Frequently Asked Questions - Liposuction
Liposuction removes fat cells from one particular area (say saddle bags) permanently. The distribution of fat cells in our bodies was fixed at puberty. What we do with liposuction is alter this proportion. If you gain weight subsequently the fat is now distributed according to this new proportion. You don't develop new fat cells in different areas however.
It is a FDA-cleared medical device used for liposuction. It targets removal of fat tissue with minimizing the possible damage to connective tissue, nerves and blood vessels.
HydraSolve uses a non-cutting liposuction system with a patented technology called Tissue Liquefaction Technology (TLT) allowing the surgeon to specifically target the fat tissue to be removed.
TLT uses a combination of low temperature and low pressure applied in a titrated range to a natural saline solution. This saline stream is contained in the hollow metal surgical tube or cannula, to liquefy fat.
The openings on the cannula are rounder and smoother than those used in traditional liposuction. Combined with the low pressure of the saline stream, a slower, less traumatic back and forth motion is used which targets the fat tissues specifically. In traditional liposuction procedures, it is possible that the sharp edges of the cannulas can act like surgical blades when moved back and forth.
It is safe to use in all areas of the body where fat removal is targeted.
Yes, HydraSolve has been used to revise and correct any irregularities from previous liposuction procedures.
Since liposuction is used for aesthetic body contouring, it is typically not recommended as a treatment for those patients with serious medical disorders. Your medical background and conditions will be discussed in your initial consultation.
It is not a treatment for obesity or weight-loss, it is FDA-cleared for aesthetic body contouring only, like all liposuction devices. It is an elective cosmetic surgery procedure.
Every body has a fixed number of fat cells. In the case of weight gain, it is not an increase in fat cells, rather the existing fat cells expand in size. In liposuction, where fat tissue is removed, most of the fat cells will be eliminated, but not all. These fat cells can increase in size if you gain weight due to excess food intake and limited physical activity. Typically, however the increase will still be less than in untreated body areas.
Autologous Fat Transfer (AFT) is where the patient’s own excess fat once removed is re-injected in areas such as the lips, breasts, face or buttocks where fat may be deficient. This can be discussed in your initial consultation.
Yes, most commonly general anesthesia is used, although in some instances a local anesthesia may be used. The type of anesthesia used will be determined based on your needs and medical history.
HydraSolve is a less traumatic procedure since damage to surrounding tissues and nerves is minimized. Most patients can return to work in a few days and return to normal physical activities within 2 weeks. The peak aesthetic benefit usually occurs within 1 – 3 months.
Since all forms of liposuction, including HydraSolve are an elective cosmetic procedure, it will not be reimbursed by commercial insurance carriers or by government payors. Call our office to determine if financing this procedure is a possibility for your budget and needs.
HydraSolve will be somewhat more expensive than traditional liposuction since it uses advanced technology. Our office will help in determining the pricing for the results you want to achieve and based on your initial consultation.