You have been working out at the gym like a dog, yet those saddle bags or love handles just will not go away. What do you do? Who can you trust to help you mold the physique you long and strive for every day?
At Mints Medical, that is what we aim to do. For the past 20 years, our leading experts in the field have helped women looking to contour their body based on their desires. Furthermore, in the past few years we have also been able to supplement this work with ground-breaking stem cell procedures to drastically enhance the result.
Below, you can find out more about how this minimally invasive treatment helps patients sculpt the body they want in a safe and efficient manner.
The first step is to find a licensed, reputable doctor to perform the surgery. For example, Dr. Iftikhar Ahmad is certified by the American Board of Radiology and the American Board of Interventional Radiology.
Next, you need to sit down for a full preoperative evaluation with your doctor. Understandably, you need to ensure that you can safely have the procedure. If you are interested in a free evaluation, please contact our office at 844-646-8763 to set up your free appointment today.
During this evaluation we not only discuss how the procedure works, but also plan for post-op as well. Liposuction requires patients to be generally healthy and able to create long-term lifestyle changes, from eating healthy to continuing to work out on a regular basis. Additionally, we make sure that the client has realistic expectations. The number one reason people are interested in liposuction is to lose weight in specific places.
Safety protocols dictate that a safe amount of weight loss is 5 liters per procedure. This is about 11-12 pounds of pure fat. However, liposuction is not a pure weight-loss procedure like lap band surgery. Instead, it helps to re-proportion your body.
While you can lose some weight, do not expect to go from a size 14 to a size 2 after the procedure. Once we do the pre-evaluation we then look at the different procedures available for your needs.
Some of the most common cutting-edge procedures include:
Tumescent liposuction – Using a local anesthetic, the targeted area is numbed. A tub is then inserted to first numb the area and then suck out the fatty tissues. In some cases, a general anesthetic is used as well.
Ultrasound-assisted liposuction – By using ultrasound to find and liquefy the fat, it becomes easier to remove. This technique is becoming more popular for many core areas of the stomach, sides, and back.
Laser-assisted liposuction – Another technique that liquefies the fat before being removed through a tube.
One common reason to use liposuction is to remove certain localized medical conditions. For example, you can use liposuction to remove benign fatty tumors or abnormal enlargement of male breasts. It is also useful for regulating the metabolism of fat in the body.
Another major benefit of liposuction is its ability to reduce heart attacks. According to research, triglycerides in the body decreased by 43% after the surgery. While there was no change in the cholesterol levels, there was a significant reduction in white blood cells. These are the cells responsible for heart attacks, obesity, strokes and high blood pressure.
Sometimes diet and exercise are just not enough to remove the fat from specific areas of our body. If you notice that your love handles or saddlebags do not go away, then liposuction is a great option for you. That is because liposuction helps to remove the areas that we have the most trouble reducing through normal exercise and diet.
The final common reason to use liposuction is to reduce fat and cellulite in your body. While some of this is good for the medical conditions we mentioned above, it is also healthier altogether when you have less fat in your body. For example, heavier people are often known to have additional knee injuries. That is because of the excess weight that they need to carry around with them wherever they go. By removing this excess fat, stress is removed from the body.
Liposuction is not a cure-all, but definitely is a valuable procedure for anyone interested in shedding some unwanted and unhealthy weight from your body. The procedure can sculpt the body you always wanted and protect yourself medically against heart disease and other illnesses. If you are interested in learning more about how to use liposuction, contact our office at 844-646-8763 for a complimentary session!
Have you ever been called ma’am by someone in their twenties? It is quite unsettling. It is also another painful reminder that you are getting up there in years.
Therefore, it is no surprise that women are increasingly researching how facelifts from Mints Medical can benefit them. That is because at Mints Medical, we help you recapture your youth.
Do you still have questions about how facelifts can help you?
Then read below to discover the five biggest benefits of getting a facelift.
The biggest benefit of a facelift is recapturing your youthful look. How do facelifts do this? To understand that, let’s go through the procedure for a second. A facelift is a cosmetic procedure that reduces the signs of aging on your face and neck. The procedure stretches your skin tissue and muscles to give your face a tighter, smoother look. Depending upon the procedure, some fat and skin could also be removed. Afterwards, the wrinkles and sagging face are gone. These are the primary reasons why faces look older as we age. By removing your lines and wrinkles, you regain your youthful look.
The wind and sun create lines over time that are the basis for wrinkles. While the sun provides us with a lot of vitamins and nutrients, it also has the potential to damage us. The more time we spend outside enjoying the weather, the more wrinkles and lines usually form on your face. Facelifts remove the effects of a lifetime of being outside in the wind and sun.
Let’s get technical for a moment. Every human being has a superficial musculo-aponeurotic system (SMAS) that regulates the elasticity of our face. Over time, our SMAS weakens. It is the reason for many of the sagging and other aging problems that happen on our face and neck. A facelift corrects the loose facial muscles and prematurely aging skin that a weak SMAS does not properly regulate anymore. In plain English, your face muscles and nerves do not have the strength to stop the sagging and wrinkles. However, Mints Medical facelift does.
