Very few individuals are born with perfectly proportioned physiques. It seems there’s always a problem area such as the stomach, thighs or arms where people wish to eliminate excess fat.
For those who want a solution to slim and reshape specific areas of the body, liposuction could be the answer.
Liposuction has grown in popularity over the years. It resolves problem areas by removing excess fat deposits and improving the body’s contours and proportion. This can lead to improved self-image and a new zest for life.
A common misconception about liposuction is that it is a substitute for weight loss. Contrary to popular belief, the procedure is generally used on areas of the body that are predisposed to be a certain shape due to heredity versus lack of exercise. After the surgery is complete, it will take several months for the swelling to fully subside. Your results should be life-long, assuming that you maintain a healthy weight and diet.
Areas where liposuction is most commonly used are:
Hips and buttocks
Abdomen and waist
Cheeks, chin and neck
Calves and ankles
THERE ARE SEVERAL OPTIONS WHEN CHOOSING LIPOSUCTION PROCEDURES:
is a new twist on an older method of removing excess fat. This procedure has an excellent safety profile, and allows surgeons to effectively remove both deep and superficial excess layers of fat with little discomfort, faster recovery, and improved cosmetic results.
The benefits of this procedure are:
Tumescent liposuction is an outpatient procedure, significantly reducing the cost
By using a mixture of a local anesthetic with other medications, the tissue is swollen and firmed prior to evacuation of the excess fat, thus allowing the surgeon to have better control of the contouring.
Since general anesthesia is not required, fewer complications are likely.
Patients are coherent during the procedure.
Patients see fewer skin irregularities, reduced bruising and less bleeding.
The word “ultrasonic” means high-pitched sound. The principle behind ultrasonic liposuction is that the high-pitched vibration shakes loose the fat particles making it easier to be vacuumed out of the body. The process is traditionally faster using this method.
This type of liposuction is primarily used for fat removal in hard-to-treat areas.
Ultrasonic liposuction generally serves as a supplement to traditional liposuction for patients who require more precise body contouring. Another advantage includes the ability to treat areas that have denser fat deposits and to remove larger volumes of fat at one time. It also has the benefit of tightening the skin during the process, making it a great alternative to a tummy tuck to get rid of excess, baggy skin.
Because the process administers high volumes of heat, there is an elevated risk for burns, scarring and blistering.
Contact Dr. Nguyen today at 631-689-6500 for a FREE Cosmetic Surgery Consultation.
Dr. Nguyen will review and discuss the risks and advantages of each procedure with you to determine which one is the best option for you.
Laser-Assisted Liposuction (LAL)
As more and more individuals are opting to undergo liposuction, the traditional methods are falling to the wayside as technology enables this procedure to produce better results in a faster, less expensive manner.
Laser-assisted liposuction (LAL) uses a special tube called a cannula to send high-powered rapid vibrations to break-up the fat cells making it easier for your doctor to remove larger amounts of excess fat in shorter periods of time. This type of liposuction is particularly helpful in areas where the fat is harder to remove such as the inner thigh, stomach area and male breast.
In using LAL the tip of the cannula, the tube used to extract fat from the body, vibrates rapidly. This vibration helps makes the process less straining on the patient as it helps loosen the fat away from the body before it is suctioned out. Other advantages include:
The specialized cannula allows for smaller incisions and reduced recovery time compared with other liposuction techniques.
The cannula allows for safer liposuction because of its small, precise motions.
Your surgeon can target specific areas without damaging surrounding tissue.
Most importantly, the risks are significantly decreased as the cannula provides more precision to the surgeon lessening the risk of severe bruising and swelling.
If you’re considering liposuction, talk with Dr. Nguyen to see if LAL is right for you.
Tummy Tucks (abdominoplasty)
A tummy tuck is a great option for removing excess fat and skin. The procedure can also restore weakened or separated muscles creating a more appealing abdominal profile.
Although the tummy tuck can achieve desired results, it’s important to note that it is not ideal for everyone:
A tummy tuck is not a substitute for weight loss or a regular exercise regimen.
The results of the surgery are permanent, but will not withstand significant fluctuations in weight. Therefore, if individuals are considering future pregnancies or weight loss, they should not undergo the surgery until a later date.
A tummy tuck cannot correct stretch marks. However, if they are located on the areas of excess skin that will be removed—generally those treated areas below the belly button—they may disappear.
For optimal results, ensure that you are in good health and maintain a stable weight.