Liposuction (tumescent technique) has been used for 30 years to remove excess unwanted fat from many zones of the body. It is effective for double chins, pot belly, saddlebags, fat arms, fat deposits, protruding buttocks or hips, thighs, and knees. Dr. Lincenburg is a board-certified plastic surgeon has been performing liposuction in Atlanta for over 25 years. He's performed hundreds of liposuction procedures to help hundreds of patients around Atlanta to look better and feel more confident. Liposuction is performed at our Atlanta Georgia location.
Liposuction is used to improve the contour or shape of a particular area of the body. Women generally have liposuction to remove unwanted fat under the chin, on their hips, thighs, and stomach; and in the arm area. For men, common sites include under the chin and around the waist.
Lipoplasty (popularly known as liposuction or suction-assisted lipectomy) is a surgical technique that contours the body by removing unwanted areas of fat. It is not a substitute for weight reduction, but a method of removing localized fat that does not respond to dieting and exercise. During the procedure, a hollow suction tube, or "cannula," is passed through small skin incisions and manipulated in such a way that the unwanted fat is broken up and transferred through the tube to the attached vacuum machine.
The skin is an essential component of the contouring process in liposuction. An important consideration is what will happen to the extra skin after we perform liposuction. If there is too much skin, will it shrink after fat is removed from under it or will it sag? If it will sag, then the better choice is to remove the extra skin. As with all cosmetic surgery procedures, your consultation with Dr. Lincenberg will include a discussion to choose the right procedure for your particular situation and see if you are a candidate for liposuction. He also will help you acquire realistic expectations for your Atlanta liposuction procedure.
Different Types of Liposuction
Tumescent technique or Water-assisted Liposuction
The tumescent technique of liposuction involves injecting large amounts of fluid into the areas of fat before performing lipoplasty. The fluid, containing several medicines, can reduce blood loss, minimize bruising, alleviate pain and lessen the need for general anesthesia.
Laser Assisted Liposuction
Another method of loosening the fat before removing it is to use a laser attached to the tip of the cannula. This method also eliminates the need for the surgeon to use force to loosen the fat and, therefore, the patient has less bruising and swelling. One drawback of this method is that the fat cells are irreversibly destroyed and cannot be used for fat grafting. Laser liposuction has not been shown to be significantly better than standard tumescent liposuction.
Power-assisted Liposuction (PAL)
A component at the end of the cannula vibrates and works with the tumescent fluid to loosen up the fat and facilitate the fat removal process.
Ultra-sound assisted Liposuction (UAL)
Sound waves or Ultrasonic energy is used to loosen up the fat for removal. This is different than laser assisted Liposuction because it uses externally applied energy, which is effective on areas that require extreme accuracy.
Common questions about liposuction
What's the difference between liposuction and a tummy tuck?
Both procedures are used to slim and tone the abdomen and midsection, but do this in different ways. The Tummy Tuck (or abdominoplasty) removes sagging skin and retightens underlying abdominal muscles, where liposuction just removes the fat. A client normally chooses the tummy tuck when they're midsection has been distorted by pregnancy or long-term obesity. They are most effective when done together in a single surgical session. This is known as the mommy makeover an is becoming increasingly popular.
Can liposuction help me lose weight?
Unfortunately, liposuction isn't recommended for clients who simply need to lose weight. It's designed to remove fat cells from specific areas, sculpting and shaping the body's contours. When a client is worried about weight loss, we highly suggest they start with exercise and a diet and when they've reached a plateau and aren't satisfied with their appearance, they turn to liposuction to help contour the body. It is dangerous to remove large amounts of weight from the body, through liposuction. The optimal client would be a person that has reached their ideal weight but are interested in shaping specific area through removing fat.
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