Liposuction vs. Liposculpture – What’s the Difference?

Posted on December 19th, 2012 by Dr. Albert Carlotti

Scottsdale Liposculpture and LiposuctionAt The Carlotti Center for Cosmetic Surgery, we always take care to educate our clients on the difference between liposuction and liposculpture. The latter is a much more refined form of surgical body contouring.

Liposuction – literally sucking fat from the body with a specialized surgical suction tool – is now along with facelifts and breast augmentation one of the most commonly performed Scottsdale cosmetic surgeries and the most common in the United States. Liposuction vacuums out relatively large amounts of fatty tissue from the patient’s body, ostensibly to create more attractive body contours. It’s not intended as a weight-loss procedure, but is often view by the public that way. Some less scrupulous liposuction practitioners even encourage this perception.

Liposculpture, on the other hand, is a more targeted and careful procedure that focuses on very specific areas where fat is deposited. These deposits can be very resistant to reduction the natural way because of an individual’s genetics. When fat deposits don’t respond satisfactorily to regular exercise and proper diet, liposculpture may be the answer. Areas that are commonly treated by liposculpture in women are the hips, thighs and buttocks. In men, the belly or abdomen and the hips are the most frequently targeted.

Liposculpture is performed with a much smaller tube, or cannula, than is used for liposuction. In fact, a liposculpting cannula is less than 3 millimeters wide. This allows for very precise targeting and control.  A skilled cosmetic surgeon with artistic sensibility can use the fine cannula and his or her detailed knowledge of human anatomy to literally sculpt the patient’s body. Fat is selectively removed, revealing the more attractive contours of the underlying muscle.

Liposculpture is performed as an outpatient procedure under IV sedation, with local anesthetic also administered to the specific areas to be treated. Recovery time is 6 to 8 weeks. Irregular healing may necessitate a touchup procedure within 3 to 6 months. In order to maintain their results, liposculpture patients must take care not to gain weight after the procedure. That’s why liposculpture is recommended only for women and men who are already in the habit of eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly.

Although many Scottsdale cosmetic surgeons and even non-specialists offer liposuction, few have the surgical skills and the artistic sense to match the liposculpture services offered at the Carlotti Center. The unique husband-and-wife team of Dr. Albert Carlotti and Dr. Michele-Cabret Carlotti are highly trained and highly experienced, and they bring an aesthetic sense to their practice that combines male and female viewpoints.  For a consultation about whether liposculpture is right for you, call The Carlotti Center for Cosmetic Surgery today at (480) 947-7700.

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