Okay!

This is for everyone but especially for those of you that have had to listen to me talk about it FOREVER and EVER and EVER. Plus a few more years. The Lipo Queen book is available on Amazon.

You can read a chunk of it for free and purchase on Amazon here:

Click here for LIPO QUEEN in PAPERBACK!

Click here for LIPO QUEEN on KINDLE!

The third option is to get it from your friend who is a celebrity on NBC’s “Hollywood Game Night” because it will be in this season’s gift bags.

And remember, it’s all fiction. Any similarities to people, places or things, dead or alive, is strictly coincidental. All of it.

Right?

XO
LQ

For those of you trying out your new Lipo Queen Vixen shapewear, or just interested in learning more, here’s a 3-minute video for you to check out! We know The Vixen can be challenging to get on the first time, but trust us, if you’ve measured correctly, it WILL fit, and it will be SO worth it! In this video, one amazing customer tries it on for the first time to see if it really works.

Make sure you watch the entire video to see her results…along with a little twist ending!😉

Our revolutionary shapewear is already changing lives — and body shapes!🙂

XO,

LQ

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ONE-A-MONTH GIVEAWAY: LIPO QUEEN VIXEN
 
GREAT NEWS! The Lipo Queen Vixen Shapewear was featured on ABC’s FABLife in a segment called Lose 20 Pounds in 20 Seconds!, and due to the amazing responses we’ve received from all over the country, we are going to be doing a special One-A-Month Giveaway!

 We want to hear from YOU! Write to us through the Lipo Queen Blog (using the Contact Form below) and tell us why having The Vixen shape wear is important/exciting to you. Do you have a fancy event coming up? Have you tried other shape wear and had a bad experience? Do you have an amazing pair of skinny jeans you’re dying to finally wear? Whatever your reason may be, we’d love to hear about it, and you just may get The Vixen sent to you—free!

 

Looking forward to hearing from you!

 

XO

LQ

Reviews:

 

Those wretched bulges just above the waist that totally wreck your look? Bulbous thighs that make you self conscious and miserable, forcing you to hide your body under absurd and unflattering cover-ups when all you want is to look trim, fit, youthful and sexy? Well, with my VIXEN all I don’t like just disappears. Poof!!
GONE! Replaced by smooth perfect
contour!! And guess what? My whole
body looks great and even the ass I normally hate appears firm and years younger.
I look like a super model in my VIXEN!! Thank you, Lipo Queen. You are so awesome.

Penny A.

 

Hi I own one of the vixen garment and I love it I have event with my daughter and some of my friends were asking me if I had lipo done because I look amazing in the dress that I was wearing so I started telling them about the vixen garment they couldn’t believe it thank you Lipoqueen

Veronica C.

 

 

 

 

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Not to sound like those annoying Sharper Image emails you’ve been getting, but yes, you read that correctly. This is major so I won’t beat around the bush.

For anyone who is planning on having a “skin reduction procedure” on their body—that would be anything like a tummy tuck, a mini tummy tuck, a body lift, leg lift or arm lift…

We are participating in a clinical trial that is evaluating a new filler called Allofill that eventually will be used in place of the fat when we do fat grafting. That’s crazy, you might think. If I’m going to have fat injection on my breasts, butt or face, I would want to use my own so I can get rid of it. That’s kind of the point of it.

However, there ARE people who don’t have enough of their own fat to have this fabulous procedure. I like to say that “I can get fat out of a rock” but sometimes it’s just not enough to make a difference in the places that we are putting it.

Here’s how the study works:

  • You decide that this time it really is NEW YEAR, NEW YOU and you are finally going to go for it and get rid of that extra saggy, stretched out skin on your abdomen that is driving you crazy.
  • Come in and see us for a consult. (Normally $250 but we are doing complimentary consults for those who would participate in the study.)
  • Visit with the Principal Investigator on the study, Dr. John Joseph, another board-certified surgeon here in Beverly Hills and a good friend of mine. He will inject a small amount of the Allofill underneath about an inch of skin that we are planning on removing.
  • Undergo the procedure one month after the visit with Dr. Joseph. At that time, the skin will be removed. The procedure itself will be discounted for those patients participating in the study.
  • There will be the normal follow-up with us and then a one-month follow-up with Dr. Joseph.
  • And again, not to sound like those Sharper Image emails you’re getting about “cash back” with purchases in the New Year, but at one month you will receive significant monetary compensation from Biologica Technologies, the creators of Allofill.

