Overview of Liposuction
Liposuction, or suction lipectomy, is a technique used to remove the localized fat deposits that create a disproportionate body contour. Although it is surprising to many, liposuction is not meant to be a form of weight reduction for significantly overweight patients. It is best used to remove targeted areas of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise. Liposuction can be performed all over the body to improve contour and is most commonly used for the:
- Love Handles
- Upper Back
To find out what you can achieve using liposuction, contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Elyassnia today.
Today there are many different liposuction techniques offered to patients, including those that use laser and ultrasound energy. This can make it difficult to know what treatment is best for you. To add to the confusion, companies that develop the technology flood the media with advertising and unsubstantiated claims that one method surpasses all others. In reality, it has not been shown scientifically that any one type of liposuction technique is superior to another in any way. The good news is that in the hands of a well-trained plastic surgeon, many of these techniques can produce excellent results. The most common liposuction techniques include:
- Tumescent Liposuction
- Power-Assisted Liposuction
- Ultrasound-Assisted Liposuction
What all techniques share in common is the use of very small incisions that allow the insertion of a cannula, which is a hollow metal tube. The cannula is attached to a machine that produces a strong vacuum, allowing the surgeon to maneuver the cannula in the various fat layers below the skin to suction out fat. To prevent blood loss and numb the tissues, all the techniques require infusing a special fluid into the fat layers prior to suctioning. In general, all techniques share these features and only differ in the method used to assist with the removal of fat.
Special Considerations for Liposuction
The emphasis of liposuction is creating a more pleasing body contour in the patient. Liposuction is a three dimensional procedure where less is often more. Removing too much fat from one area can sometimes lead to poor proportions. This is why it is so important to have your liposuction performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon. Skill and experience cannot be stressed enough when it comes to getting the best possible results from your liposuction.
Other special considerations for your liposuction include the placement of incisions. After all, the last thing you want following your procedure is the obvious appearance of scars. If you are having liposuction performed on your midsection, for instance, request that the incisions be placed asymmetrically. This will keep you from having a line of incisions around your waist.
Request your consultation today to learn more about liposuction with Board-Certified San Francisco Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Dino Elyassnia.
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