Are you considering liposuction to remove excess body weight and tighten loose skin? You have two options: liposuction or liposculpture. These two cosmetic procedures are similar, but they do have unique differences. It’s important to understand these differences so that you can make the best decision for your body. Berlet Plastic Surgery is proud to offer both traditional liposuction and the Smartlipo procedure.
What is Liposuction?
Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure that removes excess fat deposits from the body. Liposuction is most commonly used on the thighs, hips, buttocks, abdomen, upper arms and lower legs. It’s an effective procedure that is performed under general anesthesia. To ensure a beautiful cosmetic result, it’s important to work with a trained and experienced cosmetic surgeon.
What is Liposculpting?
Liposculpting, also known as Smartlipo, is a more advanced cosmetic surgery that can be used on the neck and chin. The goal is the same as liposuction – to remove excess body fat. The difference is that the procedure is done using a single laser fiber as opposed to a syringe or suction pump. The fat is melted away rather than sucked out. The procedure also tightens the skin, eliminating sagginess that can be a complication of traditional liposuction.
Which Procedure is Best?
One procedure isn’t better than the other. Both offer benefits, so you’ll need to discuss your unique situation with your doctor to determine the best fit. Here are a few things to know about the procedures and how they differ.
- Liposculpture uses a local anesthetic to keep bleeding and swelling to a minimum. Liposuction generally uses general anesthesia, which carries risks of its own.
- Liposuction typically removes more fat than liposculpture, making it a good option for the hips and stomach. However, liposculpture can shape larger amounts of fat.
- Liposculpture provides precise results, but is not typically used to achieve large weight loss results. For those who want to remove a lot of fat, liposuction is best.
No matter which method you choose to lose excess weight, there are benefits to both liposuction and liposculpture. Generally speaking, liposuction is the best choice for those who want to lose a large amount of weight. Smartlipo is ideal for those who want more shaping and sculpting with their fat loss. Berlet Plastic Surgery offers both methods and we can help you determine the best procedure for you and your end goals.