Liposuction is a surgical cosmetic procedure that aims to remove excess unwanted fat by suction using special surgical equipment to improve body appearance and smooth irregular body shapes. This procedure is also known as surgical body contouring.
The plastic surgeon plays a great role in the success of the procedure, in addition, to ensuring your safety. The best plastic surgeon in liposuction should meet some standards.
Liposuction is a surgical procedure that might carry some risks or complications, so you must make a great effort to find the best plastic surgeon and the right facility to perform your procedure to ensure your safety and enjoy great results.
What is liposuction?
Liposuction is a surgical removal of excess body fats, to permanently get rid of stubborn subcutaneous fat. This cosmetic procedure is useful for contouring almost all body areas, even the sensitive areas. It might be applied to the upper arms, breasts, buttocks, hips, abdomen, thighs, under the chin, and the neck.
Is nonsurgical body contouring considered liposuction?
Actually, no, nonsurgical body contouring is a non-invasive tool for melting the subcutaneous fats, which the body will get rid of later via its metabolic processes. While surgical body contouring is an invasive procedure to remove body fats by suction, so they are not the same.
Non-surgical body contouring, despite being extremely safe, requires several sessions to notice the results which are not as powerful as surgical options. On the other hand, liposuction is associated with dramatic results after just one procedure, but it’s an invasive process that carries some risks, complications, and longer recovery.
What do people prefer?
The best plastic surgeon, Dr. Ali Gaber would help you to achieve the right decision. First of all, there is no cut-off answer, since there is no one technique that fits all. Simply according to your goals, your body’s general health, the amount of fats you need to remove, and your available budget, Dr. Ali Will tailor the best technique that fits all of these factors.
What kind of doctor can perform body contouring surgery?
Currently, body contouring procedures, especially the noninvasive or minimally invasive options, are performed by doctors of many specialties such as dermatologists, general surgeons, head and neck doctors, and gynecologists, etc.
But the question here is, are they really well-trained to perform such procedures safely? Are they able to determine the problem and deal with it in case there is any complication?
Unfortunately, the answer in most cases is likely no. That’s why qualified, highly skilled, experienced, and well-trained board-certified plastic surgeons are the only legally accredited ones to carry out body contouring.
Best plastic surgeon in liposuction
Keep in mind that body contouring as well as most plastic surgeries are elective surgical procedures where the plastic surgeon plays a great role in their success as well as your safety and the robustness of the results.
Dr. Ali Gaber, the expert and the plastic surgeon provides you with some standards that should be available in the surgeon you should select, search for the following while selecting a plastic surgeon;
The surgeon’s certifications
You might be confused by the medical official-sounding boards and certifications, but simply the best plastic surgeon should be certified with the following:
- Get a degree in medicine from an accredited medical school.
- Get a master’s degree in the plastic surgery field.
- American Board of Plastic Surgery certified, or any other officially accredited board.
- Complete at least six years of training in the general surgery field following medical school with at least three years of plastic surgery residency training.
- Complete continuing education in patient safety, and continuously updated techniques in plastic surgeries.
- Perform his surgeries in accredited surgical facilities.
The surgeon’s experiences
Roughly speaking, the best plastic surgeon experiences are measured by the following:
- Number of years working in the plastic surgery field.
- Number of successfully performed surgeries.
- The general satisfaction of his clients regarding the procedure, the used technique, safety, the results, and the facility.
The surgeon’s facility
Never depend on the choice of the best plastic surgeon only, it’s critical to choose the best facility as well, to control the risk of infections and other complications, and to ensure your safety.
Be sure that your surgeon performs his surgeries in an accredited facility that follows the latest patient safety and quality standards.
Tumescent body contouring (fluid injection)
This technique is the most common type of surgical body contouring. It involves injecting a calculated amount of a medical solution into the fatty area, to break down the fat cells before being removed by suction.
The quantity of this solution depends on the amount of fat that will be removed. This fluid is a mixture of a local anesthetic, a medicine that contracts the blood vessels, and a saline solution.
The local anesthesia numbs the area during and after the procedure, and in some procedures, it is the only anesthesia needed for the process, the medicine for blood vessel contraction helps blood loss, bruising, and swelling reduction, and finally, the IV saline cause fat cells destruction to be removed more easily.
This technique is similar to the tumescent technique. The difference is the amount of fluid injected during the surgery is equal to the amount of fat to be suctioned, unlike the tumescent technique, where the amount of fluid is three times the amount of fat to be removed.
The procedure of this technique takes less time, but it often requires general anesthesia.
Types of Liposuction
Surgical body contouring is performed by the best plastic surgeon via many techniques, all sharing the same idea, which is to loosen or melt the fat layers into a simpler form to be easily suctioned outside the body through a thin tube called a cannula, linked with a vacuum device.
Ultrasound-assisted body contouring
In this technique, ultrasonic vibrations are used to turn fat cells into a liquid form, to be easily vacuumed out.
The ultrasonic vibrations are applied either externally (above the skin surface via a special emitter) or internally (below the skin surface via a small, heated cannula).
This technique is either used alone or together with the tumescent, it possesses a high ability and high precision to remove fat from dense, fibrous body areas such as the upper back or male breast tissue.
Laser-assisted body contouring
The laser energy is used in this technique to liquefy fat cells before being vacuumed outside the body through small tubes.
Since the tube (cannula) used during this technique is smaller than the ones used in the other traditional techniques, the best plastic surgeon prefers using it for precise areas such as the chin and face, in addition, the energy emitted from the laser stimulates collagen production. This is an additional benefit of this technique which prevents skin sag after the procedure, since collagen is the protein that maintains skin structure.