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What is Liposuction?
Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure that is also referred to by its medical name Lipoplasty or more commonly liposculpture or lipo. This procedure is a cosmetic operation whose purpose is to break up or suction fat out of an individual’s body from several different trouble areas.
This procedure has become one of the most popular cosmetic operations in the nation and one of the most performed worldwide as it can easily and greatly define and contour an individual’s body.
HOW DOES LIPOSUCTION WORK?
Very similar to a vacuum, liposuction is performed with the use of a suction device or aspirator along with a hollow tube called a cannula which is inserted and removed repetitively beneath the skin in order to break apart and extract any fat from the area in several different ways and methods. Often times, liposuction is performed in common trouble areas such as the neck, arms, thighs, back, and abdomen region.
Because these areas are known for their unwanted fat pockets-which can be very difficult if not impossible to remove through exercise- liposuction uses different techniques to break apart and liquefy all of this fat in order to give the body a perfect slim and slender appearance. Although liposuction plastic surgery can remove great amounts of unwanted weight from the body, it is not a substitute for exercise and a nutritious diet. Both a healthy diet and rigorous exercise regime will be needed in order to maintain any unwanted fat from returning. Excess fat that is removed from certain trouble areas can also be re-positioned or re-inserted into different parts of the body such as the buttocks.
BENEFITS OF LIPOSUCTION
Patients who undergo a liposuction procedure can benefit from both emotional and physical changes along with achieving their body contouring goals safely and effectively. Because liposuction has become such a popular procedure worldwide, it has become one of the most performed and perfected cosmetic surgeries available on the market. Liposuction surgery is not only used to safely remove any unwanted fat but also to eliminate any unwanted cellulite, sculpt and perfect curves in the body along with adding great amounts of contour to areas that have previously plateaued with exercises such as the legs, back, or abdomen.
IDEAL CANDIDATES FOR LIPOSUCTION MIAMI
Individuals who are looking into undergoing a liposuction procedure should be fairly healthy and should not have any life threatening conditions in order to help achieve maximum results and a speedy recovery. An good candidate for liposuction procedure should also be no more than 25 pounds from his/her ideal goal weight, as too much fat removal can become a safety hazard. We recommend patients to begin an exercise and diet routine prior to undergoing surgery in order to ensure that the body is in healthy conditions and that the individual will not have a hard time adjusting to the routine afterwards the procedure. Potential candidates should refrain from smoking at least 4 weeks before the procedure in order to help the body heal and recover quickly.
Different Liposuction Techniques Available
There are currently three different techniques through which liposuction procedures are executed. Although there is a great variety in liposuction treatments such as slim lipo, smart lipo, laser lipo, and many others; traditional liposuction procedures are performed through Suction Assisted Lipo, Power Assisted Lipo and Ultrasonic Assisted Lipo methods which all have many differences and similarities. Make sure to consult with your plastic surgeon in order to decide which technique is best for you.
SAL- SUCTION ASSISTED LIPOSUCTION
Suction-assisted liposuction is the traditional method used to perform liposuction procedures. This technique will be operated manually by your surgeon and will have a small cannula attached to a pressure vacuum in order to break apart and suck away all of the unwanted fat in certain trouble areas.
This method is often times the most commonly used when large amounts of fat are being removed and extracted in a short amount of time. Because of this, suction assisted liposuction is commonly used in larger trouble areas such as the back, buttocks and the abdomen along with the thighs. This technique is usually the most cost effective method available in comparison to other techniques used worldwide.
PAL- POWER ASSISTED LIPOSUCTION
Power assisted liposuction is very similar to the suction assisted technique except in the sense that it consists of a mechanical hollow tube or cannula that performs the procedure through smaller incisions in the skin. This technique also allows surgeons to perform the procedure in shorter amounts of time and with more precision. Because the cannula used with this technique is mechanical, it reduces the physical force required from your liposuction surgeon, especially in areas with large amounts of fibrous tissues, as the vibrations of the cannula easily make their way through and liquefy any unwanted mass. This technique offers both patients and surgeons a more comfortable and speedy experience. The power assisted liposuction method can also be used in a great variety of trouble areas such as the abdomen, male breast area, buttocks, legs, arms, and many others.
