Frequently Asked Questions
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The entry sites made with our TriSculpt® Body Contouring technique are small and placed as inconspicuously as possible. Since there are no stitches, there are usually no visible scars. The original incision marks on most patients are difficult to identify in 12 months and usually fade away with time.
TriSculpt® Body Contouring may not be suited for individuals with:
* Uncontrolled Diabetes
* Liver problems
* Blood disorders
* Kidney problems
* Heart problems
* History of keloid scarring
* A BMI (Body Mass Index) over 40
* If you cannot ambulate
* Currently using Coumadin or Warfarin
* Organ transplant list
* Oxygen use while awake
Unlike traditional liposuction, TriSculpt® Body Contouring can treat almost any part of the body. The most popular area for men and women is the abdomen and “love handles”. Our technique allows Sono Bello physicians to treat chins, arms and breasts with far faster recovery and less bruising. TriSculpt® has been designed to treat localized pockets of fat in the following areas:
2. Chin (double or hanging chin)
3. Inner and outer thighs
6. Upper arms
7. Face (not around eyes)
8. Male breasts (gynecomastia)
TriSculpt® Body Contouring can remove up to 70% of the fat in a treated area. The percentage of fat removed depends on the amount of fat present, the fibrosity of the patient’s fat (some patients have harder fat than others) and the aesthetic goal to be achieved. A good way to estimate your final results with TriSculpt® is to pinch the area you want to have treated and feel how deeply the muscles are beneath the skin. Feeling the muscle is most easily done by contracting the muscle and rubbing your hands over the skin. The distance between the skin and the outside of the tensed muscle is the thickness of your fat layer. If you would be satisfied with a 50% reduction in the fat layer, you would be a good candidate and pleased with your TriSculpt® Body Contouring results.
The level of discomfort is different for every patient. As our TriSculpt® process removes fat, the smart lipo laser coagulates the loose ends of small blood vessels. Compression garments and natural healing does the rest of the work to contract the treated area and overlying skin. After the anesthesia has worn off, our patients tell us that it only feels like the aches and pains you have after a vigorous workout which can be relieved, if you wish, with over-the-counter pain medications. Many of our patients feel comfortable returning to work within a day or two but we do advise you to take it easy for a few days after the procedure.
No. We require that you have a responsible adult sign you out after your procedure and stay with you for 24 hours. This allows us to give you additional medication during your procedure to keep you comfortable and relaxed.
One of the wonderful benefits of Sono Bello’s TriSculpt® Body Contouring technique is that it leads to the formation of new collagen which promotes skin tightening. Immediately following the procedure the skin will be loose where the fat was removed, however, within 24 hours the skin’s natural retraction and the body’s normal healing mechanisms help the skin to tighten and return to nearly the same as it was prior to the procedure. Over the next 6 to 8 weeks, the skin continues to firm up over the new contour and is usually tighter and more toned than before the procedure. For patients above age 60 or patients who have lost significant weight, complete retraction of the skin is not possible. If you have any questions, your Sono Bello physician will give you realistic expectations about your outcome.
You will be awake because our techniques only require localized numbing of the treated areas, NOT general anesthesia. This translates into faster recovery and less downtime. If you are concerned that you will be nervous, just talk to your doctor. We can provide you with medicine to relax and calm you during surgery to make the experience as pleasant as possible.
Some men suffer from abnormally large breasts, a condition known as gynecomastia. Sono Bello’s TriSculpt® process is a great solution to this concern. It not only permanently removes the fat, but allows the physician to more accurately sculpt the treatment area.
No. It is a common but false myth that the fat removed by liposuction grows back in other places after the procedure. The number of fat cells your body has was finalized by the time you finished puberty. Once you become an adult, your body does not make any more fat cells.
The duration of bruising and swelling after your procedure varies between patients and depends on the areas treated. Some patients have almost no swelling or bruising while others may experience some for up to a few weeks.
If a person gains weight after TriSculpt® Body Contouring, it typically will be gained primarily in areas that were not treated. While it is possible to gain weight again in the treated areas (since we generally can only remove about 70% of the fat cells), after Sono Bello treats an area there simply won’t be as many fat cells left to expand there if a patient does gain weight later.
Sono Bello’s new TriSculpt® technique can improve the appearance of cellulite and help to promote skin tightening. However the degree to which each patient will see improvement varies. Some patients enjoy remarkable reduction in their cellulite while others see little change. Because the amount of cellulite improvement cannot be predicted, TriSculpt® is not considered a treatment for cellulite. If you are over 60 and have very little skin elasticity or have undergone a massive weight loss, your skin may have permanent wrinkling that looks somewhat like cellulite. If cellulite reduction is your goal, note that Sono Bello offers a new FDA-approved non-surgical procedure called VelaShape that offers consistently impressive results.
Yes, because Sono Bello’s techniques promote skin tightening. Many patients with poor skin elasticity enjoy excellent results with TriSculpt® and are very pleased with the amount of skin retraction. During your initial consultation, we will discuss your particular situation.
