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Liposuction vs. Liposculpture: What’s the Difference?

Liposuction is a pretty straight forward procedure. We all have those little places where unwanted fat likes to linger. This happens even when we are observing a careful diet and regular exercise routine. Liposuction in Beverly Hills helps remove small amounts of fat from those regions, helping you get closer to your ideal physique. However, liposuction is the blunt force instrument of the plastic surgery world. It can remove fat, but it cannot shape the remaining fat and tissue into smooth, attractive contours. That is why your board-certified plastic surgeon will always suggest a contouring procedure in addition to liposuction. Let’s look at the difference between liposuction and liposculpture.

What is a Contouring Procedure?

Thanks to recent advancements, there are a lot of options when it comes to contouring your body. Non-surgical options, such as BodyTite and Juvéderm, are increasingly common. They offer noticeable results with little to no downtime. So it’s no wonder they’re taking the specialty by storm. However, non-surgical options are limited and are only designed to remove very small areas of fat. If you’re looking for a more radical change, then liposuction is a much more realistic option. So, how do you get smoother curves and the more noticeable results associated with liposuction?

Understanding Liposculpture

Liposculpture takes technology similar to that used in liposuction, but wields it differently. Rather than just focusing on removing fat from problem areas, your surgeon will remove the fat, purify it, and then place it back into the body in areas where you want to create a more appealing curve. The buttocks are a common candidate for redistribution, as the added fat can be used to form a more voluptuous derrière. Unfortunately, liposculpture isn’t right for everyone.

To be effective, liposculpture requires that the patient has good skin elasticity. As a result, ideal candidates are near their ideal weight and tend to be younger, non-smokers without noticeable sun damage. Patients with darker skin tones also tend to have greater elasticity. Unfortunately, if the skin has been damaged or is already experiencing sagging, then liposculpture may not be appropriate for you. To be sure, talk with your local board-certified plastic surgeon.

What to Expect

If your surgeon has cleared you for liposculpture, then you will want to have a good idea of what to expect during and after the procedure. For the best information catered to your specific case, you should always feel free to ask your surgeon as many questions as necessary. Bring a pen and paper, and write down everything relevant to you. If they have a sheet with post-procedure instructions, make sure to keep it in a safe place. Answer all questions regarding your medical history and lifestyle habits as honestly as possible, as it will help your surgeon ensure your safety during the procedure.

Total Procedure Time

Generally speaking, the procedure will last between two and four hours. Depending on the size of the treatment area, your surgeon will choose to use general or local anesthesia. The fat is removed from the target site using a cannula, purified, and redistributed to the areas in need of contour. Depending on the extent of your surgery, you may have to stay overnight, and your surgeon will likely suggest that you take at least a week off work to ensure that you heal properly without complications. You will likely be instructed to take short walks to keep blood circulation up. But you should not undertake any strenuous activity.

Results After

Although you can resume most normal activities a week later, you should know that your results could take up to six months to fully develop. Your surgeon will help you through this process through post-operative visits to ensure that you are healing properly and not showing any signs of adverse side effects. Fortunately, in the hands of a competent surgeon, you can be assured that every precaution is taken to enjoy your new physique without complications.

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