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Can a Facelift Look Natural?

If a
facelift is in your future, you may be feeling a mix of excitement and uncertainty. The thought of any operation can be a source of anxiety, and when it involves your face, it’s natural to feel even more concerned about getting a result you’ll love. After all, it’s the only face you’ll ever have — you want to feel confident that you’ll come out looking natural, younger and more beautiful.

At West Michigan Plastic Surgery, many of our facelift patients express the same sentiment: “I want to look like myself, I just want to look good for my age.” It’s easy to point to examples, often from high-profile people in the entertainment industry, of facelift results gone wrong. The overly taut, windswept look is artificial and undesirable, and makes some would-be patients question whether a facelift is right for them.

Rest assured, this is not the only outcome. For every extreme facelift you’ve seen, you’ve likely encountered many more that are so natural you didn’t notice any signs of surgical intervention. Decades of advancements in facial plastic surgery techniques have made facelifts better than ever. So what’s the difference between achieving natural-looking results and looking like you’re permanently trapped in a wind tunnel? We’re glad you asked.

Communicate Expectations Clearly

A beautiful facelift result starts with careful planning. During your one-on-one consultation with your plastic surgeon, you’ll have the opportunity to explain your concerns and describe your ideal outcome. Use this time to define what “natural” means to you. Communicating your vision clearly ensures you and your surgeon are on the same page about what you hope to achieve. In return, your surgeon should examine your face and be honest about what improvements can reasonably be expected from a facelift in your specific circumstances. Setting realistic expectations is an important step of any surgical procedure.

Embrace Modern Techniques

A lot has changed since the first facelifts were done. Today’s surgeons are better informed about what it takes to produce a natural facelift result and techniques have evolved accordingly. One notable difference is the depth of treatment. Rather than only pulling back the skin, the modern technique involves adjusting the underlying muscles as well as tightening the skin. Skin-only techniques do not last as long and are more likely to create the windblown look.

Surgeons are also now more attentive to inconspicuous scar placement and to how the skin is tightened. Skin that is stretched too tightly or pulled in the wrong direction will give an unnatural result. In cosmetic surgery, overcorrection can be more noticeable and undesirable than undercorrection.

Beware of Disharmony Between Features

Facelift surgery specifically addresses concerns in the lower two-thirds of the face, but an attentive surgeon with a keen aesthetic eye should consider your face as a whole. A patient with significant signs of aging throughout their face may not get the best result from a facelift alone. The facelift would make the areas below the eyes look younger, but would do nothing to rejuvenate the eyes or forehead, and the patient could end up looking “mismatched.” The same consideration should be given to signs of aging the neck. For the most aesthetically-pleasing result, these areas should all be in harmony. Ask your surgeon if combining your facelift with a neck lift, brow lift or blepharoplasty would deliver the most natural outcome.

Pay Close Attention to Your Postoperative Instructions

You may feel like the hard part is over once your surgery is done, but some of the most important work is just beginning. The days and weeks that follow a facelift make up a critical period that greatly impacts the results of your procedure. Knowing what to expect as you heal and following your surgeon’s aftercare instructions are essential to achieving the most beautiful outcome. Don’t rush the recovery process. Give your body time to heal and resume your regular activities gradually. Jumping back into daily life too quickly increases the risk of putting your incisions under stress, developing an infection and other complications that could jeopardize your natural results.

Don’t Overdo the Accompaniments

Nonsurgical treatments can enhance the results of a facelift. Botox and dermal fillers, for example, used simultaneously to facial rejuvenation surgery are a great way to address age-related volume loss and minimize wrinkles in areas outside the scope of a facelift. But these treatments must be used in moderation. Failure to use them conservatively can result in an overfilled, bloated or frozen look that is a clear sign cosmetic enhancement has taken place. Work with your plastic surgeon to make sure your add-on treatments complement your facelift results instead of detracting from them.

Choose an Experienced Surgeon

Finding the right surgeon is one of the most important things you can do to help ensure you get the natural-looking facelift you desire. Your surgeon should be skilled and experienced, ideally with extensive experience in facial plastic surgery specifically. In addition to technical precision, your surgeon must demonstrate attention to detail, advanced knowledge of facial anatomy and a thorough understanding of facial aesthetics.

