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The term is used to describe any of several liposuction techniques that ultimately result in refined, smooth results that, in some cases, go beyond what is possible using just traditional techniques. Some doctors refer to liposculpture as a procedure in which fat is removed to contour the body parts to mimic underlying musculature. While other plastic surgeons refer to procedures in which fat is harvested from one area of the body to be moved into another area of the body to add more volume.
Liposculpture is also sometimes defined as a liposuction procedure that is not "dry". Dry lipo procedures often resulted in a large volume of blood loss in addition to fat, limiting the extent of the procedure. Liposculpture is sometimes used synonymously with tumescent or laser techniques in which the fat cells are bathed in fluids or melted with a laser to make their removal from the body easier, less traumatic, and more precise. In all of these cases, liposculpture is a process that improves the contour of the target areas in relation to other parts of the body. In this sense, it is less invasive than traditional lipo and it has the ability to create pleasing, chiseled contours.
Tumescent lipo involves the use of a saline anesthetic that usually contains adrenaline, bicarbonate, and lidocaine. The saline solution causes the fat to swell and numbs the area being treated. A suctioning device and cannula is them used to removed the softened fatty tissue from the body.
In contrast, liposculpture uses laser technologies to melt the fat before it is suctioned out of the body. Lasers can be used to encourage the growth of collagen and increase the corresponding elasticity of the skin as well. The skin tightening function of lasers can allow plastic surgeons even more precision when working a particular area on a patient's body.
According to these definitions, traditional liposuction is a more invasive procedure that produces results that are less dramatic and less precise. New technologies have created advanced techniques that involve much smaller, less noticeable incisions because the cannulas (hollow tube) used to suction fat out of the body using liposculpture are much smaller than what is required for dry liposuction. Further, liposculpture technologies cut down on incidences of bumps or unevenness that are more common in the results of "dry" procedures.
At LiposculptureGuide.com, you'll learn more about what liposculpture is in contrast to dry, traditional fat removal techniques. You will find information about target areas that can be treated using this technique as well as what to expect in terms of cost and recovery from the surgery. After you've learned about the procedure, take a look at the before and after photo gallery to see the results from real surgeries. After you've looked studied the information thoroughly, you'll be ready to use the Surgeon Locator to find a plastic surgeon in your area and set up an initial consultation to discuss your unique situation and concerns about the procedure.