The decision to get liposuction, commonly referred to as lipo, can be made for a number of reasons. Some get the procedure after working hard to get to their goal weight, but still need a little help shaping or sculpting an area of their body. Others may get the procedure to help treat medical conditions that cause unwanted build-up of fatty tissue. In any case, there are usually several options for you to discuss with your doctor.
The tumescent technique is generally performed for patients who are getting work done for cosmetic reasons. Under local anesthesia, the plastic surgeon will inject a solution that will cause your fat cells to swell up and then use a small tube to remove the unwanted layer of fat between your skin and muscle. Most often this technique is used on the chin, hips, or thighs.
A laser-assisted procedure uses a small laser beam fired into the skin, which will break up the fat cells and allows the cells to be removed by suction. This procedure, sometimes called "Smart Lipo,” is one of the latest and greatest techniques. Recently, this type of procedure has become popular because of the shorter recovery time.
Ultrasound liposuction is a technique that uses ultrasonic waves to break up the fat cells. This makes them much easier to then vacuum out of the body. Most people who choose this method are hoping to remove excess fat from their abs, back, or midsection.
These are three of the most common types of liposuction currently being performed in the U.S. The cost of procedures and recovery time will vary depending on individual circumstances. The best way to find out which method is best for you is by setting up a consultation with your plastic surgeon.
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