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Different Types of Liposuction Procedures

Updated on May 31, 2013

Introduction to This Online Liposuction Guide

This online liposuction guide makes a lot of sense for several reasons. For one, there are a lot of questions about liposuction, and having only web pages that are pitching the actual procedures probably doesn't leave consumers with the most balanced or even-keel of information. The second is that this is a subject that has caught my "need to know everything ADD" and since I have several hubs about very specific types of liposuction, it only makes sense to set up a guide that links to all of them. This way readers can get basic information on any of these procedures, and click through to a lot more information if there's one on this page they find particularly interesting. While this hub will continue to grow and expand over time, most of the information here is not based on traditional liposuction, which seems to be going the way of the dodo, but on non invasive liposuction procedures.

Liposuction Photographs

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Great comic you can find on Flickr bringing up very nontraditional lipo.Measuring the waist.Old school look at measuring the waist.One more of the measurements that suggest unhappiness with appearance.
Great comic you can find on Flickr bringing up very nontraditional lipo.
Great comic you can find on Flickr bringing up very nontraditional lipo.
Measuring the waist.
Measuring the waist.
Old school look at measuring the waist.
Old school look at measuring the waist.
One more of the measurements that suggest unhappiness with appearance.
One more of the measurements that suggest unhappiness with appearance.

Costs of Liposuction

Costs of liposuction can vary greatly depending on what the specific procedure is that's being undertaken, who the professional plastic surgeon is, and the location of where the cosmetic surgery is being performed at.  Because of this, it's hard to come up with exact prices for any given cosmetic treatment.  In addition to this, traditional liposuction surgeries are going to cost more than the more recent methods that are less invasive and require less anesthesia and recovery time.

With many of the more modern methods like Vaser Liposuction, Smart Liposuction, or Ultrasonic Liposuction prices will fall from $1,500 on the cheapest end, up to $15,000 on the higher end.  Obviously there are a lot of factors that can change what lipo is going to cost you, although the majority of procedures should fall in the $2500-$8000 range.  You can check out this hub for more on specific cosmetic surgery costs.

Non Surgical Liposuction

Non surgical liposuction is a general umbrella term given to low impact liposuction that doesn't require a patient to be put out with anesthesia while the cosmetic process is being done.  These cosmetic procedures can vary from sound based treatments like ultrasonic and Vaser to laser based non surgical liposuction like smart lipo.  The title can be a little bit misleading, however.  Even with the cosmetic practices that are labeled as "not surgical," there is a degree of incision and surgery involved, but the level of invasiveness is far less than the older methods.

Because of many advantages that generally include cheaper rates, quicker recovery times, and less side effects, it is probably only a matter of time before all the plastic surgery options that are currently referred to as "non surgical" simply become plain old "liposuction."  But until then, anyone looking at cosmetic surgery should definitely check out the less invasive operations.

Liposuction Information from Amazon

Ultrasonic Liposuction

Ultrasonic Liposuction is a very specific type of plastic surgery that involves a localized anesthesia and the use of a gel that reacts to ultrasonic sound waves.  The gel is injected into fat cells in the area being treated, and then the sound causes the gel to move, tearing up the fat cells with very little pain or discomfort and allowing the body to flush them out naturally.  While this particular form of lipo came under some scrutiny early on, modern machines and advances in the technology used make this particular form of liposuction as safe as any other - although old machinery should be avoided in the realm of "just in case."

Check out the more detailed hub on ultrasonic liposuction for specific information on this procedure and on the important differences between internal ultrasonic liposuction and external ultrasonic liposuction.

Entertainment Tonight Vaser Liposuction Video

Vaser Liposuction

Vaser Liposuction is actually a relatively new cosmetic surgery that is rapidly gaining in popularity for a variety of reasons.  Even though it has only been available for roughly a decade, Vaser is a form of ultrasonic liposuction that is about as non-invasive as you can possibly get with a procedure like this.  The patient is actually even awake during the procedure, since a localized anesthesia numbs an entire area while ultrasound is used in order to break up and flush out the fat with very little effect at all on the surrounding tissues around the treated area.  Because of this vaser liposuction is renowned for having very few side effects, great results, and being relatively affordable with other forms of cosmetic surgery - it's not out of the question to think that this particular form of non surgical liposuction will eventually become the most popular choice of all.

