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Eating well and exercising are the staples of a healthy life, no doubt about it. But the fact remains: being healthy and looking healthy are two entirely different things. For some of us, no matter how much we workout and diet, we still don’t see the results we want. And when that’s the case, it may be worth looking into a plastic surgery procedure called liposuction.

Both men and women undergo liposuction every year to achieve a variety of goals. Some patients want to look better in a swimsuit, others want their jeans to fit more comfortably. Whatever your reason, you should understand exactly what liposuction is and how it works.

Liposuction surgery (lipo) removes excess fat deposits in specific areas to reshape a patient’s body. Some of the most common areas lipo is performed include the hips, belly, thighs, buttocks, back, arms, and under the chin or face. Cosmetic surgeons will often even use lipo to enhance the results of other procedures.

There are a variety of different liposuction techniques available to surgeons today, including: tumescent liposuction (also known as water lipo), laser-assisted liposuction (also known as SlimLipo or SmartLipo), and suction-assisted liposuction. However, at Illume Cosmetic Surgery and MedSpa, we prefer to use a method called the Microaire Power-Assisted Liposuction.

The Microaire Power-Assisted Liposuction is a gentler, more comfortable method of fat removal. Using a power-assisted cannula, or thin tube, this innovative technology allows doctors to be more precise and effective. The cannula works by using steady, gentle vibrations to break up your fat cells and make it easier to suction from your body. It’s widely regarded as the best liposuction option available and performs clinically better than the other options mentioned above.

One great benefit of liposuction is that your fat doesn’t have to go to waste. After the fat is removed, it can then be injected back into other areas of the body to enhance sections where there are deficits, including the face, breasts, hips, and buttocks. This specific procedure can only be performed in offices like Illume that use general anesthesia, where the patient is completely sedated.

Liposuction can be a great option for people looking to enhance their appearance and improve their self-confidence. But before you decide to engage the procedure, think carefully about your expectations and discuss them with a medical professional. The best candidates for lipo are generally people of average weight with firm elastic skin who have pockets of excess fat in particular, localized areas. Since the healing process is gradual, you should expect to wait at least several months to get an accurate picture of the results of your surgery. The small incisions used for access of the cannula will fade over time and become barely visible.

A personal consultation is the first step for anyone considering liposuction. If you’re interested in learning more about liposuction, schedule a consultation with us today!