Types of Liposuction

Liposuction has become an umbrella term that refers to a variety of procedures designed to surgically remove stubborn fat deposits and help you achieve lean body contours. There are two primary approaches to liposuction - manual and laser-assisted - and there are several variations of each. Some liposuction treatments available today incorporate ultrasound. Dr. Craig Foster is a plastic surgeon who makes patient education an integral part of every procedure he performs, and he can help you learn more about the different types of liposuction during a consultation at his Manhattan, New York, office. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.

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If you struggle with stubborn fat deposits in spite of a healthy diet and regular exercise, schedule a liposuction consultation with Dr. Craig Foster.

Manual Liposuction

Traditional manual liposuction involves inserting a cannula (a long, thin surgical tube) into the target area through a small incision. The surgeon moves the cannula back and forth to loosen the fat cells while gentle suction removes the tissue from beneath the skin. Variations on this technique include:

Tumescent Liposuction: As with traditional liposuction, the tumescent procedure involves using a cannula to remove fat cells. However, it also involves injecting a special solution that enlarges fat cells, shrinks blood vessels, and enhances comfort. The solution, injected in an amount three times the amount of fat being removed, consists of epinephrine, lidocaine, and saline.

Super Wet Liposuction: This procedure is much like tumescent liposuction, but it involves using an amount of solution equal to the amount of fat being removed. It is often recommended to patients who desire only a moderate amount of fat removal.

Ultrasonic Liposuction: Using ultrasonic vibrations, the cannula used in this procedure turns fat into liquid for easier removal. It is often recommended to those who wish to remove large, dense areas of fat. This treatment also provides some skin tightening in the target area.

Power-assisted Liposuction: The tip of the cannula used in power-assisted liposuction vibrates to dislodge and loosen fat cells. Benefits include small incision sites, increased fat removal, and minimal recovery time.  

Laser-assisted Liposuction

The primary difference in laser-assisted liposuction is that laser energy is used to loosen fat cells prior to removal. Laser-assisted liposuction techniques include:

CoolLipo™: Specifically developed for removing fat in the chin, jowls, neck, and arms, CoolLipo™ results in minimal bruises. Patients usually only need local anesthetic during this procedure.

SlimLipo™: If your lifestyle demands minimal downtime after liposuction, SlimLipo™ may be recommended. Fat cells are melted, then removed, leaving the patient with minimal tissue trauma. After treatment, patients can return to normal daily activities – even work – within 24 to 48 hours.

SmartLipo™: SmartLipo™ is much like SlimLipo™, but only eight pounds of fat tissue are extracted per session. Benefits include minimal scarring and the ability to return to normal activities within 24 to 48 hours, in most cases.

Call Today for a Liposuction Consultation

If you struggle with stubborn fat deposits in spite of a healthy diet and regular exercise, schedule a liposuction consultation with Dr. Craig Foster. He will take time to discuss your goals, examine your target areas, and assess your health to determine if liposuction is right for you.

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