Fatty deposits can develop anywhere on the body and, when they do, can cause an extraordinary amount of frustration. In our Manhattan office, patients have the opportunity to bid farewell to frustrating fat in areas where fat cells shouldn’t accumulate. Small volume liposuction is one of our specialties that can lead to a profound improvement in self-confidence.
What is Small Volume Liposuction?
Small volume liposuction may also be referred to as liposculpture. This liposuction technique focuses on smaller areas of the body, such as the chin or backs of the arms; areas in which excess fat can create an illusory effect of all-over fat.
Ideal Candidates for Liposuction
Healthy, non-smoking adults with realistic expectations are the best candidates for liposuction. Studies also suggest that the happiest liposuction patients are those who generally like their body before their procedure but wish to refine certain areas in order to align their appearance with their self-image. Any degree of liposuction should be sought for personal reasons, as individual results may vary.
What Areas of the Body Can Be Liposuctioned?
Liposuction is routinely performed on numerous areas of the body, including the:
- Chin and neck
- Backs of the arms
- Back bra area
- Side bra area (armpit)
Can Overweight Individuals Receive Liposuction?
Liposuction is not a procedure that is currently advisable for overweight individuals. There is a term called high-volume liposuction that describes fat-reduction procedures involving larger volumes of fat. However, this technique is generally performed on individuals who have lost a substantial amount of weight and who may also be a good candidate for a body lift.
Dr. Lao performs low volume liposuction, a more conservative surgery that extracts small, localized fatty deposits for a more refined shape.
The Liposuction Procedure
Dr. Lao performs conservative liposuction in our Manhattan office utilizing a local anesthetic and mild oral sedative. After injecting the anesthetic into the treatment area, a tiny incision is made. A cannula is inserted through the incision and is gently moved back and forth while consistent suction occurs. Fat cells are extracted through the cannula into a storage reservoir. After the desired amount of fat has been removed, a stitch may be placed to close the incision.
Can the Fat Be Transferred to Other Parts of the Body?
Fat can be liposuctioned from one area of the body and injected elsewhere, yes. We are proud to offer patients fat transfer for facial rejuvenation. This process takes the small volume of fat extracted from a donor site, processes the extracted fluid to separate out usable cells from general fluid and blood product, and injects live cells into areas such as the cheeks, lips, or tear troughs. Many people are choosing fat transfer over dermal fillers today to achieve permanent results.
Can I Have Multiple Areas Liposuctioned at Once?
Small volume liposuction may be conducted on multiple areas in a single procedure in healthy patients. A thorough consultation is necessary to determine the overall amount of fat that would be removed across all desired areas. In some cases, fat-removal may need to be conducted in a series of appointments to maintain our high standard of safety.
Risks of Small Volume Lipo
The fact that small volume liposuction procedure takes place without general anesthesia reduces the risks of surgery to infection, poor healing, asymmetry, and numbness. All surgical procedures carry risk, which is why it is crucial to choose a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. William Lao to conduct your procedure.
Recovery After Liposuction
Swelling and bruising are common side effects after liposuction. Depending on the area treated, a patient may want to take a week off to fully recover. Areas that are less noticeable, such as the back, knees, or backs of the arms, may be more easily disguised for a return to work and social activities. Mild tenderness or soreness may be experienced but should be manageable with either prescription or over-the-counter pain medication. Most patients who undergo small volume liposuction can return to work within one week of their procedure.
Maintaining Results after Small Volume Liposuction
The body does not grow new fat cells. Therefore, after liposuction, the primary risk for recurrence is that weight gain will cause fat cells to expand. The best way to maintain results after small volume liposuction is to eat a well-balanced diet of whole foods, avoiding processed foods of all kinds, and exercising several days a week. There is no need to try and “spot tone” the area treated to prevent future fat expansion.