J. Kevin Duplechain, MD, FACS
1103 Kaliste Saloom Road #300
Lafayette, LA 70508
Phone: (337) 456-3282
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Dr. Duplechain Shares His Favorite Ways to Tighten Skin & Level-Up Liposuction Results

Woman smiling after liposuction body contouring and Renuvion skin tightening

Liposuction remains the procedure of choice to shape proportional and defined silhouettes. However, if you are considering liposuction, remember that fat removal is only half the battle: in many cases, liposuction can leave behind lax skin that may obscure your new shape. 

Enter: Renuvion® skin tightening, a revolutionary procedure that uses advanced technology to tighten skin. Here, expert cosmetic surgeon Dr. Kevin Duplechain explains how Renuvion skin tightening can enhance liposuction results without extending your recovery time. 

Renuvion skin tightening: A game-changer in its own right

Renuvion, or J-Plasma treatment, is a groundbreaking skin-tightening technology that combines cold helium plasma and radiofrequency energy to stimulate collagen production and visibly tighten the skin. This first-of-its-kind non-surgical treatment is touted by cosmetic surgeons and patients alike for its key advantages:

  • Minimally invasive. Renuvion requires tiny incisions for less discomfort and scarring than traditional surgical procedures.
  • Reduced downtime. The recovery period for Renuvion skin tightening is typically about 3-5 days—much shorter than that of more invasive surgeries, so you can return to your daily activities sooner and enjoy the results more quickly.
  • Suitable for multiple body parts. Renuvion can be used on the areas of the body where unwanted loose skin is the most common—the face, neck, arms, abdomen, and thighs.
  • Low risk of complications. Cold helium plasma and radiofrequency energy carry few risks, as the helium helps to prevent overheating of tissues or burns.
  • Immediate and long-lasting results. Renuvion provides immediately visible improvements in skin tightness and texture, and as the body carries out the collagen production process, the initial results improve further for more rejuvenated skin over time. 

Liposuction: The tried and true body sculpting method

Liposuction has been used for decades by both men and women to remove stubborn fat deposits and sculpt smooth silhouettes on nearly every part of the body. The benefits of liposuction include:

  • Targeted fat removal to eliminate diet- and exercise-resistant fat deposits for a more contoured and proportionate appearance.
  • Near-limitless treatment area options—including the chin, neck, hips, thighs, abdomen, flanks, back, arms, and buttocks—to address diverse fat reduction needs.
  • Minimally invasive techniques, such as tumescent liposuction and VASER liposuction, reduce the risk of complications and often result in shorter recovery times.
  • Long-lasting results, as fat deposits are permanently eliminated with liposuction, and the results can be maintained with a healthy lifestyle.

It’s obvious why both Renuvion and liposuction have earned a place in cosmetic surgery practices around the globe; let’s dive into how these procedures are used together and what they can achieve. 

The power of combining Renuvion and liposuction

This procedure duo’s complementary benefits and enhanced results often rival traditional skin excision procedures, such as tummy tuck or brachioplasty (arm lift), for patients who have mild to moderate laxity. This opens up attractive possibilities to patients who are hesitant to improve their appearance because they are worried about the scarring and more significant downtime of invasive skin removal procedures. 

The liposuction + Renuvion combo is quickly becoming the premier choice in body contouring, as more people experience dramatic results with two relatively straightforward procedures. 

The Lipo + Renuvion procedure process

Step 1: Consultation. We’ll assess your skin’s condition and aesthetic goals to ensure that liposuction + Renuvion is the appropriate treatment combination to achieve outstanding results.

Step 2: Preoperative. We recommend general anesthesia for enhanced comfort during most liposuction procedures; however, a local anesthetic with IV sedation may be considered for small treatment areas. (When performed alone, Renuvion is safely and comfortably performed with a local anesthetic and optional IV sedation). 

Step 3: Liposuction. Tiny incisions (less than a quarter-inch) are strategically placed near the treatment area to minimize visible scarring, and a tumescent fluid is then injected into the targeted fat deposits to numb the area, reduce blood loss, and to make fat removal more efficient. Then, a thin, hollow tube (cannula) is inserted through the incisions to target and break up fat deposits and smooth and define your shape. The cannula is connected to a vacuum or syringe to remove the unwanted fat. 

VASER liposuction is often the best liposuction technique to pair with Renuvion. The specialized VASER device is inserted through the incisions and emits ultrasound energy, which liquefies the fat cells without harming the surrounding connective tissues, blood vessels, and nerves. The cannula then removes the liquefied fat. 

Step 4: Renuvion. Once the unwanted fat has been removed, the specialized Renuvion handpiece is inserted through the same incisions, emitting plasma and radiofrequency energy to targeted tissues beneath the skin. The heat generated from the energy causes the collagen and elastin fibers to contract and tighten, boosting new collagen and elastin production. When we’ve achieved the optimal skin tightening effect, the device is removed, and the incisions are closed with surgical tape or sutures if necessary.

Step 5: Postoperative. You may need to wear a compression garment to support your new shape and minimize swelling for some treatment areas. You can resume light activities about a week after your procedures and start exercising after about 3-4 weeks in most cases. 

Step 6: Recovery. You’ll notice immediate results from your liposuction + Renuvion procedures; however, there may be some bruising and slight swelling. These mild effects will dissipate over a few weeks and you’ll enjoy complete results that were once only possible with surgical skin removal.

Remember, Lafayette Renuvion results are immediate and continue to improve as collagen production remodels your skin over time!

Video: A Cosmetic Surgeon’s Favorite Options to Tighten Skin & Level-Up Liposuction Results

In this video, ABCS diplomate Dr. Kevin Duplechain discusses how pairing Renuvion skin tightening and liposuction together creates a high-level of results for many areas of the body, like the tummy, arms, and neck.

Learn more about Dr. Duplechain’s innovative approach to body contouring

Lafayette cosmetic surgeon & American Board of Cosmetic Surgery diplomate Dr. J. Kevin Duplechain understands that your goals and anatomy are unique, and he takes pride in personalizing treatment plans to suit your lifestyle and deliver results you love. If you’re interested in learning if Renuvion skin tightening and liposuction can help you achieve your aesthetic goals, we invite you to schedule a consultation. Together, you can start your journey towards improved self-confidence. 

Give us a call at (337) 456-3282 or contact our practice online today. 

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