View before and after photos of real patients to confirm your surgeon has a track record of producing results you like. It’s also a good idea to get personal referrals or speak to a surgeon’s current patients when possible. You should have full confidence that the surgeon you choose is reputable and has a long list of satisfied clients.

Meet Dr. Holley, Southwest Michigan’s Natural Facelift Expert

Dr. Scott Holley is a board-certified plastic surgeon and the president and founder of West Michigan Plastic Surgery. Since 1997, Dr. Holley has helped patients in the Kalamazoo area achieve beautiful and discreet results that improve not just the way they look, but the way they feel about themselves every day. Dr. Holley and his staff know just how much skill, experience and communication it takes to deliver natural facelift results that turn heads for the right reasons. If you’re interested in learning more, we invite you to visit us at our offices in Portage and Battle Creek. Give us a call at (269) 222-1611 or request an appointment online today.

How Is Facelift Surgery Performed?

Aging is inevitable, but it isn’t always kind. The passage of time takes a toll on every part of the body, but nowhere are those changes more apparent — and harder to conceal — than on the face and neck. It’s no surprise, then, that facelifts consistently rank near the top of the most popular cosmetic plastic surgery procedures in the United States.

The goal of facelift surgery, or rhytidectomy, is to remove excess skin and tighten the underlying tissues in order to create more lifted and youthful contours. You may be an excellent candidate for a facelift with Dr. Scott Holley if you’re ready to take years off your appearance and reveal a refreshed, younger-looking and naturally beautiful you. Learn more about what goes into facelift surgery with Dr. Holley below.

Choosing Your Facelift Technique

Dr. Holley employs a full range of facial plastic surgery techniques to personalize every patient’s facelift results. The most popular options include:

Traditional Facelift

A traditional facelift is the most sophisticated and extensive procedure. Using this technique, Dr. Holley can significantly improve the appearance of deep folds and creases, as well as smaller static wrinkles, in the middle and lower areas of your face. A traditional facelift involves larger incisions and a longer recovery period, but it is able to achieve the most dramatic results for patients with moderate to advanced facial aging.

Mini Facelift

A mini facelift is a less invasive procedure that aims to address unwanted signs of aging in the lower face before they become too prominent. In involves smaller incisions around the ear and shorter downtime than a traditional facelift. Because it is less rejuvenating than a standard facelift, a mini facelift is generally only recommended for patients with less skin laxity and mild wrinkles. A mini facelift can postpone the need for more extensive surgery for many years.

Facelift With Neck Lift

Our Kalamazoo patients often choose to combine a neck lift with their facelift surgery. A neck lift tightens loose tissues along the neck, chin and jawline to improve a “turkey wattle,” double chin and jowls. Depending on your needs, a neck lift can tighten your neck muscles, eliminate sagging skin or remove pockets of fat using targeted facial liposuction. This may involve an incision underneath the chin as well as incisions around the ears.

Facelift Surgery Step By Step

The specifics of your rhytidectomy surgery will be determined by the decisions you and Dr. Holley make during your consultation. In general, the procedure steps are as follows:

Step one: anesthesia is administered. Facelifts are performed at our plastic surgery centers under general anesthesia to ensure your comfort and safety from start to finish.

Step two: incisions are made. The placement and length of the incisions depend on your goals and the surgical technique agreed upon during your consultation. All rhytidectomy techniques involve an incision around your ear. Typically, this incision starts at your sideburn, follows the natural contours along the front of your ear, curves around your earlobe and ends behind your ear at the hairline. Additional incisions will be made if necessary. Regardless of which technique is chosen, Dr. Holley places facelift incisions so as to reduce the visibility of scars as much as possible after the procedure.

Step three: tissues are lifted and tightened. Through the incisions that have been made, Dr. Holley gently lifts, tightens and repositions your muscles to create a more youthful contour. He may also sculpt, remove or redistribute fat. He then redrapes the skin over your freshly rejuvenated tissues — being careful to avoid the tightly stretched, “windswept” look of older facelift techniques — and trims away the excess skin.

Step four: incisions are closed. The final step of rhytidectomy surgery is closing the incisions with sutures. Drainage tubes are inserted if Dr. Holley deems them necessary and a dressing is applied.

