Liposuction has been heralded as the weapon of choice in the battle of the bulge since its introduction in the U.S. in the early 1980s. And just like every other technology through the years, liposuction has advanced and evolved.
On this page you’ll discover the various types of liposuction available at Lipo Body Sculpture of Houston – from traditional liposuction to the cutting edge technology of SmartLipo, Vaser Lipo, Mesotherapy and Lipodissolve. By learning these types of liposuction you will be able to make a more informed decision as to which liposuction procedure will best fit your specific needs.
Traditional liposuction is a cosmetic surgical procedure that literally vacuums away fat deposits from underneath the skin by way of suction. A cannula, which serves as a suction probe, is inserted through an incision into the deep fat layer of the problem area. Using a back and forth motion, the doctor moves the cannula through the fat breaking up the fat cells. A vacuum pump then sucks the fat away.
Traditional liposuction is best suited for patients who have larger areas of fat to get rid of. Since this liposuction technique is a surgical procedure it does require general anesthesia. The associated recovery time can last from eight to ten weeks so some adjustment in work and lifestyle will be necessary. Compression garments are worn after the procedure to reduce bleeding and minimize swelling. Some degree of bruising is normal with liposuction but it usually goes away in about a week.
Because of the discomfort associated with conventional liposuction, many are choosing a considerably less invasive and traumatic alternative. SmartLipo uses leading-edge laser technology to actually melt away the fat. The tiny, specialized SmartLipo laser is inserted beneath the skin where it targets fat cells. Then the heat from the laser literally melts the fat on contact. In addition, the SmartLipo procedure stimulates collagen production, which in turn helps tighten the skin around the treated area. The result is a more toned and defined appearance.
Because SmartLipo uses local anesthesia, the downtime is significantly less than that of traditional liposuction – typically only two or three days. Compression garments should be worn for a week to 10 days after the SmartLipo procedure.
Patients who have small, localized areas of fat in hard to treat areas are ideal candidates for SmartLipo. SmartLipo gently reshapes difficult areas such as knees, sagging tummies, “back fat”, chin, neck, and jowls. And once the fat cells in any trouble spot are eliminated with the SmartLipo laser, they can never return. They’re zapped for good.
Vaser Lipo in Houston
Vaser Lipo is another minimally invasive technique that is becoming increasing popular as a traditional liposuction alternative. Rather than laser technology as utilized by SmartLipo, Vaser Lipo uses innovative ultrasound technology. Ultrasonic waves are released through a thin probe underneath the skin where they zero in on fat cells and emulsify them.
And since the ultrasound is tissue selective, only fat tissue is targeted. Connective tissue, veins, and nerves are unaffected. That means Vaser Lipo results in very little pain or bruising, and a speedy recovery period.
With Vaser Lipo, new body contours are smooth and even. Though best suited for larger deposits of fat, this ultrasound technology is so focused and precise, more delicate areas such as the knees, face, and chin can be easily shaped and sculpted. Imagine how thrilling it would be to finally tighten and redefine “hound dog” jowls or a double chin!
As with SmartLipo, a compression garment is necessary after treatment with Vaser Lipo. The amount of time varies with the areas treated and the amount of fat removed, but two to six weeks is typical.
Lipodissolve & Mesotherapy Treatment in Houston
For patients seeking a totally non-surgical option, Mesotherapy and Lipodissolve procedures are absolutely ideal. Quick and relatively painless microinjections of highly specified medications are applied directly under the skin, replacing the need for bulky cannulas or probes.
The active compounds in Mesotherapy and Lipodissolve seemingly melt away embarrassing fat by stimulating the immune, circulatory, and lymphatic system to dissolve and then eliminate fat naturally. No need for any external suction devices with Mesotherapy and Lipodissolve – your body does all the work for you!
And because Mesotherapy and Lipodissolve are non-surgical procedures, there is no downtime or disruption to your busy schedule. Many patients have the procedure done on their lunch breaks and return to work right away.
For many women, one of the most exciting aspects of Mesotherapy is its ability to eliminate cellulite. Even thin women suffer with the dimpled or “hail damaged” appearance caused by these embarrassing lumpy deposits of fat. Many experts agree that Mesotherapy is the treatment of choice for smoothing out the incredibly stubborn lumps and bumps.
Lipodissolve is typically used where deeper injections of medication are necessary to reduce fat and contour the abdomen and thighs.
Which Houston liposuction procedure is right for you?
It’s important to mention that no fat removal technique is a substitute for a healthy diet and consistent exercise. As a matter of fact, in order to maintain the sculpted results of lipobody sculpting, you really should make a healthy lifestyle one of your goals.
But for stubborn areas of fat that won’t go away despite a sensible diet and exercise, liposuction, lipodissolve or mesotherapy might be the perfect solution.
The best way to find out for sure is to talk with Dr. Rodriguez at LipoBody Sculpture of Houston. You can take the first step today by filling out a quick and easy inquiry form requesting more information about what fat removal solutions are available and what they can do for your appearance. Your questions and concerns about liposuction, Smart Lipo, Vaser Lipo, Mesotherapy, and Lipodissolve will be addressed promptly and thoroughly. We at LipoBody Sculpture of Houston look forward to hearing from you.