Trimming The Fat: Learning about Your Options for Liposuction

Photo-of-liposuction-options-LocateADocWhile eating right and exercising are the keys to a healthy lifestyle, they don’t always lead to the fat loss you want. Stubborn fat can cling to areas like the thighs, buttocks and abdomen, and these areas can become even harder to slim down as you age. Liposuction can help you get the results you want.

There are more liposuction options than you might typically think of with the surgical removal of fat. Many of them use similar technologies and produce similar results, but it’s good to be aware of what’s out there. Here are four different kinds of options to consider:

1. Slim Lipo uses laser technology to destroy fat cells, which are then reabsorbed by the body and expelled. The technique uses a 924 laser, which refers to its wavelength. Practitioners claim that this laser is more effective at melting fat. Slim Lipo can also be used to tighten the skin after removing fat.

2. Smart Lipo relies on similar technology, but a small incision site is made to insert the laser. The destroyed fat cells are then removed through the tube inserted in the incision site. The procedure is less invasive than traditional surgery, but it does require anesthesia and a day or two for recovery.

3. Laser Lipo can refer to any number of techniques that use laser technology to remove fat.

4. Tumescent Lipo is a surgical procedure akin to traditional liposuction. However, it uses a large volume of local anesthesia and adrenaline to harden the fat cells. It also shrinks the capillaries, thereby reducing bleeding during the procedure. As a result, the recovery time is typically faster.

It is important that you discuss all of these slimming procedures with your doctor to determine which technique will give you the results you want. Ultimately, the decision will likely come down to a matter of personal preference, such as how comfortable you are with an incision or how much recovery time you can bear. Your doctor can talk through your concerns and help you pick the liposuction procedure that's right for you.

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