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What is Liposculpture?


Liposculpture is also known as Body Sculpting, Body Contouring, Lipo, Lipotherme, and Liposuction. Liposculpturing involves a more artistic approach to liposuction. This new liposuction technique gently and safely removes fat while minimizing the risk of skin irregularities and other more serious complications compared to the more conventional liposuction methods. Liposculpture is much less invasive than traditional liposuction and the results are just as permanent. Microsurgery techniques reshape problem areas of the body without significant trauma to the patient. As a result, there is minimal bruising and the tiny 1-2 mm scars are almost nonexistent after healing for most patients. New liposuction techniques utilize one or more of a broad array of technologies including laser, ultrasound, power-assisted micro-cannulas, or a combination of these techniques. Whether it's your thighs, love handles, abdomen, arms, legs, or chin/neck that need reduction, liposculpture may be the permanent solution that you have been seeking. Each area of the body can be tailored using the new liposuction techniques performed by our expert staff. Liposculpture is all we do! Have you been eager to take inches off your mid-section? How about having thinner looking thighs or a better shaped bottom? Our specialized techniques can significantly alter the appearance of your body with minimal discomfort. Our staff has performed more than 15,000 procedures and we are here and ready to put our experience and expertise to work today to make your life better.




What happens during your initial consultation?


During the consultation, we will discuss your health and surgical history, as well as your treatment goals. We will explain the different options available to you, the procedure itself, its risks and limitations, costs, and financing options.




How much pain is there?


Some procedures may be done under local anesthesia which minimizes the patient's discomfort and maximizes safety. Other procedures are best offered under IV sedation or general anesthesia. Please discuss these options with your surgeon.




What is the liposculpture recovery period like?


Most of the bruising and swelling should subside within three weeks. To speed the healing process and to reduce the likelihood of post-operative complications, our medical staff will advise you to begin light activity as soon as your surgeon feels it's safe. Some patients will be able to return to sedentary work within one or four days after a liposculpture procedure or other minor work. You should avoid strenuous activities for one to two weeks as your body heals, but within two to six weeks most patients should be able to resume all normal activities. It's important to continue wearing the compression garment, which should be easily hidden under your clothing, unless instructed to do otherwise by your surgeon.




What can I expect after liposculpture/liposuction surgery?


For a day or two, you can expect to feel tired, as though your body has been through a workout - and it has! The areas treated will be stiff and sore, and you may experience some discomfort, burning, swelling, bruising or temporary numbness. The tumescent solution often provides many hours of pain free comfort, and you will be provided with medication to relieve any residual discomfort following your procedure. You will be wearing a compression garment around the areas treated. This decreases swelling, helps mold the new shape, and provides support and comfort. Garments must be worn following the procedure for comfort and to improve results. Duration of garment wear varies on an individual basis and will be determined by our Liposculpture Specialist.




How long do liposculpture/liposuction results last?


The fat cells are permanently removed by liposculpture, so you will not 'regrow' new fat cells in that area. It is important to note however, that liposuction does not guarantee that you won't gain weight or accumulate fat deposits in other areas of your body. A healthy diet and continued exercise is recommended to maintain the best results.




Are there risks to having cosmetic surgery procedures?


Any surgical procedure carries risks, such as bleeding and a reaction to anesthesia. Some of the possible complications specific to liposuction include (the list seen below is not all inclusive):

  • Contour irregularities. Your skin might appear bumpy, wavy or withered due to uneven fat removal, poor skin elasticity and unusual healing. These changes might be permanent. Damage beneath the skin from the thin tube (cannula) that's used during liposuction might give the skin a permanent spotted appearance.
  • Fluid accumulation. Temporary pockets of fluid (seromas) can form under the skin. This fluid might need to be drained with a needle.
  • Numbness.You might feel temporary or permanent numbness in the affected area. Temporary nerve irritation also is possible.
  • Skin Scarring. All surgery leaves scars, some more visible than others. Although good wound healing after a surgical procedure is expected, abnormal scars may occur within the skin and deeper tissues. Scars may be unattractive and of different color than surrounding skin.
  • Skin Discoloration/Swelling. Skin discoloration, bruising, and swelling normally occurs following liposuction. The skin in or near the surgical site can appear either lighter or darker than surrounding skin. Although uncommon, swelling and skin discoloration may persist for long periods of time and, in rare situations, may be permanent.
  • Unsatisfactory Result. Although good results are expected, there is no guarantee or warranty expressed or implied, on the results that may be obtained. You may be disappointed with the results of liposuction surgery. Additional surgery may be required to attempt to improve results.
  • Infection. Skin infections are rare but possible. A severe skin infection might be life-threatening.
  • Internal puncture. Rarely, a cannula that penetrates too deeply might puncture an internal organ. This might require emergency surgical repair.
  • Fat embolism. Pieces of loosened fat might break away and become trapped in a blood vessel and gather in the lungs or travel to the brain. A fat embolism is a medical emergency.
  • Kidney and heart problems. Shifts in fluid levels as fluids are being injected and suctioned out can cause potentially life-threatening kidney and heart problems.
The risk of complications increases if you have certain medical conditions, taking certain medications, if you are of advanced age, or if your provider is working on larger surfaces of your body or doing multiple procedures during the same operation. Talk to your surgeon about how these risks apply to you.




What is an Arm Lift?


A Brachioplasty (Arm Lift) is used to address issues such as excessive loose skin or excessive fat in the arms when it does not respond well to excercise. Brachioplasty is a common procedure for patients who have experienced massive weight loss and has gained popularity since year 2000. More details about this procedure can be found here: Pacific Lipo Arm Lift




What is a Brazillian Butt Lift?


Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) surgery is a fat grafting process that imporves the fullness and shape of the buttocks using your own fat. Liposuction is performed in areas that have excess fat - typically the abdomen, love handles, and flanks - to both improve the waistline while adding fat to the buttocks. This maximizes the hourglass look! More details about this procedure can be found here: Pacific Lipo Brazillian Butt Lift




What is a Tummy Tuck?


An Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) is a cosmetic surgery procedure used to make the abdomen thinner and more firm. The surgery involves the removal of excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen in order to tighten the muscle and facia of the abdominal wall. This surgery is commonly sought by patients who have had loose or sagging tissue after pregnancy or weight loss. More details about this procedure can be found here: Pacific Lipo Tummy Tuck




Are breast implants safe?


Yes. breast implants are safe and FDA approved. In fact, hundreds of thousands of women have successful breast augmentations every year. But as with any medical device, breast implants carry of risk of compplications. In rare cases, they've been associated with highly treatable lymphomas or autoimmune sylptoms. In the event that a complication develops, do not hesitate to consult with your plastic surgeon.




What should I expect during my breast implant surgery?


You'll talk about your anesthesia and incision options with your plastic surgeon before surgery. On surgery day, once your anesthesia takes effect, your plastic surgeon will make an incision to create a space within your breast tissue for each implant. Your surgeon will pplace and position the implants depending on the type of implant, degree of enlargement, and your body type - either under the pectoral muscle of behind the breast tissue. He/she will close the incisions - usually with layered sutures in the breat tissue, in addition to sutures, skin adhesive, or surgical tape to close the skin. After your procedure, you should see instant results in your breast size and the incision will heal over time.





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