Dr. Sam Sukkar - April/May 2022

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If you want the body of your dreams, all you have to do is watch your diet and exercise regularly — at least, that’s what we’ve been told. Unfortunately, life doesn’t always work like that. At The Clinic for Plastic Surgery, I constantly meet patients who work hard to tone their physique, only to continue struggling with stubborn pockets of fat. It can be an incredibly frustrating experience. How can you do everything right and still lack definition? A lot of the time, it’s genetic. But there is help available with liposuction, which can sculpt the athletic build so many people desire. I have specialized in body contouring for 20 years, and over that time, I’ve treated thousands of patients. In my new book, “The Ultimate Guide to Liposuction Vol. 1,” I have decided to share this knowledge with the general public. It is not a technical manual for other plastic surgeons — I wrote it for everyday people who want to experience increased body satisfaction via the help of an expert. Liposuction has been in use for many years, but it is still commonly misunderstood by the public. (For more information, see Page 2!) The procedure cannot safely remove large amounts of fat or substantially reduce a person’s weight. But

positive and negative spaces. When I perform liposuction, I’m focused on creating “hills” and “valleys” in a person’s body to provide a toned physique that is natural and appealing. And since we’re three- dimensional beings, that means paying attention to the entire body and considering how each area will look from every angle.

My book answers some of the most common questions I receive from my

patients, like why they haven’t achieved the muscular definition they crave from diet and


liposuction is a game-changer for people who are already near their ideal body weight but lack the contours and definition that will leave them feeling most confident. Body contouring is an art. Creating the perfect shapes requires close attention to the body’s

exercise alone. I also help readers determine whether liposuction is the best procedure for them and describe the state-of-the-art techniques I use when performing body sculpting. I answer the most burning question every patient has: how to maintain the procedure’s results. I’m proud to give my patients the bodies they’ve always dreamed of, and I feel endlessly rewarded by witnessing their joy and new self-confidence. But as a plastic surgeon, I also feel a responsibility to provide reconstructive and corrective surgery. That obligation doesn’t change based on a person’s income, so I founded Plastic Surgery from the Heart (PSFTH). This nonprofit allows me to provide care to those who otherwise couldn’t afford it. If you contribute $50 or more to PSFTH, you’ll receive a signed copy of my new book, “The Ultimate Guide to Liposuction Vol. 1.” (You can also purchase the e-book version on Amazon.) Your generosity will result in knowledge that puts you one step closer to your ideal body — and you’ll help change someone else’s life in the process.

Contribute $50 or more to Plastic Surgery from the Heart and receive a signed copy! Just donate via Venmo above. You’ll be showing dedication to becoming your best self while you help others receive the care they need.

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Stretching Preserves Your Flexibility for Life A NOT-SO-SECRET FOR YOUR LONGEVITY Engineers and doctors can agree on one thing: Lubrication is often

cardiovascular function. Considering that heart disease is the leading cause of death among adults in the U.S., that’s a huge bonus! The benefits of stretching are best enjoyed without injury, however, and that’s why it’s

necessary for joints to function and move properly, including human joints. Every day, your joints create fluid that allows your arms, legs, neck, and back to move properly.

But did you know that by stretching and using your full range of motion once a day, you can help those joint fluids preserve your flexibility and balance?

Many people are worried about their independence later in life, and an improper sense of balance can be a big part of that. Stretching keeps muscles flexible, strong, and healthy, but the “flexible” part is more important than most people think. Without flexibility, our muscles shorten and become tight — and even with the fluids that our joints create, without regularly stretching, we’ll still be unable to use our full range of motion.

important to warm yourself up before stretching. Although it used to be thought that stretching is the first step before exercise, it’s now becoming more commonly understood that light activity is better for preventing injuries from overstretching. Physical therapist David Nolan of Massachusetts General Hospital told Harvard Health, “All it takes to warm up the muscles before stretching is 5–10 minutes of light activity, such as a quick walk. You can also stretch after an aerobic or weight-training workout.” If you’re worried about joint pain, it’s smart to stretch as well as build stronger muscles to carry your body weight more effectively — especially around your spine, hips, and knees, which do most of the heavy lifting. Proper stretching and joint care can take years of effort, but as research shows, it pays off over many decades.

By the time you need your muscles for activity, they’re weak and unable to extend fully. This puts you at risk for joint pain, strains, and muscle damage.

