People exploring options for shedding stubborn fat deposits and improving their body contour very commonly come across references to “liposuction,” or “lipo.” But what exactly does this term mean and how can one determine which version of the procedure will yield the best results?
According to Dr. Wade Banker of Luxe Laser Vein & Body Center, “liposuction” is a general term that simply refers to fat being physically removed from the body. “There are a few different ways to achieve this,” he says. “One is traditional lipo, in which the doctor makes a small incision and uses a long, thin device called a cannula to cut and suction out the fat. From that one small incision, the doctor can reach a fairly wide area underneath the skin, using the other hand to feel where the cannula is located.”
Dr. Banker further explains that, while liposuction has been around for many years, recent changes have improved the procedure significantly. One of these noteworthy changes was the advent of assisted liposuction, which involves the application of heat in some form to the fat cells before suctioning them out. Because the fat is melted before removal, assisted lipo causes much less trauma to the body and yields a smoother contour after the procedure.
Which form of assisted lipo does Dr. Banker prefer? “We’ve tried them all, and we’ve found that laser-assisted lipo produces the best results. With laser-assisted lipo, you have a finer point of heat so you can do finer work and create a very specific contour. Also, it can be used in very small areas while being the most effective way to remove large areas of fat. Smart Lipo is the gold standard for laser-assisted lipo, and that’s the procedure we use here at Luxe Laser,” he says.
Another major leap forward in liposuction technology was the introduction of the PowerX device, which is a cannula attached to a handle that rotates and vibrates. This cutting-edge device allows the physician to remove fat in a very precise pattern, which significantly improves patient recovery times and produces superior results. “The absolute best way to remove fat is to use a combination of Smart Lipo and the PowerX cannula, which is what we do here,” Dr. Banker adds.
Notwithstanding these advances in liposuction technology, Dr. Banker notes that there are still times when the traditional approach to lipo is necessary and preferred. For example, when performing a fat-transfer procedure, the goal is to keep as many fat cells alive as possible so they can be transplanted. Using laser-assisted lipo—or some other form of assisted lipo—in this situation would be counterproductive. “Here at Luxe Laser, we use the REVOLVE fat-transfer system to produce the best results for the patient and to ensure the highest possible amount of fat stays alive after the transfer,” he says.
For more information on Smart Lipo, fat transfer, or any other services provided at Luxe Laser Vein & Body Center, please call 419-893-2775 or visit luxe-laser.com. Consultations are always free.