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Liposuction has become one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries requested in the South Florida and Palm Beach area and has now safely been performed on millions of men and women all over the world. Often called, lipo-sculpture or body contouring, this surgical procedure may be right for you if you have subcutaneous (underlying) fat which is resistant to diet and exercise.
SAFElipo - the gold standard in liposuction techniques
Most liposuction techniques done today are very safe, but the most common problem after liposuction is contour irregularity. SAFE lipo is a new and different liposuction technique performed by Dr. Mike designed to minimize contour irregularities while getting out the most fat possible. SAFE lipo is an acronym that stands for Separation, Aspiration and Fat Equalization. In the first step the fat is separated from its fibrous attachments so that the fat is now free floating under the skin. This allows Dr. Mike to be very aggressive about breaking up more firm areas of fat without worrying about over resecting (ie causing divots) because he is not sucking out the fat at this time. After separation, the freed up fat is lightly suck out. Occasionally there are some stubborn areas of firm fat left behind and that is when fat equalization is done without using suction to free up those last fibrous attachments in order to leave just a nice smooth contour. This technique has several other advantages in that the separation technique also separates blood vessels and nerves from the fat so there is less bleeding and no permanent nerve injury. Also, with the SAFE lipo technique the fat is broken up into small particles which makes the quality of the fat perfect for fat grafting. The fat can be taken to augment the buttocks in a Brazilian butt lift, to use as filler in the face, to treat aging hands or augment the breast. SAFE lipo is not a new gimmic, fancy machine or trend. It is a surgical technique that is the new gold standard in cosmetic liposuction procedures.
Liposuction is an out-patient procedure and is performed in our Hass Plastic surgery AAAASF surgical facility in Palm Beach Gardens. The procedure usually takes 1-3 hours and is performed under IV sedation (not general anesthesia) which makes the procedure safer and decreases the chance of post-operative nausea and fatigue. Incisions for liposuction are very tiny and inconspicuously placed in a crease or area of the body that might be covered by clothing. Tumescent solution (saline mixed with lidocaine) is then placed into the fatty areas to be liposuctioned and then the liposuction procedure is performed. There is no blood loss and no drains are used post-operatively. Patients wake up with a compressive garment or girdle to compress the areas that were treated. This will be required for 2-4 weeks. At our office it is common for liposuction to be safely combined with other surgeries such as breast augmentation, breast lift, tummy tuck, brazilian butt lift or even facial work to optimize recover times.
Who is a Good Candidate for Liposuction
- Healthy patients who desire a more contoured body appearance.
- Patients who want to fit better in clothing and swimsuits.
- Patients who have localized fatty deposits that have been unresponsive to diet and exercise.
Areas that can be treated at Hass Plastic Surgery & MediSpa are the abdomen, or waist area, the flanks, upper and lower back, the buttocks, thighs and knees, male chest area, upper arms or even under the chin and neck area.