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Also” Liposculpture”, “Suction assisted lipoplasty/lipectomy”. This treatment is suitable for patients whose weight is within the normal range but whose figures appear disproportionate due to fat deposits in areas such as the abdomen, upper buttocks, love handles, thighs, upper arms and chin. These stubborn fat deposits typically do not respond to dieting or exercise. Best results are obtained from liposculpture if the skin has enough elasticity to achieve a smooth contour after fat removal.
Liposuction is not a substitute for weight loss, nor a cure for obesity. If a person has loose skin, liposuction can actually make it worse. If the patient has true skin laxity, liposuction can be combined with some skin-tightening or lifting procedure.
Liposuction has been refined and is quite safe. It removes localized deposits of excess fat from specific areas of the body by using small cannulas, or tubes introduced through small incisions. Liposuction has been around for some time now. It is usually performed in day surgery under general anesthetic or intravenous sedation, depending on the amount of fat being removed. The fat is literally sucked out from the body. Patients are required to wear a compression garment on the treated area for at least four weeks after the procedure to assist in skin retraction and body contouring during the healing process. The following are some techniques in liposculpture;
The tumescent technique involves infusing the target area with saline and anesthetic before the fat and fluid are suctioned out. This technique is best suited for first-time liposuction patients who have specific fatty deposits they are looking to eliminate.
This type of liposuction utilizes a laser fiber that is directed right to the fat cells to help dissolve them instantly. The process is more targeted than traditional suctioning with a cannula, making it more appropriate for localized fat deposits. The procedure only requires local anesthesia. One study comparing standard and laser-assisted liposuction found no difference between the two modalities in swelling, bruising and overall results.
The ultrasound waves help break up the fat before it is suctioned out, and many surgeons find this approach to be gentler and better for precise sculpting. Ultrashape is a brand name version of ultrasound-assisted liposuction, and it can be appropriate for patients who have had previous liposuction procedures or those with fat deposits located on the back or other hard-sculpt areas. It may also have an added skin-tightening benefit.
This is essentially traditional liposuction with the addition of an oscillating cannula head that moves back and forth. According to professionals, each pass of the cannula achieves the equivalent of 40 or more passes with traditional liposuction.
This is also a fat-reducing procedure that can help create a more harmonious body shape. Multiple injections of measured amounts of phosphatidylcholine are injected in a grid directly into the area of concern. This is suitable for treating small problem areas. Another one is the use of external ultrasound. Ideal candidate for this is one with the right weight and with good skin elasticity. Usually, they just need contouring in certain areas such as the abdomen or thighs. This method does not change weight, it just breaks down fats.