Liposuction Versus Liposculpture
What is Liposuction? | Arizona Lipo
The liposuction procedure, also called lipoplasty, is often requested to treat the midsection of the body where stubborn fat accumulates, including the abdomen, back, buttocks, and thighs. It can also benefit other areas of the body, such as the calves or upper arms. Liposuction is safe and effective enough to be used on the neck and face, redefining this area. Though fat removal benefits the aesthetics of one’s figure, it will not positively affect his or her health the way diet and exercise will, and is often seen as a last resort when these methods fail to produce the optimum re-sculpting results.
Before the liposuction begins, Dr. Shapiro draw a surgical map on the desired suction areas. Under local or general anesthesia, a solution is injected under the epidermis to numb the treatment area and shrink local blood vessels. The mixture will also allow the fat to be removed with fluidity. Following the injections, surgical cuts are created to form a path for the suctioning device to reach the fat. Dr. Shapiro performs his procedures with skill and expertise that minimizes the scarring.
Types of Liposuction
There are a number of liposuction procedures that can be performed on patients, with variations of the original surgery. Tumescent Liposuction employs a higher volume of the injectable solution that begins the liposuction process, while a Water-Assisted Liposuction utilizes surging water to break apart fat. Laser Liposuction, also called SmartLipo is performed with the assistance of a laser which warms and weakens the fat for easier suctioning as well as cultivating the growth of collagen.
Liposculpture for Arizona Body Contouring
Liposculpture is an alternate, European-designed form of cosmetic fat removal that is less invasive than the traditional liposuction procedure and its variations. Used to treat smaller areas of the body with a cannula (or suction device) of a smaller circumference, liposculpture removes fat from all the same parts liposuction can. Because liposculpture is the less extreme of fat removal surgeries, its treatment is geared at fine contouring select areas of the body rather than converting the area from heavy to slim. Both liposuction and liposculpture procedures are permanent. It is important to always follow a healthy diet and exercise to prevent fat from accumulating in treated areas.
Aside from the different results each procedure is intended to produce, there are some other factors that set liposuction apart from liposculpture. The cost of a liposuction surgery ranges from $2,000 to $10,000 while liposculpture is likely to run between $5,000 and $8,000. Because the larger cannula requires a larger incision, liposuction can leave scarring, whereas liposculpture typically does not. In general, liposculpture requires significantly less healing time, with many patients returning to work a day or two after they are treated. Because local anesthesia is sufficient for a liposculpture session, those who have undergone treatment face fewer risks than their liposuction counterparts who are often treated under general anesthesia. Dr. Shapiro specializes in body contouring using the VASER Hi-Def Liposculpture. Contact the office to schedule your consultation.
The length and comfort level of your recovery from liposuction will depend on several variables, including the number of treatment areas and their size, your general health, and whether your lipo was performed on its own or in combination with other procedures. Be sure to follow all of your surgeon’s postoperative directions to ensure a smooth liposuction recovery with the best possible aesthetic results.