Significant advancements in the field of cosmetic alterations provide more options to patients looking to make physical changes than ever before. While sculpting solutions such as face, neck and thigh lifts remain viable options, newer solution now provide highly successful results with reduced recovery time. When it comes to tightening skin and simultaneously removing fat deposits in problematic areas, Radiofrequency-Assisted Liposuction (RFAL) is an FDA-approved technology that is increasingly popular with patients.
RFAL liposuction is becoming a more common replacement for tumescent liposuction when it comes to effectively sculpt and contouring areas of the body that do not respond positively to regular dieting and exercise. Minimally invasive and highly controlled, RFAL is used to liquefy fat deposits with the use of precisely-applied high-frequency energy waves. The attending physician applies a local anesthetic to the area being treated and inserts a small cannula underneath the skin. The electro passes over the surface of the skin, sending highly concentrated waves towards problematic fat deposits and liquifying them onsite. As the fat cells liquify, they are removed through the cannula with suction. As this process is performed, heat directed at the treatment site works to simultaneously tighten skin.
The versatility of this highly effective laser lipo procedure makes it a great option for treatment on many parts of the body. RFAL is commonly used to tighten and sculpt the cheeks, jowls, and chin as well as the skin on the neck. RFAL is equally effective at treating larger areas of the body including the thighs, arms, and abdomen.
Minimal incision points means patients who undergo RFAL enjoy minimal scarring and a short recovery time. As an outpatient procedure, patients are not put at risk for developing hospital-based infections and will not need to worry about respiratory complications that can accompany the use of general anesthesia. Patients generally resume normal daily activities within a day or two following the procedure and will not require an overnight stay of any kind for follow up observation.
Patients considering RFAL are often looking for sculpting and contouring that fits into a personal sense of self. While liposuction is often mistaken for a weight-loss solution, it’s important to note that it is a sculpting technique and not a procedure to replace diet and exercise. Noticeable physical changes accompany the tightening of skin around areas where fat cells have been removed and chances of success increase for those patients who stick to an exercise regiment following the procedure. Candidates well-suited for RFAL are fairly close to their ideal body weight in comparison to their height prior to receiving services and lead an active lifestyle. If these criteria are met, RFAL can be an extremely successful solution to getting rid of stubborn fat deposits that prove impossible to eliminate with traditional diet and exercise.
The team at the St. Louis Laser Lipo and Vein Center takes a comprehensive approach to patient care and recognizes that cosmetic alteration is equal parts physical and emotional. It’s important that patients considering liposuction of any kind schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Wright. A consultation provides the necessary time for Dr. Wright to review a patient’s medical history and portfolio while offering up the opportunity for a patient to ask questions and voice concerns.
A customized treatment plan is essential when it comes to delivering successful results and a great experience begins with an honest and open conversation. Together, Dr. Wright and his patients discuss the link between prospective procedures and the type of emotional impact a patient can expect once successful results are achieved. Patients are encouraged to bring their questions and preferences along with them to the initial consultation so Dr. Wright and his team can better understand how to create a plan that’s right for each patient. With understanding, customized care and a personalized plan in place, patients who come to the St. Louis Laser Lipo and Vein Center find a comfortable setting in which to begin their journey towards life-altering changes.
The cost associated with RFAL liposuction fluctuates with the amount of fat that requires removal as well as the number of treatments planned to achieve the desired physical results. This means that the cost of care will be vastly different from patient to patient. Those who are considering RFAL and have insurance coverage will want to check with their provider prior to undergoing a laser lipo procedure in order to understand what is and what is not covered. While some services are categorized by insurance companies as exclusively cosmetic, patients who may benefit from liposuction through the reduction of symptoms related to an underlying disease will want to speak to their insurance provider about coverage specific to their health issues. For patients who do not have insurance coverage, the understanding team at the St. Louis Laser Lipo and Vein Center is here to discuss the many alternative plans available for covering the cost of care.