No matter your diet and exercise regimen, as you age, your body will likely develop stubborn fat that just won’t budge, regardless of how many calories you consume (or don’t consume), your cardio routine, or how many reps you do in the gym. If diet and exercise are no longer the answer, then liposculpting probably is.
Can’t Burn Away Excess Fat?
Compounding the problem is that our metabolism slows as we age, which makes it easier for these fat deposits to accumulate. The end result? Everything from love handles to double chins to thunder thighs. If you’ve been unable to burn away this excess fat, then liposculpting might be right for you. In fact, more and more people in the Greater Atlanta area are turning to liposculpting to sculpt the bodies they haven’t been able to get in the gym.
Is LipoSculpting Right for Me?
LipoSculpting surgery is not an alternative to diet and exercise, or to be used as an answer for obesity. LipoSculpting provides the best, long-lasting results for those who are healthy, but struggling to lose areas of unwanted fat despite exercise and eating healthy. LipoSculpting can be used to treat a variety of problem areas including:
- Love handles and hips
- Upper arms
- Buttocks and back
- Thighs and knees
- Bra rolls
- Male chest (gynecomastia)
If you are relatively healthy and traditional fat-burning methods haven’t worked, then liposculpting is a safe and effective method that can reshape your body and restore a healthier appearance that matches your inner health.
Which LipoSculpting Procedure Will Be Used?
How your liposculpting procedure is done depends on the specific technique that’s used:
- Tumescent liposculpting is the most common type of liposculpting. A sterile solution containing salt water, an anesthetic, and epinephrine is injected into the site. The salt water aids fat removal, while the anesthetic relieves pain and epinephrine causes the blood vessels to constrict. After small cuts are made on your skin, a thin tube called a cannula is inserted under your skin. The cannula is connected to a vacuum that suctions fat and fluids from your body. Your body fluid might be replenished through an intravenous (IV) line.
- Ultrasound-assisted liposculpting is a type of liposculpting that is sometimes used in conjunction with tumescent liposculpting. During ultrasound-assisted liposculpting, a metal rod that emits ultrasonic energy is inserted under your skin. This ruptures the fat cell walls and liquefies the fat for easier removal.
- Laser-assisted liposculpting is a technique that uses high-intensity laser light to liquefy fat for removal. During laser-assisted liposculpting, a laser fiber that is inserted through a small incision emulsifies fat deposits. The fat is then removed via a cannula.
- Powered liposculpting uses a cannula that moves in a rapid back-and-forth motion. This vibration allows tough fat to be pulled out more easily. Powered liposculpting might sometimes cause less pain and swelling and can allow for more precise removal of fat, especially on smaller areas, such as the arms, knees or ankles.
What to Expect with Your LipoSculpting
Some liposculpting procedures require only local or regional anesthesia, while others require general anesthesia. In either situation, you might be given a sedative, typically through an IV injection, to help you remain calm and relaxed. The liposculpting procedure might last up to several hours, depending on how much fat is removed.
If your liposculpting procedure requires general anesthesia, then you’ll wake up in the recovery room. Generally, most patients go home the same day, but, on occasion, an overnight stay in the hospital might be required
You should expect some pain, swelling, and bruising after the procedure. You might need to wait a few days before returning to work and a few weeks before resuming your normal activities – including exercise.
To help control pain, you might be prescribed medication. In addition, to reduce the risk of infection, you will likely be prescribed antibiotics. For several weeks, you might also need to wear a tight compression garment to help reduce swelling. During this time, as the remaining fat settles into position, you can expect some contour, which is normal and nothing to worry about.
Dr. Val is an Expert at LipoSculpting
Dr. Sybile Val is a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon, has extensive training is plastic and reconstructive surgery techniques, and has proven experience in liposculpting. She is also dedicated to providing her patients with compassionate care in a private, warm, and safe environment.
As a surgeon, Dr. Val appreciates and understands the need for non-surgical options thus she also enjoys helping her patients reach their goals non-surgically, if possible. She enjoys procedures such as soft tissue fillers, neurotoxins and teaching patients about quality skin care. She believes in providing all of her patients with a detailed and thorough evaluation where questions are not only encouraged but expected. She’s been known to quiz patients at the end of a consultation to ensure they fully understand their condition and surgical options!
Dr. Val looks forward to helping you reach your aesthetic or reconstructive goals in the safest and most efficient way possible.
Her clinical interests include liposulpting and body contouring, fat grafting, breast rejuvenation, breast reconstruction, and injectables.
Dr. Val’s commitment to providing comprehensive quality care in a warm and caring environment is unparalleled. Whether it’s a personal phone call before or after surgery or a hand written note, she believes in personally connecting to her patients and walking with them every step of the way.