There are three main types of liposuction: tumescent, laser-assisted, and ultrasound assisted. All three types of liposuction follow the same basic approach but have slight differences, which we will discuss in greater detail further on.
Before we dive right in, however, let’s cover some basics, including what types liposuction are and what it can (and can’t) improve.
What Is Liposuction?
Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure that gets rid of extra fat from the body. Sometimes, liposuction is referred to as body contouring or lipoplasty. Sometimes, it’s simply called “lipo”.
It’s important to note that liposuction is not a weight loss solution. It can only get rid of small amounts of unwanted fat, so it mainly helps people lose those extra five or so “vanity pounds” that they couldn’t get rid of on their own through diet and exercise.
Liposuction is also often combined with other surgeries. For example, patients getting tummy tucks will often opt for a bit of liposuction around their abdomen at the same time.
It’s a common procedure with mommy makeovers and is an integral part of Brazilian butt lifts as well.
What Are the Types of Liposuction?
There are three main types of liposuction.
1. Tumescent Liposuction
This is the most common type of liposuction. A saline (salt water) solution is first injected into the treatment area. Liquid epinephrine and lidocaine are also added to numb the area.
Ultimately, the sterile salt water solution helps to prepare the fat for removal and reduces the amount of pain and blood loss during and after treatment.
2. Laser-Assisted Liposuction
Also known as SmartLipo, laser-assisted liposuction actually liquefies the fat that is going to be removed by emanating a burst of energy (via a laser) to the treatment area.
3. Ultrasound-Assisted Liposuction
Similar to laser-assisted liposuction, ultrasound-assisted liposuction also sends waves of energy to the fat so as to liquify the target cells. This is done via a cannula that creates ultrasound waves through vibrations. The procedure makes it easier to remove the fat.
What Is Liposuction 360?
If a patient opts for liposuction 360, they are getting liposuction all the way around (360 degrees around) their abdomen instead of in isolated areas in the front of the abdomen, which is the most common.
The procedure is often called circumferential liposuction as well. It covers fat removal for the tummy, flanks (love handles), sides, and mid and lower back.
What Type of Liposuction Will I Get at Lahar Plastic Surgery?
Typically, Dr. Lahar performs tumescent types of liposuction on his patients. The procedure will usually go something like this:
First, the patient will be put under. General anesthesia is generally used.
Next, a medication that reduces bleeding and a medication that numbs the target treatment area will be injected into the fat. This salt water solution will help in preparing the fat to be removed, and it will also buffer the skin and tissue from injury during the procedure.
Overall, the solution provides a safer procedure for patients and helps them be more comfortable after surgery as well.
Small incisions will then be made around the treatment area(s). It is through these incisions that Dr. Lahar will remove the unwanted fat.
As the fat is broken apart by the salt water solution, Dr. Lahar will use a cannula (a thin metal tool used for liposuction) to remove it. The cannula is hollow, so it will suction out the fat cells with help from a medical vacuum device that creates suction.
Unless the fat will then be processed for use with a BBL (Brazilian butt lift) or fat transfer breast augmentation, it will be discarded.
Finally, once the appropriate amount of fat has been removed, Dr. Lahar will carefully close each incision. Bandages and a compression garment will then be fitted around the treatment area to reduce swelling and maintain even healing.
Recovery From Types of Liposuction
Recovery from liposuction does involve some mild soreness and bruising, but the worst discomfort usually takes place within the first three days after the procedure.
After that, you will notice the bruising, swelling, and discomfort start to let up day by day.
It’s important to take it easy and not strain yourself or exercise too vigorously during your recovery. Keep wearing your compression garment, taking it easy, and resting until Dr. Lahar says it’s okay to return to other activities. In time, you will be able to do some light physical activity and then more energetic workouts.
Most patients return to work within one to two weeks, but again, this is subject to Dr. Lahar’s permission. Going back to work or exercising too soon could compromise your results and may cause medical complications as well.
Am I a Good Candidate for Liposuction?
The best way to know if you’re a good candidate for a types of liposuction is to speak with Dr. Lahar directly, so schedule a consultation appointment as soon as you know you’re interested. Beyond this, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons recommends that all liposuction candidates:
- Be nonsmokers
- Be within 30 percent of their ideal body weight
- Have good overall muscle tone
- Have skin that is relatively elastic and firm
- Do not have any serious medical conditions or illnesses that could be life-threatening or put them at risk during surgery or healing
- Have a positive outlook in regards to their body and to surgery and recovery
Naturally, the main pain point of liposuction patients is that they struggle with fat accumulation in unwanted areas of their body.
The majority of liposuction patients are bothered by excess fat on their abdomen, flanks, thighs, buttocks, or upper back. Of course, liposuction can be performed in many other places as well.
Schedule a Consultation to learn about the Types of Liposuction
Dr. Nicholas Lahar is a leading Beverly Hills plastic surgeon with specialized training in aesthetic procedures of the body, breast, and face.
His thorough education and extensive experience are just two of the reasons patients feel confident seeking his help to improve their appearance, self-confidence, and comfort.
If you would like to discuss your types of liposuction options with Dr. Lahar, make an appointment with our office today. We look forward to hearing from you.