Liposuction

If you have a localized accumulation of fat that won’t seem to disappear, consider liposuction.

Since 1980, liposuction, or fat extraction, has had many advances making it more effective, safe and affordable. Liposuction is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures performed used to contour and enhance body shapes. Our top priority is safety and unlike across the globe, liposuction at the Advanced Liposuction Center has a proven, respected safety record. To further increase safety precautions, Advanced Liposuction Center uses the Aqua Lipo and the Vibroliposuction techniques.

These innovative liposuction techniques have been used in thousands of procedures and presented at more than 100 scientific sessions worldwide. Both procedures are FDA-approved.

Due to advanced minimally invasive and non traumatic techniques, general anesthesia is not necessary. The Vibro liposuction and Water Jet Liposuction (Aqua Lipo) eliminate fat without destroying surrounding tissues, providing attractive skin tightening results. When fat is broken down, Dr. Giraldo can efficiently and quickly perform the surgery.

 

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Vibroliposuction gets its name from the 3-D movement known as nutation, created by the tip of cannula (a tube that is commonly used for delivery or removal of body fluids). This specific type of vibrating movement will aspirate the fat while it’s emulsified. The emulsification of these fatty cells will make it possible for them to be gently aspirated.

This low frequency technique creates a natural anesthesia by disrupting the signal nerves send to the brain to stimulate pain. Instead, patients feel a tickling sensation, hence the nickname “Tickle Liposuction.” There is no need for general anesthesia; instead, this procedure can be performed under local with mild sedation, which also lowers overall risks linked to general anesthesia.

    • Immediate results
    • Faster than customary techniques
    • Minimal downtime
    • Minimal bruising and bleeding
    • More precise fat removal
    • Smoother contouring
    • Faster recovery time
    • Safer than previous traditional methods
    • Less painful
    • No heat is used
    • No anesthesia needed
    • AquaLipo (Water Liposuction, Body­Jet Liposuction, Hydro-Liposuction)

Water Assisted Liposuction is the most innovative procedure that provides patients with a smooth, sculpted body. This technique provides less nerve damage and tissue trauma opposed to other methods because the AquaLipo’s lidocaine fluid structure removes the fat more precisely and gently. AquaLipo can also be conducted more quickly than other methods because it does not require general anesthesia and tumescent injections. Body-Jet Liposuction is performed with local anesthesia and only causes minor swelling and bruising while providing a quick recovery time.

Like most liposuction techniques, the AquaLipo use fluid tumescent injections and cannula tubes prior and during the procedure. However, unlike other techniques where anesthesia is administered pre-surgery, AquaLipo disperses the anesthesia throughout the procedure.

AquaLipo uses a special lidocaine solution to permeate the fat using cannula tubes. The outer cannula tube suctions fat cells and fluid while the inner cannula tube disperses the lidocaine fluid. The lidocaine/water solution uses a jet stream during surgery in order to break up fat tissue and anesthetize the body for simple removal.

    • Allows for more precise body sculpting
    • Less swelling and bruising than other methods
    • Performed with local anesthesia
    • Low risk
    • Minimal downtime
    • Less damage to surrounding body areas
    • Liposuction Consult

Liposuction Consult

B&A lipo_p01_500Patient history will be checked for pre-existing conditions such as diabetes, heart condition, blood clots, pregnancy, cancer, high blood pressure, previous hernia surgeries, etc. These conditions may be contraindications for surgery. If additional testing is needed, we would be able to confirm this at a later date. If patient has a history of breast cancer in the family, then they are not a candidate for fat-transfer to the breasts. We will discuss the procedure and answer all of your questions. We will take measurements of waist, hips (at widest point), under bust (2” below bra), mid-thigh or other areas that may be considered. Patients must schedule a pre-op visit no more than 30 days prior to surgery to have a history and physical. Patient will fill out appropriate paperwork/consent forms. You must provide mammogram results that are no older than 12 months. If not available, then patient must get a mammogram at least 1 month before surgery.

The Procedure

The procedure takes approximately 3 hours per area. This time includes taking measurements and outlining the area of treatment. Then, small 3mm incisions will be made and a solution known as tumescent fluid will be injected using the tip of the cannula. This will numb the outlined area so the cannula can be turned on with minimal pain. This FDA-approved procedure removes the fat cells, and the vibrations help to safely remove large amounts of fat from all areas of the body.

