What is Liposculpture?

can a cosmetic surgeon tell me more about the liposculpture option.  Does it work on saddle bags (my main problem)?

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What is Liposculpture?

-- Hello dear, thanks for your question and provided information as well.. This is the surgical procedure that revolutionized cosmetic surgery becoming one of the most performed cosmetic procedures. Subcutaneous tissue or fat is removed in order to contour the body in a way that is harmonious and pleasing to the senses. It can be performed in almost all regions of the body such as the neck, chin, abdomen, back, buttocks, thighs, arms and ankles. Usually done through a small incision in the skin through which a cannula connected to a vacuum is applied, it can be performed alone or in combination with other procedures. After liposuction your body is going to be really swollen for at least 2 to 4 months after your surgery. It is important for you to wear your compression garment for at least 6 months, the first 3 months 24/7 and then the last 3 months at least 12 hours per day for your body get use to not having the faja for so many time. When you remove it, your body can get swollen and also you can have pain. Remember to also compress your body to prevent a seroma which is an accumulation of liquid that has to be drained, it is hard to touch and also really painful. Bruises are completely normal for almost 3 months from surgery, that’s why is better for you to use a bruising cream and apply it all over your body 3 times a day. To prevent bad circulation and swollen legs, use compression socks. Brazilian butt lift can be performed with the same procedure and for a month it will be swollen and it will drop a little bit without losing it’s shape if you use your garment.. If you’re going to perform liposuction on your inner, outer, anterior, lateral, postetior thighs, be careful and consult with your surgeon what’s best for you, sometimes we have more extra skin than fat, that can cause severe sagginess on our legs, which can be only be reversed performing a thigh lift!

Dominican Republic Plastic Surgeon
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Liposculpture can often help with saddle bags

Liposculpture is another name for liposuction, and refers to the process of eliminating localized fat deposits from the body using a small cannula. It is called liposculpture because the surgeon sculpts the body into a more pleasing contour during the process. Liposculpture is often a great choice for helping to reduce the appearance of saddle bags. I recommend visiting a board-certified dermatologic or plastic surgeon for an in-person consultation to see if you are a good candidate for the procedure.

William Groff, DO
San Diego Dermatologist
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Liposculpture is the same as liposuction

Liposculpture is another way of saying liposuction. It's basically removing unwanted subcutaneous fat to give you a leaner look. It can definitely work on the saddle bags.

Jerome Edelstein, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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Liposculpture is liposuction.  I would be careful about "cosmetic surgeon".  That is a term often used by people who are not board certified plastic surgeons. Look for the best qualifications and you should have the best outcomes.

Gary Lawton, MD, FACS
San Antonio Plastic Surgeon
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Liposculpture for Diminishing and Recontouring Saddlebags

Liposculpture is a term used to identify a more refined use of Liposuction for the purpose of localized body contouring. To explain, Liposuction is a surgical procedure that uses a cannula (straw-like tube) and vacuum to remove subcutaneous deposits of fat. Based on doctor and patient preference, the procedure is most often performed with suction assistance (SAL), ultrasound assistance (UAL), or power assistance (PAL) to improve results, reduce risk, and minimize bleeding. When this fat removal technique is employed to redefine the area being treated, it is referred to as Liposculpting, and the patient will see, not just a loss of fat and inches, but a marked recontouring of the area. Finally, to answer your question, Liposculpture can have a dramatic effect on “saddlebags”.

Hal Michael Bass, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
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Liposculpture or liposuction works very well on the saddlebag area.  this can be done as an outpatient procedure under local or general anesthesia.  I suggest seeing a board certified plastic surgeon in your area to discuss the procedure with you.

Connie Hiers, MD
San Antonio Plastic Surgeon
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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.

Adam J. Oppenheimer, MD
Orlando Plastic Surgeon
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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

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Vaser Lipo is an advanced body contouring procedure that selectively removes unwanted body fat. An alternative to the harsh techniques of traditional liposuction, Vaser Lipo uses state-of-the-art ultrasound technology designed to gently reshape your body. Saddlebags can be improved greatly with this procedure.

Daniel Shapiro, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
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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.

E. Ronald Finger, MD
Savannah Plastic Surgeon
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