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Safety in Liposuction and Tummy Tuck

Saturday, February 15th, 2014

In the State of Florida, up to 4L of pure fat can be removed with one session of liposuction in properly accredited facilities. On the other hand, when liposuction is performed at the same time as a tummy tuck or some other procedure, the maximum amount of fat that can legally be removed is 1L.

These legal restrictions hold true regardless of the physician or the facility where the procedure is performed and have been established for safety reasons.

In evaluating patients who present for and would be best suited with a tummy tuck, we may recommend liposuction as a separate procedure before the tummy tuck. This enables us to remove all the fat that should be removed prior to the tummy tuck procedure, where tightening loose muscle fascia and removing excess skin would be performed, along with the removal of up to one L of additional fat.

Although many patients qualify for a tummy tuck as a definitive procedure, heavier patients may require 2 procedures to meet their goal-liposuction followed by the tummy tuck sometime thereafter.

At Porcaro Cosmetic Surgery, we perform liposuction and tummy tuck operations in our AAAHC accredited facility under local tumescent and IV sedation as an out patient. All of our patients are discharged to home, under that care of a responsible adult, and are regularly seen by Dr. Porcaro during their recovery.
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That “laser” ain’t no laser!

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

Chiropractors, who are Nonphysicians, market a “laser” to “shed unwanted belly fat”. Unfortunately, this ” Laser” is actually not a laser, but an infrared lamp per the FDA! the Lapex 2000 has an FDA indication “for the temporary relief of hand and wrist pain associated with carpal Tunnel Syndrome”! There is no FDA indication to use this device in the treatment of unwanted fat!

Liposuction, liposculpture and authentic lasers, such as the Lipotherme, are FDA approved for the treatment of unwanted fat. These time tested medical procedures, typically performed by surgeons, are not performed  for weight reduction but rather to treat fat that is not amenable to diet and exercise. 

Check out some of our many liposculpture and lipotherme photos.

As appealing as it may be, it simply doesn’t make sense to expect the Lapex 2000 or any other unproven device to “shed unwanted belly fat effortlessly”.

Although Porcaro Cosmetic Surgery is located in Port St Lucie, we regularly treat patients from Stuart and Vero Beach, Florida.

For a private complementary consultation with Dr Porcaro click HERE or call 772-337-1717 today.

Dr Porcaro lectures at national meeting

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

By invitation of the American Society of Lipo-suction Surgery, Dr Porcaro was asked to present the topic: Liposuctions Specifics: Preparation, Marking, Positioning, Dressings & Post op Care of Liposuction Patients. This  meeting took place in Las Vegas and was part of the annual meeting of  The American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery & was attended by ~700 physicians.

Dr Porcaro is a Fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, the highest designation of this prestigeous organization, with over 2,600 physician members.

Although Porcaro Cosmetic Surgery is located in Port St Lucie, we regularly treat patients from Stuart and Vero Beach, Florida.

For a private complementary consultation with Dr Porcaro click HERE or call 772-337-1717 today.

“Circumferential” Tummy Tucks

Saturday, December 18th, 2010

We have seen dramatic results with the addition of liposculpture of the flanks & back rolls done at the same time as a tummy tuck procedure- a “circumferential abdominoplasty”. Check out some of our tummy tuck procedures at:


In addition to the improvement in results, the addition of liposculpture to a tummy tuck can diminish the need for liposculpture as a separate procedure after the tummy tuck, lowering the costs and eliminating a second recovery!
Keep in mind that ALL Tummy Tuck procedures at Porcaro Cosmetic Surgery are performed in the comfort and safety of our AAAHC accredited facility under tumescent local anesthesia, with IV sedation as needed. NONE of our patients have had the need for general anesthesia! This improves the safety of the procedure, lessons the expense and speeds the recovery!

ALL of our tummy tuck patients are discharged to HOME several hours after their procedure without the inconvenience and without the added expense of staying in a hospital or the surgeon’s overnight suite for several days!All our patients are carefully followed up by Dr Porcaro after their procedure.

Although Porcaro Cosmetic Surgery is located in Port St Lucie, we regularly treat patients from Stuart and Vero Beach, Florida.

For a private complementary consultation with Dr Porcaro click HERE or call 772-337-1717 today.

AACS Annual Meeting

Friday, February 5th, 2010

At the annual meeting of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery that I attended in Orlando, Fl last week, I became convinced that Laser lipolysis has progressed from the early days of SmartLipo to the more powerful, easier & FDA approved LipoTherme laser device for body contouring.

As a result of the impressive result and quicker recovery with this procedure we purchased the Osryris Lipotherme laser & will be offering Laser Lipo in the near future.

Lipotherme is a safe, effective, minimally invasive procedure that uses a laser to liquefy and remove unwanted fat in targeted body zones. In addition to removing unwanted fat, Lipothermeâ??s thermal effect causes the skin to contract, resulting in firmer, smoother skin that further enhances your body shaping goals.

Laser Lipolysis with Lipotherme offers:

  • Minimally invasive vs. traditional liposuction
  • Faster procedure to have performed, usually as an “in office” procedure
  • Minimal Healing – less destruction to blood vessels and tissues near the fat cells means less blood loss and reduced post procedure downtime.
  • Minimal Discomfort and typically performed under Local AnesethiaThe clinical term for this type of procedure is laser-assisted lipolysis (also called laser lipolysis or laser lipo for short) which is an evolution of traditional liposuction. Although effective, traditional liposuction is considered a highly invasive procedure. By contrast, Lipotherme laser lipolysis is a minimally-invasive procedure with virtually no downtime. Most patients resume normal activities the day after their procedure, however, it is recommended you wait several days before resuming strenuous activity such as exercising. Depending on your goals and physical condition, Lipotherme can be an alternative to traditional liposuction, or or dr Porcaro may recommend a combination therapy of Lipotherme with traditional liposuction.

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*Although The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery is the only certifying Board that exclusively tests surgeons' knowledge and experience in cosmetic surgery, it is not recognized by the Florida Board of Medicine.

Dr. John Porcaro's full service cosmetic surgery practice offers breast augmentation, liposuction, abdominoplasty, hair restoration, face lift, Botox, Juvederm, Sculptra and Bio-identical hormone replacement for Port St  Lucie, Jensen Beach, Sewall's Point, Hutchinson Island, Stuart, St Lucie West, PGA Village, Tradition, White City, Palm City, Sebastian, Vero Beach, Fort Pierce, Tequesta, Palm Beach Gardens, John's Island, Hobe Sound, Jupiter, Juno Beach, Indiantown, Port Salerno, Okeechobee, Melbourne and the greater Orlando area.




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