I need advice on what type of liposuction to get to treat flanks, outer thighs and banana roll? My doctor only does traditinal lipo. Would Smart Lipo, Vaser, etc. be more effective in reshaping the lower body? Thanks!
Best Method of Liposuction for the Lower Body?
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Best liposuctions are done by experienced doctors with artistic ability
All docs do liposuction and it doesn't matter what type of machine is used or what board certification your doc has as much as the experience and artistic ability of the doc himself. Choose your doc wisely and make sure you have a good report with him since he will be the one advising you for the next 4-5 months on what is to be expected along the way.
Don't choose someone who only does it part time or as one of many different procedures he or she does. Those who keep up with the latest advances do not do traditional lipo anymore nor do they do any lipos under general anesthesia either since fine-tuning requires you to be awake and movable in many positions to get the best results. But even old traditional lipo did give some amazing results in some patients. Be sure to feel comfortable with your doc no matter what technique he or she uses.
Which type of liposuction is best for me?
Which liposuction technique is best to treat the lower body?
There has not been one study that convinced me that any one technique or use of equipment when doing liposuction, is better than the others. Is there less bruising with one technique than the other, and if so, does that produce a clinically significantly different result in the long run? Is there any true dermal or subcutaneous tightening as a result of the laser-assisted liposuction, more than the extent from traditional tumescent liposuction? I have not been convinced of this based on scientific studies. Possibly more need to be done.
You may get a most wonderful result by having a board-certified plastic surgeon or dermatologic surgeon peform the liposuction regardless of the instrumentation.
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Liposuction and results
Any form of liposuction can achieve equal results in my opinion. It is not the wand but the magician that waves the wand that creates the magic.
Best results for liposuction.
The best results for liposuction are achieved by surgeons with a great deal of experience and the patient they are operating on. The type of machine makes little difference and is mainly a marketing tool. Choose your surgeon wisely and you should be very happy.
Traditional liposuction is great.
"Traditional" tumescent liposuction has the best track record for safety and good results. The others are mostly about marketing. The individual surgeon is much more important than which machine is used.
Smartest lipo techniques
An enormous amount of marketing money is spent trying to convince people that certain "brand names" of lipo are best. Smart lipo, for example, is only one version that uses a laser, and these are often hyped as being "less invasive" and a "safer alternative" to lipo.
However, since they use the laser in addition to the liposuction procedure, they are by definition more invasive and carry additional risks; and since they are liposuction, they are not an alternative to lipo but just another way of doing it. Similar for VASER ultrasound.
All of these are useful tools in the right hands but as the other responses have pointed out, it is choosing the right hands that is most important. What works best in the lower body is the same as what works best on the upper body.
Best method of Liposuction
It has been said and bears repeating that it is not the tool but the hand and brain that use the tool that make all the difference in the outcome.
As regards Liposuction, we ALL use tumescent solution AND I like the VASER but have seen nice results from friends who use Power Assisted Liposuction (PAL). I share the view that Smart Lipo is way over-rated and over-hyped.
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Liposuction technology isn't as important as the surgeon and your own body
By all means, the most important factors that determine the outcome you will get from liposuction are the surgeon's artistic ability and experience, and the quality of your tissues and their elasticity.
If you have an excellent plastic surgeon and if your skin is healthy and elastic and if you can point to specific areas of interest rather than having generalized obesity, you will have a nice result. A modified tumescent technique is the gold standard, no studies have ever shown the "laser lipos" to be any better.
No surgeon and no technology can give you a great result if you are not a great candidate.
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