Advances in Liposuction Techniques Mean More Options for Patients

liposuction-promoIn 2011, liposuction was the top cosmetic procedure in the United States, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Why the rise in popularity? Experts say new techniques for performing liposuction mean lower cost, less risk and shorter downtime – factors that make it more appealing to a growing number of patients.

Smartlipo™was the first laser approved by the FDA to dissolve and remove fat with liposuction. This laser technology helps reduce the blood loss and tissue damage that is experienced with regular liposuction, which in turn means less swelling and bruising. The laser produces a burst of energy as it enters the fatty tissue and dissolves the fat which will then be removed by suctioning. The fat is melted without excessive heating to the tissue.

Another newer technology, VASER Lipo® uses ultrasound energy to break up fat cells. Both Smartlipo and VASER Lipo liquefy the fat cells, breaking them up so that the fat can be extracted through much smaller tubes, called cannulas. This means that the end result of liposuction is much less “bumpy” than used to be seen with traditional liposuction. What’s more, Smartlipo and VASER are both performed using local anesthesia. This has a number of advantages. Recovery time is much quicker than with general anesthesia, and local anesthesia means that there are none of the safety risks associated with general anesthesia. Perhaps best of all, the patient is awake with Smartlipo and VASER. Patients can be moved, and can even stand up for repositioning; they can also provide feedback.

While the tools for performing liposuction have improved, so have the body contouring techniques. One highly-specialized approach is called Hi Def Liposuction. This method sculpts the patient’s body for attractive and natural-looking results, essentially creating a more toned appearance. For instance, some patients don’t just want a flat tummy, they want a tummy that’s trim and looks athletic. Hi Def Liposuction can bevery effective for achieving this type of result.

Fat transfer procedures have also risen in popularity in recent years, in large measure due to the improvements in liposuction techniques. Patients can literally have fat removed from a less desirable area of their body by liposuction and transferred to an area that they would like to enhance.

One popular choice for fat transfer is the Brazilian Butt Augmentation. A patient’s own fat can be used to create more rounded buttocks. Many consider this all-natural technique to be a great improvement over synthetic implants which require a more difficult and costly procedure. With a Brazilian Butt Augmentation, a patient has the benefit of contouring one area, such as the abdomen or thighs, while enhancing the buttocks.

Today there are more choices than ever for women and men seeking to contour their bodies with the assistance of liposuction. When performed by a skilled an experienced professional, the results can be dramatic and even help to improve self-esteem and confidence. Experts recommend a personal consultation to determine what procedures might be right for you.

Denver’s own Dr. Oscar A. Aguirre offers state-of-the art liposuction procedures, including Hi Def Liposuction and the Brazilian Butt Augmentation, and much more. For more information, visit