Liposuction is a surgical procedure that uses small stab incisions, usually around ¼ inch or 2-3 mm long, to remove fat from the underlying skin.
Who is a good candidate for Liposuction?
Liposuction is a great procedure for improving contour in almost any area of the body that has fullness under the skin. Liposuction alone is a good procedure for fat removal in patients without a significant amount of loose skin associated with the areas of excess fullness/fat. Those patients with excess skin will need additional procedures to remove this skin (example, Tummy Tuck for excess skin in the abdomen). It cannot remove large amounts of excess skin, but it can often tighten skin to a degree. This skin tightening can be assisted with different technologies that use laser, ultrasound, or radiofrequency. Liposuction is a valuable tool for body contouring and is often paired with other procedures such as Tummy Tuck, Brachioplasty, Thigh Lift, and Upper/ Lower Body Lift.
What is "360 Lipo"?
360 Lipo is a popular term that means liposuction of the belly and back at the same time. In other words, the liposuction is performed "360 degrees around the patient". Patients that are good candidates for this have good skin quality and not a ton of excess skin but have increased fullness and a poor waistline. this procedure is often paired with Brazilian Butt Lifts (fat grafting to the buttocks), because improving the waistline and adding some volume to the buttocks with the same fat that was removed during 360 lipo can lead to significant improvements in the appearance and shape of the buttocks.
What should a patient expect during and after Liposuction?
After Liposuction, it is normal to have soreness and swelling in treated areas. Your doctor will apply compression garments for several weeks to help improve this and to give you the optimal outcome.
What results can a patient expect from Liposuction?
Patients should expect a small amount of skin tightening (as long as skin was not significantly loose and sagging before the procedure), and a significant improvement in fullness in the treated areas. Liposuction delivers better fat removal and reduction in fullness than non invasive treatments for fat removal.