Liposuction “SAFE” Approach
Liposuction “SAFE” Approach is a minimally invasive surgical procedure which removes unwanted fat deposits to improve the body’s shape and contour. Liposuction is most often used to treat traditional “problem” areas such as the abdomen, flanks (love handles), thighs, and buttocks.
In recent years, advances in liposuction technology and technique have allowed much smaller areas to be successfully treated. These include the neck, chin, the backs of the arms, the calves, and the ankles. Thanks to these improvements, many surgeons now operate under an “if you can pinch it, we can treat it” model.
No Hospital Stay Required
Liposuction is the most popular cosmetic procedure being performed today and is popular among both women and men. It’s an outpatient procedure and is typically performed under local anesthesia. In the vast majority of cases no hospital stay is required. It’s important to realize that while liposuction does remove fat its purpose is reshaping, sculpting, and defining. While several liters of fat are typically removed it is not intended as a weight loss procedure.
Dr. M. Giraldo, the Advanced Liposuction Center’s surgical director and lead surgeon, uses what is known as the “SAFE” approach. This stands for “Separation, “Aspiration,” “Feathering,” and “Evening.” It is currently the industry standard, and indeed boasts a proven record of safety end effectiveness. Here’s a brief explanation:
- Separation. First, the fat is physically separated from the tissue surrounding it. This ensures that very little unintended damage is done to this tissue, making the procedure much more gentle. This results in dramatically reduced recovery times.
- Aspiration. This refers to the removal of the fat via a surgical vacuum. Loosely speaking, aspiration is the “suction” part of liposuction.
- Feathering. Removal of fat in many thin layers is known as feathering.
- Evening. The final stage of any modern liposuction procedure. This is the fine-tuning phase which leads to a balanced, well-proportioned, final shape.
Hear what his Patients say about the Liposuction SAFE approach!
To date, Dr. Giraldo has performed hundreds of successful procedures on satisfied patients from across the country.
“I had lipo on my abdomen and flanks and I absolutely love it. Now I don’t fear summer anymore and can wear anything I want. Love how I can enjoy the beach again! I love how I look and I’d recommend him to anyone.”
–Kathleen K, Fort Worth, TX.
“I would recommend Dr. Giraldo to anyone—and I frequently do. No matter how much I worked out I couldn’t get rid of my 40-year old guy gut. My results were fantastic, and my self-confidence is through the roof. Would I do it again? Absolutely.
–Sean W, Pittsburgh, PA
“Thank you, Dr. Giraldo, I should have done this years ago. I was initially apprehensive but he’s extremely professional and I felt at ease right away. I feel the same about his staff, they’re excellent.”
–Laura C, Washington, PA
Different Liposuction “SAFE” Approach Techniques
Liposuction isn’t a single, one-size-fits-all procedure. Dr. Giraldo uses the following techniques, all of which are based on the SAFE approach:
“Super Wet” Tumescent Liposuction
This variation of the basic tumescent technique has proven itself useful in removing stubborn, fibrous fatty deposits. Dr. Giraldo prefers this approach for deposits containing scar tissue, a task other methods don’t perform nearly as well.
Dr. Giraldo uses a solution containing normal saline (salt water), the anesthetic lidocaine, and minute and precisely measured amounts of epinephrine (the technical term for adrenaline). The latter is added to the mixture in order to control bleeding. Before performing the actual liposuction, a surgical pump introduces large amounts of this fluid into the problem area. The technique itself uses a specialized cannula, a thin tube through which fat is suctioned out of the body. This motorized cannula moves rapidly back and forth in order to break up stubborn fat deposits.
Super wet technique is very versatile and can remove almost any amount of fat that’s desired. Practically speaking, as little as a few ounces or as many as several pounds can be suctioned away in any given procedure.
For many Pittsburgh based patients Dr. Giraldo offers a newer technique known as aqua lipo. It’s a less invasive approach which relies on a surgical water-pick to loosen fat deposits. Due to the gentle nature of aqua lipo much less anesthetic is needed and very little damage is done to the surrounding tissue. This makes for less bleeding, bruising, and a reduced chance of complications. While it’s not ideal for larger volumes of fat it offers extreme precision and significantly reduced downtime.
HydraSolve® is a patented, FDA approved tumescent procedure which offers several unique benefits. Like aqua lipo, it’s a low-impact technique known for precision sculpting and reduced downtime. It’s so gentle, in fact, that many patients report very little bruising or swelling.
Unlike many other techniques, HydraSolve® is able to liquefy fat deposits before removal. This causes an increase in collagen production which jump starts the healing process. It’s also highly effective for performing “revision” procedures to correct the less-than-perfect results of previous liposuction.