can a cosmetic surgeon tell me more about the liposculpture option. Does it work on saddle bags (my main problem)?
What is Liposculpture?
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What is Liposculpture?
Liposuction removes unwanted fat from the body. There are several ways this can be done: laser-assisted, ultrasound-assisted, and power-assisted are three main techniques. The premise remains the same. Fat is removed.
Liposculpting is essentially the preferential removal of fat from certain areas of the body to highlight natural contours. This is best understood when considering the male abdomen: the six-pack, for example, can be further defined by removing fat from the areas that correspond to the transverse and vertical lines of the rectus abdominis muscle. By leaving behind fat above the six-pack muscles, and removing fat between the six-pack muscles, the illusion of a stronger and more defined abdominal musculature can be created. For women, the vertical midline (linea alba) can be treated to establish a more muscular appearance and the obliques can be similarly treated to create natural lines and shadows.
Liposuction of the saddle bags
Mini liposuction techniques work well to remove excess fat from the saddle bag area of the hips in women. This is a great procedure for women bothered by the problem. Raffy Karamanoukian Los Angeles
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What is Liposculpture?
We have used the term liposuction and liposculptra interchangeably for decades. Generally, we began using the term liposculptra when we began liposuctioning superficially to get the skin to tighten. This is moderately effective within limits. Liposuctioning superficially is an art, however, and extra time must be taken to assure evenness and smoothness of the skin. But, basically the terms mean the same.
Liposuction for "saddlebags"
Thank you for the question.
The lateral thighs “saddle bags” are often very well treated with liposuction surgery. The procedure works well for patients with isolated diet and exercise resistant adipose tissue of the lateral thighs who have good skin elasticity.
Good skin elasticity is an important attribute of the patient undergoing liposuction surgery. As we age we generally lose some skin elasticity. After the liposuction procedure we are depending on the skin elasticity to allow the skin envelope to “shrink” to fit the reduced contour resulting from the liposuction procedure.
I would suggest consultation with well experienced board-certified plastic surgeons.
I hope this helps.
Liposculpture can be used for saddle bags, as well as many other problem areas
Liposculpture is a less invasive form of liposuction involving the removal of localized fat deposits as a means of contouring the body. The most important factor is to make sure you go to an expert.
Liposculpture can be used to treat various problem areas on the body. Generally, it is used to treat the areas that are resistant to diet and exercise. Liposculpture can effectively remove fat and contour the following areas (basically almost anywhere!):
Thighs – inner thights, outer thights (saddle bags), anterior thighs (front of thigh)
Back (mid and lower)
Male and female breast reduction
Neck and jowls
Anyone who is in good overall health, with fatty areas on the body that are resistant to diet and exercise is a good candidate for liposuction. Additionally, a good candidate will be between the ages of 16 and up to the mid to late 70’s. The ultimate decision as to whether or not you are a good candidate will depend on your consultation with our physicians and your expectations for the procedure. It is important to remember that liposculpture is not to be used a form of weight loss, but as a procedure to treat areas of the body that have been resistant to diet and exercise. The procedure is done on an outpatient basis with local anesthetic
Would you rather be sucked or sculpted: the ascent of the term liposculpture
"A rose by any other name...Shakespeare" The term liposculpture arose as a preferred alternative to liposuction primarliy to connote a better overall impression of sculpture versus suction. In the early years, some practitioners used this term to delineate a practice of lipoetching or superficial liposuction in which more delicate contouring (with a higher risk of creating contour irregularities) is carried out in the upper layers of the fat.
The differences between liposuction and liposculpture are ...
Liposuction is the removal of fat , period. We used the term in the late 1980's and 90's. As techniques improved fat removal became possible in an aesthetic manner that attempts to restore the natural musculoskeletal shape to the body. Just as one shoe size does not fit all, one technique of body sculpting will not suit all patients. For that reason the term liposculpture has value and it is appropriate for patients to ask their cosmetic surgeon how sculpting will be performed for their individual needs.
What is LipoSculpture? (Liposuction)
LipoSculpture is just another term for liposuction but sometimes refers to a unique method called "VASER Hi Def LipoSculpture." It conveys the idea that you can actually sculpt the body with minimal incisions. Liposuction is a procedure where fat is removed from under the skin through small incisions. In my experience of over 20 years of liposuction I personally believe that the best option is VASER liposuction or VASER Hi Def LipoSculpture. This involves an ultrasonic wand that literally melts the fat with high intensity vibration and allows for easier smoother removal with less chance of bumps and wrinkles. Liposuction is ideal for saddlebags. Consult a Board Certified plastic surgeon who is experienced in VASER liposuction or VASER Hi Def LipoSculpture to discuss your concerns.
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