What is tumescent liposuction?
The term “tumescent technique” involves the injection of a large amount of fluid into a fatty area. By “wetting” the fat, easier removal is possible with smoother contouring and reduced bleeding. Many plastic surgeons utilize a form of this technique for liposuction, especially the “superwet” technique.
What areas are most frequently treated with liposuction?
Most external areas of localized fat deposition in the body can be potentially treated with liposuction. Abdominal liposuction, along with liposuction for thighs and hips, arms, back and even the knees are the most frequently treated areas in women. In men the abdomen, flanks (“love handles”) and chest are the most popular. In both sexes, chin liposuction is commonly used to treat small fatty deposits.
What is fat grafting?
Fat grafting, also known as autologous fat transfer, is a technique where harvested fat is re-injected into another area to enhance contour. At Total Aesthetics, we are pleased to offer fat grafting, including Nano Fat, to our patients.
What about non invasive fat removal?
In recent years, non-invasive fat removal, especially Coolsculpting from Allergan, has experienced significant growth and increased market share. While Coolsculpting now greatly exceeds liposuction in popularity at Total Aesthetics™, it’s important to note that liposuction remains the “gold standard” for fat removal because of its effectiveness and predictability. Nevertheless, the many advantages of Coolsculpting when compared to liposuction, including lower cost, lower risk, faster recovery and no need for anesthesia, incisions or scarring, account for the great popularity of non-invasive fat contouring at our practice.
Remember when it comes to non-surgical body contouring it’s no longer just about fat removal – it’s “Sculpt and Tone” with Allergan’s Coolsculpting and Cooltone technologies.
Are there liposuction risks?
All surgeries carry uncertainty, risks and a discussion of the alternatives and potential complications is an important part of your preoperative consultation(s) with Dr. O’Connell. Contour irregularities and asymmetry are among the most common complications following liposuction.
What is the recovery for liposuction?
You may receive a compression garment or elastic bandages to not only cover the treatment areas but also reduce the swelling and compress the skin to your new contours. Small temporary drains may be planted in the incisions to expel any excess blood or fluid.
Although strenuous exercise should be avoided for a while, you should still move around to help against blood clots forming in your legs. Also, be aware of signs of complications such as bleeding, fever, headache, infection, nausea, severe pain, or green or yellow discharge from the incision.
What are types of liposuction?
There are many different types of liposuction including traditional liposuction, power-assisted liposuction, ultrasonic liposuction (e.g. VASER® liposuction), water-jet liposuction, and laser liposuction (e.g. Smartlipo™). Utilization of these technologies is greatly dependent upon the surgeon’s preference. Dr. O’Connell believes that liposuction techniques should emphasize not simply the removal of fat, but rather the creation of form.