Alina’s Advice As A Beauty Advocate

Liposuction 101 August 12, 2008

Know Your Terms

(Luckily they all mean the same thing!)

Often branded and rebranded as “liposuction”, “lipoplasty,” “lipoetching,” “liposculpting,” “suction lipectomy” or just plain “lipo” – all these terms really mean the same thing. Basically, they are all a procedure in which fat is removed from the body via thin tubes or “cannulas” attached to a vacuum creating device.

Liposuction is not a surgical technique to lose weight.

In fact, the crazy thing that most plastic surgeons will tell you is that you will not really lose weight at all after your liposuction (maybe a pound or 2) – and it’s really true. You could lose many inches in your treated area and barely lose a single pound. That’s because (oh so ironically) fat is extremely light! They say muscle weighs more than fat – well the truth is a pound is a pound. 1 pound of muscle will weigh exactly the same as 1 pound of adipose tissue. However, if you physically compare the space that each one takes up – the fat will take up much more space and appear much lumpier under your skin. So 1 pound of fat is a lot! Don’t feel discouraged about only losing 1 or 2 pounds – and if you do, for reassurance, just walk any grocery store and find a pound of fatty meat. Then you’ll tangibly see the amount you’ve lost.

Liposuction is a surgical technique to slim and reshape specific areas of your body.

By removing excess fat/adipose deposits in treated area, liposuction can improve body contours and proportion, and ultimately, it may enhance your own self-image. You will see a contour reduction improving lines and curves of your body.

Liposuction will not get rid of cellulite.

Generally speaking, cellulite is a skin condition that cannot be changed or removed! So if you are considering liposuction, be realistic and envision the results slimming and contouring the desired area[s], but with your cellulite still perfectly intact.

Common Body Areas Treated with Lipo

The most common areas treated with liposuction are usually the flank rolls (plastic surgeon’s term for “love handles”), hip rolls, saddle bags or outer thighs, inner thighs or inner knee bulges, neck or chin area, ankles, back of the upper arms, back fat and abdomen.

There are several forms of liposuction including

  • Tumescent or Super Wet Liposuction

This type of lipo nvolves an infusion of saline solution with adrenaline and possibly anesthetic prior to removal of excess fat.

  • Ultrasound assisted liposuction

This type of lipo uses ultrasonic energy to liquefy excess fat prior to surgical suctioning.

Additionally there are multiple techniques being used.

  • Internal Ultrasound Assisted Liposuction

  • External Ultrasound Assisted Liposuction

  • Power Assisted Micro Cannula Liposuction – this reduces the fatigue factor for the surgeon

  • Laser Assisted Liposuction – known as “Smart Lipo”

Stay Tuned!

I’ll go into explaining all these different types and procedures as well as giving you the inside scoop on the best surgeons to see and their thoughts on these methods, as well as what they believe to be the most effective methods!

Do you have any questions about lipo? What do you want to know???

Ask me, I’ll write about it next!


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