When it comes to aesthetic goals, for many of us, a leaner, sculpted body is at the top of our wish list. Eating right, getting regular exercise, and living a healthy lifestyle in general are vital parts of achieving beauty goals. However, sometimes dieting and exercise don’t give us the results we want. Fatty deposits can remain despite our efforts, especially in areas like the buttocks, thighs, love handles, and stomach. For those who need that extra bit of help to sculpt away stubborn pockets of fat, there is liposuction.
Liposuction is a classic cosmetic treatment and is consistently one of the most popular procedures. It is excellent for removing excess fat and sculpting the body contours for more desirable proportions.
The procedure is flexible enough to treat many different areas of the body, such as the thighs, hips, buttocks, abdomen, waist, upper arms, back, inner knee, chest area, cheeks, chin, neck, calves, and ankles. The procedure has a long track record of safety and providing consistent results. Liposuction can also be performed in conjunction with procedures like the face lift, breast reduction, and tummy tuck.
Liposuction should not be thought of a weight-loss tool or a substitute for healthy living. It is also not useful for getting rid of excess sagging skin or cellulite. There are other more suitable procedures like a body lift or tummy tuck for these issues.
Though there are variations to the surgical technique used in liposuction procedures, there are common basics. Generally, local anesthetic, intravenous sedation, or general anesthetic is used to ensure the patient is comfortable during the procedure. Then, small incisions are made at the site to be treated. A thin, hollow tube called a cannula is inserted through these incisions. The cannula is also attached to a suction device.
Every procedure aims to balance the goals of the patient with the proper approach. When planning liposuction, it is important to consider the following issues: how much fat to extract; how to cause the least disturbance to surrounding tissue such as blood vessels; how to best preserve fluid balance; how to ensure the patient’s comfort; and how to achieve the patient’s aesthetic goals. The best way to make sure you have ideal results is to consult with Dr. Babak Moeinolmolki, a trained professional.
Depending on the extent of liposuction needed to achieve the patient’s goals, there are various forms of liposuction available. The goal is to tailor the operation to the needs of the patient.
For example, there is tumescent liposuction with or without deep sedation. There is a super-wet technique with general anesthesia. There are also other more advanced techniques, such as SmartLipo and high-def liposuction using the VASER device. VASER liposuction combined with traditional cannula liposuction is great to tool for creating greater abdominal-wall muscle definition for men who are interested in gaining a sculpted six-pack.
The results of liposuction surgery are immediately clear. However, the final results won’t be obvious until you’ve finished your recovery and swelling has gone down. As soon as the procedure is completed, the surgical team will instruct you on how to properly care for you surgical wounds. Pain medication, dressings, bandages, and compresses may be given to you to aid healing. It may take a few weeks before you can return to vigorous activity and several months for swelling to fully dissipate.
To learn more about the results you can achieve with liposuction, schedule a consultation with Dr. Babak Moeinolmolki.
Liposuction is still one of the most popular cosmetic procedures offered today. According to the American Association of Plastic Surgeons in 2015, liposuction was the second most popular surgery after breast augmentation. In comparison to the previous year it went up by an increase of five percent. Of the 225,000 people that underwent the procedure they enjoyed some of the newest technology available in this time tested treatment to tame fat and lose excess weight in their trouble areas.
That usually includes the stomach, thighs, hips, buttocks, and arms are possible target areas. Keep in mind though, it’s not meant to be a substitute for a healthy lifestyle, which includes eating right and exercise. If you are considering undergoing this very popular procedure talk to a consultant at Moein Surgical Arts to find out all your options relating to liposuction.
Liposuction in general involves tiny incisions in the skin to remove fat deposits with a small cannulas. It can be done in a few different ways. Traditional liposuction is performed under general anesthesia to use larger Cannulas in removing the fat that involve suction. This method has been around since the late 1960’s. If you don’t like the idea of being under sedation during the procedure, you can choose the method of “awake liposuction” using tumescent fluid that employs a local anesthetic to numb the areas being treated.
Some of the newer methods of liposuction include using lasers to get the job done. This includes SmartLipo Triplex and Laser Lipo. All of which melt the fat with a laser first before removing it from the body. It’s utilized with a fibre that transmits the laser through a microcannula. The goal is to make it more comfortable and less invasive for the patient.
One more type of liposuction to consider is Vaser Lipo. This method is done under local anesthesia to use ultrasonic energy to melt the fatty areas down before removal. Deciding which method is right for you will depend on your own goals in results after the procedure. Moein Surgical Arts is committed to helping you choose the right method of liposuction to achieve the body of your dreams.
Both Vaser and Laser Liposuction are more suitable for patients that have very limited amount of localized fat that they need to remove. These types of energy devices have the ability to remove the residual subcutaneous fat and expose the musculature definition of the body. In achieving such sculpting goals the client needs to prepare for the procedure with proper diet and exercise protocol. These types of procedure is referred to as High Definition liposuction, or aka Hidef-lipo.
If you are considering getting liposuction performed you want to make sure you are in good health to begin with. The recommendation is that you should be within 30 percent of your weight goal to have the procedure performed. It’s a great way to lose those last few pounds, or to smooth out areas of stubborn fat.
In order to keep the fat from coming back, it’s important to commit to a wellness plan that will aid in achieving the results you desire. If you just have some excess skin in the tummy area, then you might be a better candidate for other procedures such as the “tummy tuck”. It just all depends on your specific body goals. We’ll work with you to make sure all the treatment methods available are explored for you.
Your doctor will best give you instructions for preparing for the liposuction procedure. In general though, you will be given a full medical workup, told to refrain from taking Non steroidal anti-inflammatory medication such as Aspirin, Motrin and Ibuprofen, and to any type of medication that thins your blood. You will need to have someone drive you to and from the surgery. You will probably be instructed to not have any food or fluids after midnight the night before the surgery.
Depending on what liposuction procedure you have chosen will determine your recovery time. In general you will be sore with some swelling right after the procedure. You will be wearing a compression garment on the areas that are treated to reduce inflammation. There might also be temporary drains placed along the incision areas to drain fluids. You will also be given medications for pain, and antibiotics to prevent infection.
Make sure you follow all of the post-operative instructions very carefully so you will heal in the best way possible. That way you’ll be able to return to your normal activities when the doctor gives you the time frame for your healing.