Know Your Limits: What A Facelift Cannot Do

As life-changing as a facelift can be, the procedure is not a one-stop-shop for fighting all signs of facial aging. A facelift is specifically intended to restore a youthful appearance to the lower half of the face — meaning it does not address aging concerns in the upper face, including the forehead, brows or eyes. If you’re looking for comprehensive facial rejuvenation, your rhytidectomy surgery can be combined with other surgical procedures that rewind the hands of time in other areas. Popular options are a brow lift (also known as a forehead lift) and/or eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty). Chin and cheek implants can also give youthful lift and definition to the face.

Enhancing Your Facelift With Nonsurgical Treatments

A variety of procedures can enhance the outcome of your facelift, and not all of them involve more surgery. One very popular choice for our Michigan facelift patients is wrinkle reduction and facial contouring with injectables. We offer several different types of dermal fillers and wrinkle-relaxing neuromodulators, as well as the fat-dissolving injectable Kybella.

Other treatments that pair well with facelift surgery address the tone and texture of your skin. Laser and light treatments, HydraFacial and microneedling can further improve fine lines and wrinkles while also addressing issues like pigmentation, sun damage, acne and acne scars, irregular texture, skin laxity and a dull complexion. Many also help strengthen and replenish your skin’s collagen supply.

A Refreshed Face Awaits You at West Michigan Plastic Surgery

As year after year passes, you may start to feel like your outward appearance no longer reflects your vibrant, youthful spirit. Fine lines and folds, loose skin and drooping jowls can make you look run down, tired, stressed and even angry. With facelift surgery, you can keep the wisdom of age but say “So long!” to the wrinkles. Dr. Scott Holley is a board-certified plastic surgeon with years of experience performing facelift surgeries to erase signs of aging and accentuate patients’ features while retaining a natural look. Call West Michigan Plastic Surgery today at 269-222-1611 to schedule a consultation and learn more about facial rejuvenation surgery in Kalamazoo.

Everything You Need To Know About Breast Reconstruction

According to the American Cancer Society, there are more than 3.5 million breast cancer survivors in the United States. Treatments for breast cancer are improving all the time, and with those advances come a growing number of options for women who have mastectomy surgery as part of their breast cancer treatment.

Some breast cancer survivors find that losing one or both breasts to cancer leaves them feeling incomplete, both physically and emotionally. This loss can be a constant reminder of a painful time in their life that makes it difficult to move forward. If you have had a mastectomy,
breast reconstruction surgery can restore the shape and look of your breasts and help you feel like your whole, healthy self again. Learn more about your options for breast reconstruction in Kalamazoo below and contact West Michigan Plastic Surgery to schedule a consultation with Dr. Scott Holley.

Breast Reconstruction Is Your Choice

Breast reconstruction is not right for every woman. Some women are not candidates for the procedure. Other women choose not to have breast reconstruction for personal reasons. Those who do not undergo reconstructive surgery may use a breast form or prosthesis under their clothing, or may decide to “go flat” as a symbol of winning their battle with breast cancer. Every woman must decide for herself whether reconstructing her breasts is the right choice for her body and her life.

Timing Is Everything

Your breast reconstruction can take place at the same time as your mastectomy (immediate reconstruction) or at a later date (delayed reconstruction). Both options have advantages and disadvantages. Undergoing immediate reconstruction can mean avoiding a subsequent surgery and recovery period, as well as avoiding the emotionally challenging experience of seeing yourself with no breast. Delayed reconstruction gives you the chance to focus on your cancer treatment and more time to consider your reconstructive options before making a decision. The ideal timing for you will depend on your health, surgical risk factors and any breast cancer treatments you will need after your surgery.

There Are Many Types of Breast Reconstruction

Surgeons use two primary techniques for reconstructing the breasts. Implant reconstruction involves the use of a silicone or saline-filled implant to restore the shape and volume of the breast. If the mastectomy has not left enough tissue to cover the implant, implant reconstruction may require the use of a tissue expander first before an implant can be inserted. An autologous or flap reconstruction uses the patient’s own tissue to rebuild the breast mound by transplanting a section of tissue from a donor site to the chest. There are various autologous techniques that take tissue from different areas of the body, including the upper back, abdomen or buttocks. Each option for breast reconstruction has pros and cons that should be thoroughly discussed with your medical team before making a decision.

