LifeSculpt: The Latest Plastic Surgery Treatment in the Fight Against Fat
Many of us try to fight fat on our own. Spending countless hours at the gym, deprived of our favorite foods and treats. Yet stubborn areas still manage to elude us. To help with remaining fat deposits, companies are constantly coming out with new and improved ways to eliminate them, with the most popular weight loss plastic surgery tool being liposuction.
Liposuction continues to be one of the most popular plastic surgeries performed in the United States, helping to slim and reshape the body by removing deposits of fat to help improve the appearance of contours and proportion. Traditional liposuction is suitable for healthy, disease and medical condition-free adults who are within 30% of their ideal weight, but have been unable to lose fat through diet and exercise alone.
While traditional liposuction is an effective fat loss tool, it still comes with many health risks. Some of these include: fat clots, blood clots, bleeding (hematoma), damage to internal body structures such as nerves, blood vessels, muscles, lungs, and abdominal organs, as well as deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications and complications from anesthesia, among other serious problems. In addition, traditional liposuction plastic surgery procedures may include cosmetic risks, including rippling or loose skin, skin discoloration and swelling as well as other abnormal occurrences that would need to be rectified by a secondary or revision procedure. Into the bargain, because liposuction is an invasive procedure, requiring anesthesia, it also requires significant recovery time.
While liposuction is a very good way to eliminate unwanted fat areas, it is not suitable for all areas of the body where fat deposits may occur. On the other hand, the special technology of LifeSculpt can be just the answer for fat deposits in difficult-to-reach areas such as the fat under the chin, backs, arms, and inner thighs.
The LifeSculpt procedure features the SlimLipo laser body sculpting technology in a minimally invasive way, allowing for much quicker recovery time than traditional liposuction. Not only that but, the minimally invasive laser treatment offers little to no bruising.
While liposuction can leave behind loose skin that requires another procedure to tighten, LifeSculpt not only allows qualified physicians to remove fat, but also to tighten the skin through laser-assisted lipolysis.
What The Experts Say
Doctors and patients both agree that LifeSculpt is an invaluable tool in the fight against fat.
A recent limited study published in US Dermatology, by Robert Weiss, M.D., Director of the Maryland Laser, Skin, and Vein Institute found that all patients who had the LifeSculpt procedure saw an improvement in the area treated. Furthermore, all patients also saw an improvement in skin's smoothness and tightness within three months after treatment.
"This study proved what I'd been experiencing in my own practice; LifeSculpt offers superior results, better than any other type of fat reduction and fat removal method on the market," said Dr. Weiss.
"During the recovery period after the LifeSculpt procedure, skin tightening may occur as new collagen is laid down in the layers of the skin. Improvement in skin firmness can continue for up to six months after the procedure; this is particularly gratifying to patients who have experienced significant skin laxity that is often associated with age and weight loss," noted Brooke Seckel, M.D., plastic surgeon at Boston Plastic Surgery Associates, Concord MA.
"There is an emerging demand for this kind of option among consumers; people want stellar results, but do not want to have to take time out of their busy schedules to achieve those results," noted Richard Bankowski, Field Clinical Director for Palomar Medical Technologies, Inc.
How It Works
Using a few small incisions in the area to be treated, LifeSculpt "melts" fat for quick and permanent removal from the body. LifeSculpt uses state-of-the-art SlimLipo laser lipolysis, which melts fat and sucks it out of the body through a medical suction device. Unlike other liposuction procedures, the fat is removed as a liquid, rather than a clumpy material.
Small areas of fat can be quickly and permanently eradicated, although results vary from patient to patient and are not guaranteed. One treatment is all takes for an area to become fat-free.
Recovery From Lifesculpt
Because LifeSculpt is minimally invasive, downtime for the procedure is also minimal. Some treatments on small areas may take less than an hour, while larger areas will require more time. LifeSculpt can be performed on an outpatient basis, depending on the doctor's preference. Many patients report little to no pain, only a slight warmth in the treatment area. LifeSculpt allows patients to resume their normal activities almost immediately and patients can return to work the very next day.
Some patients may notice slight bruising which goes away within a few weeks. Depending on the treatment area, compression garments may be necessary and your physician may have special recommendations for your recovery period.
If you've already had traditional liposuction and have been left with a lumpy appearance, LifeSculpt may be a good option to help smooth and tighten the appearance of skin. While LifeSculpt is commonly used for patients with stubborn fat deposits, it can also be used on heavier patients, especially after they have lost weight on a program.
The cost of LifeSculpt varies, depending on the area to be treated. Discuss the cost during your consultation with your physician. It is generally less than traditional liposuction, as only a local anesthesia is used and the procedure may or may not take place in an operating room.
LifeSculpt is not a substitute for diet and exercise, but it can help fight against residual fat deposits.