Liposculpture has been around for decades, but the homing-in process has been much more recent. When it comes to the cosmetic procedure, is it really worth it, and does it really work? Here’s everything you need to know about liposculpture to help you decide.
What Is Liposculpture?
In a “tell it to me like I’m 5” description, liposculpture is cosmetic surgery to strategically remove fat and sculpt a particular area of the body. It’s generally used when, even after diet and exercise, that area is still not up to par and hasn’t improved. The removed fat is then purified and added to another part of the body that needs it if you’d like.
The most common areas of the body that liposculpture is used for are the three B’s: belly, breasts, and buttocks. Other common areas include the neck, chin, arms, upper thighs, and the oh-so frustrating love handles around the waist.
What’s the Difference Between Liposculpture and Liposuction?
While in the same cosmetic procedure family, the difference between liposculpture and liposuction is the fact that liposculpture removes small amounts of fat and then puts it back into the body, sculpting it to look its best. Liposuction, on the other hand, involves larger amounts of the fat removal period, sometimes up to five liters (11 pounds) at a time.
Additionally, with liposculpture, smaller amounts of fat may be removed, and, using this newer technique, the remaining fat is sculpted to give a more flattering shape. This method also uses local anesthesia, so the area worked on will be completely numb, but you’ll still be awake.
Types of Liposculpture
Liposculpture can be narrowed down to three different types:
This type of liposculpture uses a vibrating wand to separate the unwanted fat cells into smaller pieces, making them easier to remove.
Ultrasonic waves, assist in breaking up and removing the fat cells.
This style literally uses a laser that melts away fat.
During a standard procedure, a doctor may use one or all three methods to get the desired outcome and look. Good news: results are permanent once the procedure is over, and you’re completely healed, if you keep up with proper diet and exercise.
The Liposculpture Procedure
A normal liposculpture surgery can last anywhere from two to four hours. Of course, this is dependent on the number of places being sculpted. The more areas, the more time you’ll be in surgery.
During the procedure, the surgeon inserts a cannula (small, thin tube) under the skin and into the area to suck out unwanted fat and sculpt the fat that’s left behind.
Beforehand, you’ll receive a local injection with both numbing medicine and epinephrine, so you won’t feel a thing. Again, you’ll be awake so you may feel pressure or movement. However, if you feel more than that, tell your nurse or doctor straight away.
Liposculpture Pre-Op & Recovery Time
Before surgery, patients must stop drinking alcohol and using medication that can cause bleeding including aspirin and ibuprofen, and Advil. Additionally, you’ll need to stop smoking.
If you’re into taking herbal supplements, ask the doctor during your consultation which ones you can keep using until surgery day as well. You’ll also need to let your doctor know about any allergies you have.
Just the same as liposuction, liposculpture recovery time is anywhere from two to three weeks to a couple of months. During that time, patients must wear compression garments and are encouraged to walk for exercise, reducing the likelihood of blood clots, and speeding up the healing process. Following these rules are key to your recovery and maintaining all of the work the doctor has put into sculpting.
Common after-effects include bruising, swelling, and even numbness in the areas treated. These are temporary and very normal.
When it comes to complete healing time, it can take anywhere from several weeks to months before the swelling is completely gone, depending on the age of the patient and how well she follows the given instructions.
As for heavier exercise, your doctor will have to clear you at a follow-up appointment. In general, you’re looking at three to six weeks of rest and should be able to go back to work in a week or so. You’ll need someone to drive you home and stay with you for at least the first 24 hours (in case of complications) as well.
How Much Does it Cost?
Of course, price is dependent upon your chosen doctor, anesthesia, what city you’re in, and the number of areas to be sculpted. However, you’re generally looking at anywhere from $1,400 to nearly $10,000.
Do Research Before You Commit
As with any cosmetic procedure, do your research well ahead of time before committing to a doctor. Make sure you find one that’s licensed in liposculpture and a board-certified plastic surgeon.
Additionally, feel free to snoop around the internet and look at reviews for doctors and cosmetic centers in your area. If you’re still not satisfied, ask around. You may be surprised who’s already had liposculpture done, and they can give you a recommendation.