Summary: Liposuction is among the most popular procedures in the plastic surgery pantheon. However, it’s not without its drawbacks—and one of those drawbacks is a lack of control—the cannula that extracts the fat isn’t known for being able to work subtle magic. However, a new(ish) brand of liposuction, called liposculpting, is changing that—and whether you go in for a Los Angeles or a New York or a Minneapolis liposculpting procedure, you’re likely to be quite pleased with the results, as liposculpting is known for allowing subtle and small movements. In other words, it sculpts rather than extracts—and that makes for a much more natural looking finished result.
Liposuction: Not Just for the Belly
We tend to think of liposuction as a procedure for the belly area. And it is, of course. In fact, liposuction has always been pretty successful at eliminating unwanted pockets of belly fat (that said, it’s never been very good as some kind of massive weight loss solution—you’re far better off looking at something like bariatric surgery for that). But one of the emerging (or, rather, emerged at this point) trends in plastic surgery has been the rise of liposculpting. Rather than a procedure designed simply to remove fat (such as liposuction), liposculpting is designed not only to remove fat but also to sculpt the remaining fat into a desired shape.
In other words, liposculpting has earned its name. It is used to “sculpt” a desired look, and as such, it’s been especially popular when applied to the hip and thigh areas of the body. New research suggests that this success is more than anecdotal. According to results published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery –Global Open by researchers Yixin Zhang, MD, PhD, of Shanghai JiaoTong University and Manuel Francesco Castello, MD, of Clinica Villa Salaria, Rome, most patients who undergo liposculpting of the thigh, hips, or flanks results in excellent, “proven” results. It’s hard to argue with their combined twenty years of experience and observations, especially given that they are performing the operation in distinctly different areas of the globe.
The Benefits of Liposculpting
So what exactly does liposculpting accomplish? And how does it do it? Well, there are certainly several different methods and tools that plastic surgeons use. So a Rome liposculpting procedure might be different than a Minneapolis Liposculpting procedure. And that’s okay—the results are pretty consistent, especially when it comes to the happiness and satisfaction of the patient. Indeed, liposuction in general achieves somewhere around a 81% “worth it” rating on plastic surgery social media site RealSelf.com. So, in general, patients like the results and they’re happy with the way things turn out.
In a traditional liposuction procedure, a small tube—called a cannula—is inserted through a small incision in the skin. Excess fat is removed through the cannula (essentially, sucked out) and then, generally, disposed of. While it has become much less invasive over the years, liposuction in this form has been around for decades. Liposculpting is much more novel, and twists this same basic approach to achieve more control over results.
Liposculpting and SmartLipo
Liposculpting (sometimes incorporating a “SmartLipo” procedure) can use a variety of means to augment a typical liposuction. As with traditional liposuction procedures, a cannula is inserted through a small incision. However, liposculpting entails either the use of heat or energy (sometimes radio energy or ultrasound, for example) to “melt” the fat before it is extracted. The melting of the fat means that the surgeon has an exceptional amount of control during the procedure—it’s like scooping ice cream with a warm scoop rather than a cold scoop. It’s easier, and there are more curves available.
The fear with traditional liposuction had always been that eliminating pockets of fat may create artificial-looking areas on the body. Liposculpting avoids this because it can created natural transitions from the area where fat has been removed to the area that has not been altered by the surgeon. These natural-looking transitions mean that the liposculpting procedure is hardly noticeable—except in that way you want it to be. In other words, because of this smooth transition, you’ll simply look like you’ve lost a little bit of weight rather than looking like you’ve had some work done. And, really, that’s what just about everyone’s after, isn’t it?
Overall Good Experiences
So the experiences articulated on those plastic surgery social media sites such as Real Self certainly echo the research published last month. For those currently looking for liposculpting procedures, this is good news. It means that if you’re a good candidate, you can likely look forward to great results. That said, liposculpting isn’t for everyone—it works best when eliminating stubborn pockets or areas of fat. It’s for those situations when diet and exercise haven’t worked and, really, are never going to. Sometimes, parts of your body just don’t respond to diet or exercise. It’s in those cases that liposculpting will be most useful.
Whatever your reason for undergoing the procedure, it’s exceptionally difficult to argue with the results. Those who undergo liposculpting can shed the fat they don’t want, but retain the curves that make them feel sexy and young. After all, these days, curves are in—and so it makes sense to honor and protect yours. Liposculpting gives you the chance to do just that. If you’re interested in this procedure, talk to your plastic surgeon today.