Liposuction and Liposculpture
- Posted on: Feb 28 2021
In February’s first blog, we got into some basics about liposuction and a more targeted form of liposuction that we perform at Austin Cosmetic Surgery known as liposculpture. In this second, post-Valentine blog, let’s get into this a little more.
First a quick refresher. Liposuction is a more general method of removing stubborn pockets of fat that are highly resistant to changes in diet and targeted exercise. Liposuction usually addresses areas with more fat. Liposculpture is liposuction, but it is very targeted. It aims to remove less fat, but to sculpt the targeted areas as the fat is removed. The difference is the precision between the two procedures.
How do I know if I need liposuction or liposculpture?
Obviously, these two procedures have much in common, but there are differences in who is a good candidate for each.
Liposuction candidates need to have good elasticity in their skin, so that the skin can tighten down once the underlying fat is removed. Patients should also be within 10 percent of their ideal weight, and they should have a regular exercise regimen for weight management.
Liposculpture candidates should be at their ideal weight, yet seek to remove specific fat deposits, along with sculpting of these areas.
Are these weight-loss procedures?
We sometimes have a patient who misunderstands what the goals of liposuction are in general. The assumption is that these are weight-loss procedures, but that isn’t the case. Liposuction is meant to address only pockets of fat that have accumulated in some typical places, such as the abdomen, flanks, thighs, upper arms, and even under the chin. The human body is adept at storing fat in these locations, and it is highly resistant to efforts to remove it.
Dr. Michelle Cabret-Carlotti and Dr. Albert Carlotti require our liposuction patients to be within 10 percent of their ideal body weight to qualify for these procedures. To have liposculpture, you really need to be at your ideal weight.
What kind of results should I expect from liposculpture?
People have a set number of fat cells. These cells swell when we gain weight and shrink in size when we lose weight, but their numbers remain static. However, after liposculpture (or liposuction) you have a reduction in the number of fat cells in the treatment areas. Because areas such as the abdomen are difficult to control as the slightest weight gain seems to go right there, reducing the number of fat cells enables you to control these areas much better. Liposculpture delivers slimmer contour with sculpted muscles where possible. It’s exactly what our patients who are in shape and at their weight want.
Interested in liposculpture or liposuction at Austin Cosmetic Surgery? Call us at our Lakeway office, (512) 688-8000, or our Scottsdale office, (480) 947-7700, to schedule a consultation.
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