Liposuction, a type of cosmetic surgery, is one of the top five surgeries performed in the world, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Reports. The basic purpose of Liposuction, also known as Lipoplasty, is to get rid of the stubborn fatty deposits that are present in various parts of your body. Dr. Mark Crispin, a renowned plastic surgeon of Atlanta, has discovered through some of his patients that no matter how much you diet and exercise, some people cannot seem to eradicate little areas of body fat. Every so often, unwanted fat deposits generally exist in body areas, such as thighs, hips, buttocks, flanks, back, neck and arms. The removal of these fatty deposits results in the enhancement of your body contours that lead to a slimmer and smoother look of your body.
What You Should Know Before You Undergo Liposuction
The best liposuction candidates are those who have a good skin tone and flexibility, as advised by Dr. Crispin, where the skin shapes itself into new contours. People whose skin lacks this elasticity might be left with loose-looking skin in areas where the procedure was done. Dr. Crispin says that liposuction should preferably only be done if you did not achieve the desired results with a lifestyle change. For example, if some stubborn areas of fat in your body are resistant to exercise and diet.
Common Types of Liposuction
- Tumescent liposuction or suction-assisted liposuction (SAL) – This is the most conventional method of liposuction used today. In this procedure, a local anesthetic is used to numb the area of your body where the tube will be inserted. Then, a large amount of anesthetic solution is injected in that area, causing blood vessels to shrink and contract. The fat is then sucked out of your body with the help of a vacuum pump that is attached to the tube.
- Ultrasound-assisted liposuction (UAL) – This procedure transmits ultrasonic energy through a hand piece that loosens and melts the fat in your body, making it easier to remove larger volumes through the tube. This technique may be particularly helpful to remove fat from your upper abdomen, sides, and back. It is best used on large areas and male patients.
- Vaser liposuction – This is a variation of UAL in which a grooved cannula evenly disperses the energy, improving the breakdown and removal of fat from your body.
- Laser-assisted liposuction (LAL) – This is a relatively new technology. It works much like UAL, but uses low-energy waves to liquefy the fat in your body, which is then removed through the tube. In areas of your body with very thin layers of fat like the face and neck, the tube might not be used. In these cases, the liquified fat cells will be absorbed by your body.
Liposuction technologies offered at Atlanta Plastic Surgery
Dr. Crispin highly suggests the Power-assisted liposuction (PAL) technique. This is a procedure involves the same technique as SAL, with the addition of a vibrating tool which speeds up the breakdown of fat. In this process of liposuction, a small motor produces small mechanical vibrations that are transmitted through a tube that breaks up the fat deposits and removes them through a vacuum system. Liposuction procedures can also be done combined with tummy tuck methods. A surgical procedure, called The Atlanta Tummy Tuck, removes fat and excess skin from the abdominal region.
To find out which liposuction is right for you, feel free to contact Dr. Crispin for your possible options. It is important to consider what your surgeon recommends to make the best decision for your skin and body.