Targeting specific pockets of body fat with diet and exercise is no simple task, and this is why so many patients have turned to liposuction to expedite their path to a healthier weight. Within this genre of cosmetic surgery, liposculpture and laser lipo have become two of the most popular treatment options for quick and effective results. While both of these treatments can be effective, they each come with their own unique advantages and disadvantages.
A Healthy Amount of Body Fat
Those that have too much body fat will not only want to change their appearance, but they will also have a higher risk of diabetes, heart disease, and a variety of other serious medical problems. Patients with too little body fat will often experience chronic fatigue, anemia, and hormonal imbalances. Unfortunately, maintaining this balance while slimming down specific areas of the body such as the midsection can be difficult.
Both laser lipo and liposculpting are derivatives of liposuction. Liposuction is essentially any cosmetic treatment that uses a hollow tube with holes on the end, called a cannula, to suck out deposits of fat. Physicians must receive special licensing before carrying out this cosmetic surgery in order to lower the risk of any complications. As with many other procedures, the quality and longevity of the results will be determined by the skill of the surgeon as well as the aftercare habits of the patient.
Liposculpture is a term that is used to describe a liposuction treatment that involves slightly more than simply pulling out fat deposits. For some patients, the physician will slightly alter muscles just under the fat or repair them if damaged. They also have the option to remove other soft tissue such as a small portion of skin to “sculpt” that area of the body.
Laser lipo is one of the newest treatments within the field of cosmetic surgery and has quickly become a popular way to remove body fat. A cannula is still used to suck out the fat, but the fat is first “melted” with a medical-grade laser. In some situations, this will provide the patient with benefits such as reduced bruising due to cauterization. The downside of laser lipo is that it is a more expensive procedure and often takes longer to carry out.
Making the Right Choice
The results and recovery period for both of these treatments are relatively similar. Patients will be put under with general anesthesia and the entire treatment will last for anywhere from two to six hours depending on how much fat is to be removed. The recovery period will last for around two weeks and patients should avoid physical activity during that time.
It is important for patients to speak with their physician about all of their treatment options when it comes to weight loss. No matter how effective a procedure may be, patients that do not change their diet and exercise habits will never be able to enjoy long-term results.
At Southeastern Dermatology our staff led by both board certified dermatology and cosmetic surgeon Dr. Hendricks, will be able to answer any questions or concerns you might have. He will be able to discuss if either liposculpture or laser lipo is right for you and show you possible results. Contact us today to schedule your consultation and start your path to say goodbye to that stubborn, unwanted fat.