of stress sweat that often accompanies excessive sweat. Significant hair reduction is also a benefit. miraDry® is FDA cleared for sweat, odor, and hair!

Another important benefit is the longevity of treatment and relatively fast treatment process. As miraDry® is non-surgical, the procedure is relatively short and does not require extensive preparation from the patient. Furthermore, recovery is straight-forward, and the lasting results make the procedure well worth the investment.

Perhaps the most important advantage of miraDry® is the mental wellness impact the treatment has on patients. Immediately after the treatment session, patients find that their sweating is significantly reduced. For men and women who’ve lived with hyperhidrosis, heavy sweat, or bothersome odor, the ability to drastically improve these issues with one treatment greatly improves self-confidence, reduces social anxiety, and increases professional confidence.

Ready for miraDry®? Get Started at Diehl Plastic Surgery

Tired of excessive sweating getting in the way of your comfort and self-confidence? Learn how miraDry® from Raleigh plastic surgeon Dr. Diehl is helping men and women with hyperhidrosis get the right care they need. Call (919) 381-5540 today to schedule your treatment consultation and explore all your treatment options.

Effectively Spot Reduce Stubborn Fat with Liposuction

Diet and exercise provide whole body benefits such as improving health, building muscle, and helping you lose excess fat. For head to toe weight loss, these traditional methods are your best bet. However, fat doesn’t always accumulate evenly, hence the little nicknames for unwanted fat pockets: love handles, muffin tops, and banana rolls. If you’re close to your ideal weight, but stuck with rolls and bulges that won’t budge, what can you do?

Focus your fat loss on targeted areas with a body contouring procedure like liposuction. Using this powerful surgical treatment, we can effectively spot reduce stubborn fat and create your ideal shape. Call today and learn more about your options for liposuction at Diehl Plastic Surgery.

Where Do You Have Stubborn Fat?

Stubborn fat is a common problem for both men and women in Raleigh, NC. Most of our patients have at least one trouble spot where excess fat seems to gather and is difficult to lose. Unlike traditional weight loss that reduces the size of fat cells across the entire body, liposuction removes fat cells. This allows us to target specific areas. Since fat cells don’t regenerate, once we remove them, they are permanently gone. If you maintain a consistent weight, you should enjoy long-lasting results from your treatment. Many of our patients will never again struggle with stubborn fat pockets in the areas they treat with liposuction.

What areas can we enhance with this body contouring procedure? We use this treatment to shape and sculpt the body from top to bottom. Liposuction can remove stubborn fat from:

-Abdomen

-Chin

-Neck

-Thighs

-Arms

-Chest

-Flanks

-Back

-Knees

Diet and exercise alone aren’t the solutions for isolated fat pockets. Plain and simple, it’s just too hard for most patients to lose this type of fat on their own. Many give it a diligent effort and give up when the results don’t come after weeks and months of trying. Our body contouring treatments make it possible to eliminate the fat you can’t lose on your own. You focus on making your body strong and healthy, and we’ll take care of your trouble spots.

I’m Thinking About Liposuction and Want to Learn More About the Procedure

Turn your liposuction thoughts into body changing actions by calling our offices and scheduling a consultation. A consultation will provide you with personalized information and will give you the chance to sit down with a board-certified plastic surgeon and ask questions.

While you wait for your appointment, here is some information about the liposuction procedure and recovery.

What Happens During Liposuction?

This treatment is performed in our operating suite or in the procedure room, depending on the type of anesthesia selected. On the day of surgery, you’ll arrive at the facility and be escorted to a private waiting room. Patient privacy is very important to us.

Liposuction is performed under local or general anesthesia, depending on the extent of the procedure, patient preferences, and other factors. We’ll talk about this in detail during your consultation. Small incisions are made near the treatment area. Dr. Diehl carefully places each incision to minimize visibility. A special tube called a cannula is inserted through the incision and used to suction out fat. The treated areas are carefully shaped, to ensure a smooth, even result after treatment. We offer both traditional liposuction and laser liposuction with SmartLipo.

After the fat is removed and ideal shape is achieved, the incisions are sutured closed, and the area is wrapped in bandaging. We often use compression garments to ensure proper healing.

Patients return home after the procedure.  The level of post-operative recovery depends on the type of anesthesia selected.  You will go home in compression garments.

What Is Recovery Like After Liposuction?

You’ll be back on your feet and enjoying sexier curves shortly after your treatment. Many patients are back to work within a week, often sooner. Bruising, swelling, and tenderness are common side effects during healing.

How Long Until I See Results from My Treatment? How Long Do They Last?

Liposuction results evolve over time.  The most dramatic changes happen over the first month.  Final results evolve over 6-8 months.  Remain at a stable weight, and you may enjoy your results for years to come.

Trouble spots? Shape and contour your body to perfection with liposuction. Call our offices at 919-381-5540 to learn more about body contouring in Raleigh, NC.