When excess fat deposits are diet and exercise resistant, many patients opt to undergo liposuction to eliminate them. With the liposculpture technique, incisions are smaller, and fat is targeted for more precise removal, creating a chiseled, defined body contour. Treatment regions can include the chin, jawline, arms, stomach, thighs, back, buttocks and hips.
Any patient who has exhausted traditional methods to remove excess body fat and gain the definition they desire may be a candidate for liposculpture. Candidates should also be in good general health and have realistic expectations of their results.
Similar to traditional liposuction, anesthesia is administered first. Tiny incisions are then made in the treatment site and a cannula (a very thin, hollow tube) is inserted to inject fluid that allows for the safe removal of targeted pockets of fat. By strategically eliminating fat, contouring can be more detailed. If male patients are experiencing gynecomastia, their breasts can be reduced through liposculpture for more masculine definition. Women with large breasts who are seeking less strain on their shoulders and back can opt for a breast reduction to reduce the size of their bust. Fat cells can be purified and injected into other areas of the body, such as the buttocks, breasts and face, to enhance and add volume through fat transfer. Three different approaches are available for your liposculpture procedure.
- Power-assisted liposuction uses a powerful back-and-forth motion for precision when removing tissue.
- Ultrasound-assisted liposuction uses an ultrasonic wave-emitting cannula to penetrate the tissue, heating and liquefying the surrounding fat for ease of removal.
- Laser-assisted liposuction uses a similar process involving cold laser beams. Instead of removing the emulsified fat, it remains in the body to be naturally eliminated. Additional incisions to drain excess fluids may be necessary with this technique.
Remaining fat in the body is repositioned, and the incisions are closed using sutures and surgical adhesives.
The incisions will be wrapped with surgical gauze and compression garments, and bruising and swelling should be expected. Your results should be visible immediately but may take up to six months to fully appear as residual swelling reduces. It is very important to wear the compression garments with foam and have massages as instructed to ensure optimal results. Your surgeon will provide detailed postoperative care instructions with directions on how to care for incisions, when to begin exercising and which pain medications should be taken. Avoid strenuous exercise or pressure on the incisions for at least one week.
Although individual results may vary, the most common outcome includes accentuated abdominal muscles and a tighter body contour. Each procedure is customized to achieve the patient’s desired results, boosting their confidence and providing a slimmer figure. Occasionally, there can be some loose skin that may need additional treatment. Committing to a healthy diet and fitness regimen will help maintain your results.
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