Liposuction in Las Vegas
If you have found that diet and exercise just aren’t providing the shape you desire, liposuction may be your answer. Although not a substitute for weight loss, liposuction is becoming more and more popular to provide the shape that people want. It’s not what fat is taken away, but rather what is left behind that provides the contours and curves people want.
How does Liposuction Work?
Liposuction’s primary target is the fatty layer between skin and muscle. Its secondary target is the skin. The fat layer is treated by removing fat cells. This is most commonly performed with a suction cannula. The fat that is removed wont “come back” and the sculpted fat that remains helps provide your new shape and contour. While the cannula is busy removing fat, the skin is being stimulated to shrink. This helps the skin adapt to the new smaller body shape and size.
Who is a Good Candidate for Liposuction?
It is very important to have a stable body weight with a realistic diet and exercise program. A person who gains weight after liposuction will typically develop an odd and lumpy appearance where ever liposuction was performed. One who loses weight will typically improve in appearance up to a point. That point is when the skin can no longer contract to keep up with the fat loss. In this case, other surgical interventions may be needed to trim away and tighten the skin.
The ideal candidate is a healthy, non smoker, without any major medical conditions.
How is Liposuction Performed?
Tumescent liposuction is the foundation for many liposuction technologies, and has resulted in gentler liposuction with less swelling and an easier recovery. This technique involves using a saline solution containing an anesthetic agent (lidocaine) and a medication to shrink blood vessels (epinephrine), which work to limit post-operative pain and enhance recovery.
The amount of fluid and medication is customized for each patient and may be adjusted based on how many treatment areas are involved or other medications that you may be taking. This fluid is infused into the fat layer until the tissue appears swollen or “tumesced,” hence its name. After the fluid is given time to take effect, a small suction cannula is moved through the fat to specifically and purposefully remove fat and sculpt an attractive shape to the body.
After surgery, there will be some residual fluid in the area, which your body will absorb harmlessly over the next several weeks. Walking early in the recovery period helps to move the fluid out and is strongly encouraged. Also wearing a compressive garment, which we will provide, will help to compress the tissue, form your new shape, and remove excess fluid.
Can the fat cells come back after liposuction?
The fat cells in the body increase in number until around puberty. At that point the number of fat cells becomes fixed and they just shrink and grow with weight loss and gain. Since liposuction removes fat cells, you will no longer experience the same pattern of fat gain and loss in those areas.
However, if an extraordinary amount of weight gain occurs, the body may start to make new fat cells again. This would provide an unfortunate appearance and is another reason that a stable body weight, diet and exercise program are important.
What’s the difference between “regular lipo,” Smart Lipo and VASER liposuction?
Other liposuction technologies work in conjunction with the tumescent technique. Laser liposuction (brand names such as Smart Lipo and Cool Lipo) first starts out with the tumescent technique to treat the fat layer. It then uses targeted laser wavelength to treat the skin. Using the skin as a target, the goal is to heat the skin from the inside to cause it to contract. Individuals with loose skin can benefit from this added attention to the skin.
Ultrasonic liposuction (VASER Liposelection) utilizes ultrasonic waves to specifically target and separate fat tissue into fat cells and emulsify it with the tumescent fluid. With this technique, tumescent fluid is first placed and allowed to take effect. Next, ultrasonic energy is delivered to separate the fat, which is then gently suctioned out.
This technique is thought to be gentler than standard tumescent technique since the fat cells are uniquely targeted and the nerves and blood vessels are left undisturbed. Additionally, the heat generated from the ultrasonic energy is thought to help shrink the skin to a greater extent than tumescent liposuction alone, translating to better skin tone & appearance with your slimmer shape.
Learn more at a complimentary consultation
To schedule a consultation with Dr. Pancholi and see which type of liposuction technology would work best for you, please call us or contact us online. We are happy to answer any questions you may have and to help you get started on improving your shape and your confidence.