IMPORTANT CHANGES TO LIPOSUCTION DURING CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC
Updated May 26, 2020 During the COVID-19 pandemic, elective surgical procedures had been suspended to avoid taking up hospital and surgical resources. The State of New Jersey is now allowing elective procedures to be performed with caution. At Omni Aesthetics, we have always performed minimally invasive liposuction using tumescent anesthesia. Our technique of small volume, out patient liposuction does not require general anesthesia, respirators or hospitalization. Our protocol is much safer than traditional liposuction had been quickly becoming the preferred way to perform liposuction.
Great results happen when you combine artistry with technology. Liposuction is not what it used to be. It's better. Much better! In the not too distant past, if you wanted to remove fat from your body, it meant major surgery. You would have to go under general anesthesia and then endure weeks, maybe even months, of down time. The old liposuction was more about debulking rather than shaping. With new advances in technique and technology, we can now perform liposuction under local anesthesia and you can walk out of the procedure and go back to your normal activities as soon as the next day. With these techniques, the results can be significantly superior to the results with the old school liposuction.
Why We Get Better Results:
Tumescent anesthesia. One of the biggest advances in liposuction is the use of a technique called tumescent anesthesia. Instead of putting the patient under general anesthesia, we take IV fluid and add a numbing agent called lidocaine and a medication called epinephrine to constrict the blood vessels with some sodium bicarbonate to buffer the pH of the solution. This solution is gently infused into the area to be treated. The solution diffuses into the fatty tissue and completely numbs the treatment area. This allows the doctor to work on getting your fat out and sculpting your body with no pain. Most patients choose to be wide awake and are having conversations with the doctor and the OR staff throughout the procedure. Being awake means we can stand you up to see how the treatment is coming along and make adjustments on the spot if we need too. Being awake means no risk of blood clots from lying in the same position and it means you don't have to worry about not eating anything before or after the procedure. You can have a light breakfast or lunch before you come.
Power assisted liposuction. One of the technologies we use at Omni Aesthetics is a tool called "Vaser Lipo." This device uses ultrasonic energy break up the fat inside your body so that the fat can be removed with smaller instruments. The vibrating motion of the Vaser Lipo allows us to shape and contour the fat as we are removing it. Because you are numbed, it does not hurt.
Skin tightening. One of the challenges of liposuction is that when we remove the fat, the skin deflates like a ballon and you could be left with saggy skin. We can address this problem with the help of modern technology. Laser assisted skin tightening can be performed before or after removal of the fat. The most common method for skin tightening is a laser called the SmartLipo®. The SmartLipo laser fiber is inserted into the same entry site and laser energy is applied to cause tightening of the skin and to further melt the remaining fat. In 2016 a new technology was introduced that tightens the skin even better than the SmartLipo. This is a device called Renuvion® a.k.a. J-Plasma®. Renuvion uses ionized helium gas to create an energy called "Plasma" the Plasma energy can be delivered into the liposuctioned area and stimulate the collagen and elastic tissue to tighten as we are performing the procedure. The tightening continues for months after the treatment so that you are not left with hanging skin, even after significant amounts of fat is removed.
Safety. General anesthesia is the riskiest part of most cosmetic procedures. By performing the treatment under local anesthesia, we eliminate the risk of general anesthesia. Because we don't need to put you under, you will not have the added cost of an anesthesiologist and hospital facility fees. The procedure is done in our outpatient facility so you also avoid the risk of hospital acquired infections. The entry sites are very small and in most cases, we do not even need to put in any stitches.
Fast recovery. All of our patient walk out of the office and spend the rest of the day resting. Most of our patients are back to performing all their normal activities by the second day. The bruising is minimal because the epinephrin and the laser closes down the blood vessels that typically cause bleeding during a traditional liposuction procedure.
Sculpting. Shaping a body requires artistic skills as well as medical knowledge. We take pride in spending the time and using the most sophisticated equipment to give you the best possible results. High definition liposuction is a special technique we use to define the underlying muscle contours that are revealed after your liposuction.
Fat Transfers and Stem Cells. Removing fat is only one small component of the art of body sculpting. The harvested fat can be used to augment and sculpt other areas to the body like the face, breast and buttocks. Most surgeons discard the precious stem cells that are removed along with the fat during liposuction. As one of the leaders in the field of regenerative medicine, Dr. Song is able to extract the Adipose Derived Stem Cells from the liposuctioned fat and utilize them to treat joint pains, grow hair and improve sexual function. This is something very few surgeons offer.
