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Liposuction Expertise with Tickle Lipo : Dr. Craig Schwartz, Premier Vein & Body by Schwartz

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Dr. Craig Schwartz is tickled about the success of the latest generation of minimally invasive liposuction procedures. And so are his patients. That’s because Dr. Schwartz is helping women and men get rid of those extra inches of fat with Tickle Lipo™.

Performed in the comfort and convenience of his Leawood practice, Premier Vein & Body by Schwartz, Tickle Lipo uses infrasonic vibration energy to break up fat prior to suctioning, requiring less down time than other minimally invasive liposuction procedures. Tickle Lipo reduces trauma while improving fat removal by using a special micro-sized cannula, the device inserted into the fat, that does not burn or cut and stops when non-fatty tissue is touched.

The Tickle Advantage
“I prefer vibration-assisted devices such as Tickle Lipo because there’s no heat component, as there is with laser or ultrasound, so there is no risk of skin burn or injury. In addition, it employs energy and suction at the same time, which is faster and results in less trauma. Most can resume reasonable activities the next day. With old-fashioned methods performed under general anesthesia, you could be out for days to weeks at a time,” noted Dr. Schwartz. “Tickle Lipo is also more comfortable than other minimally invasive liposuction procedures; patients often describe the sensation as being ‘ticklish.’”

While Tickle Lipo is his preferred liposuction method, Dr. Schwartz is one of the only doctors in the area to offer three types of in-office liposuction procedures. The ProLipo Plus™ Laser Lipo employs multiple wavelengths of laser energy, and VASERlipo® uses ultrasound technology. “They’re all a variation on the same theme, using some type of energy to break up the fat cells before suctioning. The first generation was lasers, the second generation uses ultrasound and the third generation employs vibration,” remarked Dr. Schwartz. “But my preferred approach is Tickle Lipo because it’s safer, removes more volume and is quicker. Offering a variety of liposuction procedures allows me to better customize each treatment to the patient and his or her body type.” All three liposuction procedures are performed in-office using local tumescent anesthesia, reducing down time, expense and risk. However, as with any medical procedure, the skill and experience of the surgeon are first and foremost.

Target Areas
Tickle Lipo can be used successfully on a wide spectrum of body areas including abdomen, love handles, thighs, double chin, arms, knees, calves, upper back, bra line and men’s breasts. The intention is to improve contour and shape so that patients will look and fit better in their clothing, with the ultimate goal of significant improvement, but not perfection.

“Normally, there’s a 50 to 60, sometimes up to 70 percent fat reduction with the procedure. But liposuction is not a weight loss procedure, and it’s not a replacement for maintaining a healthy lifestyle, or you’ll simply put the fat back on. However, Tickle Lipo can be a good motivation to make lifestyle changes, and many use it as a jump start for those changes.” Dr. Schwartz notes that while liposuction results will be visible early on, they will continue to improve with time, with the final outcomes appearing by four to six months.

A highly skilled liposuction surgeon with years of experience, Dr. Schwartz is triple board certified in general surgery, vascular surgery and phlebology (vein disease), and in 2003 he opened one of the KC-metro area’s original vein centers, dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of vein disease, including varicose and spider veins. With over 12,000 vein procedures performed, three board certifications in surgery and additional certifications as registered vascular technologist and registered physician vascular interpretation, Dr. Schwartz is one of the Midwest’s most prominent and accomplished vein specialists.

Eyes On Results
As one of the only locally owned vein treatment centers in the metro, his practice offers patients a truly individualized approach and a thorough and complete diagnosis and treatment of vein disease. Dr. Schwartz has been voted to America’s Top Surgeons and Kansas City Super Doctor for multiple years and was named a Real Self Top Doctor by

“I pride myself on being a perfectionist, and I work hard to get the patient excellent results. Before we begin any procedure, we try to be very clear on expectations,” he commented. “We’re a vein and cosmetic healthcare practice with tremendous experience and skill using minimally invasive laser and laser-like energy to treat vein disease, contour the body, eliminate underarm sweat with miraDry®, remove unwanted tattoos and rejuvenate the face by addressing fine lines, wrinkles and other signs of aging.

“I like to say we can start at the top and work down, begin at the bottom and work up or start in the middle and make progressively bigger circles. Many things are possible at Premier Vein and Body.”

Visit the office at 1300 East 104th Street, Suite 150, Kansas City, MO 64131, or call 913 451-8346 to schedule a complimentary consultation or vein screening.