Liposuction and Laser Lipolysis
What is liposuction?
Liposuction is defined as the removal of fat from deposits beneath the skin using a hollow stainless steel tube (called a cannula) with the assistance of a powerful vacuum. Liposuction is the most common cosmetic procedure that many women and men are turning to re-shape their bodies and to eliminate areas of fat that are not responding to diet and exercise alone.
Liposuction can be accomplished either with the use of general anesthesia, or with heavy IV sedation, or totally by local anesthesia.
Liposuction is a medium of artistic expression that displays itself in
(1) a practical application of scientific knowledge,
(2) the production of what is beautiful,
(3) a perfection of workmanship,
(4) a perpetual quest for improvement in technique, and
(5) a skill attained through clinical experience, and above all
(6) making people feel happy about what they see in the mirror.
The word “art” implies skill and mastery of a technique. In order to master an artistic liposuction technique, the surgeon must have the skill and intelligence to avoid exposing patients to unnecessary dangers. true artist provides better results, and uses the safest technique and never forgets the duty to “first, do no harm.” For example, even if a patient wants to have a large volume of liposuction accomplished in one session, the artist convinces the patient that serial liposuction procedures are safer and ultimately yield better results. It is not artistry to take unnecessary risks or push liposuction to the limits of safety.
What is laser lipolysis?
Laser Lipolysis was developed as an alternative to the manual method used in tumescent and traditional liposuction. It was also developed to help cosmetic surgeons target specific body parts that were difficult to access with the more traditional methods, but are perfectly suited to laser body sculpting. Once the fat has been liquefied using laser liposuction, it is drained from the body using the same tiny incisions and gently suctioned away. The procedure is considered gentler than other liposuction techniques because of the smaller cannula used and because of the smaller size of the incisions. This also means less scarring. Because of the heat used in the laser liposuction procedure, the body naturally reacts by contracting the tissues near procedure which causes the skin to tighten and become smoother.
These liposuction lasers are specially designed to target only fat cells, protecting muscle and nerve tissue. This precision often means less pain, faster healing and very little bruising after the procedure. Additionally, different companies have created Laser Lipolysis that use specific wavelength frequencies for optimal results. Because of the advanced technology the Laser Lipolysis procedure is more costly.
Laser Lipolysis offers the same contouring and visual improvement of traditional liposuction and is actually being used more often in small areas of treatment. Specifically, many liposuction surgeons opt to use laser liposuction on the chin, jowls or face of a patient because of the precision of the procedure and the greater success.
How you perform Liposuction?
The area to be sculpted by liposuction is photographed and marked, and then this is followed by the administration of sedating medication by mouth. The area is cleaned with a sterile antiseptic solution. Next, small pinholes (adits) are made in the skin through which tumescent anesthesia solution is infiltrated into the areas. The tumescent fluid is next allowed to settle awhile and then the liposuction is begun. The entire body sculpting procedure usually takes about 1- 2 hours depending amount of fat to be removed. Following body lipo or facial lipo specific compression garments are applied to the treated area, and should wear for several weeks. The garments help the skin during the healing process to conform to the new reduced body contours, and they also provide comfort and support.
By integrating different types of liposuction technology during liposuction surgery, we at Esteistanbul Memorial Atasehir Hospital are able to offer improved skin tightening or skin contraction and provide more precise body contouring results to smaller areas of the body that are often difficult to reach through conventional liposuction surgery. Following liposuction surgery, many patients find that their self-image and self-confidence has greatly improved, making their results easier to maintain through healthy diet and exercise choices.
Which areas are appropriate for liposuction?
Liposuction can be performed on many area of the body, however the most requested areas include:
Inner and outer thigh liposuction
Most individuals with diet-resistant fat are excellent candidates for liposuction surgery; however, the best candidates have a healthy lifestyle, and are within 30 pounds of their ideal body weight. Liposuction surgery should not be considered a substitute for weight loss and, therefore, should not be performed on severely obese individuals.
What is Post Surgical Recovery for Liposuction?
Immediately following liposuction surgery, patients may feel a slight soreness and mild to moderate discomfort to the area that was treated. Typically, this discomfort can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers.
Liposuction patients are encouraged to wear a compression garment for three weeks following the liposuction procedure to keep bruising and swelling to a minimum. In addition, heavy lifting and exercise should be avoided for two weeks following liposuction surgery. Optimal liposuction improvement is seen in three to six months after liposuction is performed.