Traditional Liposuction

Traditional Liposuction is perfect for those who want to contour their body and make it more defined by removing unwanted fat from the affected area. Mavny people choose to have traditional liposuction because no matter how hard they exercise or how healthy they eat there is always an area of the body that isn't right. This could be due to your genetic make up or it could because you aren't doing the right kind of exercise, either way traditional liposuction is an easy and fast way to banish the fat from the stubborn areas of the body. Traditional Liposuction can remove unwanted fat from almost any part of the body including the knees, ankles, thighs, stomach, back, side, neck and chin.

How to prepare for Traditional Liposuction

The first thing to do is to find a clinic that you like and trust that will perform the liposuction on you. After that you will have a consultation with the doctor who will explain the procedure to you, talk to you about why you want the surgery and what results you are expecting, they will then advise you on the best ways to get these results and brief you on the surgery process.
The risks and complications of having liposuction will also be discussed in your consultation along with any questions that you may have as it is good to be fully informed before the liposuction procedure.
As liposuction is a surgical procedure it is advisable to refrain from smoking for several weeks before and after the surgery and also you shouldn't take any aspirin, ibuprofen or some medical prescriptions for 2 weeks prior to the surgery as it made lead to excessive bleeding during the liposuction, which you do not want.

What happens during the Traditional Liposuction procedure?

The first step of traditional liposuction is to numb the area that is having liposuction with an anesthetic. The plastic surgeon will then make small incisions into your skin which is where the liposuction tool will be inserted. The surgeon will be using a machine with a hollow tube attached to it which is called the cannula. This is the part that is used the suction out the unwanted fat below the skin's surface. The cannula varies in size depending how how much fat is being removed, a smaller cannula is used for more delicate areas of the body such as the chin.
Once the cannula is inserted into the slits made earlier the surgeon will then move it back and forth through the fatty tissue. As the fat breaks down it is suctioned out of the body through the tube and into a container. Once the unwanted fat as been removed from the body and incisions that the surgeon made will either be stitched up or left open to drain and covered with a gauze depending on their size.
After most liposuction procedures, the area will normally be wrapped in a compression bandage to aid the healing process.

What happens after the Traditional Liposuction surgery?

The recovery time after traditional liposuction is different for all parts of the body. But generally speaking you will be able to leave the clinic a couple of hour after the surgery, they don't normally keep you in over night. After a couple of days rest you should be able to return back to your daily activities providing they aren't too strenuous, as heavy exercise is not recommended. After the liposuction you will have some swelling and bruising around the area that had the surgery, but this should settle after 2 or 3 weeks, and that is when the results will start to become visible. You should make a follow up appointment with the clinic 2 weeks after the surgery just to make that you are healing ok and there have been no complications.

Smart Liposuction

Smart Liposuction

What is Smart Liposuction?

Smart liposuction removes fatty deposits from areas of the body using surgical tech niques along side either ultrasonic lipo or laser lipo. Smart Lyposuction is considered as ' non-invasive' because during the procedure only a few small incisions are made into the skin's surface, meaning healing time is minimal.

What areas of the body can have Smart Liposuction?

Smart liposuction is a suitable treatment for most areas on the body. The most popular areas are the thighs, stomach, upper arms and the chin/neck. Smart liposuction is the most effective treatment for those people who want to get rid of unwanted fat in certain areas, you should be in good health and not greatly overweight. Smart lipo isn't advisable for very obese people as when the fat is removed there could be a lot of sagging skin. Smart liposuction will not treat cellulite as removing the fat from the body doesn't cause the bumps that are already there to disappear. To remove cellulite from the body you need to look for alternative treatments as smart liposuction will not work.

What is the difference between Slim Lipo and Smart Lipo?

Smart lipo is the removal of fat from the body by using surgical techniques alongside either laser lipo or ultrasound lipo. During smart lipo a 1064nm laser is normally used to liquefy the fat.
Slim Lipo combines different liposuction techniques with laser treatments and is primarily used for body sculpting. During Slim liposuction a flexible crystal is normally used so it easier to manoeuvre over the curves. This crystal will normally contain a 924nm laser to break down the fat. Slim lipo removes fats from the body and tightens the skin. The fat cells are liquefied and removed from the body, and at the same time the skin is tightened by the laser meaning sagging skin is reduced.

What Liposuction is suitable for hard to reach areas?

