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Liposuction Vs. External Laser Body Sculpting
July 18
20:13 2016

Surgical And Non-Surgical Solutions For Stubborn Fat

Some fat seems impossible to lose. Despite exercise and dieting, it is difficult to shed naturally. Fortunately, there are both surgical and non-surgical fat sculpting procedures that help reshape and slim problem areas, which for women commonly includes the thighs, stomach, hips, buttocks and upper arms.

“Both liposuction and the i-LipoXcell technology reduce the layer of padding located immediately beneath the skin, which may result in a loss of one to five inches in most treated patients,” said Dr. Jon Perlman, a plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills, California. “Additional areas of treatment can include the back and the bra strap area as well as in front of the underarms, where many women store bulges of fat.”

Both can also be performed on multiple other areas of the body such as the trunk, knees and the upper neck. The difference between liposuction and laser body sculpting lies in the technology.

Traditional liposuction removes excess fat deposits beneath the skin (subcutaneous fat) through a hollow, stainless steel tube called a cannula inserted beneath the skin. This makes it “very unlikely that fat can return and be stored in the treated area,” said Dr. Perlman.

Liposuction Vs. External Laser Body Sculpting

Liposuction Vs. External Laser Body Sculpting

For someone who wants to avoid surgery, i-LipoXcell treatment is a non-invasive alternative to liposuction that uses safe low-power laser treatment to stimulate the body’s natural fat-burning process and release of fat stores. The fat cells release their stored contents as free fatty acids that are then redistributed by the lymphatic system and metabolized by the body. Results are enhanced by exercise in the first 2-3 hours after each treatment.

“This replicates the process that occurs naturally when someone is running or exercising and in need of energy,” Dr. Perlman explained. The i-LipoXcell treatment “will reduce the fatty layer of padding beneath the skin, though somewhat less dramatically than liposuction itself,” he continued.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), 200,000 liposuction procedures were performed in 2013, and these can be conducted in conjunction with other facial and body procedures like a facelift, breast reduction and tummy tuck. After traditional liposuction surgery, patients can expect to see a difference in the following weeks as the swelling resolves.

“The most dramatic improvement is seen between two to six weeks after the procedure and the final result seen three to six months after surgery,” said Dr. Perlman.

i-LipoXcell, on the other hand, involves a series of twice or three times weekly treatments with most patients noting results after three to four sessions.

Liposuction Vs. External Laser Body Sculpting

Liposuction Vs. External Laser Body Sculpting

“It is a procedure that can simulate some of the benefits of [traditional] liposuction surgery without the pain and recovery involved,” said Dr. Perlman.

However, it should be seen as an additional way to lose inches. Dr. Perlman said in order to extend the benefits of i-LipoXcell, patients should maintain a healthy lifestyle, focusing on both diet and exercise. He also noted that proper hydration during treatment is beneficial.

Typically, six to 10 i-LipoXcell treatments are recommended for patients to obtain maximal results. Dr. Perlman said the procedure requires two 10-minute low power diode laser sessions, followed by a vacuum massage, which redistributes and metabolizes the fatty acids that have been released. This adds an extra 10-15 minutes to the procedure. The amount of inch loss depends on the thickness of the subcutaneous fat in the treated areas.

“These patients must also understand that they will not lose all of their fat layer, but will nonetheless lose inches from the reduction of the fat padding,” Dr. Perlman explained.

According to the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons (CSPS), some possible complications of traditional liposuction are temporary skin numbness (though it could persist), skin discoloration of the treated area, infection, bleeding and reaction to anesthesia.

Dr. Perlman said patients can expect mild swelling, minimal bruising and restricted physical activity for around two weeks. He advised avoiding the use of blood thinners to reduce post-procedure bruising, and stated that liposuction “has some risk of causing dimpling or waviness and does not significantly tighten the skin after fat removal.” The CSPS notes that patients may have to wear a compression garment for the first several days after surgery so that “the tissue can ‘learn’ its new shape.” i-LipoXcell, on the other hand, is painless, and because of this, requires no downtime or recovery, according to Dr. Perlman.

“It is a procedure that can simulate some of the benefits of liposuction surgery without the pain and recovery involved.” While both liposuction and i-LipoXcell are helpful ways to lose inches, they are not substitutes for a healthy lifestyle.

“Liposuction or treatment with i-LipoXcell is not the answer to poor eating habits and excess weight,” Dr. Perlman explained.“For patients losing fat with either technique, it is important to change one’s mindset regarding healthy diet and maintenance of a reasonable exercise regimen. Sculpting the body is important but should not be the patient’s only concern. Good cardiovascular health, avoidance of smoking and excessive drinking are important for well-being.”

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