Liposculpture continues to reign over all plastic surgery procedures, particularly in the Mediterranean countries, where “thigh fat” in women and a “pot belly” in men are very common. Liposuction and liposculpture are two similar techniques that vary as to indications. Liposculpture refers to the transfer of fat from one body part to the other, where lipodystrophy or premature absorption exist. We are able to take fat from the abdomen or thighs and, following a special process, place the fat in nasomalar grooves, or even use the fat for thigh lift or the enhancement of natural body curves, such as e.g. lately, breast augmentation. On the other hand, liposuction includes fat removal from areas with excess fat concentration. These two techniques may be combined and performed either simultaneously during the same surgery or separately.
In “Athens-Beverly- Hills Plastic Surgery” we apply one of the newest techniques used around the world, the radiowave-assisted liposuction. This is an INVASIX device that uses special frequencies which, further to classic liposuction, allow simultaneous firming of the targeted areas. The action mechanism is based on the heat produced by radiofrequencies and achieves smooth fat liquidation and vasoconstriction at the same time. This minimizes post-operative oedema and ecchymosis while simultaneously irritating fibroblasts and firming the targeted area. Thus, one of the biggest problems in liposuction is solved: the “sagging” or laxity of the areas from where large quantities of adipose tissue are removed. This procedure also deals with the waves often created through regular liposuction. Surgery is performed under local anaesthesia and the patient may return home on the same day. His or her only obligation is to wear a thin compression garment for 3-4 weeks, which is almost invisible underneath clothes. Results are visible from the first week while firming and fibroblasts production continues for up to six months after surgery.
With modern atraumatic techniques, surgery takes place under local anaesthesia and the patient may resume his daily activities without dealing with obvious ecchymosis and swelling.
ΗLiposuction is performed based on the advanced tumescent technique and the right technical equipment (very thin cannulas, advanced body – jet equipment, etc), is used causing minor tissue trauma, thus allowing for a painless procedure and minimum post-operative pain.
If all rules of the liposuction technique are strictly adhered to with the use of local anaesthesia (advanced tumescent technique), both during as well as after surgery) we are able to remove up to 10 litres of fat from the patient during a single procedure. What matters most is the plastic surgeon’s experience and the post-operative follow-up at the hospital.
Developments in medical technology allow plastic surgeons to avoid the use of general anaesthesia in any liposuction case, regardless of the targeted area of the body and the volume of fat to be removed.
INVASIX is the most modern and advanced liposuction technology that uses radiofrequencies to target very specific area where fat is homogenised and liquefied. At the same time, the thermal energy produced by radiofrequencies causes the stimulation and induction of fibroblasts resulting to greater firming of the targeted areas. Simultaneous vasoconstriction greatly reduces post-operative oedema and possible ecchymosis and bruising observed following the regular technique. Moreover, through liquidation and homogenisation of the adipose tissue we achieve a smoother surface without any wave or cavity formations that were often when regular liposuction was used. The results of the new technique are so exceptional that we now use this method with great accuracy in the abdomen, inner and outer thighs, knees and arms while we have been also very successful in treating the chin area (double chin) and eyelids.
No. Liposuction is a method for correcting the shape of the body, particularly areas with stubborn fat, such as the sides of the abdomen, outer thighs (thigh fat), inner thighs, knees, etc.
Liposuction can be safely performed on the neck, arms, back, abdomen, thighs and legs. Restrictions may apply only in relation to the experience of the plastic surgeon, the available equipment and specific health conditions of the patient.
The result of the procedure is visible even from the first day after liposuction. However, the final result is visible one month after the procedure, when swelling will have gradually subsided. On the other hand, INVASIX allows for fibroblasts production and firming up to 6 months after surgery.
The human body is unable to produce new adipose cells after adolescence. Therefore, when adipose cells are removed from a certain area of the body, they are not replaced by new ones. This means that, after liposuction, the result on the body contour will be permanent, given that the patient’s weight will fluctuate reasonably by three to four kilos.
It is usually combined with breast augmentation or mini-abdominoplasty. However, this always depends on the extent of the surface on which liposuction will be performed and the patient’s overall condition.
When necessary, adipose cells that come from the suctioned adipose tissue may be submitted to appropriate process and then used in many areas of the body for treating wrinkles (face), skin defects (cellulite, atrophic scars), increasing the volume of selected areas (cheekbones, chin, buttocks, calves etc). Breast augmentation with the use of adipose cells from other areas of the body is currently in an experimental stage, due to potential risks to the health of the patient. Transferred adipose cells also play the role of stem cells with excellent results in the targeted area.
These are two similar procedures, the only difference being that the term liposculpture is used in cases where liposuction is combined with fat implant or transfer from an area with excess fat to an area that lacks fat.
A patient may undergo liposuction from adolescence up to the age of 65. Restrictions may only be related to specific health problems that the patient may be facing as well as pure skin quality of the patient. In general, best results are achieved on younger patients where skin elasticity is not affected by time.
Usually the patient is only required to remain at the hospital for a few hours after surgery unless the doctor deems otherwise.