Traditional liposuction methods can offer patients the chance to have the body they’ve always wanted. By eliminating bulges and pockets of fat from various spots on the body, liposuction can refine a patient’s body contour and achieve a sleeker look. While it’s a fantastic way to trim away this extra fat from the body, liposuction does not offer a way to shrink the loose, lax skin back to what it once was. Many patients are disappointed to find that their liposuction results are obscured by the sagging skin left behind. While there are steps you can take to reduce this excess-skin problem, there are also newer and improved versions of liposuction that can do it all.
The Traditional Liposuction Procedure and Your Skin
In its decades of application for fat removal from the human body, traditional liposuction hasn’t changed much in a fundamental sense. It does not provide the skin excision of a tummy tuck or a body lift surgery, but it can do incredible work when it comes to smoothing out areas of clumpy, unwanted fat. Liposuction is often added on to other procedures as a way to refine the patient’s results and create the ideal body contour. Liposuction is typically used to remove fatty cells permanently from areas like the abdomen, thighs, arms, buttocks, hips, and more.
Following a traditional liposuction, the skin left behind can leave many patients disappointed. When the body gains weight, the fat cells grow and the skin stretches to accommodate the new body size. As we age, the elastic properties of skin begin to breakdown so it’s less likely to “bounce back” to its old look. If you have healthy skin with a good amount of elasticity, this will be less of a problem following a traditional liposuction procedure.
SmartLipo Triplex and Your Skin
Through the use of laser energy, SmartLipo Triplex puts a new, modern spin on the traditional liposuction technique. Rather than manipulating the cannula to break apart fat cells and suction them out, SmartLipo uses this laser energy to liquefy the cells before sucking them out of the body permanently. The results often show less trauma to the treatment area, which means a slightly easier recovery, and more refined results because of the precision allowed by the laser. SmartLipo Triplex is recommended for prospective patients who already have a good skin tone, although the laser energy provides an extra skin-tightening bonus. By taking the procedure one step further, SmartLipo’s results are often sleeker and more refined than those of traditional methods.
CoolSculpting and Your Skin
With CoolSculpting, the basic idea of fat removal is at play but with one major difference: this procedure is entirely nonsurgical. During a CoolSculpting treatment, a specialized machine pulls the skin of the treatment area up and in between two intense cooling panels. This cold treatment shocks the fat cells to freeze without harming surrounding body tissue or even the skin touching the panels. This process is called Cryolipolysis and it has been designed to target these fat cells with a specialized temperature setting. After they freeze, the fat cells die and are broken down by the body, eventually to be flushed out. The procedure works best on isolated areas of fat and takes several weeks to fully reveal your results. Recovery time is minimal and most patients return to work, school, and their daily activities within the same afternoon.
CoolSculpting is a relatively new procedure that has slowly been making its way into plastic surgery clinics across the United States. Initial findings have shown that the results, although slower than surgical liposuction, are long-lasting if not permanent, with proper diet and exercise. Further, some isolated studies have shown that the Cryolipolysis technique can help to tighten the surrounding skin as well. In the future, as more is learned about this revolutionary procedure, we may discover that it too cuts out the extra step of surgical skin excision by boosting elastin production.
How to Improve Skin Elasticity
Removing even small pockets of fat from the back of the knee can leave behind stretched-out skin if you don’t have a lot of elasticity. Even if you’re choosing one of the latest liposuction techniques with skin-tightening effects, you don’t want to sit around doing nothing, relying on the technology. Get even better results if you take steps towards better skin health, improved elasticity, and better overall skin tone. The good news is that there are plenty of ways to boost your skin’s production of essential elastin and collagen, the best way to increase skin health and elasticity. Follow these basic steps to create the perfect plan to reclaim some of your skin laxity and get the overall results you want.
- Keep yourself hydrated by drinking about six to eight glasses of water every day. This replenishes the skin’s elastin, boosting higher levels of production over time.
- Exercise regularly to get an extra edge on your elastin production and make some collagen too.
- Maintain a healthy diet rich in vitamins, nutrients, and minerals to keep your body in optimum overall health.
- Care for your skin externally too. You should cleanse and moisturize your skin on your face and body regularly to keep dead skin cells from building up on top of the dermis. Add clinical skincare treatments as needed to keep your skin as healthy and happy as possible.
Start Planning the Right Liposuction Treatment for You
If you’re tired of that excess fat and you want it gone, it’s time to think about one of the many liposuction treatments available today. Whether it’s SmartLipo or CoolSculpting, meet with Dr. Rubinstein to plan your procedure. During your consultation, he will be able to project his expected results from your procedure with a revolutionary new technology. The VECTRA 3D Imaging system allows the surgeons at Laser & Cosmetic Surgery Specialists to modify a 3D photo of you with your planned surgical changes. This helpful tool provides the ultimate way to really seewhere and how liposuction can make a difference for your body contour.
Learn more about the many benefits of the SmartLipo and CoolSculpting liposuction techniques today.Contact Laser & Cosmetic Surgery Specialists, where Dr. Ran Rubinstein can help you to achieve the surgical results you desire.
Renowned facial plastic surgeon Dr. Ran Rubinstein at Laser & Cosmetic Surgery Specialists of Newburgh, New York. Laser & Cosmetic Surgery Specialists is the only specialty plastic surgery practice in the Hudson Valley area with an on-site joint commission certified surgical suite. To contact Dr. Rubinstein, please call 845-863-1772. Laser & Cosmetic Surgery Specialists is located at 200 Stony Brook Court #2 in Newburgh, New York.