When the word liposuction comes to mind, the common treatment areas thought of include the abdomen, thighs, and love handles. It isn’t surprising since these fibrous areas tend to store fat and are a source of embarrassment for many men and women. Although liposuction is mostly used to reduce fat from around the midsection and thighs, any troublesome areas with excess fatty tissue can be targeted with the procedure.
What is liposuction?
Liposuction is a technique used to reduce fat while sculpting the contours of the body. Typically, the best candidates are at or near their ideal body weight but have stubborn bulges that are unresponsive to diet and exercise. Liposuction is not meant to be used as a weight-loss method but rather as a tool to target fatty bulges in specific areas. Dr. Jervis offers laser liposuction at his practice. The Laser LifeSculpt system is a liposuction method that provides patients with less bruising, swelling, and discomfort than traditional liposuction.
How is laser liposuction performed?
Dr. Jervis uses the Palomar/Cynosure Laser LifeSculpt system that is designed to release excess fat into a tumescent fluid, virtually destroying the fat cells. Simultaneously, a second wavelength of light tightens the skin and pulls the skin inward toward the fascia by shortening the perpendicular fibrous bands. Not only can patients get rid of excess fat from specific areas of the body, but they can also tighten and shrink the skin.
What areas can I target with liposuction?
- Arms: Excess or hanging fat in the upper arms
- Neck: Fat around the neck that may cause the appearance of a “double chin”
- Underarms: Bulges in the armpits
- Knees: Bulges or folds around the knees
- Bra area: Bulges along the bra area that are “poking out”
- Back: Back creases caused by excess bulges in the upper and lower back
- Ankles: Excess fat that creates the appearance of “cankles”
- Lower legs: below knees
Patients can choose to undergo liposuction on one or a combination of areas to achieve overall smoother, better-contoured curves. Laser liposuction can help patients achieve long-lasting results, and patients can enjoy for many years by following a healthy lifestyle. Not only will they notice a significant reduction in fat, but they can also achieve tighter, more toned skin.
To be better prepared for your consultation, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons provides a list of questions to ask your liposuction surgeon.
To learn more about laser liposuction, Dr. Jervis can provide you with all the information you need during your consultation. Contact us by calling (925) 937-7100 or by filling out our online contact form.