Recovery Is a Critical Part of Reconstruction

Depending on the extent of your reconstructive surgery, you will need to remain in the hospital for two to five days after your procedure. You will feel sore and tired for a week or two after surgery, and may temporarily require surgical drains to remove excess fluid during the initial phase of the healing process. You will need to avoid overhead lifting, strenuous sports and sexual activity for three to six weeks following breast reconstruction. It can take up to six weeks to recover from a combined mastectomy and reconstruction or from a flap reconstruction alone. If implant reconstruction is done separately from the mastectomy, recovery time may be shorter.

Breast Reconstruction Is Often a Multi-Step Process

As you think about your options for breast reconstruction, it’s important to consider that most techniques involve a series of procedures that occur over time. Implant reconstruction requires two separate procedures if a tissue expander is used. Both implant and autologous reconstruction may require multiple surgeries to refine the result. Nipple reconstruction is a follow-up procedure that takes place after healing from the initial reconstructive operation is complete. For patients who had a single mastectomy, many surgeons recommend an additional operation called a “matched procedure” to enlarge, reduce or lift the natural breast to match the reconstructed breast.

Set Appropriate Expectations

Breast reconstruction can help you regain your sense of femininity, your confidence, your self-image, your peace of mind and your quality of life. It is an immensely rewarding procedure for many women, but it is important to understand its limitations. You will have visible scars after breast reconstruction. They will fade over time, but they will never go away entirely. A reconstructed breast may never match a natural breast perfectly. It may not look and feel as much like natural breast tissue as you want it to, and you may lose some or all sensation in the reconstructed breast. It can take time to see your reconstructed breast is part of your body. Speaking to your surgeon, a mental health professional and other women who have had reconstructive surgery can help you plan for life after the procedure.

Most Insurance Plans Pay For Breast Reconstruction

Federal law requires most group and individual health plans to cover the cost of breast reconstruction if they cover the cost of mastectomy. The Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act (WHCRA) of 1998 states that these plans should offer coverage for:
  • Reconstruction of the breast on which mastectomy was performed
  • Surgery on the opposite breast if it is needed to produce a symmetrical appearance
  • Breast prostheses
  • Treatment of any complications if they arise
WHCRA applies to most, but not all, health plans. Communicate with your insurance carrier to confirm that reconstructive surgery is covered under your plan and obtain preauthorization.

Most People Are Candidates for Breast Reconstruction

Almost all mastectomy patients can undergo breast reconstruction. However, every woman is not a candidate for every type of reconstruction. Your surgeon will explain which reconstructive techniques are most appropriate after evaluating your age, health, anatomy and goals. Your surgeon will also help you decide whether immediate reconstruction or delayed reconstruction is a better option for your circumstances. Your consultation is the ideal time to ask questions and voice any concerns you have, so you can make informed decisions about your post-mastectomy care.

Schedule Your Breast Reconstruction Consultation Today

When it comes to making the deeply personal decision to have reconstructive surgery after breast cancer, nothing is more important than understanding the options available to you. Dr. Scott Holley and his team at West Michigan Plastic Surgery are honored to be part of your journey as a breast cancer survivor and are here to support you through every step of your decision-making process. Please schedule a consultation to meet with Dr. Holley at one of his practices in Portage or Battle Creek.

How To Choose The Best Breast Implants For You

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The decision to have
breast augmentation is the first of many choices that you will need to be made before you have your procedure, and this is a complex decision, regardless of your age. Breast implants come in a variety of shapes, sizes and materials and may be placed in the body using different surgical techniques. There is no one right choice for every patient; the ideal option for you will factor in your body type, lifestyle and desired outcomes. You will probably recognize the “best option” simply because it feels right.

When performed by a qualified plastic surgeon, breast augmentation is a highly personalized and satisfying procedure. Dr. Scott D. Holley of West Michigan Plastic Surgery carefully evaluates each patient who visits him for breast augmentation in order to recommend the best breast implants for their needs and goals; this is the first step to achieving lasting and high-quality results. While you will discuss all options in detail during your consultation, as well as the pros and cons of each, you can have a more productive conversation with your surgeon if you are well informed about your options beforehand. There are several aspects of the surgery you will want to spend time considering to get the most value from your office visit.