Only at Omni Aesthetics. At Omni Aesthetics, all liposuction procedures are performed by Dr. H. William Song. Dr. Song has the unique background of being a trained artist as well as a medical doctor. Dr. Song double majored in biology and studio art during his undergraduate studies at Bucknell University. He went on to earn his MD degree at Rutgers Medical School (formerly UMDNJ). He did his internship and residency training at St. Lukes/Roosevelt Hospital in Manhattan and practiced internal medicine for 15 years before starting his cosmetic medicine career in 2008. Dr. Song's practice is now exclusively dedicated to out patient aesthetic medicine and cosmetic surgery. Dr. Song has the unique insights of an artist and a doctor with a passion for innovation and technology. In addition to offering the most advanced technologies like SmartLipo® and Tickle Lipo®, Omni Aesthetics is the first practice in the state of New Jersey to bring in the J-plasma technology. As a leader in the field, Dr. Song regularly trains other physicians from around the country and even hosts visitors from overseas to learn his techniques. Dr Song is certified by the American Board of Laser Surgery and is a certified trainer for the American Cosmetic Cellular Medicine Association and the Advanced Aesthetics Education Group (AAEG).
Body Sculpting 360. With the availability of non-invasive fat removal treatments, spot reducing small areas of fat is a "no brainer". These treatments work and there is no down time. We offer a variety of different treatments for spot reduction including CoolSculpting®, SculpSure®, BodyFx®, ThermiSmooth®, Smooth Shapes® and Kybella®. These treatments are great, but if you want true body sculpting with the most dramatic results, nothing beats a 360 liposculpting treatment which includes sculpting the full abdomen, flanks and lower back fat. The fat is permanently removed with one treatment and the skin is tightened from the inside giving you the fasted and most reliable results. The 360 body sculpting is also the most economical option. Our complete 360 package price is $7800 This includes Tickle Lipo@ with your choice of SmartLipo® or Renuvion® Lipo® to the full abdomen, flanks and lower back.
Fat Transfers. We can take the fat from where you don't want it and transfer it to an area where you do want it! Fat transfer to the face is our specialty. Dr. Song is one of the world's leading experts on facial fat transfers. Surgeons from around the country and overseas attend Dr. Song's workshops to learn his technique. If you are having liposuction, you should definitely ask about our fat transfers. Other popular areas for fat transfer is to the breasts and buttocks. Please note that Dr. Song is very conservative with fat transfers to breasts and buttocks both for safety and aesthetic reasons. Male enhancement using fat transfer to the penis is a niche procedure that only a handful of surgeons can do well. Dr. Song collaborates with others physicians around the country to perform and teach this treatment that most people do not even know is available. Regenerative Procedures. The fat is a very valuable source of regenerative cells including stem cells and growth factors. These cells and proteins can be extracted from the fat and transferred to joints and soft tissue to treat musculoskeletal pain and to enhance sexual function and well being in both women and men. Dr. Song is a founding member of the American Academy of Stem Cell Physicians.
Come see us for a personal consultation. The best way to determine if you are a good candidate for our body sculpting treatment is to come in for a personalized consultation. Our consultations are not free. We do charge small consultation fee that can be applied towards your procedure. The fee is: $50 to meet with our registered nurse and $200 to meet with the doctor. We charge this small fee to discourage people from making appointments then not showing up and to avoid repeated rescheduling. We don't want people wasting our time and we won't waste your time either. When you come to us to find out about your options, are willing to spend the time to educate you about all the options that we offer. If, appropriate, we might even advise you not to have the treatment with us because you would be better off with a treatment we don't offer such as weight loss surgery or a tummy tuck. We never apply high pressure sales techniques to get you to book a procedure. In fact, we encourage you to visit other doctors and really do your homework before you decide to have your treatment with us. We want you to be absolutely confident with your decision to have your treatment at Omni Aesthetics with Dr. Song.
Liposuction fees: $4800 for 1 area $7800 for Lipo 360: Full abdomen, flanks and lower back $2000 add on for fat transfer to 1 area: Face, Buttocks, Breasts, Penis or Joints. Above prices are approximate prices and are not guaranteed. They are listed to give you an idea of the cost of treatment. Please schedule a personal consultation so that we can give you and exact price. Prices are subject to change. (more)