Liposuction and Liposculpture are two popular cosmetic procedures that sound very similar, but have some important differences. If you’re thinking of undergoing a body contouring treatment to get rid of unwanted fat, it’s important to choose the procedure that is best suited to achieve your desired results.
Liposuction is a plastic surgery procedure that is done to slim and reshape certain parts of the body by removing unwanted fat. During the procedure excess fat is cut and removed from the body using a cannula. A cannula is a small vacuum suction tube that has holes at the end of it. The abdomen, thighs, upper arms, and buttocks are some areas commonly targeted during liposuction.
How it works
A small incision is made in the area targeted for liposuction, and the cannula is inserted under the skin and used to break up the excess fat deposits. Once the fat is dislodged, it’s removed using the vacuum suction.
Liposculpture is a surgical procedure that also removes unwanted fat from the body, but the areas are then precisely sculpted to achieve the desired definition. This procedure is therefore ideal for individuals that workout regularly and are otherwise healthy, but want to see better definition in particular areas such as the abdomen or flanks.
How it works
Liposculpture also uses a cannula to break up and suction out the fatty deposits below the surface of the skin. After the fat is removed, the targeted areas are sculpted to redefine body contours.
Liposuction procedures are usually done on an outpatient basis, under general anesthesia. However, the type of anesthetic used will vary depending on the amount of fat that is being taken out.
The Differences Between Liposuction & Liposculpture?
Liposuction and Liposculpture are very similar body contouring procedures. Both involve removing fat from the body, but they differ in terms of the amount of fat that is taken out. Liposuction typically involves eliminating more fat from the body while Liposculpture focuses more on reshaping larger areas of fat.
Strictly speaking, liposuction concentrates on removing fat bulges with no contouring involved. Liposculpture is much more than fat removal, it shapes the remaining fat in order to accentuate the underlying body contours. This is achieved by adjusting the fat layers below the skin in a manner that creates greater muscle definition. This requires comprehensive planning ahead of the procedure, to determine how much fat is to be removed and from which areas.
Liposculpture: Let’s Delve Deeper
Liposculpture is essentially liposuction that involves a more refined technique. It therefore requires greater artistry on the part of the surgeon, since it has more to do with precisely sculpting body fat.
Liposculpture is often preferred to liposuction because of the enhanced body sculpting results that can be achieved. However, in order to get optimal results, the surgeon must leave the right amount of fat behind in the right areas.
Recovery time is usually faster with Liposculpture, and based on the nature of the technique, there may also be less bruising.
If you are considering body contouring, be sure to consult with a board certified plastic surgeon that has extensive experience performing body contouring surgery. During consultation you should discuss your aesthetic goals with the surgeon, and get a clear understanding of the type of body contouring procedure that would be best for you.