Liposuction Techniques for Body Contouring


Dr. Jeff Scott and his staff at the Plastic Surgery Center help patients choose which liposuction technique is the best option to achieve their body-contouring goals.  His patients are educated on four liposuction techniques:

-Standard liposuction
-Laser-assisted liposuction (such as SmartLipo)
-Ultrasonic-assisted liposuction (such as Vaser Lipo)
-Water jet-assisted liposuction

Although recovery times for each of the liposuction techniques at the practice are similar, Dr. Scott says certain factors do cause variants, including:
  • How many areas of the body were treated
  • The overall volume of fatty tissue removed
  • The combination of liposuction with other surgical procedures such as tummy tuck or breast augmentation surgery
In general, Dr. Scott says most patients at his practice do not require multiple treatment sessions. The only exception, he notes, are patients who require large volumes of tissue treated in a number of different areas.

In regards to results, the Florida plastic surgeon believes that a skilled surgeon can obtain nearly equal results with any of the liposuction techniques. However, he does note that studies indicate patients with more laxity to their skin may get slightly better results with laser-assisted liposuction because the laser adds a thermal or heat effect that tends to improve skin contraction.

Deciding upon the proper technique is a choice that Dr. Scott encourages prospective patients to consult with a board-certified surgeon who has a history of experience and skilled work. He cautions patients receiving liposuction from doctors who are not true plastic surgeons, because he says these doctors often promote only one technique which may or may not be the best choice for any given individual. In addition they have less training and expertise in body contouring procedures than a Plastic Surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

A consultation with a plastic surgeon who has experience with all techniques of liposuction can help patients make well-informed decisions. As always, the Florida plastic surgeon encourages patients to discuss expectations of goals and recovery with their plastic surgeon before selecting the liposuction treatment that is best for their individual needs.
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