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Melt Your Muffin Top with Vaser or Laser Lipo
for Your love handles

Both men and women have unwanted fat above their hips that they wish wasn’t there, but even with a healthy diet and daily exercise, that unwanted fat can still remain due to genetics.

Lunch Break Lipo with Vaser or laser lipo quickly get rid of muffin top and improves the shape of your body. Results can be seen after just one week, with even more improvement over the course of a few months.

Traditional liposuction is a major surgery, but now, with more advanced liposuction techniques, results can be achieved with less time and more comfort, without being a tedious process. Moreover, the thermal effect from Vaser or laser technologies cause stimulates collagen production and tightens skin.

Lunch Break Lipo with the new Vaser technology is a safe and convenient and will give you the results you want in very little time.



Thin Your Thighs in an Hour | Minnesota

Thigh gap is a term used to describe the space or gap between a woman’s upper, inner thighs. It relates to how thin the legs are.

If a woman is unhappy with her upper, inner thighs and wants to see a gap, there are several options here. If the problem is excess fat, then liposuction alone will be an adequate treatment for the inner thighs. These incisions are very small and can be hidden in the groin crease. However, if the problem is excess skin, an inner thigh lift with or without liposuction may be right for you.

Lunch Break Lipo with Vaser lipo is a safe, effective way to contour your thighs and achieve amazing results with minimal recovery time.

The vaser procedure involves a thin probe that is inserted through a small incision in the skin under tumescent anesthesia. The Vaser’s ultrasound high energy liquefies the fat cells while stimulating the skin, promoting new collagen growth for firmer skin. Most patients see results quickly following the procedure as Vaser also reduces skin dimpling and alleviates unwanted cellulite.

Dr. Shu is truly an expert in liposuction as he offers the most advanced liposuction techniques available to ensure maximum effectiveness, patient safety, and minimum downtime.



Transform Your Arm in Your Lunch Hour | Minneapolis

Many women in Minneapolis and St Paul hate the fat deposits and sagging in their upper arms, which is more noticeable in their middle age. It is also very difficult to hide.

Many of us have a short list of go-to exercises to help tone the upper arms. Although exercise can tone your muscles in the upper arms and shoulders, it usually won’t help much in reducing the fat and tightening skin.

arm_1Traditionally, brachioplasty (surgical armlift) was the only answer for it. It involved a large incision, long recovery time and a high cost. Now, if women have an hour in their lunch time, they could have their arm transformed with lunch break lipo. Lunch Break Lipo with new Vaser or laser lipo technologies is a great way to achieve lean, sexy arms. Yes, in just an hour, we are able to have your upper arms transformed.

Most patients see results almost immediately and return to normal activities either right away or the next day. Vaser or laser are on the cutting edge of liposuction technologies as they are less invasive and gentler than traditional liposuction. Most patients only require one treatment.

You are able to schedule the lunch break lipo without consultation if you are healthy. A small percentage of cases with severe skin sagging may require the combination of liposuction with a mini or full arm-lift, we recommend you to have the complimentary consultation if you think you have a case with severe skin sagging.

Younger patients with tight skin in the arm may also consider Hi Def liposculpture for firm, sculpted athletic upper arms.



Liposuction Myths in Minnesota (4)

Liposuction Myth 7: Liposuction won’t make my skin tighter.
Fact:
Many patients worry about the sagging skin after liposuction. Actually, not only does liposuction remove fat, but also it tightens skin. How much your skin is tightened depends on the severity of your skin sagging (skin elasticity), age, stretch marks, and your genetics; it also depends on which lipo technology you get. Although trauma itself and healing process after lipo stimulate the tissue collage to grow to some degree, modern liposuction technologies are much more effective in tightening the sagging skin. Vaser and laser are two modern lipo technologies generate heat to tighten skin. If you have severe skin sagging in the neck, upper arm, thigh or abdomen, lift surgeries are needed in conjunction with liposuction.

Liposuction Myth 8: Liposuction will get rid of my cellulite and stretch marks.
Fact:
Liposuction may or may not improve cellulite and stretch marks. Unfortunately, there is no “cure” for cellulite and stretch marks. Liposuction targets pockets of fat deeper below the skin, so it won’t affect your cellulite and stretch marks too much. Cellulite can be treated with same liposuction technology (such as Vaser or laser) with different procedure techniques. Stretch marks can be treated with laser profractional peels.