UAL- ULTRASONIC ASSISTED LIPOSUCTION
Of all the different techniques associated with liposuction procedures, Ultrasonic assisted liposuction is known to be the least traumatizing procedure available on the market. This is because the ultrasonic technique uses ultrasound to liquefy any unwanted fat in the body unlike the manual power-assisted cannula or the suction-assisted cannula. This technique produces softer, smoother, and more natural results as the unwanted fat are collected from the body once it has been liquefied. This technique can be used in trouble areas such as the abdomen, back, and male breast area.
Recovering from a liposuction, very similarly to any other procedure can be one of the most important and crucial parts of your surgery in regards to achieving your body image goals. Just like many procedures, liposuction does have a recovery period that can range from 2-8 weeks depending on the individual and his/her body’s reaction to its wounds. Although recovering from a procedure is not always the most comfortable thing to do, it is very important that patients follow any and all instructions given by their doctor. Patients should also maintain their pressure garments on until their surgeon has indicated that it is okay to have it removed. This added pressure will help smooth out and evenly distribute the remaining fat and skin to look natural and contoured. You may feel some swelling, burning, bruising along with soreness, and pain for the first few weeks; but this will soon come to an end and you will be able to perform your normal daily activities.
Frequently Asked Questions about Liposuction Miami
Does liposuction pose any life-threatening risks?
Like any other surgery, liposuction has some risk factors to consider and speak about with an experienced surgeon. Although this plastic surgery is highly popular and almost perfected, complications do occur very rarely. The most common issues concerning liposuction include small bumps over the treated area, which can easily be fixed with a pressure garment and post surgical massages.
Can liposuction eliminate all of my cellulite?
Although liposuction holds a purpose to remove any unwanted fat, it does indeed remove great amounts of cellulite as well. This is because cellulite is really just a small pocket of fat held beneath the skin.
Should I consider liposuction if I have lost great amounts of weight?
Liposuction is an ideal procedure for those individuals who are very close to their goal weight but their bodies have stopped responding to exercise and proper nutrition. If your skin laxity is very tight and you are willing to remove unwanted fat from trouble areas, we recommend liposuction. If you have lost great amounts of weight and have loose skin, we recommend you speak to an experienced surgeon about a tummy tuck procedure instead.
Is there one liposuction technique that is better than the rest?
All liposuction techniques have their own benefits and drawbacks. We are experienced in all the techniques currently offered on the market, however which one will benefit you most will ultimately depend on your current situation and your desired result. In this case, a consultation is highly recommended in order for you to speak to one of our board certified surgeons and come to the best decision together.
Is liposuction recommended before or after pregnancy?
Because liposuction is intended only to remove unwanted fat and not to tighten any abdominal muscles or loose skin, liposuction can be performed before OR after pregnancy just the same. Once a woman gives birth to a child, it is very common for her to have some excess skin in the abdominal region along with very weak abdominal muscles. If this is the case, then we recommend you look into tummy tuck procedures.
Can liposuction be paired with other procedures?
Absolutely! The beauty of a liposuction procedure is its great versatility and ability to be performed in conjunction with other such as facelift, breast augmentation, breast lift, and even fat grafting. Because the purpose of this cosmetic surgery is to ultimately remove fat from undesired areas, it is most commonly performed with a fat transfer or a Brazilian Butt Lift. These procedures allow you to take the fat that was extracted from the problem areas and insert it into some parts of the body such as the buttocks or the breasts. In order for an individual to undergo two procedures at a time, several medical evaluations and exams will be required in order to ensure maximum safety before, during, and after the surgery takes place.