Can stretching extend my life? Not only does stretching improve your independence, but it might also help you live longer. Studies show that stretching is linked to improved circulation, and better blood flow can lead to improved heart health and

Your Quick Guide to Liposuction Trimming the Fat

Everybody has curves of some

With this technique, Dr. Sukkar can create a muscular physique in many patients, in some cases even creating a six-pack. He also uses PowerX liposuction to meticulously sculpt and smooth sensitive areas. Often, both procedures are combined to create contours with the utmost precision. Thanks to these cutting-edge technologies, patients can experience a shorter recovery period while still seeing incredible results. A patient’s postoperative care will help ensure a safe recovery with minimal discomfort. Our office provides patients with surgical-grade compression garments to reduce swelling. It should always be used as directed for 6–12 weeks after surgery. We also perform post-op lymphatic drainage massages to reduce fluid retention, inflammation, and discomfort. These measures reduce the strain on the body and promote healing so patients can return to their normal activities faster. Dr. Sukkar is the premier plastic surgeon for liposuction in Houston because he focuses on what is most important — not what he removes, but what he leaves behind. Call our office today if you are interested in what liposuction can do for your figure. We’d love to meet with you to understand your goals and have a detailed discussion about your options.

sort, but they’re not always where we’d like them to be.

Contrary to popular belief, liposuction will not result in significant weight loss. But the procedure does remove excess fat in the areas where it bothers people most, creating definition and sculpting the body into its most ideal shape. Liposuction is not for pregnant or breastfeeding women or those with chronic conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure. It’s also not for anyone looking to remove substantial weight from their figures. But when done correctly, the results can still be dramatic. Patients can see flatter tummies, more shapely legs and buttocks, and fewer unwanted fatty protrusions. At The Clinic for Plastic Surgery, Dr. Sukkar uses the most advanced sculpting techniques to give patients the bodies they want with minimal pain and recovery. In particular, he specializes in Vaser Liposuction, which liquefies fat for easier removal. The process can eliminate more fat than other options yet still uses a small cannula to reduce scarring.

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Now is the perfect time to add more color to your wardrobe! Several celebrities have been mixing and matching all sorts of colors you may not have considered. Let’s look at some of the hottest color trends of 2022! Orange and Green Although these two colors appear to not go together, with the right outfit, this look is a showstopper. You can wear forest green denim pants or cargo pants with an oversized neon orange jacket to re-create this look. If you want to start small, you can exchange the orange jacket with a black or white tank top

add more color, you can wear a hot pink blazer over a black shirt with mint green pants. Although it may seem like these colors contrast, the new trend brightens up your look for summer. Brown and Brown Who says you can’t mix and match different shades of the same color? You can pair different shades of brown together to create a classic look. Start with a tree bark brown jumpsuit or pants and pair it with a cream-colored brown leather or faux fur trenchcoat. Although you’re wearing the same color, the

or T-shirt and add an orange handbag or beanie. You can dress this look up or down, depending on your plans for the day. Hot Pink and Black If black is a staple in your closet, then adding a pop of color will go along with any look. One of the hottest trends right now is pairing an all- black ensemble with hot pink. You can achieve this by adding a hot pink blazer to your outfit, a pair of shoes, or a handbag. If you want to

different shades will contrast subtly for an elegant and classy look. You can also wear a dark brown skirt with a cream-colored brown shirt if you need something to wear on a night out. The clothes you wear can be an artistic expression of who you are. Don’t be afraid to step outside of the box and your comfort zone when it comes to clothes. Mix and match different styles and colors to see what works best for you. If it makes you feel confident, then go with it!

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Picking the Perfect Souvenir

A way to preserve or share a piece of your trip is to bring home a souvenir, but choosing a souvenir isn’t always a stress-free experience. How do you pick the perfect souvenir and not just the first thing you see in a tourist shop? Here are some tips for picking a truly meaningful gift for yourself or your loved ones. Who are you buying for? What are your recipient’s interests, or what do they spend the most time doing? If you’re buying for yourself and enjoy coffee, you might buy a local coffee blend to enjoy from home. However, if your recipient doesn’t enjoy coffee or rarely drinks it, that type of gift might not mean much to them. Is it legal to bring home? Whether you’re traveling domestically or internationally, there are many regulations that affect which souvenirs you can bring home. Even if you find the item in a tourist shop, that doesn’t mean it’ll be allowed into the country or even onto the plane. And the TSA does take this seriously. In 2012, two tourists were detained at the U.S. border for trying to bring home chocolate Kinder eggs — a specific kind that are illegal in the U.S. due to the potentially hazardous small toys inside. Purchase a handicraft. Handicrafts — items created by local artisans — are awesome souvenirs! But make sure you buy where artisans actually sell their own goods, such as an open-air market. Unfortunately, while some popular tourist shops

may sell “locally made goods,” many souvenirs intended for tourists are actually made by cheap manufacturers in other countries.

Keep something from the adventure. Bringing a glass bottle to take home some sand is a popular way of creating your own souvenir from a beach vacation. But you can do this with almost any item! Whether it’s stones, ticket stubs from favorite shows and activities, or a handmade item from a class, make sure to look out for souvenirs that’ll remind you of great memories and experiences.

We hope these tips will help you make the best choice. Bon voyage!

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