Liposuction Myth 9: All liposuction technologies create similar results.
Fact:
New liposuction technologies play important part for the popularity of liposuction in Minnesota. Each technology with own quality and characteristics creates the different results, it is important to choose the different technologies for individual cases. For example, laser and vaser techologies are good at skin tightening, Vaser are very efficient to remove large amount of fat tissue in the big areas. Vaser and Body-jet are more fat selective, less traumatic, and keep fat cells alive.

Liposuction Myth 10: Liposuction results depend on solely the new technologies.
Fact:
Although new liposuction technologies are very important in the quality result of liposuction, but experience of surgeon is equally important which create better results and reduce complications. It is also important to choose a clinic focusing on the total well-being and high quality care.



Liposuction Myths in Minnesota (3)

Liposuction Myth 4: Fat cannot return after liposuction.
Fact:
Liposuction removes fat tissue from the body, and the fat cells that are removed during liposuction aren’t regenerated. However, you will still have plenty of fat cells and adipose stem cells left. These adipose stem cells can easily divide as they store more fat. It is true that the fat deposit happens much more slowly in the lipo-ed areas than non lipo-ed areas, but it does not guarantee that fat is not deposited again. Anyone can easily gain back the weight if excess calories are consumed without a proper diet plan and exercise routine.

Liposuction Myth 5: Liposuction can be used as a substitute for exercise.
Fact:
Liposuction is only a cosmetic surgery and is in no way a substitute for proper diet and exercise essential for the body. A good exercise regime is important to maintain weight at a stable point even after surgery.

Liposuction Myth 6: It is safer to do liposuction under general anesthesia
Fact:
Liposuction under general anesthesia is more dangerous than it under tumescent local anesthesia. More and more cosmetic liposuction is done in the ambulatory setting. The general anesthesia derives the adverse events. The recent study showed the use of general anesthesia in conjunction with cosmetic surgery (e.g. liposuction) has been shown to significantly increase the risk for adverse events in office-based surgery. Liposuction under general anesthesia accounted for 32% of cosmetic procedure-related deaths and 22% of all cosmetic procedure-related complications. But no deaths occurred in the setting of local anesthesia.



Liposuction Myths in Minnesota (2)

Liposuction Myth 2: Liposuction is expensive.
Fact: With the advancement in liposuction technology, increasing competition and slow economy, the cost have decreased drastically. Also, more and more liposuctions in the US are performed in the ambulatory setting without general anesthesia, so the patients don’t need to pay facility fees and anesthesia fees. Now is the best time to have liposuction since the lipo technology is advanced and mature, and the cost of liposuction has dropped to as low as $2000 per area in Lunch Break Lipo, or $1200 per area for three areas.

Liposuction Myth 3: Liposuction is an easy-fix for obesity.

Fact: Liposuction is not a quick fix for obesity. It is actually not an effective weight-loss technique. Liposuction should be used mainly for people who have a stable weight but who still have certain fat deposited areas that can be cosmetically corrected; it is more about “shape” than “weight”. The number of pounds of fat that can be safely lipo-ed is very modest, typically no more than 4000cc of liquefied fat (6-8 lbs.) should be removed in a liposuction procedure. Otherwise, it has a higher risk of serious complications. You may lose more weight if you have 2-3 lipo sessions in Total Body Lipo program. Liposuction results may also slowly disappear if a diet plan or good exercise regimen is not followed.



Liposuction Myths in Minnesota (1)

With the advancement of new liposuction technologies and cost reduction, liposuction is no longer reserved only for the rich, and it has now become increasingly common among the general population. There are lots of liposuction myths among the general public. People in Minnesota think liposuction does things it doesn’t (such as weight reduction). These ideas can lead to disappointment when the results of the procedure don’t live up to these misconceptions.

Here are 10 facts about liposuction that you should be aware of:

Liposuction Myth 1: Liposuction is only for Women.
Fact: Even men are using liposuction to enhance their appearance. Men interested in getting rid of excess fat are now increasingly interested in liposuction. Liposuction was said to be the third most popular surgery performed on men. The common areas of liposuction for men are abdomen, chest, neck, love handles, and thighs.

Pseudogynecomastia is probably among the most common types of male breast enlargement in Minnesota adults. Since the areas surrounding the breast in the pseudogynecomastia are mainly. fatty tissue, liposuction should be the first choice to correct it.

