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    Lymphedema Post Plastic Surgery Diagnosis & Treatment

    Lymphedema Post Plastic Surgery Diagnosis & Treatment

    Lymphedema Post Plastic Surgery

    Liposuction Surgery in Northern VA / Washington DC | Vienna | McLeanLymph nodes are vital for the drainage of lymph fluid from different parts of the body. When they stop functioning adequately, it results in the condition called lymphedema, in which there is swelling of the extremities (that is, the arms and/or legs).

    Lymphedema can be of two types: primary or congenital, and secondary which is caused by trauma, infection or most often, by cancer treatment. In a few rare instances, lymphedema may arise following plastic surgery in which the lymph vessels are affected.

    Modern Body Contouring & Laser Center, led by board certified plastic surgeons, provides lymphedema treatment to patients in Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Loudoun, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Chevy Chase, Richmond, Fredericksburg, and surrounding locations.

    Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) Massage Treatment Post Surgery

    The success of post-surgical advanced manual lymphatic drainage massage lies in its gentleness. Most experts believe that heat and deep massage are counterproductive in a post-surgical setting; thus, it is important that you NOT substitute deep tissue massage, Swedish massage, or other massage technique for this advanced treatment. Your specific treatment plan—including when to begin advanced MLD and how frequently you should receive treatments—will depend on the surgical procedure you had and your unique state of health.

    Post-surgical MLD is an advanced technique requiring specialized training, and should only be performed by a licensed massage therapist. If you have had—or if you are planning to have—a mastectomy or a cosmetic procedure such as a facelift or liposuction.

    Read more about post surgery massage for MLD.  

    What are the Surgical Options for Lymphedema?

    If non-surgical treatments do not yield the desired results, your doctor will discuss the surgical options available to treat your lymphedema. These include the following:

    Liposuction

    Lymphatic fluid that cannot drain into the bloodstream starts to spill into the surrounding tissues, causing inflammation and stimulating the growth of fat cells. Liposuction is an outpatient procedure in which the surgeon removes the extra fat resulting from lymphedema. It has a very short recovery time.

    Lymphaticovenous Anastomosis

    Also called lymphovenous bypass, this procedure uses microsurgery to bypass the damaged lymph nodes and re-routes the lymphatic vessels to directly drain into the veins. This is also done on an outpatient basis and you can resume your regular activities in a few days.

    Vascularized Lymph Node Transfer Surgery

    Here, the surgeon harvests a group of lymph nodes from a part of the body unaffected by lymphedema and transplants them into the affected area. This procedure requires hospitalization and you will require a few days to get back to your usual activities.

    Charles Procedure

    This involves skin grafts to repair the area affected by lymphedema. This is a more extensive procedure, and the repaired area will require great care after the surgery. Most patients take about a month’s time to resume their normal activities following this form of surgery.

    Preparing for Surgery

    Before lymphedema surgery, your surgeon will ask you to:

    • Stop smoking
    • Lose weight
    • Get a medical evaluation or a few lab tests
    • Adjust existing medication, or take new ones
    • Undergo special imaging tests such as ICG lymphography
    • Stop taking or avoid anti-inflammatory drugs, aspirin, and herbal supplements that may increase bleeding

    Lymphedema surgery typically involves a short stay in the hospital and is usually performed under general anesthesia. A few follow-up procedures may be conducted under local anesthesia with sedation on an outpatient basis.

    Results of Lymphedema Surgery

    Most patients find a significant decrease in the circumference or volume of the extremities over the course of several months after lymphedema surgery. They also observe an improvement in symptoms of heaviness and tightness following surgery. Depending on the type of surgery you have undergone, your doctor will advise the non-surgical therapy that you must undertake regularly to maintain the results achieved through the surgery.

    Plastic surgeons Dr. Burton M. Sundin and Dr. Reps B. Sundin at MBody receive patients from Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Loudoun, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Chevy Chase, Richmond, Fredericksburg, and nearby areas for lymphedema treatment.

    CONTACT MBODY CONTOURING AND LASER CENTER in NORTHERN VIRGINIA

    For more information on the surgical and non-surgical procedures and treatments by Board Certified Cosmetic Plastic Surgeons Dr. Reps Sundin and Dr. Burton Sundin please visit or click here to contact us.

    Serving Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Fairfax, Loudoun County, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Fredricksburg, Chevy Chase, Potomac, Maryland Richmond, VA and surrounding communities.

    Nipple And Areola Reduction Surgery 

    Nipple Reduction Surgery 

    Breasts that are well-shaped and symmetrical with proportionate areolas and nipples contribute to the physical attractiveness of a woman. Many women choose to enhance the appearance of their breast through nipple and areola reduction surgery or a breast lift or breast augmentation.  

    Many women notice that with age, their breasts begin to sag. This may also occur following breastfeeding. As a result of the sagging, the nipple position moves to a level below the inframammary fold or the fold under the breast. In such instances, the surgeon may advise a breast lift with areola reduction surgery. 

    Modern Body Contouring & Laser Center, led by board certified plastic surgeons Dr. Burton M. Sundin and Dr. Reps B. Sundin, provides nipple and areola reduction surgery to patients in Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Loudoun, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Chevy Chase, Richmond, Fredericksburg, and surrounding locations.   

    Who Should Choose Nipple and Areola Reduction? 

    In their younger years, most women find their nipples are well positioned and proportional to the size of their breasts. The areolae too are symmetrical and regular in shape. Changes set in with age and breastfeeding.  

