Impressive advancements in the field of modern cosmetic treatment and services mean that patients today looking to sculpt, smooth and tone their physique using procedural routes can do so with a variety of options at their disposal. Where more invasive techniques were once the standard for patients looking to remove stubborn deposits of fat throughout the body to achieve the aesthetic they were aiming for, today, patients are provided with a portfolio of treatment options that are not only minimally invasive or non-invasive, but come with the benefit of successful results, high safety standards and short recovery times. Among these solutions for toning and sculpting the body is liposuction. Today, more than ever, liposuction is a highly regarded and popular solution for both men and women looking to tend to certain areas of the body that aren’t responding to diet and exercise.
No matter what area of the body an individual is looking to shape, it’s important to remember that liposuction isn’t a solution for weight loss. In fact, the best results from liposuction come when the treatment is performed on those patients that are close to their ideal body weight in relationship to their body type prior to treatment. Similarly, liposuction is generally recommended to those patients who have tried diet and exercise previously and have found the result unsuccessful.
Liposuction, in its modern form, comes with the option to enjoy an outpatient treatment experience that can target nearly any area of the body that a patient would like to sculpt, tone or smooth. There are a number of areas across the human body that tend to accumulate stubborn fat deposits for a variety of reasons. For some individuals, fat accumulation is simply due to the natural aging process and a result of a slowing metabolism. For others, these stubborn deposits are the result of a genetic predisposition that makes eliminating fat cells nearly impossible despite the best efforts put in at the gym.
Liposuction is an efficient and highly precise path to permanently removing fat cells in a target area, leaving the area contoured to a desired physical shape. For women, popular and effective treatment areas for liposuction tend to include the stomach, thighs, and hips. For men, liposuction proves highly effective and particularly popular in treatment areas such as the chest, stomach, waist, and flanks. Liposuction in all of these areas has the potential to tone the body to match an ideal that could positively affect an individual’s sense of self-confidence. From the way a person buys clothes to how they handle themselves in social situations—for some, liposuction is the key to opening up new potential in life.
Modern technology has led the way to a variety of different types of liposuction being available to patients, but one of the most commonly used approaches to removing fat cells across the body is tumescent liposuction. This process can potentially be completed in an hour in an outpatient setting depending on the size of the treatment area. The process begins with the physician marking the treatment site before administering a local anesthetic to sufficiently numb the area. Once the area is numb and the patient is comfortable, micro-incisions are created, only large enough for a microcannula to be inserted. The cannula works to suction out the fat deposits, leaving the treatment area to be sculpted to a desirable shape through the healing process.
The benefits of modern liposuction are many for patients, but so are the safety considerations. The use of local anesthetic during the vast majority of these procedures across the body means patients no longer have to worry about the health risks associated with the use of general anesthesia. Because liposuction can now be treated as an outpatient procedure, patients are also free from worries surrounding a hospital stay or a lengthy recovery period that runs a higher risk of developing an infection. The use of microincisions and cannulas eliminates the need to care for large incisions and prevents patients from developing noticeable scars. Shortened recovery periods, particularly in relationship to tumescent liposuction, mean patients can potentially return to their daily activities within 48 hours of undergoing liposuction treatments.
The final cost associated with liposuction will be highly dependent on the area of the body being treated, the severity of the treatment site and how many treatments are required to achieve successful results. The team at the St. Louis Laser Lipo and Vein Center is happy to help provide patients with in-clinic financing solutions that fit their pocketbook and aesthetic goals.
When you’re ready to learn more about liposuction and see if this solution is right for you, be sure to contact Dr. Wright and his team at the St. Louis Laser Lipo and Vein Center. We can’t wait to hear from you!