Vaser Hi def liposculpture is very popular advanced liposuction procedure in young men that creates 6 packs in their abdomen and athletic looking.



Will Liposuction help to Lose Weight?

Yes and No.

Liposuction will remove some fat and help you lose a little weight, but it is not significant compared to your total body weight, especially if you are thinner or have liposuction in very limited areas. You may lose up to 8-10 lbs. if you are obese and have the liposuction in multiple fat deposited areas or Total Body Lipo.

However for the most part, liposuction will not influence your total body weight by a much. It will only take away fat from selective areas of the body where you want the fat to be removed. If you do want to lose more weight, proper diet and exercise are more beneficial. Lipo is a good solution for certain areas that have fat that still remains after diet and exercise, but not as an overall weight loss solution.



Total Body Liposuction Safely Transforms Your
Entire Body

Total Body Lipo is specially designed liposuction procedure performed extensively across the body focusing on fat-deposited areas. New liposuction technologies have improved efficiency, patient safety, and reduce the recovery time; this makes total body liposuction possible in the ambulatory surgical facility.

It depends on the body size and amount of fat deposits; Total Body Lipo may need 1-3 sessions, spaced in 3-7 days apart. We often group abdomen, lower back, and hip together in the 1st lipo, and group neck, upper arm, inner thigh, knee and other areas in the 2nd lipo. Your body can be transformed in 1-2 weeks.

By spreading the procedures out, the total amount of Lidocaine can be reduced in each liposuction procedure. This is an important measure to avoid lidocaine toxicity and improve patient safety. In the meantime, surgeon can use more tumescent fluid in the sensitive areas without maximizing the dose of Lidocaine. It helps control pain and improves lipo experience.

Rationale for the Total Body Lipo Process is. The liposuction is performed under the tumescent anesthesia with diluted Lidocaine. It by spreading the

The Total Body Lipo can be performed effectively and efficiently under intravenous or oral sedation and local tumescent anesthesia, it usually takes 2 hours to finish the liposuction in each session. Total body liposuction is typically costs 40% less than having them done individually.



After Liposuction, How to Keep the Fat Off?

Liposuction is a very common cosmetic procedure that removes unwanted fat and improves body contouring. Although liposuction is an effective way to improve a person’s body shape and even help to lose some weight, it’s important that people who have undergone liposuction keep the fat off by eating healthy and doing exercise properly.

Eating Healthy
The best way to maintain the body weight and prevent fat from depositing in certain areas and internal organs (visceral fat) is to eat a healthy diet. A diet with a lot of fats and simple carbohydrates will cause you to gain weight very quickly, and significant part of this weight will be visceral fat. This fat is actually much more dangerous than the surface fat that is removed by liposuction. To prevent this, you should eat more vegetables and lean meats.

There are many types of vegetables and fruits you can eat to get the nutrients you need. They are low in calories and have little to no fat, and they have plenty of vitamins and dietary fibers. Avoid eating large amounts of sweets that are full of sugar and fat.
You may also learn the concept of glycemic index in food. The goal of the low-glycemic diet is to eat unprocessed, unrefined carbohydrates in combination with healthy proteins and fats to improve satiety by keeping digestion slow. The quick release of glucose triggers a hormone response that tells your brain you’re hungry again, which is problematic for the dieters in Minnesota, who are trying to reduce their overall calorie intake. Some examples of good low glycemic foods include oatmeal, beans and vegetables. Some examples of high glycemic foods that can cause a spike in blood sugar include some fruit juices, breads, starchy foods like potatoes and sweets, and baked goods.

Drinking Water
Drinking water is a great way to help lose more weight, as it provides a feeling of fullness before you begin eating your food. Moreover, water also boosts metabolism because your body has to work to bring the ingested liquid to your core temperature.

Just by drinking two glasses of H2O prior to eating your meals, you can lose up to an additional 6 to 7 pounds per year. Water does the job and it does the job well. It’s also zero calories and you can get it straight from your kitchen faucet. Overall, consuming H2O has many health benefits and provides an easy and convenient way to lose weight.

Doing More Exercise
Some people may think that liposuction makes them look and feel so good that they no longer worry about eating right and starting an exercise regimen. This is not the case. People who get liposuction and then don’t exercise or eat right could slowly get fat deposited in the lipo-ed areas again. Exercising after the procedure is actually even more important than exercising before it.

