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Videos about Liposuction Lipodissove SmartLipo and techniques for body shaping

There are now multiple techniques for so called body shaping or body contour. There is liposuction, Lipodissolve, Smartlipo all of which involve either injections or inserting a device into the fat. SmartLipo involves the insertion of a laser. There is a newer procedure called Ultrashape which claims to dissolve fat using ultrasound without anything inserted. The most well known of the fat removal techniques is liposuction. Liposuction is a surgical procedure intended to remove fat deposits and shape the body. Fat is removed from under the skin with the use of a vacuum suction canula (a hollow pen-like instrument) or using an ultrasonic probe that emulsfies (breaks up into small pieces) the fat and then removes it with suction.

So how is liposuction done? What are the risks of liposuction? What types of liposuction exist? What can you expect from liposuction? How does it compare to other techniques? Know that liposuction is a surgical procedure,it is an invasive procedure. It is important that it be performed in a clean environment by a well trained physician and staff in an appropriate facility. Emergencies may arise during any surgery and access to emergency medical equipment and/or a nearby hospital emergency room is important. These are things that you should know about liposuction and what to ask your physician before the liposuction.

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    Who Performs Liposuction & Where is Liposuction Performed?

    Many if not most liposuction surgeries are performed by plastic surgeons or by dermatologists. Any licensed physician may perform liposuction. That's right any physician theoretically can do liposuction or many other surgical procedures so you need to check the qualifications of the physician doing your procedure. How often have they done the procedure? What kind of results?

    Types of Liposuction

  • Tumescent liposuction (fluid injection) is the most common type of liposuction. It involves injecting a large amount of medicated solution into the areas before the fat is removed (sometimes, the solution may be up to three times the volume of fat to be removed). The fluid is a mixture of local anesthetic (lidocaine), a drug that contracts the blood vessels (epinephrine), and an intravenous (IV) salt solution. The lidocaine in the mixture helps to numb the area during and after surgery, and may be the only anesthesia needed for the procedure. The epinephrine in the solution helps reduce the loss of blood, the amount of bruising, and the amount of swelling from the surgery. The IV solution helps remove the fat more easily and it is suctioned out along with the fat. This type of liposuction generally takes longer than other types.

  • The super-wet technique is similar to tumescent liposuction. The difference is that not as much fluid is used during the surgery--the amount of fluid injected is equal to the amount of fat to be removed. This technique takes less time; however, it often requires sedation with an IV or general anesthesia.
  • Ultrasound-assisted liposuction is a fairly new technique, used in the U.S. since 1996. During this technique, ultrasonic vibrations are used to liquefy fat cells. After the cells are liquefied, they can be vacuumed out. UAL can be done in two ways, external (above the surface of the skin with a special emitter) or internal (below the surface of the skin with a small, heated cannula).

    A video about SmartLipo laser assisted fat removal Click the arrow to start

    The FDA says there are some things about liposuction that you may consider:

  • Ask questions. If you decide to take the step to talk to a doctor about liposuction, be sure that you ask questions and understand what happens during the liposuction procedure and what you can expect. Your physician should also answer any and all questions you have about potential problems with liposuction. Remember that you are purchasing a service when you pay a physician to do a liposuction procedure and you shouldn't feel embarrassed to ask hard questions about the procedure or about the physician's experience in performing liposuction.
  • Advertising. Be wary of advertisements that say or imply that you will have a perfect appearance after liposuction. Remember that advertisements are meant to sell you a product or service, not to inform you of all the potential problems with that service.
  • Don't base your decision simply on cost and remember that you don't have to settle for the first doctor or procedure you investigate. The decision you make about liposuction surgery is an important one but not one that you must make right away.
  • Read. You should learn as much as you can about liposuction. It is important for you to read the patient information that your doctor provides.
  • Don't be pressured. Do not feel that because you speak to a physician about this procedure that you must go through with it. Take your time to decide whether liposuction is right for you and whether you are willing to take the risks of undergoing liposuction for its benefits.

    What is SmartLipo Laser and a video about SmartLipo

    Smartlipo is a form of laser assisted body contouring. A laser is inserted into the area where the fat is. Smartlipo uses a laser fiber enclosed in a thin tube that is inserted through a 1-2 mm incision in the skin. The laser breaks down the walls of fat cells and liquefies the fat allowing it to be removed from the area with minimal bleeding and damage to the underlying tissues. Smartlipo has a shorter recovery time than more invasive traditional liposuction.