While you are more than your looks, it never hurts to look as good on the outside as you do on the inside. The feeling you get from looking good cannot be underestimated. Statistically, 10-15% of women suffer from post-partum depression, and at least 12% of all women become depressed during their lifetime. Conversely, a facelift, improves women self-confidence. It also reduces a lot of unnecessary stress many women face as they age.
I know this is not the typical argument for a face lift, but the truth is that all those lotions and potions cost money. A quality facelift should last at least 10 years. By not having to ply yourself with as much makeup and junk, you save money over the long haul. Statistically, the average woman spends $215 per year on makeup. However, a 2-ounce skin care product can regularly cost $200 or more. At the end of the day, the cost of getting a facelift is less than all the money you spend on less effective skin care products.
You deserve the opportunity to look your best. Therefore, if you want to look years younger than you are, contact us toll free at 844-MINTS-MD to schedule a free appointment.
In the world of beauty, nothing stands still. Medicine continue to push forward with new advancements, while our physical beauty fades as time and gravity take their toll. New procedures are constantly being developed to help us regain some of that lost time, and some older ones are regaining popularity as technological improvements give them new life.
MINTS Medical is on the forefront of aesthetic surgery in Chicago, marrying time-tested techniques with new technology to offer our patients the best possible results. Many of our patients come to us with complaints regarding deep wrinkles, marionette lines, sagging jowls and loose skin. We offer a wide variety of techniques to help our patients address these problem areas and feel better about their appearance.Are FaceliftsRight For You?
For patients looking for a drastic improvement in their facial aging, facelifts are the classic choice. The full facelift, with a century of research and advancements behind it, has become a gold standard in time-fighting techniques.As we cross the line into our late 30’s, many people begin to see signs of aging appear. Our skin loses elasticity and volume, and “jowls” begin to develop as the skin sags on the face and neck. Many people begin to feel dissatisfied with their appearance. It might be time to consider a facelift procedure if you feel any of the following relates to you:
Getting a facelift procedure done can bring ten years back to your face, giving you confidence again and a chance to align your outer appearance with the energetic youthful energy you feel on the inside.
Traditional facelifts have been performed since the early 1900’s, but modern facelifts, featuring deep facial tissue sculpting and a focus on minimal scarring began in the 1990’s. This period also saw innovations in facelift procedures and a new selection of less invasive options, such as the mini facelift and the threadlift. Providing those searching for a way to regain some of their youthful appearance with a larger selection of options, a greater range of treatment prices, recovery periods, and intensive effects.
MINTS Medical offers a range of surgical techniques to address ageing, with a focus on minimally invasive aesthetic procedures. We offer only the procedures which give the best results with the least amount of recovery time. Before going under the knife for a full facelift procedure, we suggest looking at a few other facelift techniques that have been changing the landscape:
The modern facelift procedure is a fairly involved surgical process. Techniques vary, since there are quite a few factors that determine the exact technique, depending on the patient’s anatomy, goals and whether or not they are combining this procedure with another during the facelift surgery.
During the procedure, the physician makes an incision and separates the skin from the underlying connective tissue and muscles. Deeper facial tissues are then repositioned, and the skin is lifted and laid back onto the improved facial surface, eliminating jowls, sagging, and deep lines and wrinkles. Full facelifts are generally performed under general anesthesia, and involve an extensive recovery period in which bruising and swelling will occur. Scarring can also occur around the incision points. The effects of a full surgical facelift can last quite a few years, with improvements lasting between 5-10 years. Traditional facelift costs vary, but usually hover around $10,00 for the procedure.
Ideal for patients who have less dramatic reconstruction the mini facelift is less invasive, requiring shorter incisions and less anesthesia during the procedure. During the mini facelift surgery, the physician uses shorter incisions hidden along the hairline and around the ear to access deeper tissues and tighten the skin. This results can be tailored depending on the exact needs of the patient, but often include reduction of sagging skin around the neck and jowls.
For the people in their 40s and 50s, seeking to get rid of deepening marionette lines or lift a sagging neck, a full surgical facelift might be overkill. Thread lifts provide a less-invasive, faster alternative. One that doesn’t require sedation, and leaves patients with minimal bruising and little to no recovery time.
Thread lifts work through the use of specially designed barbed threads, often made of absorbable materials, which are designed to stimulate collagen production as they are slowly absorbed into the skin. In a thread lift procedure, the physician places multiple threads under the skin using needles. No surgical incisions are made. Between 1-20 threads, designed to catch the deep tissues and lift skin into place, are deployed. Since this facelift technique requires only local anesthesia, many patients are able to get treatment and go right back to their daily activities in an hour or two. Dubbed the “lunchtime lift”, this minimally invasive facelift technique is a favorite among our patients. It reveals striking results immediately, while providing long lasting effects through the stimulation of collagen at insertion sites and along the barbed thread. Results can continue to improve for three to five months after the thread lift procedure, and permanent results can last for up to five to 10 years years. Because the price of thread lifts is quite a bit less expensive than the standard facelift, we are seeing a lot of patients asking for this procedure in lieu of going under the knife.
We, at MINTS Medical, love helping our Chicago patients regain their confidence through facelifts and other techniques. If you seem to have lost yourself, we’d love to help you get it back. Please contact our staff to see how through a free consultation!