In the first two weeks after liposuction, you won’t be able to do much exercise, but you can do simple exercise during your recovery period, such as walking. Actually, walking around the house right after the procedure is important to prevent surgical complications, especially deep vein thrombosis.

After you have fully recovered, which will take about four weeks, you should start a proper exercise regimen. By exercising approximately 30 minutes for at least three to four days a week, it not only prevents the fat depositing, but it also improves your cardiovascular and pulmonary functions. Jogging, walking and running are good cardio exercises. Light weightlifting and other toning exercises can give you an even more attractive shape and figure.



Lunch Break Lipo: Walk in and Walk out in an Hour

More than a decade ago, people needed to be admitted to the hospital for liposuction, and it was performed under general anesthesia. Traditional liposuction without local tumescent anesthesia has notoriously high complications and a long recovery time. With the invention of local tumescent anesthesia and new liposuction technologies, liposuction can be done safely and effectively in the ambulatory setting. Now, Lunch Break Lipo is designed to improve efficiency and minimize down time.

Lunch Break Lipo can be done during your lunch hour. Of course, you can block your schedule to do Lunch Break Lipo for an hour at any time of day. Patients may schedule a lunch break lipo without the initial consultation and may send their pictures for review. One of our staff members will call the patient to go through everything before the procedure.

Lunch Break Lipo is so minimally invasive that the patient remains awake during the liposuction and can even return to normal activities when it is over. The Vaser lipo system is an impressive technology that maximizes fat extraction without compromising your comfort and safety. It uses focused ultrasound energy to selectively remove fat cells without affecting much of the surrounding veins, nerves, and tissue. This results in faster healing and less downtime. It also helps to tighten skin. This is why Lunch break Lipo can be performed effectively and efficiently without any sedation.

Lunch Break Lipo usually takes 30 to 45 minutes to finish in one area. The lipo area is given local tumescent anesthesia, but no general anesthesia or intravenous or oral sedation, so patients can walk in and walk out in an hour, no driver needed. The Lunch Break Lipo is limited to one area. If the patient needs liposuction in more than two areas, or on a large body, then oral or intravenous sedation will be given.



Liposuction for Minnesota Men

Nearly everyone struggles with unwanted body fat. Even those who have the strictest diets and exercise regimens will have to deal with bulges here and there. As men age, they begin to store fat in the abdominal region. This fat is highly resistant to diet and exercise. Instead of throwing in the towel, many men are now turning to liposuction to get rid of unwanted fat and sculpt their chest and abs into a younger, more defined shape.

According to a report from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) in 2011, men accounted for 13% of all cosmetic procedures in the United States. Among the most popular, is male liposuction. The ASPS report estimates that men spent a combined $69 million dollars in 2011 on liposuction procedures.

Dr. Steven Shu sees many men in his practice and agrees that liposuction is one of the most requested male cosmetic procedures. “Men, like women, are very concerned about the appearance of their bodies. It isn’t shown as much on the news or in magazines, but more and more men are turning to cosmetic surgery to help them look and feel younger and healthier,” says Dr. Shu, founder of Shu Cosmetic Surgery in Edina, Minnesota.

Vaser Liposuction is one of the most effective techniques. Vaser lipo uses ultrasound energy to selectively dissolve fat cells, leaving the surrounding tissue intact. Like laser lipo, Vaser Lipo is minimally invasive, performed in our Edina cosmetic treatment center just outside of Minneapolis. Vaser Lipo is ideal for men because it gives Dr. Shu the ability to sculpt the abdomen into a muscular appearance.

Vaser Lipo can also be used to treat other areas of the body including the chin, neck, chest, back and calves.

If you, or someone you love is considering cosmetic surgery, contact Dr. Steven Shu at the Shu Cosmetic Surgery Center in Edina, MN. We offer free, private consultations. You will meet with Dr. Shu to discuss your concerns and goals. Dr. Shu will present you with all of the various treatment options and help you make the best decision.



Ready for Summer with Liposuction at Shu Cosmetic
Surgery Center in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Area

It has been a long and cold winter, but spring with warm, sunny weather is just around the corner. Soon we will be peeling off the layers of clothes and donning our shorts and t-shirts, only to find that it has been too easy to hide those creeping winter pounds under our sweaters and winter coats.

