Liposculpture is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic medical procedures. Tumescent Liposculpture is the advanced technique of permanently removing excess fat deposits in areas that are resistant to exercise and diet. It is an increasingly popular alternative to traditional liposuction for men and women seeking a less invasive treatment that does not always require general anaesthetic.
The term tumescent means to swell, as the treated area where the fat is going to be removed is filled with a special solution, which causes it to swell during the procedure.
It is called liposculpture because the surgeon is able to artistically sculpt the body into a dramatic, yet natural new shape.
Am I a good candidate?
Though people of almost any age can be good candidates for liposculpture, good skin elasticity is needed to achieve a smooth contour. You may be a good candidate for liposculpture if you seek fat removal or contouring in any of the following areas:
- Cheek, jowls
- Under chin/neck
- Male chest
- Love handles
- Saddle Bags
- Upper back / around bra strap
What should I expect from the consultation?
A personal consultation with your surgeon is the first step for any patient considering liposculpture. We will assess your physical and emotional health, discuss your aesthetic goals, and address any questions or concerns you may have.
Issues you should be prepared to discuss during consultation include:
- Medical conditions, both past and present
- Any history of high blood pressure, diabetes or heart disease
- Current medications, including nutritional supplements and herbal remedies
- Previous surgeries
- Weight loss history and goals
We will likely assess your skin elasticity and the thickness of the underlying fat in the target area. We will also check your weight and ask if you are planning to lose or gain weight in the future.
How is the procedure done?
Small incisions are made near the treatment area. These incisions are concealed within the body’s natural folds whenever possible. A thin, hollow tube called a cannula is then inserted through the incisions and used to break apart and suction out unwanted fat using a vacuum-pressure unit, or in some cases, a hand-held syringe.
Our surgeons’ use the liposculpture method best suited to your individual features, physical needs and aesthetic goals.
Are there any safety concerns?
Although thousands of people undergo liposculpture treatments each year and experience no major complications, all surgical procedures do carry some degree of risk. It is important you are well informed of these risks when considering liposculpture.
The discussion of potential risks and complications is one of the most important aspects of patient consultation. During your consultation, we will discuss these potential complications with you, listen to your safety questions, and offer recommendations on how to minimise your chance of risk.
How should I prepare for my surgery?
You will be issued pre-operative instructions immediately after you make your decision. It is important to read and understand these instructions when preparing for your liposculpture surgery in order to ensure the best possible results.
Those instructions may include:
- Refraining from smoking for several weeks before and after surgery
- Avoiding certain medications
- Arranging for help following surgery, such as transport and in-home care for the first 24 hours
What type of anaesthetic is used?
For your comfort and convenience, the liposculpture procedure will take place under local anaesthetic with intravenous sedation or under general anaesthetic. We will carefully monitor your physical status throughout the operation and during your recovery.
What is the recovery time?
Your recovery depends on various factors including career, lifestyle, age, which areas we treat, etc. Generally, patients with office jobs can be back at work 4 days after liposculpture. You will be able to walk and move around the house the same day as your surgery. Your garment should be worn continuously throughout your first stage of healing to allow your skin to firm up after surgery. After this period any bruises or swelling should have subsided. Though you may experience some soreness, it is generally well controlled with medication.
Does the fat come back in other spots after liposculpture?
If a patient does not gain weight after liposculpture, fat does not accumulate in other areas of the body. However, if a patient gains a significant amount of weight, then that fat has to go somewhere else. It is important to follow a healthy and active lifestyle to prevent this.
What is the difference between tumescent liposculpture, SmartLipo, vaser liposuction, powered assisted liposuction, CoolLipo, Laser lipo etc.?
Tumescent liposculpture is a surgical procedure of removing fat from a body area after a special local anaesthetic fluid infiltration (called tumescent fluid).
All other types of liposuction are different company trademarked names of devices and instruments (lasers, ultrasound, radiofrequency etc.) that aid in that process. They are all used as part of the tumescent technique, not in lieu of.