Micro Liposuction - Are You a Good Candidate?

When those stubborn pounds from pregnancy or unsightly cellulite won’t disappear with diet and exercise, liposuction may be the best solution for achieving a sleek silhouette. Liposuction techniques now incorporate laser technologies, endermologie and infrared heat therapy to melt away the fat cells and resculpt the surrounding tissues. However, conventional liposuction can require weeks of healing and leave noticeable scars from the incision; micro liposuction offers an alternative for thousands of men and women who only need to target a small area. 

“Micro lipo” is an innovative fat removal technique that requires fewer incisions and a highly-targeted approach to surgery. The treatment can be less-invasive then typical liposuction procedures, and most people can be in and out of the doctor’s office within a few hours. Are you a good candidate for this procedure? Here’s what you need to know about the micro liposuction procedure:

Micro Liposuction – The Basics

Micro liposuction is most valuable for people who cannot lose those last few pounds of stubborn fat after a consistent diet and exercise regimen. Common trouble areas include the love handles, inner and outer thighs, lower back and the hips; these resistant areas can be treated with micro-lipo because the surgery can target only these small areas and leaves the surrounding tissues intact.

Dr. Darrick Antell, a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and New York plastic surgeon, explains that more people are choosing "micro-lipo" because of the quick recovery time and convenience of a simple surgery.  (Source: Surgery-News.net). The biggest difference between micro-lipo and conventional liposuction is the type of tubes used to remove the fat. 

Micro lipo makes use of cannulas – the small metal tubes that suck out the fat – that are no larger than 1.5mm to 6mm wide. These super-fine cannulas can funnel away the fat cells quickly and easily, and help to contour and sculpt the body smooth for a natural appearance. This targeted approach is particularly effective for the face; micro liposuction techniques can be used as part of face lift surgery and skin tightening procedures as they remove excess fatty tissue around the neck and jaw areas.

Key Benefits of Micro Liposuction

Micro lipo offers several benefits beyond conventional liposuction procedures including:

  • Quick and easy procedure
  • Instant results with little recovery time needed
  • Recontouring and sculpting small areas of the body
  • Fewer costs and follow up treatments for fat removal
  • Can be used as part of fat transfer procedures
  • Full recovery within 1-2 weeks

Micro liposuction can be performed on several trouble areas including:

  • Outer thighs prone to cellulite deposits
  • Inner thighs
  • Bulges under the arms
  • Stomach fat after pregnancy
  • Buttock augmentation
  • Chin and lower jaw area
  • Neck

Excess fat around the knees From treating cellulite to getting rid of unsightly fatty deposits, micro liposuction offers several benefits for anyone struggling with a few stubborn pounds.

Learn more about liposuction and fat removal techniques in our information guide, or consult with a liposuction doctor in your area for more treatment options.