Liposuction surgery removes excess deposits of fat to sculpt an improved shape to a patient’s body. While liposuction is best known as a fat removal procedure, it is also one of the best procedures to help a patient refine his or her shape. In fact, cosmetic surgeons often use liposuction to refine the results of other procedures, as no other technique allows for such detailed improvements in body contour.
There are many different liposuction techniques available to surgeons today. The main difference between each type of liposuction is the technology they use to assist the fat removal process. The manufacturers of each type claim to have unique advantages, and cosmetic surgeons will sometimes prefer a certain technique depending on the nature of the procedure. Just remember that the skill and experience of the cosmetic surgeon performing liposuction will make the biggest difference in your results.
Below are some of the types of liposuction more commonly used by cosmetic surgeons today:
Tumescent Liposuction: with this technique, a cosmetic surgeon will inject an anesthetic “tumescent” solution into the treatment area to minimize bleeding and discomfort during the procedure. Depending on the patient, tumescent liposuction can often be performed with local anesthesia.
Ultrasound Assisted Liposuction: this technique utilizes ultrasound energy to help break up the fatty tissue and loosen it from the body, allowing for easier removal of larger amounts of fat with a faster surgery. Variations include VASER Liposelection.
Laser Assisted Liposuction: known under brand names like SmartLipo and Slimlipo, these techniques use laser energy to help dislodge fat cells.
Suction Assisted Liposuction: this technique uses a vacuum like device to help remove the fat. Power Assisted Liposuction is a similar technique that involves a tool that enhances the motion of the cannula used to remove the fat.
How Liposuction Works
Liposuction is an outpatient procedure and can be safely performed using local anesthesia, intravenous sedation, or local anesthesia, depending on the nature of the procedure. Your cosmetic surgeon will recommend the anesthesia method that is most appropriate for your needs.
Your cosmetic surgeon will make one or more small incisions near the treatment area. A cannula, or thin tube, is inserted through these incisions to loosen excess fat beneath the skin. Then, the fat is suctioned out. The entire procedure can take under an hour or up to 3 hours or longer, depending on the number of areas treated.
Life After Liposuction
Today’s advanced liposuction techniques are designed to minimize swelling, trauma and discomfort, and when the procedure is performed by a qualified cosmetic surgeon, recovery from liposuction can be remarkably quick. Many patients return to work just a few days after their procedures, depending on the physical requirements of their jobs and the extent of their procedures. While your cosmetic surgeon can prescribe pain medication, most patients find over the counter options more than enough to manage any post-operative soreness.
Your cosmetic surgeon may give you a compression garment to wear for a few weeks following surgery. This helps to minimize swelling and encourage optimal skin contraction. With proper care, scars should fade significantly over the months following surgery; in many cases, scars are barely visible after a year or so.
Results can last permanently with proper care
Liposuction removes fat cells from your body, and these fat cells will not grow back. However, it is important to maintain a stable weight to ensure that your new look remains optimal. If you gain a significant amount of weight in the future, your overall appearance is likely to change as your body stores excess fat in other locations.
When performed by a qualified cosmetic surgeon, liposuction is a safe procedure and an excellent way to improve the shape of your body. The best way to decide if liposuction is right for you is to consult with a board certified cosmetic surgeon.
Micro-needling Skin Rejuvenation uses a specialized device for promoting a youthful look and texture to the skin. One of the most popular skin treatments requested by clients is Micro-needling. A reduction in hyper-pigmentation, wrinkling, acne scars, crepe-y skin and stretch marks caused by pregnancy are noticeably improved.
The procedure uses a device or pen that contains sharp micro-needles that create 1000’s of micro channels or holes that help stimulate collagen and elastin production. The increased collagen and elastin plumps up the skin. Improvement in skin texture, tighter skin, and a reduction in pore size are a result of the plumping effect.
Patients reported rating that both Laser treatments and Micro-needling treatments were equally effective in resolving skin issues. However, patients reported fewer side effects with less downtime from Micro-needling.
Additional treatments are recommended after 6months to a year. Check with your professional to discuss your options.
General Side effects – After the first day you may have a little bruising and red skin at or around the micro-needling sight. After the second day the redness and bruising should subside. After a few days the skin will continue to heal with little to no visible side effects.
Downtime – Most people go right back to work and resume their daily routine. Aftercare is important. Discuss and follow the specific aftercare procedures with your medical professional.
Consult with an experienced and licensed professional for advice about any non-surgical cosmetic procedure.