The first big question — silicone or saline?

Breast implants fall into one of two main categories — silicone or saline. Implants filled with silicone gel tend to feel more like real breast tissue than their saline counterparts and are less prone to rippling after surgery, which is cosmetic, not a functional, concern. They are a popular choice for women of any age, hoping to achieve results that look and feel very natural. Because they come pre-filled, silicone implants typically require a slightly longer incision. If a silicone implant leaks, the implant will not collapse, unlike saline implants. This can make it more challenging to detect a rupture without routine doctor check-ups.

Saline implants are filled with sterile saltwater that provides the device with uniform shape, firmness and feel. Saline implants may be the better choice if you desire a more obviously enhanced look with a high degree of upper pole fullness and projection. While saline implants are considered safer in the event of a rupture and can require a smaller incision during placement, they are more likely to wrinkle and can feel less natural than silicone implants. Both breast implant types are manufactured with a silicone outer shell.

Your next decision — round or teardrop?

Breast implants can be round or shaped like a teardrop. Round implants are circular and symmetrical, giving the breast an even level of fullness all the way around. This can achieve more outward projection and more volume at the top of the breasts, which may be desirable if you are going for a fuller look or want to correct sagging. There is no concern about a round implant rotating out of place because it is the same shape all the way around. This is the most common implant shape, in part for this reason.

Teardrop, or anatomical, breast implants are shaped with a sloping contour, with more volume in the lower half. The shape is designed to more closely resemble the shape of a natural breast, which can make teardrop implants the preferred option for women who are concerned with having a very natural-looking result after surgery. Teardrop implants are available only with silicone and a textured outer shell, and because their shape is not uniform, shifting inside the implant pocket can affect your look and will require a correctional procedure. However, both round implants and teardrop implants can look very natural with a surgery performed by a skilled, board-certified plastic surgeon, like Dr. Scott Holley.

Which shell texture is right for you, smooth or textured?

The outer surface of your breast implants may be either smooth or textured. Smooth implants are softer than textured implants, creating a more natural look and feel, but they may be more likely to shift position over time. Textured breast implants have a slightly coarse outer shell that sticks to the body’s tissue and helps the implant maintain proper placement within the breast pocket. Textured implants may look, feel and move less naturally than smooth implants. All teardrop implants are textured by design to reduce the risk of displacement. Some surgeons believe smooth implants pose fewer risks to patients based on patient reports of problems with textured devices; however, more research must be done before a conclusive finding can be reached.

What implant size will best fit your personality and lifestyle?

When you think about the size you want your breasts to be after surgery, you probably imagine a specific bra size. Although it seems like a logical way to measure, it’s not the best way to choose the size of your breast implants. Bra size differs between manufacturers, so it isn’t a consistent and accurate way to measure breast size. In addition, implants are measured in volume (cubic centimeters or CCs), which does not have a direct correlation to cup size. The best way to determine your desired implant size is to try on a range of breast implant sizers in your surgeon’s office or at home. Another way to preview your results is through the VECTRA 3D Imaging System, offered by West Michigan Plastic Surgery. This revolutionary technology can generate three-dimensional renderings, based on photos of your body, that can show you what you will look like with different implant sizes. You’ll also want to consider your body frame, current breast volume, wardrobe, personality and lifestyle as you select the implants that are right for you.

Lastly, which device profile best represents you?

The profile of your implants influences how full your breasts will look. Implants with a low or moderate profile are flatter and typically look more natural, while implants with a high or ultra high profile give the breasts a dramatic, pushed up look. The ideal profile differs from patient to patient, and yours will be determined based on two considerations: your existing body proportions and the breast appearance you wish to achieve.

Women Seeking Their Ideal Breast Augmentation Results Trust Dr. Scott Holley of West Michigan Plastic Surgery

Dr. Scott Holley has helped women of all ages find the implants that best meet their cosmetic goals and has performed their surgeries safely. Since 1997, Dr. Holley and his practice, West Michigan Plastic Surgery, have served the needs of women in the Portage and Kalamazoo areas, putting the sum of their expertise, training and judgment to work to achieve the quality, lasting results his patients deserve.

Call to schedule your in-person consultation with Dr. Holley today. You can reach the practice at 269-222-1611. Dr. Holley and his entire staff look forward to helping you achieve lasting wellbeing through breast surgery.

