Today’s liposuction techniques are designed to expedite recovery and achieve smoother, slimmer contours. For decades, patients and surgeons have used liposuction to lose stubborn fat and achieve an optimized physique. Recently, new tools, techniques, and technologies have allowed for enhanced results in less time with less invasive procedures. These advances have opened the door to new possibilities for body sculpting and given more patients their ideal aesthetics. But how do you know which modern liposuction technique is right for you? During a personal consultation at Denver Liposuction Specialty Clinic, we will explain the advantages of each technique, determine which are best for you, and outline the type of results you can expect. The first step is to schedule a consultation at our offices in Englewood. If you’d like to reach us directly, our office number is (720) 372-2155.

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About Traditional Liposuction

With age, our body accumulates unwanted fat just below the skin’s surface. This stubborn fat often lingers after we’ve finished a weight loss journey or completed a new diet. A father-son duo of French surgeons developed traditional liposuction in 1975 to target this type of fat.[1] Using a small incision near the target fatty areas, an aspirating cannula is inserted to suction out the adipose tissue. While the basic principle of today’s liposuction remains the same, advanced liposuction techniques now offer a smoother procedure, recovery, and results. 

Advanced Liposuction Benefits include:

  • The ability to perform the procedure under local anesthesia
  • A less invasive procedure because of smaller cannulas and easier removal of fat
  • Less injury to the surrounding tissues for improved comfort and a faster recovery

Anesthesia

Liposuction has traditionally required general anesthesia to keep patients comfortably sedated throughout the procedure. But for decades, healthcare professionals have been wary of the possible dangers associated with general anesthesia. Side effects and risks of general anesthesia include prolonged recovery and discomfort, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and motor impairment. One study found that 75% of cosmetic surgeries complications requiring a hospital transfer were caused by general anesthesia – not the procedure.[2] General anesthesia disrupts communication between the central nervous system and the brain which lowers the heart rate and blood pressure. This disruption can lead to life-threatening effects like:

  • Heart attack
  • Blood clots
  • Dangerously high body temperature
  • Stroke 

Today’s Techniques

We use modern technologies and techniques that are designed to avoid these pitfalls and improve results. Our collection of advanced techniques includes tumescent fluid, SmartLipo, and VASER liposuction, all of which can be performed with local anesthesia and sedation.

Tumescent Liposuction

Unlike the very first liposuction procedures, today’s lipo includes the use of tumescent fluid. Tumescent fluid was developed in 1985 by a Californian dermatologist, Dr. Jeffrey Klein. He created this solution to avoid the pitfalls of traditional liposuction, such as reduced blood loss and the need for general anesthesia. Also known as Klein’s solution, tumescent fluid is a mixture of saline solution, epinephrine, and lidocaine. When the treatment area is infiltrated with the tumescent fluid, it performs several key functions. Epinephrine constricts blood vessels to minimize blood loss, the saline causes fat cells to become engorged for more efficient fat retrieval, and lidocaine keeps the patient comfortable, enabling the use of local anesthesia.[3] Surgeons can now safely remove more fat for better results, while the addition of long-lasting lidocaine keeps the patient comfortable after their procedure is complete. 

SmartLipo

Another problem with traditional liposuction was that it often left unwanted loose skin behind after the underlying fat was removed. Skin elasticity weakens with age, leaving it unable to “snap back,” and shape to the new contours created with liposuction. SmartLipo avoids the risk of sagging skin by using a gentle laser that liquefies fat cells and tightens skin.[4] The concentrated thermal energy heats adipose cells, causing them to dislodge from their connective tissues. This process remarkably enhances the quality of your results because it allows us to retrieve more fat during a liposculpture procedure. But the benefits of SmartLipo don’t stop there. The thermal energy also causes existing collagen fibers to retract and tighten skin. It also triggers new collagen production in deep dermal tissues. These new collagen fibers fortify the skin’s internal structure for firmer, tighter skin. 

VASER Liposuction

VASER liposuction has quickly become a popular alternative to traditional techniques. VASER liposuction includes the use of high-frequency ultrasound vibrations that delicately shake fat cells loose. Much like SmartLipo, VASER technology lets us reach more fat cells easier, allowing for a less invasive procedure that produces enhanced results. What makes VASER unique is its ability to reach fat closer to the surface of the skin and wedged between muscles. Your abdomen, for example, may have fat in between each muscle which makes abdominal definition difficult to achieve. Diet, exercise, and even traditional liposuction are ill-suited to affect this fat. VASER’s vibrations reach this stubborn tissue, allowing us to gently extract it with a cannula. So, patients leave our care with a sculpted abdominal profile – hence the name “overnight abs”.