Ultrasonic liposuction is advisable for neck liposuction, chin liposuction, cheek liposuction, knee liposuction and ankle liposuction as the fatty deposits in these areas are hard to reach through traditional liposuction surgery. During ultrasonic lipo the fatty deposits 'liquified' and they move out of the body through the metabolic system.

You can combine ultrasonic lipo with surgery to remove the fatty deposits faster. This is called Ultrasonic Assisted Liposuction - UAL. The ultrasound waves will melt the fat into a liquid then the tumescent fluid that is injected will emulsify this making it easier to remove. There are many advantages of having Ultrasonic lipo. Firstly by choosing to have UAL you can treat areas on the body that have denser fatty deposits meaning more fat can be removed in a shorter time, and the other main advantage is that the ultrasonic waves will tighten the skin at the same time as melting the fat.

Are there any risks of having Smart Liposuction?

As with any surgical procedure there is always going to be risks. Some of the risks associated with smart lipo are the ultrasonic waves might cause burns, blisters, or scarring if not used properly. All professional liposuction surgeons will know how to prevent these things from happening, so make sure your lipo surgeon knows that they are doing. Another risk associated with smartlipo is something called ' Seroma'. Seroma happens when the body produces more fluid than it should because it is trying to fill the cavity left where the fat has been removed. The fluid must be removed constantly with a syringe until the gap has closed up.

Vaser Liposuction

Vaser Liposuction

What is Vaser Liposuction?

Vaser lipo surgically removes unwanted fat from the body. Vaser liposuction is great for removing large volumes of unwanted fat, and for that reason it is normally the procedure used on 'love handles', 'saddle bags' and 'flabby stomachs'.
Vaser liposuction probes come in all sizes, so therefore it can be used on a wide range of body areas from the smaller areas such as ankles, to larger areas such as the stomach.
During Vaser lipo the ultrasound waves break down the fat, and vaser probe which is inserted under the skin sucks the broken down fat out of the body.

Benefits of Vaser Liposuction

Vaser liposuction is similar to smart lipo and slim liposuction in terms of the results achieved, but they all use different machines and techniques. Vaser lipo is seen as the most effective liposuction treatment for allowing the skin to retract after the surgery, which means the skin is tighter and therefore less likely to sag.

The recovery period after Vaser Liposuction is a lot less painful than it is with other forms of liposuction. This is because there isn't as much swelling and the bruising is lighter, meaning not only is the recovery period shorter, it is as previously stated, it is a lot less painful. You will see a noticeable difference straight away with Vaser liposuction, but it could take up to 2 months for all the swelling to completely disappear and for the skin to fully tighten.

The other benefit of Vaser lipo is that you can use it for transferring fat between areas of the body. The vaser liposuction will break down the fat so it can be extracted and inserted back into a different area as a dermal filler.

Vaser liposuction is best for people who want to make their body shape more proportional, it is not a short cut to a slim body because if you are obese and you remove a lot of fat then your skin won't retract enough as it has been stretched overtime and it will have lost its elasticity.

Side Effects of Vaser Liposuction

This will vary from patient to patient but you should all expect some bruising, discolouration of the skin, and some drainage of fluids. The small incisions made in the skin for the probe need to be kept clean to avoid infection, and to aid the healing process. If you experience any pain during the recovery process then either prescription or over-the-counter medications can be taken depending on the severity of the pain.

Liposuction for Fat Transfer

Fat Transfer Liposuction

A fat transfer, also known as fat grafting or autologous fat transfer, is the process of withdrawing fat from the patient's body to inject elsewhere on the patient. It produces natural looking, long-lasting results. The fat is typically removed from the patient's waist, stomach or thighs, washed or purified, then carefully re-injected into areas requiring augmentation using specialised needles.

How to Prepare for a Fat Transfer Procedure?

The most important thing to do in preparation is find a clinic that you trust and has experience doing this procedure. Before being considered for a fat transfer you will require a pre-procedure evaluation with your surgeon, which make take a few visits. Your surgeon will take a full medical history and perform a physical examination before undertaking the procedure, and you should notify your surgeon if you are a smoker or have any history of abnormal swelling or bleeding.

Patients considered for this surgery are typically in good health, so it would be beneficial to consider your personal health before considering this procedure.

What Happens During the Fat Transfer Procedure?

