Do you have pockets of unwanted body fat? Liposuction, also referred to as “lipo”, is a common cosmetic procedure for patients wanting to sculpt, tone, and slim their bodies. During liposuction, undesired areas of fat are removed from the body, using effective and fine-tuned techniques.
As a preferred plastic surgeon in Ontario, CA, Dr. Matthew Nykiel can help you quickly eliminate fat with liposuction or liposculpture. Not to mention, Dr. Nykiel is one of the few plastic surgeons in Ontario who offers multiple techniques of liposuction, so you can receive a liposuction treatment tailored to your unique body type.
What is Liposuction?
Liposuction is a method of removing fat in patients with isolated areas of unwanted fat, as a way to enhance the natural contour of the body. At the same time, liposuction isn’t performed as a weight-loss solution or a treatment for obesity.
Depending on the type of liposuction that you need, it is generally performed as an outpatient procedure. Sometimes when large amounts of fat are extracted, you need to stay at the hospital overnight. However, this is a rare circumstance.
Before your liposuction treatment, we will administer anesthesia, which will vary by the amount of fat being removed and the type of liposuction. The type of anesthesia we use will depend on your circumstances and preferences. For instance, you can opt to remain awake and sedated during your treatment, or you can be completely asleep with general anesthesia.
After anesthesia is administered, we will make a small incision near the extraction area, dislodge the fat with a variety of tools and techniques, then vacuum out the excess fat.
Types of Liposuction
At Butts by Design, Dr. Nykiel offers multiple types of liposuction, depending on your unique body image goals. While the basic idea of liposuction is the same for each type of liposuction, these are the most common techniques:
- Ultrasound-assisted liposuction. During ultrasound-assisted liposuction, Dr. Nykiel uses ultrasonic energy to liquefy areas of fat before removing them. Ultrasonic energy, also known as ultrasound, is a form of energy created by vibrating particles.
Ultrasonic energy is used in diagnostics and imaging, as well as cancer treatments. Similar to its use in cancer treatments, ultrasonic-assisted liposuction targets groups of cells by heating the cells without harming neighboring cells.
- Laser liposuction. Laser lipo is a technique that uses lasers to melt fat, before it is extracted from the body. Like ultrasonic-assisted liposuction, laser liposuction reduces the need for harsh suctioning to remove the fat.
It’s also believed that laser liposuction tightens the skin more than other methods of liposuction. Laser liposuction is believed to be less invasive and less painful with more instantly noticeable results than other versions of liposuction. At the same time, it’s important to keep in mind that there is little clinical evidence looking at patient satisfaction and pain scores. Laser liposuction also makes it impossible to store and save the fat cells to use in other contexts.
Laser liposuction uses laser technology to melt fat cells, while ultrasound-assisted liposuction uses ultrasonic energy to make the fat cells easier to suction out. Each method of liposuction has its unique pros and cons, which we will be more than happy to discuss at your consultation.
Uses of Liposuction
Liposuction is primarily used for cosmetic purposes, rather than physical health benefits. It is typically used for patients that have not achieved their desired body image goals through diet and exercise alone. Unlike diet and exercise, liposuction allows you to sculpt and target specific areas of the body in which you are storing fat. The most common areas that patients receive liposuction are:
Hips and buttocks
Abdomen and waist
The greatest benefit of liposuction is that it will increase your self-esteem and make you feel more confident in your body. In as little as one treatment, you can target specific problem areas on your body, helping you achieve a more defined figure.
Liposuction for Health Conditions
Liposuction is often used in conjunction with other cosmetic surgeries, like Brazilian Butt Lifts and other fat transfers. While liposuction is generally used for cosmetic purposes, it can also help treat the following health conditions:
Lymphedema: this is a chronic health condition, in which fluid collects in the tissue, leading to excessive swelling in the arms and legs. Liposuction can be used to reduce swelling and treat pain.
Lipomas: Lipomas are generally harmless fatty tumors that are sometimes treated with liposuction.
Gynecomastia: Gynecomastia, a medical condition in which fat stores in a man’s chest, is sometimes treated with liposuction.
Extreme weight loss after obesity: When a morbidly obese person loses 40% or more of their BMI, it can lead to cosmetic abnormalities, like excessive skin. Liposuction can be used to make the patient’s body look more proportional and sculpted.
Lipodystrophy syndrome: this medical condition occurs when a patient’s fat is stored in one area of the body and lost in another area. Liposuction can sculpt the body for a more equal distribution of body fat.
Realistic Expectations with Liposuction
When it comes to liposuction, it is important to have realistic expectations of your treatment. Directly after surgery, you will be able to notice some improvements in the shape of your body. However, you should expect to experience some swelling for a few weeks or even a couple of months after surgery.
It’s also important to remember that while liposuction removes fat cells, it does not tighten your skin, with the exception of laser liposuction. This means that it can take some time for the skin to tighten around the treatment area. Depending on the technique and your unique body, you can expect to see the results of your liposuction a few months to a year after your surgery.
Schedule a Liposuction Consultation at Butts by Design in Ontario CA
Dr. Matthew Nykiel is a board certified plastic surgeon with training in multiple liposuction techniques, allowing us to tailor your treatment to your unique body type and situation. Are you ready to take the next step in enhancing your figure with liposuction? For patients outside of Ontario, CA, Dr. Nykiel offers Skype consultations, or you can schedule an in-office appointment. Call Butt by Design today to learn more, 909-340-3300.