With a range of body contouring techniques available in the modern cosmetic surgery market, it can be difficult to choose the right method to meet your needs. When it comes to liposuction, two of the most popular techniques are traditional liposuction and laser-assisted liposuction. There are some major differences between the two, and knowing the details can help you decide on the best liposuction method for you.
Traditional liposuction is also known as tumescent liposuction. This is the oldest and most widely practiced method of permanent fat reduction. The procedure requires small incisions in the treatment area, through which your surgeon injects tumescent fluid. This fluid loosens fat cells, which are suctioned out through a hollow tube called a cannula.
Smartlipo™, or laser-assisted liposuction, is similar to tumescent liposuction in the sense that fat cells are permanently removed. However, Smartlipo™ uses laser technology to melt fat cells for easy removal rather than loosening them with a tumescent fluid solution.
The Importance of Surgical Skill
Your body contouring results are determined by the skill of your surgeon much more than the exact technique used. Traditional liposuction remains the most popular type of lipo and can be especially helpful when treating larger areas. Smartlipo™, on the other hand, may provide better precision when it comes to sculpting smaller parts of the body.
However, keep in mind that the shaping process itself is what creates your results, not the method of fat removal. Sculpting different parts of the body requires experience, attention to detail and sensitivity to the human form, which are all must-have qualities your cosmetic surgeon should possess in order for you to see the best results.