    You may consider areola and nipple reduction cosmetic surgery if you have: 

    • Protruding, droopy, or long nipples 
    • Asymmetrical areolae or nipples 
    • Areolae disproportionate to the breasts 
    • Puffy or irregular shaped areolae 

    What You Should Know About Nipple and Areola Reduction Surgery? 

    Nipple and areola reduction plastic surgery are performed as single procedures or in combination with other breast enhancement surgery. Depending on the extent of the entire procedure, the surgeon will choose to do it under local or general anesthesia.  

    In areola reduction surgery, surgeons remove a ring of tissue from around the areola using measurements to ensure symmetry of both areolae. Following this, they close the cuts using sutures in a way that avoids visible scars. 

    What to Expect During Recovery?  

    Nipple and areola reduction surgery does not require hospitalization and you will be sent home the same day. It is prudent to have someone to help you during the first few days following the surgery.  

    Mild pain or discomfort is normal after the procedure, and your doctor will prescribe pain medication to deal with it. You may experience some bruising and swelling along with tingling or numbness in the operated area, but this generally subsides after a few weeks.  

    Your doctor may apply a special dressing to maintain the nipple in position. You may also have to wear a surgical bra for a few weeks post-surgery. Most people return to their normal routine after a week or two and even get back to work in a few weeks. 

    What are the Benefits of Areola and Nipple Surgery? 

    Many women suffer from a lack of confidence when they are unhappy with how their breasts look. Women who undergo nipple and areola reduction procedures report greater self-esteem due improved breast appearance.  

    When combined with breast enhancement procedures such as breast lift or augmentation or reduction to meet your expectations, these procedures make you feel more attractive. 

    Plastic surgeons at MBody receive patients from Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Loudoun, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Chevy Chase, Richmond, Fredericksburg, and nearby areas for nipple and areola reduction surgery.  

    CONTACT MBODY CONTOURING AND LASER CENTER in NORTHERN VIRGINIA

    For more information on the surgical and non-surgical procedures and treatments by Board Certified Cosmetic Plastic Surgeons Dr. Reps Sundin and Dr. Burton Sundin please visit or click here to contact us.

    Serving Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Fairfax, Loudoun County, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Fredricksburg, Chevy Chase, Potomac, Maryland Richmond, VA and surrounding communities.

    Could Coolsculpting make you fatter? 

    Coolsculpting

    CoolSculpting is a non-surgical treatment in which fat cells are frozen and liquefied so that they may be aspirated or released naturally from the body. While this procedure is mostly successful, there is a 1% risk of developing a condition called Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia (PAH) in which the treated area actually grows bigger.  

    PAH is one of the delayed side effects of CoolSculpting and the effects begin to show around 6 months after patients have undergone the procedure. If you are considering the use of CoolSculpting, it is good to learn more about PAH, its symptoms, and ways in which it can be treated. 

    Board certified plastic surgeons at the Modern Body Contouring & Laser Center provide CoolSculpting fat reduction procedure to patients in Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Loudoun, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Chevy Chase, Richmond, Fredericksburg, and surrounding communities.  

    What Happens in PAH? 

    CoolSculpting is a non-invasive way to break down fat cells. However, in some persons, the cold temperature used in the procedure causes the body to react by expanding the fat cells instead of breaking them down. As a result, the treated area becomes harder and larger, causing PAH.  

    Fat cells that have grown in size need more oxygen and nutrition. Their density too increases, and they grow harder. The early symptoms of PAH begin to show within a month or two of treatment, but it can be six months before the diagnosis is confirmed.  

    What Causes PAH? 

    There is no single known cause of PAH, but the risk of developing it is greater when someone undergoes CoolSculpting. More men than women are affected by this condition, although there is no information about why this is so. As per medical data, PAH affects about 1 in 20,000 persons; yet, it is a risk factor worth considering before you choose this treatment.  

    What are the Symptoms of PAH? 

    The easiest recognizable symptom is that PAH generally shows up as fat in the form of a stick of butter. This has been linked to the shape of the applicator used in CoolSculpting. But it is possible that the fat takes a different shape or size.  

    Some people develop an appearance of having gained weight. But if they have been sticking to a healthy lifestyle which makes the weight gain abnormal, it is best to see the doctor. 

    Often, persons with PAH will feel a slight tenderness or mild pain in the treated area when it is touched. Others may have no pain but find some unexplained growth in the area or the skin begins to feel harder. All these are probable symptoms of PAH and should be examined by a doctor.  

    Can PAH be Treated? 

    Persons who develop PAH can be treated using lipolysis which breaks down the excess fat. Smartlipo is a commonly used laser-assisted liposuction procedure carried out under local anesthesia. Laser melts the fat and tightens the fat at the same time. The melted fat is manually removed using suction.  

    Cosmetic surgeons at MBody receive patients from Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Loudoun, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Chevy Chase, Richmond, Fredericksburg, and nearby areas for CoolSculpting body contouring treatment.  

    CONTACT MBODY CONTOURING AND LASER CENTER in NORTHERN VIRGINIA

    For more information on the surgical and non-surgical procedures and treatments by Board Certified Cosmetic Plastic Surgeons Dr. Reps Sundin and Dr. Burton Sundin please visit or click here to contact us.

    Serving Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Fairfax, Loudoun County, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Fredricksburg, Chevy Chase, Potomac, Maryland Richmond, VA and surrounding communities.gv

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