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Liposuction is a medical procedure to remove unwanted fat from specific areas of the body. Liposuction helps to reshape the body by removing fat from areas that are unaffected by a healthy diet and exercise routine.

Bloom Health offers two types of liposuction surgery; laser and traditional. A plastic or dermatologic surgeon usually does the procedure on your hips, belly, thighs, buttocks, back, arms, or face to improve their shape. But liposuction can also be done with other plastic surgeries, including facelifts, breast reductions, and tummy tucks.

Laser Liposuction

Laser liposuction uses a laser to produce a burst of energy to liquefy the fat, so it can be suctioned out. Laser liposuction is suited for patients who are bothered by specific areas where weight is particularly stubborn, rather than patients who are seeking to remove a larger amount of fat. Laser liposuction can be used to sculpt the body by removing stubborn fatty deposits and by stimulating the production of collagen, leaving skin firmer.

Is it right for me?

Laser liposuction is suitable for patients who are near their goal weight by approximately 25lbs, who have specific target areas to shape and sculpt or patients who undergo traditional liposuction but desire the added sculpting benefits laser offers. Lasers used will depend on the physician and the patient’s requirements.

How effective is laser liposuction?

Laser liposuction is effective at reducing the amount of collected fat in certain areas. Laser liposuction however, will not work alone, a coordinated diet and exercise regime will help to maintain a healthy weight.

Traditional Liposuction

Traditional liposuction is a surgical procedure that sucks stubborn pockets of fat deposits, removing them, leaving patients leaner and with a reduced body mass index. Traditional liposuction is a surgical procedure, may be considered invasive in comparison to other options and means the patient must be under anesthesia.

How is fat removed?

In liposuction, after the patient is under anesthesia, the surgeon will make some small incisions in the target area and inject a saline solution that helps to break up the fat, making it easier to remove. Following this, depending on the types of fat, the target area and the desired outcomes the surgeon will either use a hand operated or a machine operated cannula (large needle-like device) to suck the fat from the target area. Once the surgeon has removed the excess fat deposits, the incisions are closed, and the patient is sent to recovery.

Is it right for me?

Liposuction is often used as a last resort, when diet and exercise haven’t been able to remove areas of stubborn fatty deposits, only an in-depth consultation will determine whether liposuction is the right course of action for you and your body. Some patients may find that the removal of fat leaves them with loose skin, as such your doctor may recommend a combined traditional liposuction and laser lipolysis to help sculpt and tighten the skin and the underlying tissue.

Both types of Liposuction - What Should I Expect?

First, make sure that the place where you’re getting it done is accredited, and is known for its professional standards, safety and good results.

  • A thin tube, called a cannula, connected to a vacuum will be used to suction the fat from your body.
  • You’ll go home the day of the procedure, or if you’re having a lot of fat removed, you might stay overnight in the hospital.
  • Before your liposuction starts, your doctor will mark the areas of your body that will be treated. The doctor may also take photos to use later for before-and-after comparisons.
  • Next, you'll get general anesthesia -- which means you will not be awake during the procedure -- or a “local,” which means you will be awake but not feel any pain.
  • Bruising, swelling, and soreness may occur for at least a few weeks.
  • Your surgeon may require you to wear a compression garment for 1 to 2 months after surgery to control swelling.
  • Antibiotics is typically prescribed to prevent infection.
  • Most people can return to work within a few days and get back to normal activities within 2 weeks. But every person is different.

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