There are many different types of liposuction techniques – Tumescent Lipo remains a gold standard in the surgical industry
Liposuction and lipo-sculpture are often involved in body contouring procedures where exercise and diet have failed to get a smooth result.
It involves using suction-techniques and tubular metal rods (called cannulae) to remove unwanted fat stores from certain areas of the body.
Liposuction is a body contouring technique
Liposuction can be used to help shape and contour parts of the body that have lost form or which appear bumpy and lumpy due to stubborn fat stores.
On its own, it is a mimimal-downtime body contouring procedure compared with, for example, a full tummy tuck (Abdominoplasty). If you have resilient skin (and a lack of redundant skin) and want to remove a stubborn stomach roll, for instance, then liposuction may be all that’s needed.
But if you have lost a LOT of weight and have sagging, redundant skin – or a hernia or torn abdominal muscles – other surgery may be required instead of liposuction (or in conjunction with liposuction).
Key areas for Liposuction
The common areas that liposuction techniques might be used are shown in gold, below – the arm area, upper back area, waist, stomach, hips, flanks, inner thighs, outer thighs, and even the neck, face and calves.
Our leading Plastic Surgeons use liposuction on its own where warranted, but often it is used to get a superb result from a surgical procedure by helping refine certain parts of the arms, thighs, hips, buttocks and abdomen.
For removing excess fat stores from one area of the body to multiple areas of the body, to using it for small ‘finesse’ procedures (such as in the neck area), tumescent liposuction is an excellent surgical option.
Tumescent refers to a fluid (solution) that is used during liposuction surgeries, primarily to numb the area.
The solution is injected into the designated treatment area before the suction-assisted extraction of the excess fat cells begins.
This injected fluid solution helps make it easier to remove the fat with the cannula (a small hollow tube attached to a suction-device).
The tumescent solution has practical and safety functions, including that the fluid:
(a) helps to numb the area
(b) reduces the amount of blood loss during liposuction surgery
For the suction-assisted extraction of fat, a cannula is inserted into the treatment areas, through a small incision that typically heals with only a minimally noticeable scar.
Other Liposcution Techniques
There are other recognised liposuction techniques, but none as globally popular as Tumescent Liposuction procedures.
Many are still evolving and as such, many Plastic Surgeons greatly prefer the current gold standard method of using Tumescent Liposuction. Not only has it been in use for decades and performed by thousands of Surgeons, hence with a proven track record, it is attracting its own innovations and novel usage approaches with a widely shared liposuction knowledge base.
Sizes of Liposuction Cannulas
Cannula (Cannulae, plural), which is a sterilised hollow tube, plays an important function in Tumescent Liposuction and in getting a good body contouring surgery result.
It is used to extract the fat from the treatment area. There have been numerous refinements of the earliest cannula designs, and in modern liposuction treatments, different sized cannulas are used for different types of contouring. Different sized instruments can give better results (smaller tubes can also cause less bruising and can sometimes get smoother results when used to remove fat closer to the skin).
If you want to know more details about what your Surgeon uses, just ask them during a customised consultation!
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