Benefits of Advanced Techniques

By using local anesthesia and more efficient technologies, these modern liposculpture approaches result in quicker recoveries and slimmer contours that match your desired aesthetic. 

Local Anesthesia

With these three techniques, we can safely rely on local anesthesia. Often referred to as “twilight sedation”, local anesthesia blocks only the targeted nerves from communicating with the brain, leaving the central nervous system unaffected and avoiding an altered mental state.[5] This approach lets patients remain comfortably conscious during their procedure. Also, they don’t have to face the added risk or spend days recovering from anesthesia’s side effects. Patients who choose a modern liposculpture technique are back to their daily routines quicker, showing off their new curves in no time!

Enhanced Results

Simply put, these techniques reach the fat that traditional liposuction can’t. With merely an aspirating cannula, surgeons who perform traditional liposuction have to do multiple passes through fatty tissue to suction out the desired amount. Even then, not all the fat can be treated, leaving the patient with less-than-desirable results such as contour irregularities. Advanced liposuction techniques improve the surgeon’s ability to effectively remove more fat. So, patients are left with enhanced results that are uniquely sculpted to their natural contours. 

Treatable Areas

Subcutaneous fat can linger on just about any part of our physique. Modern liposculpture techniques aim to address each of these areas and give the patient sliming results from head to toe. These areas include:

  • Abdomen
  • Love handles
  • Thighs
  • Bra strap
  • Double Chin
  • Arms
  • Buttocks

Eligible Candidates

If you are interested in a modern liposculpture procedure, the first step is to schedule a personal consultation at our offices in Englewood. Here, we will determine if liposuction is right for you and which technique(s) would best achieve your desired results. Because of the associated risks, traditional liposuction was not suitable for many patients. However, with a local anesthetic, the range for eligible patients opens up. One main recommendation we tell patients is that it is best to be at a healthy, stable weight before your procedure. Future weight gain will affect the appearance of results. Also, we advise patients who take blood-thinning medication to speak with their healthcare provider about discontinuing during the preparation and recovery phases. Blood thinners may cause excessive bleeding and disrupt the body’s natural healing process. 

Personal Consultation

If this is your first time at Denver Lipo, we will begin with a brief new patient intake interview and a physical examination. We will then learn about your desired results and note your skin’s elasticity. This will all help us discern which approach is best suited for you. Then, we’ll construct a personalized treatment plan that addresses the areas you’d like to treat. Once we have your plan in place, we will give you a comprehensive list of preparatory steps. Follow these guidelines to ensure a smooth procedure that produces optimal results.

How Much Does Liposuction Cost Today in Denver?

The cost of your liposuction procedure will depend on the number of areas you have treated and the techniques included in your personalized treatment plan. During your initial consultation, we will discuss and determine the exact cost of your care. If you’d like to read previous patients’ experiences at Denver Lipo, check out our reviews page. To see our collection of previous patients’ results from advanced liposuction, take a look at our before and after page. There you will see the type of remarkable results we are committed to providing – and the type of results you can expect!

References

  1. Bellini, E., Grieco, M. P., & Raposio, E. (2017). A journey through liposuction and liposculpture: Review. Annals of medicine and surgery (2012), 24, 53–60. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amsu.2017.10.024
  2. Ratz, J. (2012). Faculty of 1000 evaluation for Determining the safety of office-based surgery: what 10 years of Florida data and 6 years of Alabama data reveal. F1000 – Post-Publication Peer Review of the Biomedical Literature. https://www.doi.org/10.3410/f.14250958.15764058
  3. Venkataram J. (2008). Tumescent liposuction: a review. Journal of cutaneous and aesthetic surgery, 1(2), 49–57. https://doi.org/10.4103/0974-2077.44159
  4. McBean, J. C., & Katz, B. E. (2011). Laser lipolysis: an update. The Journal of clinical and aesthetic dermatology, 4(7), 25–34.
  5. Garmon EH, Huecker MR. Topical, Local, and Regional Anesthesia and Anesthetics. [Updated 2021 Aug 30]. In: StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2021 Jan-. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK430894/

*RESULTS MAY VARY