One of the most innovative ways to slim down your appearance is with liposculpture, which takes the benefits of liposuction to a whole new level. Dr. Rhee uses liposculpture as part of his comprehensive body contouring procedures in Redlands, CA. Learn more about liposculpture and specific techniques Dr. Rhee uses for this treatment including VASERlipo® and Smartlipo™.
What is liposculpture and how is it used?
When you get liposculpture, you can expect the fat removal of liposuction along with added tightening and contouring. As one of the most popular cosmetic procedures, liposculpture removes fatty tissue in problem areas you want to slim down. Even though it is not a weight loss procedure, it can be used to reduce fat in many areas of the body. Most of our patients use this procedure to transform the look of their chin, arms, buttocks, abdomen, and thighs. Dr. Rhee uses this method in conjunction with skin tightening and body contouring techniques as a motivation to continue a comprehensive healthy lifestyle to promote fitness.
What is liposuction?
Liposuction uses suction to remove fat from targeted areas of your body. The fat is drawn out through small, thin needles inserted into your skin through tiny cuts. The outpatient procedure uses one of several techniques, and may involve the use of a laser. It’s usually effective, and results tend to last if you do not regain weight in the area after your procedure. Possible side effects include temporary bruising, irritation, swelling, or numbness around the treatment areas, sagging or rippled skin, and scarring.
What is the difference between liposculpture and liposuction?
Liposculpture with a laser or ultrasound machine still involves liposuction, but liposculpture provides additional contouring and skin-tightening. While liposuction only removes fat cells from a specific body area, liposculpture aims to minimize fat to sculpt your body. Also known as a local anesthesia-based tumescent liposuction with contouring, liposculpture is a newer, more advanced form of this fat reduction procedure. With the use of a small incision and equally small cannula for removing the fat deposits during liposculpture, recovery tends to be more rapid in comparison to general anesthesia-based liposuction or tummy tuck. As a result many patients choose to get this local anesthesia-based liposculpture over liposuction.
What can I expect when I get liposculpture with VASERlipo® or Smartlipo™?
VASERlipo® is a liposculpture technique. VASERlipo® uses ultrasound to break down the walls of fat cells. Ultrasonic probes are inserted into the areas of fat to be emulsified with the use of high-frequency vibration. Smartlipo™ is another liposculpture technology that is also minimally invasive. This Federal Drug Administration (FDA) approved method reduces fatty tissue using laser technology. Also known as laser lipolysis, this procedure targets fat cells and liquefies them using heat. The fat cells are literally melted away and skin is tightened through tiny incisions. Then, the dissolved fat is suctioned and drained through the same incisions to ensure optimal fat removal. There is very little downtime with VASERlipo® or Smartlipo™ as the procedures do not require general anesthesia or a hospital stay. So while the procedure is more in-depth than liposuction, you’ll likely be back on your feet quicker afterward. Depending on the problem areas for fat removal and/or skin tightening, Dr. Rhee chooses the most appropriate technology.