Liposuction and Liposculpture with tumescent both involve the removal of localized fat deposits as a means of contouring the body. Our physicians are nationally renowned experts in the field of liposuction, using the tumescent liposculpture and CoolLipo methods in San Diego. Our expert dermatologists in San Diego have written countless articles for peer-reviewed medical journals, given lectures at national and international medical conferences, as well as contributed chapters to best-selling medical textbooks all on the topic of liposculpture treatments.
What Areas Can Be Treated With Body Contouring Treatments?
Liposuction treatments, using tumescent liposculpture in San Diego, can be used to treat various problem areas on the body. Generally, liposuction is used to treat the fat prone areas that are resistant to diet and exercise, such as the belly or thighs. Liposuction treatments in San Diego can effectively remove fat and contour the following areas (basically almost anywhere!):
- Love handles
- Thighs – inner thighs, outer thighs (saddle bags), anterior thighs (front of thigh)
- Back (mid and lower)
- Male and female breast reduction
- Neck and jowls
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What is Tumescent Liposculpture?
Tumescent Liposculpture in San Diego is the most advanced technique of permanently removing excess fat deposits under the skin in areas that are resistant to diet and exercise. It’s called tumescent liposuction (which means “to swell”) because the surgeon fills and swells the fatty areas that need to be removed with large volumes of a special solution before the procedure.
This solution completely numbs the area due to the effect of local anesthetic; therefore general anesthesia or heavy intravenous sedation is not required. At the same time a substance called adrenalin constricts the blood vessels, reducing bleeding to negligible amounts. Fatty deposits are then removed using small straw-like tubes (the small cannula) connected to a suction apparatus or syringe.
Recovery time from this fat reduction treatment is relatively minimal. Within less than a week most patients are able to move around normally and return to work, experiencing only mild discomfort. Within two weeks patients are able to remove compression garments. While the recovery process from liposuction treatment differs from patient to patient, generally within two weeks most patients can return to their normal activities. However, it takes a few months for the full results of liposculpture treatment to be seen.
Learn more about treatments for Liposuction at WebMD.com.
Is a Liposuction Treatment right for you?
Anyone who is in good overall health, with fatty areas on the body that are resistant to diet and exercise, is a good candidate for liposuction treatment. Additionally, a good candidate will be between the ages of 16 and up to the mid to late 70’s. Our San Diego body contouring treatments specialists not only perform lipo for women, but also perform lipo for men. The ultimate decision as to whether or not you are a good candidate will depend on your consultation with our physicians and your expectations for the procedure. It is important to remember that liposculpture treatments is not to be used as a form of weight loss, but as a procedure to treat areas of the body that have been resistant to diet and exercise. The liposuction treatment procedure is done on an outpatient basis with local anesthetic.
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Liposuction Vs Liposculpture. What is the Difference?
The main difference between the two is the instrument used. The instrument, called a cannula, is much thinner with liposculpture treatments allowing the surgeon to artistically sculpt the body into a new shape using delicate instruments rather than simply sucking the fat out as was the case with the larger cannula and the old way of doing liposuction treatment. The newer less invasive method is easier on the body, improves results and involves less scarring or incisions.
The small microcannulas used in liposculpture don’t leave ridges and waviness caused by larger cannulas. The result is so smooth and natural there there are no tell tale signs that you’ve had liposuction treatment. Even the small openings needed for the cannula to enter the skin are so small that the resulting scars are the tiniest possible.
Laser Lipolysis Versus Liposculpture Treatment
Laser Lipolysis is different from Liposculpture treatments as it:
- Adds a “skin tightening” element
- Quicker recovery time
- Smaller incisions
- Better for small areas
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