All About Liposuction
Liposuction has become one of the most popular elective surgeries performed today both around the world and among our own patients in the Chicago Metropolitan area. With the ability to reduce fat cells from troubled areas such as the abdomen, hips, and thighs, people choose liposuction to help them achieve the body of their dreams. Liposuction is more than simply reducing unwanted fat. It can be used to improve chin and necklines, and slim areas such as the knees, upper arms, and the back. For people who have tried dieting only to find they are still dealing with unwanted pockets of fat, liposuction can provide the slim shape that nature has been withholding *.
What is Liposuction?
Liposuction is the reduction of unwanted subcutaneous fat cells from the body. In other words, the fat that exists just below the skin. We all carry fat throughout our body, including around our organs, but most people associate unwanted fat with the fat that is right below the skin - the areas you can pinch. Liposuction targets this unwanted fat by suctioning it out of the body via a small incision and a cannula (a hollow stainless steel tube). The most common area to have liposuction performed for both men and women is in the abdominal region. However, almost any part of the body that carries unwanted distribution of fat cells can be targeted. It's even used for breast reductions in some women.
There are several methods of liposuction from which to choose. They include traditional liposuction (including the "wet method), laser liposuction, ultrasonic liposuction (Vaser) and the newest and most advanced technology, Water Lipo®which utilizes the Body Jet System. Traditional liposuction is generally expensive because of the need for hospital care and general anesthesia and has higher complication rates then the newer technologies. Ultrasonic liposuction is effective but has resulted in complications such as burns which make it less desirable. Laser liposuction is a great technology but is somewhat limited in the amount of fat that it can reduce when used by itself.
Water Lipo® is one the safest technology currenty available and is so gentle that hospitals and general anesthesia are not required *. Significant areas of fat can be extracted while the patient is awake with local tumescent anesthesia. This procedure is done in the office and most patients can return to normal activities the next day *.
The Liposuction Institute of Lift Body Center has multiple liposuction technologies. Dr. Joffrey is an expert in laser liposuction and is the doctor who trademarked Water Lipo®. During your consultation, he will help you determine which technology or technologies best serves your needs.
* results may vary - (disclaimer)