Not bad, I think.

If there was ever a time to do a tummy tuck in Beverly Hills, I would say it would be now.

And just think, you will be on the cutting edge😉 (corny pun intended)

XO

LQ

The title is for those of you who receive this blog post in your inbox. I figured the nickname “Vag” was enough to get you to open it.

So here’s the scoop:

Over the past decade or so, considerably increased attention has been drawn to the cosmetic appearance of the vag (technically, in all of the papers published, it is referred to as “female genitalia” but I just can’t…)

I was personally unaware of this trend until women started coming in to see me many years ago, displaying their dissatisfactions by demonstrating: “look, this flap goes like that, and this goes like that…Can you fix it?!?”

My first thought was: “how do they even know what theirs looks like? I couldn’t pick mine out of a lineup.”

 And then:

 “Why do they care?”

 But since I need to be at the forefront of cosmetic surgery for women—I immediately did the research and read the articles. I’m talking scientific/plastic surgery industry ones, not web-based chatroom talk. Below is a screenshot of just a fraction of what a literature search for “labiaplasty” in our scientific journals brings up today:

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Clearly “labiaplasty” is no longer a “fringe” procedure. Not only is it now considered very mainstream, but culturally—at least here in Los Angeles–it has become a thing.

 It could almost be considered the new breast aug.

 Back then, as the only double board-certified female plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills (in general surgery and plastic surgery—to be fair, I hear there is a newbie board-certified in ENT and plastic surgery) I realized:

I need to offer this procedure to my patients.”

So, many years ago, I started performing my friend Dr. Gary Alter’s technique (yes, Caitlyn Jenner’s surgeon—this is public knowledge, not a HIPAA violation) for labiaplasty of the labia minora. These are the “flaps” that most patients want shaped and reduced if they are seeking cosmetic improvement. These thinner, inner “lips” that sometimes hang down below the larger, outer “labia majora,” can cause discomfort in certain clothing and, depending on your aesthetic, can be considered unattractive.

Anyway, I don’t think this is news to most of you. Points of interest that you do need to be aware of if you are considering labiaplasty of the labia minora:

  • For it to be done properly, it usually should be done in an Operating Room, with at least some IV sedation. Although it seems like a small, simple thing, it’s not just a “snip” that can be done in the office. It is a very exacting and complex procedure that the surgeon should perform meticulously under loupe magnification (microscope glasses). Not only to get you a perfect result, but to prevent complications. As you can imagine, that area could have a difficult time healing, and if it doesn’t heal well, you can wind up with something much worse than what you started with.
  • Truthfully, the recovery can be a little brutal—there can be significant swelling and discomfort for at least a few days—so you just need to be prepared and to plan for it. It’s not a go-back-to-work-the-next-day procedure. And you should have at least a week of no obligations and no sex for six weeks
  • Most patients’ significant others are not opposed to it. Except maybe for the “no sex for six weeks” part.

So labiaplasty of the labia minora is a surgery.

I just wanted to make that clear. That’s not the main reason for this blog.

I wanted to discuss this new laser, Thermiva®

In our field we often use the term “laser” loosely to keep things simple for the consumer, to describe all noninvasive skin treatments involving big machines, but Thermiva® is not actually a laser.

Thermiva® is a radiofrequency device, which means it induces skin tightening with energy that heats tissue and stimulates collagen production in order to reduce the appearance of fine lines and loose skin. The technique induces tissue remodeling and production of new collagen and elastin.

Yes, this sounds familiar because there are so many radiofrequency devices out there already for use all over the face and body, but Thermiva® is the only one that has been FDA approved for vaginal rejuvenation inside and out.

Many times, my patients will ask me off-handedly if I do that “inside tightening procedure” and I refer them to their gynecologist. But actually, this laser may take the place of that more invasive procedure.

Here are the take-home Thermiva® bullet points:

***It is done in-office, supposedly done without even any numbing cream, doesn’t hurt, and takes about half an hour.

***No downtime—you can go back to having sex the same day (yay?)

***The cost for the patient is approximately $3500 for the three recommended treatments, spaced one month apart but supposedly you see a result after just one. Each separate treatment runs approximately $1500.

***If something sounds too good to be true, it usually is, right? I need to be clear: This is not the Holy Grail for the vag. The Thermiva does not work on the labia minora, so it doesn’t replace that surgery we discussed above.