Fox News Report on Smart Liposuction

Smart Liposuction Introduction

When consumers speak about "smart liposuction," it can be really difficult to figure out exactly what the individual consumer is talking about.  There is a very specific cosmetic surgery that is trademarked as SMART liposuction, but the majority of people are probably talking about regular laser liposuction, which is often referred to as smart liposuction because of the use of a "smart laser."  Laser lipo is an increasingly popular plastic surgery in large part because it is generally low impact, and the laser "melts" the fat away so the body can just flush it out.  This low impact procedure is a popular alternative to ultrasonic liposuction, as well as the more traditional forms of plastic surgery.

Facial Liposuction

There are several different methods of liposuction that can be used for facial liposuction.  Tumescent, Vaser, and Ultrasonic methods can all be used to remove fat cells from the neck, jowls, and chin.  While the "facial" description can be a bit misleading, this procedure does not directly affect the face, but the areas around the face.  This is an umbrella term for the chin, neck, and jowls and for the removal of fat cells from those areas.  This is often a less expensive part of the body to work on, seeing as how there is a smaller area that needs to be worked on.  Obviously prices will vary depending on procedure to procedure and place to place, but there are always plenty of options - especially depending on what type of liposuction method the patient chooses to pay for.  While this might not be the right cosmetic surgery for some people, for others this might be the touch up, or sculpting, solution that they're looking for. 

Tumescent Liposuction Video

Tumescent Liposcution

Tumescent liposuction is a low impact form of liposuction, sometimes even referred to as "non-surgical liposuction." This is a method of cosmetic surgery where a tumescent liquid composed of various proteins, vitamins, chemicals, medicines, and other medical cocktail ingredients is injected into the deposits of fat before treatment. This liquid is then used to "melt" away excess fat in those areas and to sculpt that part of the body as the patient desires.

"Tumescent" can be thought of as somewhat of an umbrella  term for various low impact liposuction procedures. Many different types of cosmetic surgery will fall under this category as the shift towards less invasive and less surgical procedures continues.

Liposuction for Men

Liposuction specifically designed for men, also called male liposuction procedures, are a type of cosmetic surgery designed to remove unsightly fat from parts of the male body that can be hard to sculpt even through good diet and exercise. This type of cosmetic surgery often costs more than with a female because men's fat tends to be different and harder to work with than women's fat, and the resulting extra time and work results in higher prices. The most requested liposuction procedures by men often involve the abdomen, male breasts, jowls, and the buttocks. Prices differ from state to state and by the level of ability of each professional, so while there are general outlines, always check in person to get the full story on liposuction procedure pricing.

Knee Liposuction

While this particular type of lipo isn't nearly as popular as others, there are various knee liposuction procedures which can be used in order to remove excess fat from around the knees to help redefine the legs and take away the sagging appearance that sometimes is present.  This is an uncommon procedure, but one that is becoming more and more popular as new techniques help to tone the body with less invasive damage that traditional liposuction surgery.  Knee liposuction can be expensive, which is part of the reason why it hasn't caught on like some of the other cosmetic procedures.  Still, for people looking to re-tone their legs or get some saggy fat away from the knees, knee liposuction could be a good way to go.

Online Liposuction Guide, In Conclusion

There are a lot of different types of liposuction around, and this guide will continue to expand as more information is gathered, more hubs are built around more specific plastic surgery topics, and the technology and procedures change.  I hope that this online guide has produced a lot of information that is helpful to people looking for information on modern liposuction procedures.

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      9 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

      I would like to know more about Vaser lipo. They sound more like military planes than procedures; Vaser, Smart, Laser etc.


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