Liposuction 101

Unusual Liposuction TriviaLiposuction, more casually known as “lipo”, is a plastic surgery procedure that removes excess fat from the body to reshape or slim specific areas. This can improve the contour and proportions of the body. Treatment can be performed on numerous areas of the body, including the calves, ankles, inner knee, chest, back, upper arms, thighs, hips, buttock, waist, and abdomen. This procedure can be completed on its own or in conjunction with other surgeries such as breast reductions, tummy tucks, and face lifts. Liposuction does not treat obesity and should not be considered a substitute for exercise and diet. It also cannot cure cellulite. Cellulite are dimples in the skin that can appear in loose or saggy areas such as the thighs, buttocks, and hips.

Is Liposuction Right For You?

The best candidates for liposuction are adults who are healthy without serious medical conditions or illness. It is important that they are not smokers. Liposuction is typically beneficial for those who have fat deposits that have not responded well to diet or exercise. These bothersome or problem areas may be corrected by this procedure. The best results tend to occur in those whose skin retains some firmness and elasticity. Positive thinking and realistic goals are also necessary for any body contouring procedure, especially liposuction.

How Is Liposuction Performed?

Traditional liposuction procedures are completed while the patient is under anesthesia. An incision is made and a small, hollow tube called a cannula is inserted through the incision. The cannula is moved back and forth to loosen the fat. The cannula is attached to a vacuum device which then suctions out the fat as it is disrupted.  Swelling and bruising may occur and can take several weeks to resolve. Patients will need to wear a compression garment as the body heals. This will help to minimize swelling and maintain the body's new contours.  As the swelling fades, the body's new shape will become visible.

Combining Liposuction with Lasers

Liposuction techniques have evolved over the years and have brought about the invention of laser liposuction.  This is one of the least invasive techniques used to remove excess fat deposits from the body. This procedure utilizes a wave of a laser light to dissolve fat while also stimulating the production of collagen to help tighten the skin. This tightening effect is created by heating the skin from the most internal layer up. The skin itself is not subjected to direct energy, thus minimizing the risk of possible external skin damage that can result from other procedures.

Smart lipo is a popular form of laser liposuction that effectively eliminates excess fat and tightens the skin with less pain and a shorter recovery. As the laser helps to tighten the skin, there is also less worry of sagging or dimpling of the skin after the procedure. During the procedure, a small cannula fitted with a laser fiber is inserted under the skin. The laser directs energy to the fat cells, liquefying the fat and stimulating collagen production. The three varying laser wavelengths that are used allow for a customized treatment that can treat each patient individually. The procedure is also performed with a local anesthetic which allows the patient to remain awake but comfortable.

Traditional liposuction and laser liposuction techniques like Smart lipo are all able to produce excellent results for patients.  Finding the right procedure for the patient can be achieved with the help of a qualified surgeon. To learn more about your options in liposuction and laser liposuction, contact Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery at (866) 487-3223.

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