***It works well on the Labia Majora—often the cause of the camel-toe-in-LuLu Lemons®-for-no-reason. I don’t have as many women pointing this out as a problem area, but when we are discussing a tummy tuck or a lipo, they do usually ask me if the procedure will give them any kind of lift overall.

***It tightens the loose tissue on the inside. By stimulating tissue growth and rejuvenation, it has actually been shown to improve urinary incontinence (leaky bladder) after childbearing and might even replace the much more invasive and notoriously unsuccessful “bladder sling” procedure. This could actually be the most valuable application for it.

***Results supposedly last about a year.

So based on the above information and the rave five-star online reviews, this thing might really be useful.

I am always skeptical about new and expensive devices that “really work!” But I have heard a great firsthand review from a patient who says she noticed an improvement after just one treatment, and this seems to be the current theme.

So does this thing really work? And if it does, like the labiaplasty, is it something that I should be offering my patients?

I wanted to do some market research with my patients to find out what the true demand for such a procedure would be. But I found that, even with the patients that I know really well, it’s a little awkward to bridge the conversation from “Your breasts look great!” to “How’s your vag doing? Do you think it needs to be tighter?”

So instead I’m putting it out there with this blog, a chance to get anonymous feedback from my readers and anyone else out there secretly surfing the net on this subject.

Is this procedure for tightening the inside (vaginal canal) and outside (Labia Majora only) something that YOU would be interested in?

We are especially interested in those of you in the Los Angeles area, as we will be setting up a “Thermiva® demo day” where we will be doing this in the office for a very reduced price. Yes, like a focus group. I don’t like to sell something that doesn’t work.

So let us know. You know where we live.

Sorry, no before and after pics here. I just couldn’t. Besides, they would probably get taken down by WordPress anyway.

 

XO

LQ

 

 

 

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You’ve heard of it. And you’ve probably been like, “What the fu$k is that?”

Well, if you feel like the skin on your face and neck is looking weathered and crepey and like you were a previous sun-worshipper/smoker and overall older than you want it to, this is the procedure for you. It is my number one go-to now for skin rejuvenation. INSTEAD of any laser.

So what is it exactly?

It is an in-office procedure that takes about an hour.

  • We draw a tube of your blood (Hence the term “vampire”) and spin it down in a centrifuge in a special tube that separates out the red blood cells and the liquid–the “plasma,” which is yellow and clear. This is what is known as “Platelet Rich Plasma” or “PRP.” It is chock full of growth factors. Think of growth factors as workmen coming in to rebuild your skin. It stimulates collagen production and whatever else has to happen to make your skin thicker/newer/better. We use it in reconstructive surgeries for wound healing as well.
  • We put numbing cream on your face (and neck if you want it there. Like me, if you need it on your face you probably need it on your neck).
  • We microneedle your face and neck with a Dermapen. Think dermabrasion with actual almost microscopic needles that do not leave marks. This microneedling can be a stand-alone treatment for facial rejuvenation by stimulating collagen production and rebuilding your skin, but it is even MORE effective when combined with the PRP. This part is not uncomfortable when you have had the numbing cream on for at least twenty minutes.
  • We inject the PRP directly under your skin, concentrating in the areas that need rejuvenation the most. This part can burn. You can have a pain pill and Uber home.

What’s the Downtime?

There is no pain afterwards. If you do the microneedling alone there is almost no downtime—you look a little sunburned for a day.

If you do the entire Vampire Face Lift, there is some swelling in the areas of injection, and some bruising that can last a few days. If you are not going to an event where people are going to look closely at you, you can really go on with your regular routine, put makeup on immediately, and nobody will notice. Just apply the ointment we give you, and try to stay out of the sun. I went to dinner the next night and nobody at the table noticed. But if you are going to be in settings that will make you self-conscious, give yourself a week. But it’s not a week of looking like a lobster or a Smurf. You can still do regular errands like going to the grocery store/driving kids to soccer and lacrosse/watching soccer and lacrosse, etc.

Or there’s still time to have it done before Halloween and make it part of your costume😉

When will you see a result?

At about five days afterwards is what we have heard from our patients, and I can testify myself that it is now five days since the procedure and I see the difference. My skin is dewier and younger-looking. So it’s not one of those things that you have to do a bunch of times over months to see a difference. YOU WILL SEE RESULTS AFTER ONE TREATMENT.

