Facial Minisculpture Questions

Q – What is minisculpture?
Minisculpture is a more refined form of liposuction which is performed with instruments that are significantly smaller than those used for traditional liposuction. The size of the instruments is about one to two millimeters and the shape is specifically designed to address areas of the body requiring extreme precision. Minisculpture can be performed in association with other procedures such as eyelid enhancement, lip augmentation, laser treatment and other minimally invasive techniques.

Q – What areas can be treated with minisculpture?
Some of the more common areas which minisculpture is used to treat include facial areas like the nasolabial folds, cheeks, jowls, and jawline. Minisculpture is typically used to treat specific areas that are often difficult to treat with traditional liposuction. Other areas of the body which may be treated with minisculpture include the chin, axilla and bra areas, arms, back, knees, calves and ankles.

Q – How do I know if I’m a good candidate for minisculpture?
If you are healthy, have good skin tone and a moderate amount of excess fat that you would like to improve, you may be a good candidate for minisculpture. During a consultation with the surgeons at the Abergel Institute, they will be able to confirm whether or not minisculpture is right for you.

Q – Where do the surgeons at the Abergel Institute perform the minisculpture procedure?
Surgeons at the Abergel Institute performs the minisculpture procedure at our state-of-the-art, California-licensed surgery center. This is adjacent to St. John’s Hospital where the surgeons at the Abergel Institute have privileges. After the minisculpture procedure, you will be able to recover in the comfort of your own home.

Q – What form of anesthesia is minisculpture performed with?
Minisculpture is performed in our surgical suite, strictly under local anesthesia. It is a short and minimally-invasive procedure. Since there is no sedation, you can drive yourself home after the procedure. The biggest advantage is that you will not experience any of the side effects associated with general anesthesia.

Q – How is the minisculpture procedure performed?
The minisculpture procedure is performed in a similar way to liposculpture, though finer instruments the size of long needles are used. The procedure involves local infiltration with a solution which contains lidocaine and sterile saline. Ultra sound energy may be used to soften the fat and make its removal easier. Small instruments are then used to dislodge and remove the fat cells.

Q – How long is the surgery for minisculpture?
Minisculpture usually takes less than one hour to perform.

Q – Can I drive myself home after my minisculpture procedure?
Because sedation is not used for the minisculpture procedure, patients are able to drive home after the procedure.

Q – Will the minisculpture procedure leave scars?
Because the minisculpture procedure requires only a small incision at the entry point, scars are generally unnoticeable and well-concealed.

Q – Will I experience much pain after my minisculpture procedure?
There is very minimal discomfort associated with minisculpture.

Q – What can I expect of the recovery after minisculpture?
The recovery period after minisculpture is remarkably easy for patients. Bruising and swelling are almost undetectable and discomfort is very minimal.

Q – When can I return to work after undergoing minisculpture?
After facial work minisculpture, you can return to work after forty-eight hours. For all other areas treated with minisculpture, you can resume normal activities the next day.

Q – How soon can I exercise after undergoing minisculpture?
Exercise can be resumed within one week after the minisculpture procedure.

Q – When will my stitches be removed after my minisculpture procedure?
Stitches are removed within one-five days after the minisculpture procedure.

Q – What are the risks of minisculpture?
Cosmetic surgery, like any surgery, has risks and that is true for minisculpture. Dr. Massey & Dr. Rahimi will discuss the risks with you in detail during your consultation so that you can make an informed decision.

Q – Is minisculpture covered by insurance?
For surgeries performed for medical reasons, such as excessive hooding of the upper eyelids, impaired vision, and breast reduction, insurance may cover part of the cost of the procedure. Minisculpture is often considered cosmetic or elective. However, we will assist you in checking with your insurance carrier.

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