Liposuction ranks as the second most popular cosmetic surgery procedure today after breast augmentation. The procedure has been around for more than three decades and has consistently remained popular among both women and men. Advancements in surgical techniques in recent years have made liposuction surgery less invasive and more targeted.
Liposuction offers a key advantage that it can be tailored to suit the specific needs of a patient. It can easily be combined with other procedures or performed individually with effective results. Dr. Bram Kaufman is a board certified plastic surgeon with over 25 years of experience, offering liposuction and other surgeries to patients in Beachwood, Pepper Pike, Cleveland, OH, and surrounding locations.
Various liposuction cosmetic surgery techniques are available today to achieve customizable outcomes according to the patient’s needs.
Traditional liposuction technique will be used when there is a need to remove a significant amount of fat from one or more areas. The surgeon will physically manipulate the unwanted fat tissue using a slim cannula inserted through an incision. Once the fat cells are dislodged, the surgeon will remove them with the help of a suction pump attached to the other end of the cannula.
Tumescent technique is quite popular nowadays because it can produce more precise outcomes in a less invasive manner. The surgeon will introduce a liberal amount of anesthetic solution through a small incision to cause swelling of the targeted fat cells. This will make it easier to the remove the isolated cells. The procedure involves less risk, less pain, local anesthesia and reduced downtime.
In some cases, the plastic surgeon may decide to employ ultrasound energy to make liposuction less invasive. The controlled heat generated through ultrasound energy will liquefy the stubborn fat cells, making it easier to suction out larger and denser fat tissue in a less invasive way. Dr. Kaufman receives patients from Beachwood, Pepper Pike, Cleveland, OH, and nearby areas for liposuction.
Laser-assisted liposuction is commonly used today to make the procedure less invasive and more targeted. The principle involved is similar to that of ultrasonic liposuction, but the heat here is generated through laser energy. The surgeon may use laser liposuction in more sensitive areas such as the chin, neck, cheeks, jowls, and upper arms.
One of the popular procedures today is abdominal etching, which involves a special liposuction technique. The surgeon can use this technique to enhance the appearance of the abdominal muscles, and create a much-desirable ‘six-pack’ look. The technique involves outlining of the muscles and layering them up with a thin film of fat to obscure the muscle.
Liposuction will usually involve a downtime of about one week to 10 days. However, in case of a smaller amount of fat removal, the patient may be able to resume their normal activities in about three to five days. Vigorous exercises and heavy lifting of weights should be avoided for about a month until healing is completed.