In short, this is the skin rejuvenation of the future.

The Cost: $1500/treatment at our office. You will find this to be an incredibly reasonable price if you start shopping around.

Here’s an action photo:

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You’ll have to come visit to see the after. Or check out the latest post on our instagram @lipoqueen.com

And you never know. YOUR after photo could look like this:

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😉

 

Happy Halloween!

XO

LQ

 

 

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I’m not saying your trainer is a liar or a bad person. It’s just that when it comes to certain issues about how diet and exercise actually affect the human body on a cellular level, many personal trainers don’t know exactly what they’re talking about. Or they do know what they’re talking about, and they continue to talk and take your money.

So before you take everything your trainer says at face value, and feel ashamed that no matter how hard you work out, your body isn’t turning into what your trainer promised you it would, ask yourself these three questions:

1) Does your trainer happen to have a PhD, Master’s, or at least a Bachelor’s degree in Biology that includes courses in Human Physiology?

2) Can your trainer talk to you in detail about the process of aging at a cellular level, especially about what’s happening to the skin on your arms and above your knees?

3) Does your trainer know how and where in the digestive system fat/protein/carbohydrates are absorbed and what happens to them once they hit the bloodstream?

I would bet not.

As someone who was FORCED to spend SIX painful years STUDYING and RELEARNING and MEMORIZING the basic science of the human body (all of my colleagues out there who made it through a pyramidal general surgery program and had to obtain high scores on the “In-Service Exam” to keep their jobs feel my pain), I am fully prepared to go head to head with your trainer who shames you by telling you that if you just keep doing the workouts they prescribe, and eat the way you’re supposed to, they can fix those things about your body that you hate.

So below are the five most common myths that every patient of mine with a trainer has been shamed into believing. I am sick of hearing them and I am here to set the record straight:

 

  • “If I just keep working out, this will go away.”

If you’re generally overweight, yes. Fat will burn off in general and you will get thinner. But if you are at a reasonable weight for your height and build, and you are working out and taking care of yourself, and there is muffin top/bra fat/saddle bags/inner thighs that you’ve had your whole life or developed after pregnancy or menopause and just won’t budge, IT WILL NEVER GO AWAY. Unless you are twenty pounds underweight. And who has time for that?

Because while you can tone designated muscles, you cannot spot reduce your body with exercise. (ie) Running isn’t going to necessarily get rid of fat from your legs. Rowing is not necessarily going to get rid of fat from your arms.

Fat is simply a form of energy storage. Elements of Carbon, Oxygen and Hydrogen (yeah, remember that periodic table from eleventh grade chemistry?) are broken down from the food you eat and bonded together into lipids (the building blocks of fat.) Lipids are stored in fat cells. The thing is that you don’t get to pick which cells will be used for storage. When your body needs energy, it breaks those bonds and releases the energy (like gasoline in a car) from wherever it is programmed to do so. Not necessarily the part of the body you are exercising. If you want to target an area of fat, that’s a lipo, possibly a Coolsculpt, or at least a Vixen.

So for example, if you lose ten pounds, your body could use the stored fat in your face and breasts, and you could wind up with deflated boobs and a sunken, older-looking face and still have thick arms. In fact, if you’ve had thick arms your whole life, I can almost guarantee that they will stay thick.

 

  • “If I work out my legs it will tighten the skin.”

The skin is a waterproof covering of your body. It is made of collagen and elastin and other building blocks whose names are too technical to get into here.

The main thing to understand is that the skin does not participate in your exercise regimen. It can tighten as a healing response to direct injury from things like lasers and peels. It can look better after treatment with non-invasive “skin tightening” machines like Velashape and Exilis, though long term results are still questionable.

So, contrary to popular belief, the skin does not tighten with exercise.

 

  • “Well, then I can build up my muscle and fill out the loose skin.”

That might be true if you started taking steroids. Take a look at the skin you want to fill out and how much you have to pull it to make it look tight. Do you really want your muscles that big? And chances are, you wouldn’t be able to get them big enough without taking some questionable supplements.

In most situations where skin is really sagging, a skin excision procedure (tummy tuck, thigh lift, arm lift) is necessary to get the result you want. For the abdomen, a tummy tuck can be a good option if you are okay with the scar hidden beneath your underwear line, as the tradeoff for having tighter skin.