The Recovery

The numbing tumescent fluid will last several hours after the procedure. However, if pain and discomfort is too intense you may be prescribed painkillers. It’s best if you return to daily activities the next day, such as walking, to assist in your body’s natural healing process. However, avoid intense exercise for 6 weeks after the procedure. Recovery time is faster with Vibroliposuction because the skin reacts with a progressive tightening that further contours the new body core. This phenomenon is caused by the vibrating cannula against the dermis that triggers healing signals to recruit collagen-producing cells. You will continue seeing improvements and better contouring up to 12 months after the surgery.

Fat Transfer is an Option for Liposuction Patients

Patients who undergo liposuction may consider using their harvested fat cells to illuminate another body area such as breasts, buttocks, hands or face. Visit the Fat Transfer page for more information.

Recovery tips for improved healing time:

    • Patients must arrange a family member or friend to drive them home after surgery. We recommend this person stays with the patient for 48 hours post surgery.
    • Wear the compression garment for 2 days without removal. After 3 days, the garment can be removed and placed back on. Patients must wear the garment for 3 weeks.
    • Patients may shower when they are comfortable. Baths should be avoided for 2 weeks. Hot tubs should be avoided until the incisions have closed.
    • Keep treatment area as clean as possible to prevent infection.
    • Patients should rest for the first 12 hours after surgery. Walking is encouraged immediately but strenuous exercise (lifting weights, aerobics, running) should be avoided for 6 weeks.
    • Patients may be discolored and swollen, so it’s recommended to rest for at least 24 hours. Swelling can last up to 2­4 weeks.
    • If patients experience nausea, stick to dry crackers and carbonated sodas. If not, patients may start slowly with bland food and liquids. Drink plenty of water.
    • Alcohol combined with medication is dangerous, so carefully follow instructions with your medication.
    • Patients should not smoke for at least 14 days after surgery.
    • In order to ensure best results, follow all instructions from the doctor and his staff and visit us for your postoperative appointment(s).
How much pain is associated with Liposuction?
There is generally always going to be some amount of pain associated with most surgical procedures like liposuction. However, most patients say the pain is mild-moderate and only lasts a few days.Is Liposuction safe?
This particular form of liposuction is very safe. Not only is it FDA approved, but it doesn’t use any heat like most conventional forms of liposuction. That means there is no risk of burning nearby organs and non­fatty cells. The Cannula will actually shut off if (specifically) fat is not being aspirated. In addition, since the infrasound disrupts the pain stimuli so only local or IV sedation which lowers the risk associated with general anesthesia.How effective is Liposuction?
The stubborn areas of fat that won’t go away with diet and exercise can disappear instantly. This type of liposuction is all around faster than other forms of liposuction. Since the cannula moves in the infrasonic motion, it is able to destroy more fat more effectively. It also can remove fat more precisely by shutting off when non­fatty cells are contracted. It also creates a smoother contouring because the cannula uses no heat. When heat is used to break down fat cells it may leave an uneven appearance because these other methods are not as precise as the nutational movement used to break down fatty cells.Am I a good candidate for liposuction?
Liposuction is for men and women who live a healthy lifestyle such as exercising and eating well that have a few extra pounds clinging to their body. This procedure will not work well with people who have a lot of extra weight to loose due to too much excess skin. Usually the people who eat well and exercise recover faster and better after surgery.What can I expect from the procedure?
The procedure takes around 3 hours and is minimally invasive. This time includes taking measurements and outlining the area of treatment. Then a small 3mm incision will be made and a solution known as tumescent fluid will be injected using the tip of the cannula. This will numb the outlined area so the cannula can be turned on with minimal pain.What can I expect from the road to recovery?
Overall pain is very minimal and your doctor may prescribe mild painkillers, however over the counter pain relievers, such as Advil, will suffice. In fact, the numbing tumescent fluid will last several hours after the procedure. For the fastest recovery, it’s best to return to daily activities the next day (such as walking) to assist in your body’s natural healing process. However, avoid intense exercise for 6 weeks after the procedure. Recovery time is faster with water liposuction because the skin reacts with a progressive tightening that further contours the new body core. This phenomenon is caused by the vibrating cannula against the dermis that triggers healing signals to recruit collagen ­producing cells. Patients must clean the incisions made during surgery at least once a day to avoid infection. You will continue seeing improvements and better contouring up to 12 months after the surgery. Recovery may vary from person to person.What is the price of Liposuction?
We often hear “how much does lipo cost?” Custom Acoustic and Water Liposuction are very affordable. However depending on the areas treated and type of anesthesia used cost may vary. We recommend that patients get a free personalized consultation in order to discuss options associated with liposuction and its cost to see if it’s right for you.
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