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A 36-year-old member asked:

What is liposuction?

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Henry Mentz
Cosmetic Surgery 38 years experience
Liposuction: Liposuction slims and reshapes specific areas of the body by removing excess fat deposits and improving your body contours and proportion. Liposuction techniques may be used to reduce fat deposits in the thighs, hips, buttocks, upper arms, abdomen, waist, back, inner knee, chest area, cheeks, chin, neck, calves, and ankles.
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Dr. Joseph Mele
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Direct Fat Removal: Liposuction, as the name says, is the removal of fat with a vacuum. Small incisions are made, and a canula (hollow tube) is inserted under the skin, into the fat. A hole, or holes, near the end of the tube remove fat by sucking it out. A balanced salt solution with local anesthesia and epinephrine is injected prior to surgery to reduce discomfort and bruising. Consult a board certified specialist.
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Dr. Ergun Kocak
Plastic Surgery 22 years experience
Hi! Liposuction is a surgical procedure done through a range of techniques to remove stubborn fat from various parts of the body. Liposuction is not an alternative to weight loss. Instead, it is a body contouring procedure that helps people achieve the shape they desire and cannot achieve through exercise and dieting.
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A 37-year-old member asked:

What can you tell me about liposuction?

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Rene Perez
Cosmetic Surgery 12 years experience
Very effective: Very effective for body contouring for patients close to their ideal weight but with localized fat deposits.
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Colleyville, TX
A 39-year-old male asked:

What is slim liposuction?

9 doctor answers27 doctors weighed in
Dr. Aaron Stupple
Dr. Aaron Stuppleanswered
General Practice 10 years experience
Fat removal by laser: Lasers can be used to "melt" fat. The technique is to insert a small laser under the skin of the abdomen which then is directed at surrounding fat tissue. The fat cells and other tissues are destroyed. The fat liquefies, which can be sucked out, and scar tissue forms that pulls in on the skin. Slim lipo is one of a variety of lasers available, each using slightly different wavelengths.
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Dr. John Scuba
Dr. John Scuba commented
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 26 years experience
Any energy applied to fat causes cells to break down and to burst, liquefying it and making it easier to extract (suction). As well, many fat cells not actually killed or suctioned are terminally injured and lead to further tissue reduction. SLIM (selective laser induced melting) is one way and has proved to be a valuable tool for melting the fat. Many using one or the other may claim "popularity" of any system, or value of the "number of wavelengths" the units employ. But those who have used multiple lipo lasers and vasers have found SLIM gave far better results than others.
May 2, 2013
Dr. Andrew Varano
Aesthetic Medicine 24 years experience
SLIMlipo utilizes 2 wavelengths 924nm & 980nm. Studies done reveal that 924 nm used by SLIMlipo is the peak absorption of heating adipose tissue . Dr Brooke Steckel of Harvard medical has a nice you tube demonstration station of this phenomenon
Jul 28, 2014
A 45-year-old member asked:

How dangerous is liposuction?

10 doctor answers22 doctors weighed in
Dr. Richard Baxter
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Safe within limits: Your question is very important and the simple answer is that lipo is very safe if not too much fat is removed and it is done by a qualified surgeon in an accredited facility. Tumescent or local anesthesia is safe for smaller volume cases, intravenous sedation or general anesthesia is good for larger volumes. Most complications are due to removing too much fat at one time.
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San Antonio, TX
A 22-year-old male asked:

What is the defect of liposuction?

5 doctor answers12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jason Lichten
Plastic Surgery 24 years experience
Over-resection: Sometimes you may see a defect or a visible depression in an area where liposuction was done. This may represent over-resection of tissue with the liposuction. While this can happen in any surgeon's hands, in my opinion, this is one more reason to make sure of your liposuction surgeon's training and credentials. I suggest having a surgeon who is board certified in plastic surgery and in asps.
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A 40-year-old member asked:

What can I do to pay for liposuction?

5 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Thomas Fiala
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Cosmetic surgery: Most surgeons accept the usual forms of payment - cash, credit card, etc. You may want to finance your procedure - and there are third-party companies that do this, like carecredit.
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Last updated Jul 23, 2021

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