For many of us, even with the strictest diets and most intense workout routines, there may be areas of our bodies that aren’t up to par. Stubborn pockets of fat can remain around the abdomen, thighs, neck, face and buttocks. For these problematic areas, there is liposuction. for men and women.

Liposuction shouldn’t be thought of as an alternative to healthy living; rather, it is a tool that can help you sculpt your body and achieve your aesthetic goals. The procedure is a minimally invasive technique where a thin tube connected to a suction device is inserted through tiny incisions. The tube, called a cannula, is worked through the fat to suction it out.

It should be no surprise that there are several types of liposuction.  Unfortunately, many patients don’t know the differences between the different procedures and are left learning about them through marketing ads which can be terribly misleading or by online searches which may or may not be accurate.

To make things simple, all true liposuction techniques remove fat with a cannula.  Freezing fat is not liposuction.  Nor is the injection of Kybella for the neck, if you happen to know what that is. The two most common forms of liposuction are tradtional liposuction and Vaser liposuction.  There is no “laser” liposuction.

Both traditional and Vaser forms of liposuction have the same start and end game.  It’s the middle game which is different.  Allow me to explain the following steps in both techniques:

  1. Fluid containing lidocaine to reduce pain and epinephrine to reduce bleeding are is infiltrated into the tissues.
  2. With Vaser lipo, the Vaser probe is placed under the skin to heat the fat and skin.  This heating effect *may* cause tightening is certain individuals more than traditional liposuction.  If no Vaser is used, then we’re onto step 3 for both techniques.
  3. Fat is sucked out by a cannula.

As you can see, Vaser liposuction adds an additional step to the process.  The true effects of Vaser are not clear since tradtional liposuction also tends to tighten the skin in certain individuals.

Speak with Dr. Tim Neavin to learn more information about the results you can achieve with liposuction.

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