You will be given either general or local anaesthesia, whichever your surgeon feels is most appropriate. A sterile liposuction cannula will be inserted under the skin to harvest fat from the donor area. The fat collected is then purified, usually using a centrifuge which removes impurities. The fat is then injected into the desired area for augmentation. The surgeon will pass the needle in and out of the area to create a 'grid' of fat threads. In order to provide the correct contour, the surgeon may massage the injected area before placing a dressing on the area.

What are the Benefits of Liposuction for Fat Transfer?

As the fat comes from the patient's own body, it is naturally more tolerated by the body after reinjection with minimal risk of rejection by the body. Because of this, is has broad applications, lasts longer and is a far safer procedure than using fillers taken from cadavers or animals. Liposuction for fat transfer creates a more natural appearance to the augmented area and can be used to change contours of the body, reduce the appearance of scars, amongst other things such as breast enlargement and fuller looking lips.

Are There Any Risks Associated With Liposuction for Fat Transfer?

The most common side effect pending liposuction for fat transfer is swelling and bruising of both the donor and recipient areas. Most swelling is reduced over the course of a few weeks.

The swelling can cause some contour irregularity though as the swelling reduces, the contours should become more symmetrical. Bruising caused by bleeding generally fades. It is unusual to need a blood transfusion following this surgery. Numbness of the skin around the donor and recipient areas can also occur, though generally this is only temporary. The surgeon may over or under correct the defect, which could mean that you are unsatisfied with the procedure, which is why it is important to find a good surgeon. Infection can also be an issue.

The removal and introduction of fat within the body can result in fat cells dying in the process. This can mean the fat loses its viability, and can result in the desired augmentation failing.

After Liposuction for Fat Transfer

The injected areas may require compressive dressings and you may be advised not to apply pressure (through sitting or lying) on the donor or injected areas for a prescribed period. A massage program may be suggested also. After about 2-3 weeks you should expect the swelling and bruising to have reduced.

Water Assisted Liposuction

Smart Liposuction

Water Assisted Liposuction (WAL), which can also be known as wet liposuction, H2o liposuction or by its commercial name of Aquashape by Bodyjet. A relatively new technique, WAL limits the exposure to tumescent fluid by using highly concentrated, thin, fan shaped pulses of water and saline fluid to gently loosen fat cells. This also reduces the need for forceful motion of the liposuction cannula. As a result, imperfections are reduced and the body contour achieved is smoother than with traditional liposuction. WAL is also considered safer, quicker and easier than traditional liposuction, and it can be undertaken under local anesthetic. Because it is a gentler technique which doesn't damage the fat cells, fat removed after WAL is great for using in fat transfer procedures.

How to Prepare for Water Assisted Liposuction?

WAL should be prepared for as you would prepare for any liposuction surgery. First you need to select a respected surgeon who you will feel comfortable with. Your surgeon will give you a consultation to see if you are suitable, during which you should discuss what you expect to get from the procedure, and disclose any medical conditions or medication you have. If the surgeon feels this procedure is suitable for you, they should then give you an in-depth brief about what to expect.

What Happens During a Water Assisted Liposuction Procedure?

The surgeon will give you local anesthesia before making incisions into the desired area. Because of the local anesthetic, you will be able to communicate with the surgeon throughout. The highly concentrated stream of water will be inserted and used to dislodge fatty deposits. The pressure of the water jet can be controlled by the surgeon. The fat is then suctioned away using the same cannula.

What are the Benefits of Water Assisted Liposuction?

Water assisted liposuction is considered to be far safer than traditional liposuction. Because it is less forceful, it reduces swelling, bruising and bleeding which are common with other forms of liposuction. The use of local anesthetic eliminates risks associated with general anesthetic, and the minimal invasion of the procedure means there is a quicker recovery. The end result is smoother and more contoured, and the effects are longer lasting as the fat cells are permanently removed.

Are There Any Risks Associated With Water Assisted Liposuction?

Whilst Water Assisted Liposuction is considered to be quite safe, it is still a surgical procedure and comes with risks. The most common risk, of all liposuction procedures, is pain, bruising and swelling. These are minimised with WAL, but will still be prevalent in most cases. It usually takes a few days to recover.

After Water Assisted Liposuction

Patients having undergone WAL are normally back to their daily routines after only a couple of days, and can walk out of the surgery to rest at home. You will need to wear a compressive dressing on the area for a period of time dictated by your surgeon.