Liposuction, also known as suction-assisted lipectomy, or fat suction, is a procedure used to improve the body’s contour. By removing fat deposits that lie between the skin and muscle, fat cells are removed from the directed area, resulting in a thinner, more sculpted physique.
Candidates for liposuction at Atlanta Plastic Surgery include men and women who are in good physical and mental health, yet have areas of excess, stubborn fat that is resisting the efforts of diet and exercise. Having firm and elastic skin will result in a better final contour and enhanced look. However, it is important to note that liposuction is not a substitute for weight reduction. Liposuction is intended to remove excess fat in “problem areas” and must be supplemented by a healthy diet and exercise plan in order to maintain results.
The most frequently treated liposuction areas in women are the chin, abdomen, thighs, hips, knees, arms, buttocks, calves and ankles. Men typically have liposuction performed on the neck, chin, abdomen, “love handles“. Although there are various liposuction techniques, the basic liposuction procedure (tumescent liposuction) involves making small incisions to insert a small hollow tube, called a cannula. Fluid is added into the problem areas to reduce bleeding and pain and excess fat is then removed through the tube until a pleasing improvement is made.
Careful attention must be paid during liposuction to ensure that blood and fluid loss is minimized without increasing the risk of swelling and bruising; therefore, patients should ensure their plastic surgeon is very familiar with the procedure and the composition of the tumescent fluid it requires. Several areas may be suctioned during one procedure, as long as the patient’s cosmetic need warrant it and the aforementioned factors (bleeding, swelling, etc.) are taken into account. Liposuction, or targeted suctioning, is often combined with other procedures such as breast surgery and abdominoplasty and may be used during a facelift to contour the neck and chin (liposuction of the double chin).
Types of Liposuction (Body Contouring)
Atlanta Plastic Surgery, P.C.’s surgeons have been performing Atlanta liposuction cosmetic surgery for over 40 years. Since the procedure’s inception there have been multiple plastic surgery technology developments and liposuction alternative options introduced to simplify the fat reduction process, minimize procedure recovery time, and limit the invasiveness of the procedure. The following is a general overview of body contouring procedure types. Atlanta Plastic Surgery’s plastic and reconstructive surgeons remind their patients that only a proper cosmetic surgery consultation can determine which body contouring type is best suited to your cosmetic needs.
Water Assisted Liposuction
Known as the Body Jet liposuction system, a stream of sterile water and tumescent fluid is used to loosen the undesired fat. Unique to this liposuction type is the “closed system” design that withdraws the fat and excess fluid for separation and later use in fat transfer procedures for breast augmentation or buttock enhancement (Brazilian Butt Lift).
Power Assisted Liposuction (PAL)
A vibrating component on the end of the liposuction cannula works with the injected tumescent fluid to further loosen the targeted fat and facilitate the fat removal process.
Ultra Sound Assisted Liposuction (UAL)
Ultrasonic energy (sound waves) is used to loosen the fat for removal. Unlike laser assisted liposuction, UAL uses externally applied energy and is therefore a fitting procedure for areas that require the utmost precision.
Frequently Asked Questions about Liposuction
Although many people unfortunately believe otherwise, liposuction is actually not recommended for patients who simply need to lose weight. It is specifically designed to remove excess fat cells only from certain discreet areas of concern, effectively sculpting and shaping the body’s contours. Although there are several different types of liposuction that can safely remove fat from areas that are resistant to traditional diet and exercise efforts, in most cases it is considered unsafe to remove more than a few pounds of fat during a liposuction procedure – certainly not enough to make a sizable difference in the overall weight of the patient. Optimal candidates for liposuction include those who are close to, or have already reached, their ideal weight but who have small, specific areas of concern that require additional refinement.