Dr. Pope specializes in liposuction, using techniques certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Below is a listing of various liposuction techniques being used today. Even though they are discussed here, Dr. Pope may not perform each of them due to various reasons. Call us today to discuss the safest, most effective liposuction surgery procedure for you.
Liposuction, involving the removal of fat from different parts of the body, is one of the well known cosmetic surgery procedures. Many techniques have been introduced since this surgery was first invented and liposuction procedures have become safer and more accurate now, giving better aesthetic results. Some of common liposuction procedures that have been used for body sculpting include:
- Dry Liposuction Procedure: Though rarely used now, this technique stems from the original suction-assisted lipectomy procedure. It involves the insertion of a standard cannula into the area to be treated, without injecting any fluid. The fat is broken up and is suctioned out of the body under very high levels of vacuum pressure. There are certain risks associated with dry liposuction because of which this technique is not used anymore. The common problems include trauma to the tissues, extensive blood loss, nerve damage and tissue death because the cannula can cut through the blood vessels that supply blood to the skin.
- Wet Liposuction Procedure: The wet liposuction technique added an infusion of fluid to the area that is to be suctioned. This helps in safer removal of fat. The solution that is injected is saline along with epinephrine, a drug that constricts the blood vessels and lidocaine, a topical anesthetic. The epinephrine decreases the amount of bleeding and the lidocaine increases the comfort for the patient. While using the wet technique, the surgeon uses lesser solution than the amount of fat being removed. If the super wet liposuction technique is used, the same amount of fluid is infused as the amount of fat to be removed.
- Tumescent Liposuction: The word ‘tumescent’ implies swollen and firm. The tumescent technique is one of the most common liposuction procedures used today. With this technique, a very large volume of dilute lidocaine and epinephrine drugs are injected into the subcutaneous fat and the targeted tissues become swollen and firm or tumescent. The tumescent liposuction technique provides local anesthesia to large volumes of subcutaneous fat, helping in safe liposuction totally by local anesthesia. It also eliminates the need for class IV narcotics and sedatives for the patient.
As per the condition of the patient, the surgeon uses appropriate combination of techniques for best results in fat removal. A shapelier, firmer and well sculpted figure can be easily noticed, few days after the liposuction surgery.
Pope Plastic Surgery offers state-of the-art facilities for different cosmetic surgery treatments including liposuction. Dr. George Pope is a board certified surgeon with over 20 years of experience in plastic surgeries and has been voted the best plastic surgeon for 2 years in a row in Orlando, Florida.