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The Difference Between Liposuction and SlimLipo

woman on the beach after liposuctionLiposuction is the second leading plastic surgery procedure in America, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. As new techniques continue to advance, our patients in West Virginia have more options than ever when it comes to finding an ideal fat-elimination surgery. When most people think of liposuction, they think of the traditional tumescent method. However, SlimLipo is growing more and more popular.

While the ultimate goal is the same – to eliminate stubborn pockets of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise – tumescent liposuction and SlimLipo differ in three fundamental ways.

1 –Tumescent Liposuction and SlimLipo Procedures

Both SlimLipo and tumescent liposuction contour your frame by using a small instrument called a cannula to suction out unwanted fat cells. The tumescent liposuction process involves the injection of a lidocaine and epinephrine formula which causes your fat cells to swell and firm up. This makes it easier to isolate and remove the fat cells through the cannula. The SlimLipo process, on the other hand, uses a special cannula that contains a small laser fiber inside. This heats your fat cells and skin tissue, liquefying the fat. When the fat cells are softened, they are easier to remove and the procedure results in significantly less bruising.

2 –Tightening of Loose Skin

Liposuction can effectively eliminate stubborn pockets of fat from virtually any part of your body. When fat is removed from areas such as the abdomen, thighs, upper arms or “love handles’, patients are sometimes left with loose skin in those target regions. This occurs particularly with older patients or women who have completed pregnancy. A major benefit of the SlimLipo procedure over traditional tumescent liposuctions is that the laser energy used to heat and liquefy fat cells simultaneously tightens the skin.

3 – Recovery from Liposuction

Recovering from traditional tumescent liposuction takes longer than recovering from SlimLipo. Tumescent liposuction recovery requires you to wear a compression garment for up to six weeks to address bruising and swelling. Patients must also refrain from certain activities like exercise to ensure a proper recovery. In contrast, SlimLipo recovery is much faster, sometimes in as little as a few days. SlimLipo leaves less bruising and patients are only required to wear compression garments for about a week. Smart Lipo can be performed without general anesthesia, requires shorter incisions, and has less risk of infection.

Which Type of Liposuction Is Right for Me?

Both tumescent liposuction and SlimLipo are highly effective methods for removing stubborn fat and helping you achieve a toned, sculpted figure. The method that is best suited for your goals, lifestyle and budget will be discussed during your personal consultation with our experienced cosmetic surgeon, Dr. James Paine, Jr. Dr. Paine is triple board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, American Board of Cosmetic Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology. During your free initial consultation, he will work closely with you to understand your goals, evaluate your liposuction candidacy and recommend the method that is right for you.

Schedule Your Liposuction Consultation Today

If you live in Beckley or other nearby community in West Virginia and you’re considering tumescent liposuction or SlimLipo, please contact Mountain State ENT & Aesthetics online or at (304) 255-2341 to schedule a complimentary consultation. We look forward to hearing from you and discussing your options.