Traditional liposuction, ultrasonic liposuction (e.g., Vaser) and laser liposuction (e.g., CoolLipo, CoolTouch, Smartlipo, SlimLipo, LifeSculpt) are all forms of liposuction, using different approaches to injure or remove fat cells.
Liposuction is not a weight loss procedure. It is successful for targeted fat removal to address specific problem areas. Ideal candidates have a disproportionate amount of fat in a few select areas. Examples may be love handles that won’t go away despite exercise, or the saddlebags that run in your family. Patients usually have normal or slightly elevated body weight. Significantly overweight patients are generally not good candidates for liposuction alone, but may benefit from a more comprehensive approach to their body contouring needs. Read More
Skin quality has a dramatic influence on the effect of liposuction on your appearance. When fat is removed from beneath the skin, the skin must respond by contracting to reveal your new contour. Skin that is excessive, thin, or damaged by stretch marks may be unable to contract, leaving a deflated appearance rather than the tight, shapely appearance that is desired. Skin that is unable to contract may require removal with a body contouring procedure in order to yield the result that is desired.
At Plastic Surgery Northwest in Spokane, we know that although liposuction does not cause overall weight loss and may not be the right option for every person, patients who are good candidates for this procedure report very high levels of satisfaction with their outcomes in both the short and the long term.
Some companies have brand names associated with their proprietary liposuction machines. The most frequently seen brand names in advertising today may be CoolLipo, Smartlipo and SlimLipo, which are laser liposuction devices. Laser liposuction is not a technique used at Plastic Surgery Northwest due to concerns about safety and predictability.
Patients considering liposuction may also be candidates for Coolsculpting to reduce pockets of fat in a non-invasive manner.
View before-and-after photos of liposuction.