What Can Liposuction Do For You?
When you think of liposuction, what result comes to mind? Many people think of liposuction as a weight-loss method, when nothing could be further from the truth. The purpose of liposuction is actually to reshape and resculpture the body so that its contours are more attractive, not to remove pounds of unwanted weight.
A San Diego liposuction specialist must be honest about what liposuction can do for a patient. It is not a cure for overeating or a substitute for a healthy lifestyle. Rather, liposuction is one component of a complete body management plan that includes healthy choices.
What Does Liposuction Do?
The word liposuction specifically means to remove unwanted fat cells from the body. Because fat cells are removed, many patients get the erroneous idea that liposuction will solve all their weight issues. This is a dangerous assumption; nothing will substitute for healthy eating and exercise when it comes to keeping body weight under control and preventing diseases.
If diet and exercise are the best way to control weight, then what is the purpose of liposuction? Sometimes, as people age, the best diet and exercise in the world do not prevent the accumulation of fat cells in certain areas of the body, particularly in the belly, thighs and under the arms. Even if a person runs marathons and diets like a Spartan, these fat cells may continue to accumulate. It is here that liposuction offers its greatest benefits.
In the old days, liposuction techniques were limited and could be dangerous. Today, technological advances have made liposuction a relatively simple procedure. Liposuction techniques include:
- Ultrasound-assisted lipoplasty (UAL). This technique uses ultrasound waves to liquefy fat and make it easier to remove. UAL often results in easier procedures and shorter recovery times.
- Super-wet. Super-wet techniques offer less blood loss than traditional liposuction techniques and often give better results.
- Laser lipoplasty. Lasers are used to assist surgeons in isolating the fat cells to be removed in laser lipoplasty. This is one of the newest techniques for liposuction.
- Suction assisted lipectomy (SAL). Traditional liposuction methods are still used to perform many simple liposuction procedures.
The San Diego liposuction specialists at the Sadrian Plastic Surgery Center are ready to talk to you about which liposuction method is right for your particular needs. Call today to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Sadrian and find out how liposuction can help you contour your body and look beautiful.