Liposuction is a well-known cosmetic surgery that first debuted in the United States in the mid 1980s. Since that time, the procedure has become less and less invasive and more and more popular. Today, it consistently ranks as one of the top three cosmetic surgeries every year.
Why all the popularity? Liposuction enables patients to target stubborn pockets of fat that seem utterly indifferent to changes in diet and targeted exercise.
At Austin Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. Michelle Cabret-Carlotti and Dr. Albert Carlotti perform traditional liposuction. Plus, they take the popular procedure and move it one step beyond with what we call high-definition liposuction or liposculpture.
Since we all have pockets of stubborn fat here and there, let’s take February’s two blogs and see how we can sculpt these areas for our patients in Austin and Scottsdale.
What is liposuction?
Liposuction has become less and less invasive over its 30 years. Today, Drs. Carlotti use a very thin cannula that only requires tiny incisions to access the unwanted fat. We also use the tumescent approach, where we first inject the target area with a tumescent solution consisting of saline solution, lidocaine, and epinephrine. This has multiple benefits: the saline swells the area, making removing the fat cells easier; lidocaine provides local anesthetic; and epinephrine constricts the blood vessels so there is less bleeding and subsequent bruising. Once the cannula is inserted through tiny incisions it is moved about to break loose unwanted fat cells to slim and contour targeted areas of the body.
What is liposculpture?
Liposculpture is liposuction, but it is more advanced liposuction, demanding the expertise found with Drs. Carlotti. That’s why we call it high-definition liposuction because it is not a general procedure aimed at slimming an area but has much more specific goals of sculpting and contouring the target area. Liposculpture is a procedure meant for patients who are at their ideal weight yet seek more intensive body contouring on the last areas with stubborn fat. It is used to enhance the definition of muscles and remove fat from problem areas, such as the stomach, hips, neck, and chin.
How is liposuction and liposculpture different?
Both of these procedures utilize suction through a cannula to remove unwanted fat. Liposuction candidates tend to remove more total fat. Liposculpture is used to reshape as much fat as it removes. Liposuction provides larger scale body contouring for patients with more residual fat. Liposculpture provides more precision on smaller areas of the most stubborn fat.
If you’re within 10 percent of your ideal body weight and you’re interested in getting rid of those stubborn pockets of fat, call us and set up a consultation for tumescent liposuction. If you’re at your ideal weight, but want to sculpt areas, call us and set up a consultation for liposculpture. Call our Lakeway office at (512) 688-8000 or our Scottsdale office at (480) 947-7700 to set up your appointment.