Our Favorite Treatments Brighter Skin this Spring

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Despite all of the #WinterIsComing posts we’re all seeing online, spring is finally here. So, as you prepare to face the outside world again, and maybe even take a nice vacation somewhere, we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite treatments to help not only rejuvenate tired, winter-dulled skin, but to keep skin glowing for years to come.

Remember, not all skin is treated equally! For personalized recommendations based on your unique skin type and goals, schedule a private consultation with Dr. Scott Holley at West Michigan Plastic Surgery. Give us a call at 269-222-1611 to discuss any of these following treatments, or another that you’ve been curious about.

Protect Your Skin From the Sun with Professional-Grade Products by Obagi®

Everyone needs a good sunscreen to keep the sun’s harmful UV rays at bay and maintain smooth, youthful skin. Unfortunately, the products available at your local department store are not always the best options – often formulated with skin-irritating or ineffective ingredients, or too little of what your skin truly needs for protection.

At West Michigan Plastic Surgery, we offer only the best sun-care products. Obagi’s Sun Shield line is proven to provide patients of all skin types with daily sun protection to help prevent early signs of aging. Obagi Sun Shield products come in strengths from SPF 30 and up, and have been recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation for both active purposes and daily use.

Whether you’re hitting the lake, heading out of town for vacation, or even just walking about town, make sure to lather on a good sunscreen like Obagi to keep your skin healthy and wrinkle-free.

Find out about current specials on Obagi products at West Michigan Plastic Surgery.

Completely Rejuvenate Your Skin with Halo® and BBL™ Non-Surgical Treatments

There comes a point when our skin begins to show the cumulative effects of past years. All the dry winters and long sunny days begin showing their marks on the skin in the form of sunspots, poor texture, fine lines and wrinkles, and skin laxity or looseness. With non-surgical treatments like Halo and BBL (BroadBand Light), we can effectively fade these signs of aging for younger-looking skin without having to make any incisions.

Halo is a dual hybrid fractional laser used to restore the skin’s naturally youthful glow. Dr. Holley’s team can personalize the strength of your Halo treatment based on your skin condition and specific goals. Whether you’re wanting a lighter treatment to brighten up for a weekend getaway, or a deep-rejuvenation to show off your best skin at an upcoming wedding, Halo’s dual-wavelength technology helps to provide optimal results with less downtime.

BBL (or BroadBand Light™) is a light-based treatment that achieves numerous benefits for the skin. Dr. Holley recommends BBL treatments for those looking to address common skin concerns, such as age spots, freckles, redness or visible veins, and sun damage. BBL treatments can also be used to reduce unwanted hair and even tighten loose areas of skin to get you ready for your next spring vacation.

Schedule Your Next Spring Treatment Today

Feel radiant and confident this spring with these exciting non-surgical treatments at West Michigan Plastic Surgery. Call 269-222-1611 to schedule your private consultation with Dr. Scott Holley. We serve patients in Portage, Battle Creek, and nearby areas of Michigan.

Start Thinking About Your Summer Body

Woman's flat, toned torso, wrapped in a flowing white sheetIt’s almost spring, and while the weather is still pretty chilly, it’s slowly starting to warm up. You still have some time before swimsuit season, so if you’ve been struggling to lose those last few inches, let us help. Dr. Scott Holley offers both surgical and non-surgical body contouring options to help you sculpt your summer body.

If you’re interested in learning more about body contouring and whether you’re a candidate, call Dr. Holley today at 269-222-1611 to schedule your initial consultation.

Surgical Body Contouring Options

When it comes to body contouring surgery, there are two main options: liposuction and tummy tuck. Liposuction is a great procedure for men and women who have good skin and muscle tone, and just want to lose a few areas of stubborn fat that have resisted diet and exercise.

Tummy tuck, on the other hand, is a much more comprehensive procedure that can treat:

  • Significant excess fat in the stomach area
  • Sagging abdominal skin, such as after pregnancy or massive weight loss
  • Loose abdominal muscles from pregnancy or inactivity

Both liposuction and tummy tuck can achieve dramatic results in the right candidate. The best way to learn which procedure is right for you is to visit Dr. Holley for an in-person consultation.

