Body fat reduction comes in many forms, including traditional liposuction and non-surgical alternatives. The ideal technique depends on the amount of unwanted fat and the patient’s cosmetic goals and underlying anatomies, among other factors. Hence, the experts at REAL Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery perform meticulous patient selection and physical exams in order to deliver the most desired results possible.
The Basics of Traditional Liposuction
Traditional liposuction is a surgical procedure that uses a cannula, a hollowed steel tube attached to a vacuum pump, to remove the excess fat that commonly collects in the abdomen, back, upper arms, thighs, hips, and other areas. And with the introduction of smaller cannulas, it is now possible to treat smaller areas.
With the advent of smaller cannulas and the use of other specialized techniques, modern liposuction techniques are significantly safer, gentler, and more effective compared to older methods. In fact, this is now commonly performed as an outpatient surgery, whereas previous methods required a hospital stay.
Despite the proliferation of non-surgical liposuction, the traditional liposuction approach remains the most ideal for treating large pockets of fat; hence, it provides a more dramatic improvement in your silhouette. Traditional liposuction may also be more ideal than non-surgical liposuction if you’re simultaneously having a tummy tuck or any other surgery-based body contouring procedure.
The Downsides of Non-Surgical Liposuction Techniques
In general, non-surgical liposuction techniques require multiple treatment sessions, and the results are not immediate. In fact, many of the treatments require months of waiting before the results are realized. This isn’t the case with traditional liposuction. As you may imagine, non-surgical techniques also don’t tend to bring about the same type of results.