Sono Bello’s TriSculpt® technique causes far less tissue trauma and inflammation than traditional liposuction; bruising and swelling are reduced. Some patients have almost no swelling or bruising while others may experience some for up to a few weeks.
How quickly our patients return to work depends on many factors including which areas were treated, body mass index, age and their personal discomfort tolerance. Many patients should be able to return to normal desk-type work within a few days and although soreness and tenderness will limit the speed with which a patient can move about, patients should be reasonably comfortable while sitting at a desk or working at a computer. Remember though that everybody is unique and accordingly your experience may vary.
Every patient is different and everybody recovers at a different pace. Many patients have resumed their exercising routine within a few days after the procedure. We recommend that patients start out by doing about 25% of their usual amount of exercise. Then, keep increasing the level as it is comfortable. If you run or enjoy vigorous aerobics, feel free to wear the compression garment we give you for 3 to 4 weeks or until your skin fully retracts.
Final results vary from patient to patient; by age, area treated, amount of fat removed, and individual healing rates. Some patients see immediate results that continue to become even more impressive. Others experience minor swelling so that it takes a few months until the final results can be appreciated, even though substantial amounts of fat may have been removed. As a general rule, young patients tend to heal quicker and have less discomfort (although final results often take longer because young patients retain fluid longer than older patients). The timing for results also varies by area. Some, like the chin, show almost immediate improvement while other areas, like the abdomen, take longer for final results. There is no way to predict ahead of time your healing speed, fluid retention, or how quickly you will see the final results. On average however, most patients enjoy 80% of their ultimate results within three to four months following their procedure.
Yes! The TriSculpt® process immediately and permanently removes fat. Adults do not create new fat cells. When a person gains weight, fat cells expand. Should you gain weight in the future, fat will tend to accumulate in areas where the procedure was not performed (where there are more remaining fat cells).
TriSculpt® is an excellent technique for removal of fat from difficult areas of the body that don’t respond to diet and exercise. If you’re in good health, have an active lifestyle and areas of fat you’d like to have permanently removed, talk with us about what we can do for you at Sono Bello.
The best analogy our patients have given us is that TriSculpt® Body Contouring feels similar to a good, hard work out. You will feel good the day of the procedure, but will most likely wake up with a bit of soreness the next day. Many of our patients don’t feel they need any more than Ibuprofen or Tylenol and recovery is aided by light exercise, like walking. We also provide a compression garment to help to minimize discomfort and swelling. This should be worn for the first 4-5 days. Some patients choose to wear the compression garment during exercise or strenuous activities (when skin is likely to jiggle) for a few weeks after the procedure.
Following your procedure you will walk out and be able to perform mild activities. Our Laser Assisted Body Contouring technique is far less impacting than traditional liposuction, which usually requires weeks of recovery and a possible overnight stay when performed with heavy anesthesia. We encourage you to take it easy for a few days, but this is dependent on how your individual body heals. Many patients return to normal activities within a few days.
We have over 125 Board Certified Plastic and Facial Plastic Surgeons who have collectively done well over 150,000 procedures. All of our procedures are done in the comfort of our AAAHC accredited offices, without the need for general anesthesia or intravenous anesthesia. We customize each procedure for your unique facial aging concerns and goals. Each of our physicians is a seasoned expert who cares about your health and satisfaction, backed up by a company with a proven track record for helping patients meet their aesthetic goals.
We specialize in total body transformation. It’s all we do. Sono Bello physicians are highly-trained in micro laser technology and perform thousands of body contouring and facial rejuvenation procedures every year. Our team approach gives patients the highest degree of attention and care.
Yes, and they are free. Every person is unique and we cannot schedule a procedure without meeting with you first. We will explain all the benefits of our unique procedures, discuss your goals and expectations, answer questions, develop a customized treatment plan for you, and provide you with a specific cost estimate. If you would like to take advantage of any of the special financing options we have pre-arranged, this is a good time to ask about them. Our consultations are free because we believe that you need a risk and obligation free opportunity to carefully investigate your options.
We do not charge for consultations at Sono Bello because we believe it is so important to thoroughly discuss your options before considering any type of body contouring procedure. So if you have questions about body contouring and our unique techniques, if you want to talk about your hopes and expectations, if you want to find out what your customized procedure would cost, please call 1.800.995.1136 to schedule a complimentary 30-minute consultation.
Special Financing Options are available.
Yes. Sono Bello follows the operation guidelines provided by AAAHC, an independent, not-for-profit organization, that has closely examined our facilities, systems, policies and procedures. It means that we, as an organization, have demonstrated the highest level of care and safety in meeting or exceeding all state and federal guidelines. At Sono Bello, we believe strongly you deserve the highest quality of health care and accreditation is one more way that we at Sono Bello are putting our patients first because your safety and complete satisfaction are our top priorities.
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