Commonly called lipo, this is a surgical procedure that removes small amounts of fat from the body with a thin surgical tool called a cannula. It can be performed with or without the aid of a numbing mixture that is injected into the fat before surgery. When this fluid is used, the surgery is called tumescent or wet lipo. Whereas, if no fluid is used, it is called dry lipo.
Vaser liposuction is a huge technological advancement in the field of body contouring. It uses ultrasound waves to break apart body fat before it is suctioned away via a thin surgical tool called a cannula. Ultrasound provides vaser liposuction patients with more precise results than traditional lipo. The addition of ultrasound to break apart the fat before it is removed also makes vaser liposuction much easier on the body than traditional lipo. Generally, vaser liposuction patients enjoy faster healing times than traditional lipo patients.
What is liposuction?
Also called lipo or body contouring, this is a type of surgery that removes small, stubborn pockets of fat from the body with a long, thin surgical tool called a cannula.
There are three common lipo methods:
- Wet also called Tumescent
- Ultrasound-assisted also called Vaser Liposuction
Medbelle surgeons are proud to offer each of these options for problem areas across the body.
You can learn more about the lipo procedures offered by Medbelle surgeons via the links above.
Is lipo right for me?
Lipo is a good option for you if you are frustrated by areas of stubborn fat that do not change even after lifestyle changes like diet or exercise.
Lipo is also a good option for you if you have overall firm skin and good muscle tone. These factors improve the likelihood of outstanding body contouring results.
What are the limitations of body contouring surgery?
Lipo is not a type of weight loss surgery.
Many people incorrectly assume this because fat is removed from the body. However, only a limited amount of fat can be safely removed during one surgery.
Specifically, in the UK most hospitals limit lipo procedures to a maximum of 3 litres of fat during one surgery.
While limits like these take into account the much greater likelihood of complications when more than 3 litres of fat is removed, it’s also good to keep in mind the aesthetic benefits of smaller lipo procedures. Namely, if too much fat is removed via lipo, the patient will be left with drooping, loose skin in the area.
It’s important to remember that lipo is also not a good treatment for areas of the body with cellulite. In some cases, lipo can even make cellulite look worse.