On an arm or leg, the scar would be hidden in most positions, but still present. So, unless you have had massive weight loss, and can’t live with the extra skin anymore, I am not recommending thigh lifts and arm lifts.

As we age, our skin just gets crappier. Childbearing also takes a toll. No matter what we do, it loses elasticity that we cannot get back.

If you stayed out of the sun when you were younger, you’re ahead of the game. But chances are, unless you are fortunate enough to have amazing genetics (which really plays the biggest role in having “tight skin”) after your mid-forties you are probably constantly bemoaning the skin on your body.

My personal solution: Spray tans

If you really have money to burn, you could do weekly Velashape treatments for the rest of your life.

But for most of us, (myself definitely included) when it comes to the skin on our bodies, in general, we have to GET OVER OURSELVES. And do the best we can. Look the best we can for our age.

We need to accept that our days parading around in a tiny bikini and getting checked out by every guy at the hotel pool may be over. That’s okay. Hopefully by now we have other, more important things going on.

Because really, besides feeding our egos, what did getting superficial attention from a bunch of strangers actually do for us, anyway?

Moving on.

  • “If I keep working out my core, my abdomen will be flatter, and I’ll get a six pack.”

 I’m talking about that situation that we all have after a certain age—that your abdomen is flat in the morning but as soon as you eat or drink something, it starts sticking out.

Even if you haven’t had kids, as we age, our abdominal walls become looser. It’s not the muscle, it’s the tissue around the muscles and holding everything together (the fascia) that is loosening. Again—loss of tissue elasticity. Like your skin, your fascia does not participate in pilates.

You can definitely make your abs muscles stronger, and you can learn to keep them tight and held in, but the fascia can’t tighten itself. And sit-ups do not flatten your abdomen.

So if you’re really doing everything you can to be fit and healthy, and your abs muscles won’t get flatter, and you still can’t see them, the answer is one of two things:

A tummy tuck with plication of the deep abdominal wall (permanent suturing inside like an internal corset)

or

Liposuction to get the fat off your abdomen so you can uncover the muscles underneath that you’ve been working so hard on. Remember, you cannot spot reduce fat (see myth #1)

 

  • “If I cut down on the carbs I will lose weight.”

 Weight loss is not rocket science. It’s first grade math. Although these days, kids are probably doing this kind of math before they hit kindergarten. Energy in, Energy out. All food gets broken down to simple sugars, amino acids and lipids—that’s sugar, protein, and fat. Calories are a measurement of energy in the food that you eat. Like money—it doesn’t matter how you get it, green is green. Whether it comes from sugar, fat or protein, a Calorie is a Calorie.

So don’t get caught up in the good carb/bad carb thing. All carbs get broken down to the same basic simple sugars by the time they hit your bloodstream.

If you are trying to lose weight, you need to have your energy intake be less than what you are expending.

It’s not WHAT you’re eating, it’s HOW MUCH of it.

Most of us are not completely honest with ourselves about how much we are eating. Especially if we go out to a lot of dinner meetings. Those appetizers sitting there…and it seems like you’re not eating that much because there’s still so much food left on the table.

Unfortunately, it is much easier to put energy into your body than it is to get rid of it. Running four miles barely burns off a bagel. So, unless you are a professional athlete training for the Olympics, or Natalie Portman preparing for Black Swan, most weight loss has to do with HOW MUCH YOU ARE EATING—not necessarily WHAT you are eating—and not how much you’re working out.

If you feel that you are dieting and exercising and not losing the weight that you want to, the best way to get a handle on it is to start recording into your phone notepad whatever you eat throughout the day. It sucks, but things add up quickly.

 

So those are the main self-deprecating quotes I hear from women who can’t seem to meet their workout goals. Whether it’s a trainer telling them, or they are telling themselves these things, they are inaccurate.

To be clear, I am not advocating body contouring or skin tightening procedures as a replacement for working out and keeping a healthy diet. Addressing resistant areas of fat is a supplement to–and should only be performed–in conjunction with a healthy lifestyle.

If you are already taking care of yourself, having a procedure that targets a certain area might even give you a kick-start if you are stuck at a plateau.

For instance, wouldn’t you be more motivated to work out and eat less if your thighs didn’t rub together while you’re on the treadmill, or you didn’t have to keep re-arranging your LuLu Lemons to keep your muffin top or post-baby sagging abdominal wall skin from getting exposed? Those are legitimate concerns.

 

Just saying.

 

XO

LQ