Dr. Lampert has seen a substantial increase in career professionals seeking liposuction. They are looking to shed excess fat and gain an advantage in their private and professional lives by looking fit and fabulous. For those who cannot shed those last several pounds or who have resistant pockets of fat, liposuction provides the perfect solution. With modern techniques, there is far less down time. Depending on the area treated, many people can return to sedentary jobs and light activities within a week.
Some interesting facts about liposuction…..
Liposuction has become among the most popular cosmetic surgical procedure in America with over 350,000 procedures done in 2013. Although it has been around for over 30 years, liposuction was not previously used very often due to the potential volume of blood loss that was associated with early methods. The development of a technique called tumescent liposuction in the l980s revolutionized the procedure by eliminating most of the blood loss while providing long lasting anesthesia. The word tumescent means ‘swollen’ and refers to the fact that in this method, the targeted area is infused with a special solution making it swollen and firm.
The earlier method of performing liposuction, or ‘dry’ liposuction, created more significant blood loss. Back then, the patients were advised to store their own blood several weeks prior to surgery just in case. During liposuction their stored blood would be transfused back into them if necessary.
Liposuction for Exercise Resistant Areas
Modern liposuction methods are safe and, in the right hands, can produce beautiful, natural and permanent results. There are many areas of the body that retain excess fat, no matter how much exercise is done. The hips and inner thighs, the calves, neck and upper arms are especially stubborn. Only liposuction will permanently remove the fat in these areas.
Modern Liposuction Methods
There are several forms of liposuction that have been developed in recent years.
- Tumescent Liposuction
- Ultrasonic Assisted Liposuction (UAL)
- Laser Assisted Liposuction (or Smart Lipo)
- Power Assisted Liposuction
In all of these methods, the fat is broken up and removed from the body with suction.
This method continues to be the most popular and safest method used today. A large amount of a dilute solution containing lidocaine (an anesthetic) and epinephrine (an arterial vasoconstrictor) is injected into the fat and soft tissue under the skin through very small incisions. The anesthetic makes it very comfortable for the patient and, in some cases, is all the anesthesia that is needed. Since the lidocaine is a long-lasting anesthetic, most patients find recovery very comfortable with any pain well managed by oral medication. The blood loss now typically consists of a few tablespoons of blood due to the effect of the epinephrine, which makes this a very safe procedure when performed by a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.
Once the fluid is infused and the anesthetic has taken effect, a thin tube called a cannula is gently inserted through the tiny incisions, which are made in strategic places. Fat is then suctioned out with a precise technique to ensure a natural contour. Gradual and deliberate suction by the surgeon is necessary, in order to avoid lumps or irregularities. Liposuction is one of the easiest operations to perform, but one of the most difficult to perform well. Inexperienced and untrained surgeons can create real problems, dents and severe contour deformities. Trust only a surgeon who is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery to perform your liposuction.
Before & Afters
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Ultrasonic Assisted Liposuction (UAL)
As the name implies, this method uses ultra sound waves to dissolve the fat so that it can be removed. UAL is done by infusing a large volume of fluid to the targeted area through small incisions, similar to the tumescent method. Some thermal energy is created as the ultrasound melts the subcutaneous fat. For some patients, this thermal energy can help with further skin tightening.
Laser Assisted or Smart Lipo
This method may be used when treating areas such as the neck, chin and jowls. The incisions are used to insert the laser cannula which allows laser energy to help melt the fat cells. This is then is suctioned out of the body. Some thermal energy is created, which can help with skin tightening for certain patients.
Power Assisted Liposuction (PAL)
In this method, the cannula is powered by electricity or compressed air. It is inserted through small incisions and uses a rapid vibrating motion to help remove fat. This technology is especially beneficial when patients require significant volume of fat removal. Power assisted liposuction (or PAL) causes no thermal injury, which can be better for many patients undergoing liposuction with abdominoplasty or fat grafting.
Liposuction can be a fast fix for a long term problem…..
Contact Dr. Lampert for a comprehensive assessment of your needs and to get started on your new look. Not only is he a board certified plastic surgeon, he is also a classically trained sculptor. This combination is hard to beat when seeking one of the best liposuction surgeons Miami has to offer.