Liposculpture is a procedure similar to liposuction that can be performed by a qualified physician. As with liposuction, the doctor uses a hollow device shaped like a straw to dislodge and suction out excess fat deposits. The main difference is that liposculpture removes smaller amounts of fat and is intended more for body contouring and reshaping than for a significant amount of fat removal. Both are elective cosmetic procedures that can be performed at a liposuction clinic.
The results of liposculpture are subtler because less fat is removed. Nonetheless, patients will see the change immediately following the treatment, and further contouring will occur as they wear elastic material around the treated area. This compression garment is provided by the doctor and it essentially pushes the remaining fat into a more aesthetically pleasing form.
The Best Candidates
Certain characteristics of men and women make them more likely to have good results. They should be at or close to their desired weight and know how they will maintain that weight so they don’t develop excess fat again. They should be exercising regularly so they have good muscle tone. Skin that snaps back with an elastic quality is best because removal of fat otherwise can lead to sagging skin.
Stubborn Fat Deposits
Exercise often doesn’t remove all noticeable deposits of white fat, technically known as white adipose tissue. Some fat deposits can be very stubborn, especially around the thighs, hips, and abdomen. Liposculpture also is useful for removal of fat in other areas of the body, such as on the upper arms. In some places, the patient will not be wearing the compression garment because the skin is visible to everyone. Fat removal in the neck and under the chin are examples.
Liposuction sometimes requires an overnight stay in a hospital, but liposculpture generally can be performed at a facility such as Sculpture Clinic, after which the patient goes home. If general anesthesia or sedation was provided, the patient should rest for the remainder of the day. Sometimes only a local anesthetic is necessary, depending on the amount of fat to be removed and its location.