Liposuction, also known as liposculpture, is an excellent method of reducing pockets of stubborn fat from around the waist, buttocks, thighs, and other areas. Liposuction is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures performed today. It offers the surgeon a high amount of control in contouring and shaping the body. It is ideal for patients who are close to their ideal weight, but have stubborn or difficult areas of fat deposits. Patients should understand that liposuction is not a substitute for weight loss. Drs. Jeffrey and William Umansky, can also combine tummy tuck surgery with liposuction for a more comprehensive body contouring treatment.
The first step in the liposuction (liposculpture) procedure is to insert a slim, hollow tube known as a cannula through small incisions near the targeted area. Once inside, the cannula is moved through the layers of tissue to extract the necessary fat. To accommodate the needs of all of our patients, our surgeons offer three of the most advanced liposculpture techniques: tumescent liposuction, power-assisted liposuction and new SmartLipo™ laser-assisted liposuction. During tumescent liposuction, a large volume of dilute anesthetic is injected into the targeted area, causing the fat cells to swell up and consolidate. This improves the surgeon’s ability to remove the unwanted fat smoothly and more effectively. The tumescent technique can also reduce postoperative pain, bruising, swelling, and blood loss, allowing more fat to be safely removed. Power-assisted liposuction (PAL) can be performed in conjunction with the tumescent technique, and involves the use of a specialized vibrating cannula. The cannula’s rapid vibrations loosen deposits of fat quickly and comfortably, making the targeted fat cells easier to remove. As a result, power-assisted liposuction patients often experience less bruising and a shorter recovery time than after traditional liposuction treatment. PAL is especially helpful for areas that have been previously treated for liposuction and for male gynecomastia surgery. SmartLipo™ is one of the latest advances in liposuction technology and is offered by our surgeons. It is a laser-assisted liposuction procedure which uses laser energy delivered through a very small cannula. This appears to lead to less bruising, faster recovery and better skin tightening. Contact our practice in La Jolla, San Diego to discuss the benefits of liposuction (liposculpture) or another body contouring procedure. Click here to watch a video on liposuction at Umansky Medical Center for Plastic Surgery.
At Umansky Medical Center for Plastic Surgery, we strive to provide the highest level of care for our patients by using the most advanced liposuction technology available. To improve our patients’ results, and reduce post-operative discomfort and recovery time, we use extra small cannulas. With these cannulas, our surgeons can work through tinier incisions, resulting in less-noticeable scars. They can also reduce the amount of bruising and swelling caused by larger cannulas. Drs. William and Jeffrey Umansky are experienced in working with small, power-assisted cannulas. The tips of these instruments are designed to produce tiny vibrations that effectively break-up fat cells in a targeted area. Because the power-assisted cannula makes fat deposits easier to remove, our surgeons can work more quickly and efficiently. Ultimately, patients benefit from a shorter surgery and reduced discomfort during their recovery. Our newest technology, laser assisted liposuction or SmartLipo™, was FDA approved in November 2006. This procedure uses laser energy to disrupt fat cells, seal blood vessels and tighten the skin. The Drs. Umansky also perform fat transfers to restore youthful contours to the lips, cheeks, eyes, and other areas of the face. During a fat transfer, unwanted fat cells are removed from a targeted area of the body using liposuction techniques. Then the fat cells are isolated and prepared for transfer. Finally, the fat cells are gently injected into the selected facial region. In addition to liposuction, Cellulaze, SmartLipo and fat transfer, the Drs. Umansky also offer CoolSculpting™ in San Diego. This minimally invasive technology utilizes the controlled application of cooling to reduce fat bulges. With little discomfort and no downtime, CoolSculpting™ is the ideal treatment for smaller areas of fat that remain despite rigorous diet and exercise regimens. CoolSculpting can be performed after mommy makeover surgery to maintain the surgical results. Please contact us today to discuss your plastic surgery options with our cosmetic surgeons in La Jolla, San Diego.