Body contouring, also known as liposculpture, liposuction, or lipoplasty, is a form of cosmetic surgery where your fat is removed typically for aesthetic appeal. We live in a time where people are very concerned with their body image. Whether we are trying to live up to the “ideal” body as portrayed by the media or we are unhappy with a particular aspect of our body due to aging, childbirth, genetics, environmental stress, or other factors, cosmetic surgery is becoming an increasingly popular choice worldwide. The world of cosmetic surgery can be very confusing, as there are many choices offered. At Neo Surgery Center, double board certified Dr. Brent Moelleken, M.D., F.A.C.S., will educate you about the benefits and drawbacks of anybody contouring procedure you are considering.
Plastic surgery is a dynamic industry, and this is why terms like liposuction and liposculpture are often intertwined. They are both very popular among people who would like surgical procedures to reshape parts of their bodies. It has to be noted that liposculpture is actually a form of liposuction and both procedures remove unwanted fat from certain parts of the body. Both procedures are forms of cosmetic surgery, intended to improve a person’s physical appearance. Liposculpture for men has become more common in recent years but it is still predominately performed on female patients. While liposuction and liposculpture are similar, they differ in fundamental ways. At its roots, liposculpture is a more refined form of cosmetic surgery than liposuction and all forms of liposuction can be used for liposculpture.
For centuries people have tried to change their fat content and body contours. Initially, fat was excised with the use of a scalpel and large incisions. Later, attempts were made with the use of a curette to scrape the fat out. Unfortunately, both of these techniques produced uneven results and were prone to heavy blood loss. In the 1970’s, Giorgio Fischer began using a curette devise attached to suction. French physicians Illouz and Fournier further developed this concept by using low level suction tubes attached to a tube like instrument called a canula. This allowed for the removal of large amounts of fat but it still yielded uneven results and there were major issues with bleeding.
In 1987, Dermatologist Jeffrey Kline, developed the tumescent technique. Tumescent liposuction refers to a technique that uses large volumes of very diluted local anesthesia injected into fat causing the targeted areas to become tumescent, or swollen and firm. He started by infusing lidocaine, a numbing agent, to small areas and removing the fat with small canulas. This worked well but he was limited by the amount of lidocaine he could safely use. He then realized that he could dilute the lidocaine with saline and decrease bleeding by constricting the blood vessels with epinephrine. This allowed for very little bleeding and the ability to safely remove large amounts of fat while the patient was awake. Since then, the tumescent liposuction method has become the standard of care for liposuction because the procedure is safe, the blood loss is minimal, and the results are smooth and desirable. The risk of general anesthesia is eliminated and with the use of smaller instruments, physicians are now able to sculpt with great precision giving the patient the shape they desire.
Liposuction is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures in the United States. Every year, hundreds of thousands of men and women undergo the procedure to eliminate unwanted and persistent pockets of fat. Liposuction is a technique for re-contouring your body by deleting fat deposits. The removal of fat is permanent and surprisingly the amount of fat removed is usually less than 10 pounds. The way the overlying skin where the fat was extracted is “re-sculpted” makes it appear more fat was removed however. Many individuals seeking liposuction do so after they are unable to achieve the desired physical results they want through diet and exercise alone. It is important to note that liposuction is a serious medical procedure and should not be considered a simple weight loss method. Liposuction technology has advanced rapidly in recent years to the point where select types of technology can now be used to refine and remove small areas of fat around your face, waist, knees, and ankles. Liposuction has been a staple of plastic surgeons for several decades used by both men and women to eliminate areas of excess fat from their thighs, stomach, love handles, buttocks and the chest area as well. All forms of liposuction can be used for liposculpture.
Liposuction is the aspiration of fat from your body using a suction technique while liposculpture uses liposuction to sculpt your body. Apart from removing fat deposits, liposculpture also involves shaping the remaining fat so that it is more symmetrical with your underlying muscles. This implies that liposculpture is actually liposuction with added re-shaping included. It is important to note that in most cases, liposculpture is used to remove relatively small volumes of fat. People who are interested in this procedure need to understand these details clearly so that they will make the right decisions. Liposculpture is usually performed in accordance with the tumescent technique. This is a process by which a saline-based anesthetic is injected into the targeted areas causing your fat to swell up and form into a liquid. The injection also serves as a form of anesthetic, which makes the area numb so there is no need for general anesthesia. The fat is easily suctioned out and you can return home in a matter of hours.
Liposculpture is all about the benefits of safety, convenience, and speed and is not as invasive as liposuction so your recovery period is shorter. All of the rewards make liposculpture a very popular procedure for a growing number of men and women who want fat removed from nearly any area of their body. People who have extra weight, flab and bulges tend to feel self conscious about those areas of their body because they look very unsightly. Liposculpture can safely remove your fat, leaving smooth consistent results. Because such small instruments are used, it is easier for Dr. Moelleken to artistically sculpt with more attention to details giving you the shape you desire.
There are many different Liposculpture and Liposuction surgery techniques available to help you achieve the body you want. With today’s technology, LipoSculpture surgery has become a procedure that meets the highest safety standards, requires minimal downtime, and gives you excellent results.
Some of the techniques used include:
Each LipoSculpture surgery has advantages and during your consultation with Dr. Moelleken, together you can determine which surgery technique will work best for you.
Prior to your procedure, the problem areas are carefully mapped out so Dr. Moelleken knows exactly what fat to remove. He will assess fat thickness and contours during your surgery, continually checking that your desired shape is being achieved. After your procedure, you will have to wear compression garments for a few weeks to reduce swelling and aid in skin contraction. This helps to reduce any unevenness as well. Some degree of discomfort, swelling, and bruising are to be expected but the final result is worth it. Liposculpture does not require large incisions. In fact, liposculpture incisions are so tiny they close within a few days and do not leave scars.
Like any medical procedure, LipoSculpture surgery has advantages and associated risks. Liposculpture is an outpatient procedure requiring local anesthesia to reduce the potential for risks and complications, so you will remain awake, comfortable, and alert throughout your entire procedure. Liposculpture patients recover quickly and with very few side effects. Patients may experience minor pain for a day or two before returning to their normal routines but every patient is unique so recovery depends upon the extent of the surgery and the amount of fat removed. Although rare, some complications that can occur include skin dimpling, loose skin, abnormal fat collections, and infection.
New techniques are developed all the time to make sure that liposculpture results are perfected and refined so you experience fewer side effects and recover quickly after your liposculpture surgery. Dr. Moelleken will provide a complete list of pre and postoperative instructions in order to reduce the risk of complications. You are advised to follow all instructions for the best liposculpture surgery outcomes.
Liposculpture Surgery Body Areas
Liposculpture is a surgical procedure whereby liposuction is used to define a more pleasing body shape.
The LipoSculpture surgery procedure can be performed on different areas of the body including:
The most popular areas treated are the: thighs, buttocks, stomach, breasts, and arms.