Demystifying Liposuction and Liposuction 360

You may have a concept of what liposuction is. But do you really know what liposuction is?

Despite it having been around for a long time now, a lot of people are still unclear on just exactly what liposuction is or how it works.

And as the field of plastic surgery has evolved and expanded, so too have liposuction procedures. For instance, Liposuction 360 brings a whole new dimension to the procedure.

In other words, today’s liposuction is not your grandma’s liposuction.

So let’s dive in and see what’s happening in the wild world of liposuction these days…


What Is Liposuction?

When you struggle with large deposits of fat in the thighs, abdomen, chest, arms, buttocks or neck that are unresponsive to diet and exercise, it can be incredibly discouraging.

This is particularly the case if you’re continually engaged in strenuous exercise and simply seeing no results. Plus, the extra weight makes your workouts even more challenging.

Removing that fat via liposuction can help. And the procedure is fairly straightforward.

Small incisions are made in the treatment area. Then a board-certified plastic surgeon inserts a cannula, or thin hollow tube, through the incisions to expand the space where fat is deposited. The fluid infiltrated also has anesthetic properties and helps constrict blood vessels making the procedure more comfortable, while decreasing postoperative bruising and intraoperative blood loss.

From there, a surgical vacuum is used to loosen and suction that problematic fat out of the body. Reducing that excess fat results in a slimmer body contour and restored confidence.

As an additional bonus, the fat cells or adipose tissue removed during liposuction can be repurposed if needed. For example, the fat can be transferred and injected into areas of the breast to improve shape and contour.

This provides patients a natural alternative to breast augmentation. Rather than using implants, they are able to enhance breast tissue using their own tissue.

The phenomenal success rate of liposuction procedures has made it one of the most popular forms of plastic surgery.


Are You a Good Fit for Liposuction?

The most effective way to determine if you’re a candidate is through a one-on-one consultation with a plastic surgeon.

Generally speaking though, the best candidates are those with localized accumulations of fat in specific areas.

But what about if the fat you want to remove isn’t quite so localized and affects multiple areas of the body?

That’s where Liposuction 360 comes in.


What is Liposuction 360?

Liposuction 360, known more simply as Lipo 360, is a surgical procedure that’s conducted 360 degrees around the body.

Lipo 360 uses ultrasonic, laser or power-assisted technology to selectively dislodge body fat so that it’s easier to remove. By dislodging the fat, surgeons can remove it more consistently – minimizing trauma and force.

Most commonly, Lipo 360 refers to decreasing the waistline in a 360-degree fashion.

The procedure is performed in two stages around the body.

Beginning with the back, the surgeon removes excess fat in upper back rolls and the lower waist, as well as bra fat and lower back fat. Arm liposuction may also be performed.

In the second stage, the patient is turned over for the abdomen and flank liposuction. Depending on the situation and the amount of loose skin remaining, the patient may require a tummy tuck as well.

Inner and outer thighs may be contoured as well.

Those with excess fat deposits in these areas can benefit from this procedure – though the ideal candidate is in overall good health, has healthy skin with good elasticity, and is of average to moderate weight.


Enhance Your Natural Contours with Liposuction and Lipo 360

So there you have it.

Whether you’re looking to remove excess fat from one “problem” area, or think you could benefit from a more comprehensive Lipo 360 procedure – with or without additional procedures – we’re here to help.

Contact us today to consult with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons. They will advise you on the best procedure(s) that will result in the best you.

Then prepare to celebrate your body this summer!