Non-Surgical Body Contouring

Dr. Holley offers CoolSculpting as a non-surgical alternative to liposuction. CoolSculpting uses a process called cryolipolisis to freeze your fat cells away. It is FDA approved, and has been proven effective in clinical trials. CoolSculpting is the most popular non-surgical body contouring option.

CoolSculpting has the advantage of requiring no recovery time at all. If you wanted to have the procedure done over your lunch break, you could return to work directly afterwards. Other advantages of CoolSculpting include:

  • No anesthesia required
  • No incisions
  • No need for any painkillers
  • Can be more affordable, depending on how many treatments you need

If you have minor areas of excess fat on the stomach, back, thighs, flanks, or upper arms, you may be a good candidate for CoolSculpting. However, keep in mind that CoolSculpting often requires multiple sessions for maximum fat loss, and results are typically not as dramatic as with liposuction.

Dr. Holley can help you decide whether CoolSculpting or liposuction is a better option for you. Generally, if you have larger areas of fat that you want to reduce, liposuction will be better. Liposuction can treat multiple areas at once, and only requires a one-time procedure for dramatic results.

CoolSculpting, meanwhile, can require 3 to 6 sessions per area for best results. Many people find that it’s worth it, whether because they can’t take time off of work for recovery or simply because they don’t want to undergo a surgical procedure.

Schedule Your Body Contouring Consultation Today

If you’re ready to get a head start on your summer body, don’t hesitate to schedule your consultation with Dr. Scott Holley at West Michigan Plastic Surgery by calling 269-222-1611. We serve patients in Portage, Battle Creek, and nearby areas of Michigan.

Liposuction vs CoolSculpting: Which Is Right for Me?

Liposuction and CoolSculpting are both safe and effective ways to lose a few Slim woman wrapping measuring tape around torso after liposuctioninches of fat in stubborn areas that don’t respond to diet or exercise. Liposuction is a minimally invasive surgical procedure, while CoolSculpting is non-surgical.  In order to determine which procedure is right for you, you will need to take into consideration a number of factors, including your goals, tolerance for recovery,  budget, and personal preference.

The best way to find out which procedure would be right for you is to visit Dr. Scott Holley at West Michigan Plastic Surgery.  Call 269-222-1611 today to schedule your initial consultation.

Pros and Cons of Liposuction and CoolSculpting

Liposuction has many benefits, including that it can reduce a greater amount of fat in one session than CoolSculpting can. If you are looking for dramatic results that show up more quickly, liposuction is probably what you want. Liposuction is also better for people with larger amounts of fat to get rid of.

The drawback to liposuction is that since it is a surgical procedure, you will need to spend some time recovering. Many patients are able to get back to work after just a long weekend, but it can take up to 3 months for all of the swelling to resolve.

CoolSculpting, on the other hand, is a non-surgical procedure with zero downtime. You can have a CoolSculpting treatment done over your lunch break and go immediately back to work and your normal activities. However, CoolSculpting often requires 4 or more sessions to see full results, and it is not as effective for getting rid of larger areas of stubborn fat.

Liposuction and CoolSculpting Candidates

You may be a good candidate for liposuction if:

  • You have multiple areas of stubborn fat that you want to get rid of all at once
  • You are looking for dramatic results
  • You are okay with taking a few days off of work as needed
  • You have realistic expectations

You may be a good candidate for CoolSculpting if:

  • You have smaller areas of stubborn fat that you want to lose
  • You understand that it may take more than one session to achieve ideal results
  • You do not want to undergo surgery
  • You are okay with results that appear slowly over time
  • You have realistic expectations

People often think that CoolSculpting is less expensive than liposuction, and this is true initially. However, depending on how many areas you need done and how many sessions you need to meet your goals, CoolSculpting could end up costing just as much as liposuction.

It’s better to choose your procedure based on which one makes more sense for you, rather than trying to choose the less expensive option. If you are unsure about paying the full cost of liposuction or CoolSculpting upfront, we offer financing plans to help you fit body sculpting into your budget.

Schedule Your Body Contouring Consultation Today

If you are interested in liposuction, CoolSculpting, or another body contouring procedure, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Scott Holley today at 269-222-1611 to schedule your consultation. We serve patients in Portage and Battle Creek, MI.

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