Are you sick of dreading the impending summer months? Now is the time to act if you want to make it a summer to look forward to with an improved swimsuit body. For liposuction in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, we offer the premier service with cutting edge technologies. With very little downtime and very concrete fat removal/body contouring results, Vaser or laser liposuction is the key to making you ready for a summer of fun and feeling good about yourself.

Liposuction is a procedure that removes fat and tightens skin by directing Vaser or laser energy into the fat cells and liquefying it, and then drawing it out through a cannula. It works on many areas of the body including the thighs, buttocks, stomach, waist, back, chest, face, chin, neck, arms, and ankles. An added bonus is that the Vaser or laser stimulates collagen contraction, resulting in firmer, smoother skin. You will be able to resume most normal activities the following day, and more strenuous activates within a few days.

Vaser or laser liposuction is the optimal way particularly to get rid of those unruly areas that don’t respond well to diet and exercise. Modern liposuction is much less harmful and aggressive than traditional liposuction, with minimal bruising and less tissue damage. Also recovery time is shorter because it is much less invasive. You will see dramatic results within 1 to 2 weeks after your procedure, but final and conclusive results require 4 to 6 months to fully appear.



Vaser Liposuction – Revolutionary Body Contouring

Everyone in Minnesota wants to look and feel their best. Are you bothered by specific areas of your body that seem out of proportion? You’re not alone.

Vaser is one of among the best liposuction technology in the world. This revolutionary fat removal procedure offers a safe alternative to traditional liposuction. Vaser Liposuction provides smooth, predictable results with fast recovery and minimal downtime.

From minor touch-ups to major transformations, Vaser Lipo is proved to be efficient, effective and flexible. Whether you’d like to lose a few pounds in traditional areas — your abdomen, waist, thighs and bottom — or finely sculpt your arms, neck or chest, Vaser lipo gives you the results you want.

Using a technique called LipoSelection®, VASER Lipo targets specific areas of the body. Ultrasonic waves break up and separate fat cells for removal, while leaving vital tissues unharmed.

With Vaser lipo, we can expect:
• Realistic curves and definition, even for hard-to-fix spots
• Easy removal of large quantities of fat
• Precise sculpting of delicate areas of the body
• Minimally invasive procedures that can be delivered in a comfortable, clinical setting
• Fast recovery times
• Smooth, tight results

Shu Cosmetic Surgery in Edina, MN started the Vaser lipo in the late of 2009 and has done almost 1000 cases in the Minneapolis and St. Paul areas. It became Dr. Shu’s most favorite lipo technology for its effectiveness, efficiency, flexibility, and minimal invasion.



Dr. Shu Performs Different Liposuction Procedures
in Minnesotas

What Is Minnesota Liposuction?

Liposuction is a procedure that involves using a cannula to remove fat from different areas of the body. Thanks to the advances in medical technology, people who want to get liposuction in Minnesota have different options. Hi-def liposuction, vaser liposuction, laser liposuction and body jet liposuction are four of the most popular types of liposuction MN.

What Is Laser liposuction Minneapolis?
As the name suggests, laser liposuction involves using a laser to melt away the unwanted fat. This method of liposuction is ideal for treating small areas of the body, such as the upper arms and chin. It is important to note that the fat that is melted during laser liposuction cannot be used for a fat transfer procedure, such as natural breast augmentation.

What Is Vaser Liposuction?
Vaser liposuction involves using ultrasound energy to destroy the fat cells. Even though this procedure destroys the fat cells, it does not affect the surrounding tissues and nerves. This procedure is ideal for removing fat in large areas of the body. However, the fat that is emulsified cannot be used for a fat transfer procedure.

What Is Hi-Def Liposuction?
Hi-def liposuction is one of the newest forms of St. Paul Liposuction. It is the ideal choice for people who are already physically fit because it can sculpt the body and create a more athletic appearance. Hi-def liposuction is performed using the vaser liposuction system.

What Is Body Jet lipo Minneapolis?
Body jet lipo is a procedure that involves using a water jet to remove excess fat. This water dislodges the fat so that it can be removed from the patient’s body. Body jet lipo does not require general anesthesia. It can also be completed in less than 45 minutes. Additionally, there is minimal bruising and swelling associated with this procedure.