What is Liposuction?
Liposuction or lipoplasty, is a cosmetic surgery procedure that removes fat from many different sites on the body. Areas affected can range from the abdomen, thighs and buttocks, to the neck, backs of the arms and elsewhere. The procedure may be performed under general, regional, or local anesthesia. The safety of the procedure depends on the amount of tissue removed and also the patient's overall health. It is ideal for the patient to be as fit as possible before the procedure and not to have smoked for several months.
What are the Different Types of Liposuction?
Traditional Lipo - In general, fat is removed via a cannula (a hollow tube) and aspirator (a suction device). Liposuction techniques can be categorized by the amount of fluid injection and by the mechanism in which the cannula works. Liposuction candidates must be over 18, in good health and have a good diet and exercise program in place. Liposuction is not an alternative to diet and exercise, but a way to remove excess fatty tissue that is resistant to diet and exercise.
Power Assisted Lipo - Power-assisted lipo (PAL) uses a specialized cannula with mechanized movement, so that the surgeon does not need to make as many manual movements. Otherwise it is similar to traditional suction assisted liposuction.
Laser Assisted Lipo - A laser is used to melt the fat in the target area, making it easier to remove. This laser is administered through a fiber threaded through a microcannula. The procedure is similar to ultrasound assisted liposuction. Many patients report that laser assisted lipo such as SmartLipo or SlimLipo can also reduce bruising and bleeding.
As with any surgical procedure, research is key. Ask for recommendations from friends, read online reviews and make an appointment for a consultation before you schedule your procedure. Ask questions and be realistic in your expectations of the outcome you wish to receive.