Yes, nurse you read the title right! I had some stubborn and unwanted fat deposits vacuumed out of existence from my chubby cheeks. Well, thumb more like the jaw line. Honestly, unhealthy I never thought that I would get some procedure done such as facial liposuction and talk about it on my blog. *Smile*
First of all, don't judge! (Haha!) If you read my post sometime last week about The Total Beauty of a Woman, you know that I'm the last person to solely focus on just the personal appearance. Then again, I also said that I do believe about improving one's self. This is one of those under "self-improvements" which I do agree for as long as you don't go overboard that even your dog would bark at you for not recognizing you after all the procedures done.
Anyway, an opportunity came to work with such an amazing Houston-based American Board Certified plastic surgeon Dr. Robert Kratschmer that I decided to finally get rid of something that sorta made me a little self-conscious for a little while now. I have always been skinny all my life except that a couple of years ago, I did not watch my diet and have gained perhaps about 20-23 lbs. From 105 lbs, I weighed around 125-128. When I realized that I had gained that much weight, I decided to lose them and successfully have. I now weigh around 108 lbs. However, I noticed that my face hardly ever slimmed down. I also noticed that my whole facial shape is square when I'm not smiling. I disliked it with a passion. I really wanted my tiny face back when I used to be 105 lbs. Of course, in my photos, I have learned to angle myself in such a way that my unlikable facial shape will not be so obvious. In person, I would also try to cover the sides of my face with my hair. I hardly pull them back or put in a bun. I tried facial exercises but it didn't really do so much. The photo on the left actually shows my bad angle. Unfortunately, I still don't feel comfortable uploading the actual "medical" photos, haha. I had no make-up whatsoever in that picture, even I went eeeeewwww!
I was a bit nervous in my first meeting with Dr. Kratschmer and his wife Amber who is the director at the clinic, as you can imagine! But they are the sweetest and friendliest people you would ever know! At the day of the procedure itself, Dr. Kratschmer took the time to listen to my questions and concerns and made sure that I'm comfortable. I came to find out that I actually had a minor case of lipotrophy. Huh? Yes, lipotrophy, it's English and I didn't know what it meant until he explained. Apparently, it is a deposit of fat in an area that is more than expected for that area (I could imagine for a 108 lbs, it really shouldn't be that much!).
The procedure done was minimally invasive according to Dr. Kratschmer and it's called liposculpture. Basically, the fat was removed via suction aspiration with a micro cannula to minimize contour deformities. Prior to the actual suction though, Smartlipo laser lipolysis system was used to break down the fats more evenly, as well as to coagulate the blood vessels. So it was a combination of a traditional lipo with the new Smartlipo technology. Okay, get this…it's really a lot more simple for the patient than I made it sound here, LOL. I was just lying down with local anesthesia while Dr. Kratchsmer went after those stinky unwanted fats on my face. I did not feel any pain at all.
There was supposedly no downtime, however, prior to the procedure I had to take nerve relaxer and pain medication which knocked me out as soon as I got home. In all fairness, even Tylenol knocks me out. Basically I stayed home for two days and on the third day, I was pretty much out and about. My face was a bit swollen and bruised, but nothing that my hair and foundation could not cover. I did business as usual, NO ONE really noticed at all! In fact, in the past couple of outfit posts I have posted, I'm still swollen but as you can see, I already had a photo shoot.
The Revlite will then be used to further tighten the skin to improve the shape of my jawline/cheeks. Actually, I already had my first treatment last Thursday, a week after the liposculpture. The Revlite is an excellent choice for people with skin color, such as Asians, Pacific Islanders, Hispanics, and African Americans, as it will minimize the chance of causing hyperpigmentation to rejuvenate the face and body. It is just basically a laser light that passed on my face twice. There was no pain, just a slight sting but it was gone immediately. I believe I need to have another 6-8 treatments to achieve the results that I need.
I think what makes the whole process so comfortable for me was the fact that Dr. Robert Kratschmer is board certified, which means that he actually went through some rigorous trainings and examinations in order to be certified and recognized by the board. What it means for you as a patient is that you can be rest assured that he actually knows what he's doing! Apparently, in the state of Texas, even internal medicine doctors, general practitioners or dermatologists can perform plastic surgery procedures without actually being one. Yikes!!! I would be so scared! But with Dr. Kratschmer, you're definitely in good hands.
Anyway, eleven days after the liposculpture, I'm still a bit swollen on my jaws but not as much. Dr. Kratschmer advised that it will take several weeks for the swelling to completely go down and for the skin to adjust. I will definitely keep you guys updated as to the progress as well as the Revlite treatments that I will be getting in the next few weeks!
Disclaimer: This post is NOT a paid advertorial and the opinions expressed herein are mine. Dr. Kratschmer's office performed the procedure on me without financial compensation and with certain agreement. I personally recommend Dr. Kratschmer and his clinic because of my first-hand experience of their service, however, results of each procedure may vary so please go at your own risk and be sure to address to him any questions or concerns you may have.