Liposuction is the most popular cosmetic procedure and is the most effective way to enhance your body image and self-esteem. You can look forward to improving your appearance and getting rid of the excess fat from areas of the body that make it difficult for you to participate in activities you love. Visit Millennial Plastic Surgery to discuss your options and find out which procedure will work best for you. With his unique approach to liposuction combined with recent innovations in the methods of liposuction, Dr. David Shokrian recommends the most suitable treatment to help you enjoy amazing, natural-looking body contour.
These days liposuction is the top most requested cosmetic surgery by men and women over the world. Traditional lipo requires general anesthesia, longer recovery time, and harsh side effects. Modern techniques have introduced variations in liposuction that make it better, safer, and less painful.
Different liposuction procedures target pesky fat pockets most efficiently and give you a chance to make the right choice for your body. You must consult your doctor to learn more about differences in liposuction techniques and find out more about AirSculpt and LaserLipo to know they work and which may be the best for you.
What Is Liposuction?
Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure that removes excess fat from various areas of the body, including the abdomen, arms, legs, back, thighs, and others. While it is not a weight loss surgery, it is a great solution for stubborn fat that is tough to get rid of through diet or exercise.
Liposuction is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures performed in many parts of the world. It involves suctioning fat from the body through very small incisions. There are many different ways to perform liposuction, and it is often used with several technologies to provide desired results to patients.
Liposuction can be accomplished while the patient is awake or asleep, depending on the area being treated. It can also be performed with different sizes of suction devices.
The liposuction technique is combined with other technologies to tighten skin. They include laser energy, sometimes known as Smart Lipo, ultrasound energy, also called Vaser, and radiofrequency energy, usually called BodyTite.
Tumescent liposuction is a more effective, safer, and less painful option. It uses large volumes of a special solution that contains numbing medicine, lidocaine, and a medicine that makes blood vessels shrink epinephrine. It has become a gold standard in body contouring as it helps to remove the largest volumes of fat safely and comfortably.
Tumescent liposuction is the most common lipo technique performed today. This approach uses small cannulas to allow for precise sculpting and reduce the risks of irregularities. Tumescent liposuction does not directly address loose skin. It is an excellent option for patients without skin laxity, particularly younger patients with good skin tone, as their skin will snap back on its own to highlight the contour changes achieved with liposuction.
It may be a challenge to perform tumescent liposuction when there is too much loose fat to shrink back on its own after fat is removed with liposuction. For mild to moderate skin laxity, energy can be used to generate heat that tightens the skin in response.
What is AirSculpt?
AirSculpt is a minimally invasive, innovative body sculpting solution by a specific company. It is a patented treatment that permanently removes fat and tightens skin while sculpting targeted areas of the body.
Airsculpt can be described as liposuction combined with laser energy. It has become popular as it tightens the skin around the areas addressed with liposuction. It is different from liposuction, which is performed while the patient is awake and does not require the use of a scalpel. Instead of a scalpel or a surgical knife, the best-rated plastic surgeons uses a different kind of sharp instrument to get through the skin.
AirSculpt enables the surgeon to sculpt your body’s contours precisely to your desired look with no lumps or ridges for a naturally attractive. As it is a minimally invasive procedure, there is less downtime and fast healing. As AirSculpt is minimally invasive, there’s less post-procedure downtime and faster healing.
AirSculpt vs. Traditional Liposuction
Liposuction is a successful way to get rid of excess fat from problem areas like the thighs, tummy, legs, arms, or waist that refuse to go away with diet and exercise. If you are considering liposuction to get rid of stubborn fat and attain a tight, curvy body, advanced liposuction techniques can help slim, tone, and reshape your body just the way you want.
AirSculpt adds laser energy to liposuction. It is the least invasive form of liposuction. It is even referred to as “lunchtime lipo” as it is so quick and painless that patients can have it done on their lunch break and return directly to work. The surgeon punctures a small 2mm hole in the skin through which air with a numbing solution is injected. Once the area is numb, a laser is inserted into the hole to heat and melt the fat cells, which will be suctioned out through a thin cannula.
While traditional liposuction takes about 6 months to heal, AirSculpt produces desired results in about a month. It causes less pain, swelling, bruising, and no trauma to the treated area. With AirSculpt, most patients can look forward to getting back to work within 24 to 48 hours, even those with physically demanding jobs.
Traditional liposuction requires general anesthesia, long recovery times, and harsh side effects. Modern techniques, on the other hand, are more effective, safer, and less painful.
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Is AirSculpt Better Than Traditional Liposuction?
No. AirSculpt is just a marketing term the company uses to make the liposuction procedure sound less invasive and more effective than traditional lipo. It would not be wrong to say that AirSculpt is, in fact, liposuction. It uses an instrument called a trocar to stab a hole through the skin instead of a scalpel, which makes a tiny incision in liposuction. The trocar is a sharp pointy stick that breaks the skin to help other instruments reach under the skin to perform liposuction.
AirSculpt adds laser energy to liposuction to achieve skin-tightening effects and enhance liposuction results. Your surgeon may recommend AirSculpt only if you need skin tightening once the excess fat has been removed and your skin feels loose and droopy. It is essential to consult your doctor regarding the effectiveness of AirScuplt and how it would work for you.
Is Airsculpt Better Than Surgery?
AirSculpt is surgery. It is just a new term for liposuction that combines laser energy. While laser energy can be added to liposuction to heat and tighten skin, a laser is actually one of the more old-fashioned ways to do this. Consult your surgeon about the approach he prefers and how it would help you achieve desired results.
Why Choose Traditional Liposuction Over AirScuplt?
Traditional liposuction and Airsculpt are two different things. Traditional liposuction does not include the use of energy. It is a fat removal procedure, while Airsculpt tightens the skin. If you do not require skin tightening, there is no need to add the cost of laser or other forms of energy.
Airsculpt Cost vs. Traditional Lipo Cost
Liposuction cost varies. The price range depends on multiple factors that include removing fat from one or more than one area, the type of procedure, and the technology used. Airsculpt may cost more than traditional lipo as it adds laser energy to the procedure to tighten the skin.
Airsculpt vs. BodyTite
While Airsculpt uses laser, an older form of energy for skin tightening, BodyTite uses a modern, more advanced bipolar radiofrequency energy to tighten skin. The bipolar radiofrequency energy of BodyTite has proved to be far superior to the older laser technology employed in Airsculpt for achieving skin tightening. It is often combined with other procedures for treating skin laxity.
What Is Laser Lipo?
Laser liposuction, also referred to as laser lipo, is a relatively newer method of liposuction that utilizes laser energy to remove fat. It is also known as laser lipolysis. Laser lipo is considered a more minimally invasive procedure than traditional liposuction. It has become popular as it leads to less swelling and bruising and requires less recovery time than traditional liposuction.
During the procedure, a very thin fiber optic cable is placed under the skin. Laser energy is transmitted through the cable into the surrounding fat cells, heating the tissue up to as much as 900 degrees and melting the fat cells. The liquefied fat cells are then suctioned out with a thin cannula, creating a slimmer appearance. The procedure does not take long to perform, and the recovery is often very quick.
Liposculpture is another variation of liposuction. While liposuction removes fat from specific areas of the body, liposculpture is not just about removing fat. It also reshapes the body by removing fat and adding it to the right places to improve its overall contour. However, it may not produce the same results, and it comes with potential complications too, including burning, scarring, dimpling, lumpiness, discoloration, and skin necrosis.
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