Liposculpture is a body contouring procedure that involves removing localized fat deposits from the body. This procedure can be performed in a few different ways but in the end the results will be similar. While liposuction is a procedure that mostly involves the removal of bulges, the term “liposculpture” involves circumferential sculpting. It is called liposculpture because the body is artistically sculpted by the surgeon to form a new shape for the body by using delicate instruments. Two of the most common liposculpture procedures nowadays are UAL, or ultra-sonic assisted, liposculpture and tumescent liposculpture.
UAL Liposculpture Procedure
During this type of liposculpture an ultrasound probe is used to transform the fat into a liquid before it is sucked out of the body by something called a “cannula”. A “cannula” is used in all methods of liposculpture and is a special tube that has been designed as a suction device for the fatty tissue. This method is preferred for more fibrous parts of the body, such as the male breast area or the upper back. There is a very small added risk of seromas, which are pockets of fluid, forming from this type of liposculpture procedure, but they can be easily drained with a needle if they do become present. While UAL (ultrasonic assisted) devices were formerly known to cause tissue damage due to prolonged exposure to the energy supplied by the ultrasound, recent technology, such as the Vaser Lipo system, allows the fat to be removed without these complications.
Tumescent Liposculpture Procedure
This type of liposculpture is one of the most common procedures used for cosmetic surgery. It can safely and permanently remove excess fat deposits that are unresponsive to exercise and diet. Tumescent means “to swell” and is basically a description of what takes place during the procedure. Before the procedure the surgeon will fill the fatty areas that are going to be removed with a special solution that will cause the fatty area to swell. The local anesthetic in the solution will numb the area, which cuts out the need for intravenous sedation or general anesthesia.
Bleeding is reduced to a minimum by the constricting of blood vessels caused by the substance adrenalin. The fatty deposits are then removed by the cannula. In addition to the benefits of the local anesthetic, tumescent liposculpture allows the patient to cooperate with their doctor by moving into a position that will allow the procedure to be performed most easily. This includes things like standing up so the surgeon can observe and optimize the results as well as contracting muscles during the sculpting of the buttocks or abdomen to make fatty deposits more visible.
General Liposculpture Procedures and Information
Liposculpture procedures can be performed in a major hospital or at an out-patient operating location. Depending on the amount of work that the individual needs done the procedure can take anywhere from one to four hours. It is rare that any hair will have to be shaved for the procedure, but in the event this is required the amount of hair removed will be minimal. Incisions required during the surgery are generally done in the folds of the skin where they are least likely to be noticed and are very small incisions that are typically smaller than one quarter of an inch. It is possible for other procedures to be performed in addition to the liposculpture, with the most common being breast reduction and abdominoplasty.This will increase the longevity of the procedure as well as increasing the probability of blood loss.
Prior to having the procedure the patient will consult the surgeon to make sure they agree on the areas that are to be treated and what the expected outcome is. On the day of the surgery the patient will have to sign a consent form before being permitted to undergo the procedure. Normally, an antibiotic will be given to the patient about an hour prior to the surgery, although this can be administered after the surgery as well. While in a standing position the areas that will be targeted during the procedure will be marked off by the surgeon or an assistant.
In certain instances photos are taken of the area that has been treated so that the patient can see the results through viewing before and after photos. Prior to the surgery a sterilizing solution will be applied to the treatment areas while in the operating room. During the surgery the patient will only feel a rasping or scraping sensation due to the movement of the cannula. While they may need someone else do drive them home, patients are generally allowed to go home the same day and can even get up and walk around.
Physician Approval Before the Liposculpture Procedure
Only people who have been cleared by a physician are allowed to undergo liposculpture surgery. Prior to the procedure it is important to disclose to the surgeon any medical conditions or medications that the patient is taking to be sure that the surgery will remain safe. Smoking within two weeks prior to and two weeks after the surgery is not recommended as it will hinder the healing process. This same time frame also applies to taking aspirin or products containing aspirin. Since it is important to be in the best nutritional state possible prior to the procedure, it is recommended that the patient takes vitamin supplements, especially Vitamin C, in the days or weeks prior to having the surgery. Before having any liposculpture procedure it is recommended that the patient also be well hydrated.
Excess fat will normally be present in different areas in men and women. The most common locations that undergo liposculpture surgery are the:
*Inner and outer thighs
Facial liposculpture is also a very popular procedure with the most commonly worked on areas being the jowls, neck, and chin. Breast liposculpture can be performed as a breast reduction method for both men and women. Liposculpture procedures are generally painless, with many patients even being able to talk during the procedure. The anesthetic normally lasts for around 24 hours and the patient may experience a minimum amount of soreness once the anesthetic wears off, which normally will last from one to two weeks.You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.