Body Sculpting FAQs for Men and Women
- What are the benefits of Body Sculpting?
- What is the difference between Liposuction, SmartLipo, Vaser and Body Sculpting?
- Can multiple areas be treated at the same time?
- What is the postoperative period like?
- When can I go back to work and to the gym?
- Will fat grow in other areas if I gain weight after?
- What if I’m taking medication for diabetes or blood pressure?
What are the benefits of Body Sculpting?
The procedure is done under local anesthesia, eliminating the risks of general anesthesia. Gentler suction devices are used so there is less discomfort and pain after the procedure. Patients have a faster recovery and are able to return to their daily routine.
What is the difference between Liposuction, SmartLipo, Vaser and
Liposuction is the oldest and most traditional method. It is usually done under general anesthesia in a hospital or ambulatory surgery center. A high-powered suction machine is connected to suction cannulas to remove the fat. There is some blood loss with this procedure plus the risks of general anesthesia.
SmartLipo or SlimLipo is a laser-assisted liposuction that uses high energy light wavelengths to melt fat cells and stimulate the skin to cause retraction and tightening. Because of the heat derived as energy, these types of procedure were developed to treat specific small body parts that were difficult to access with other methods.
Ultrasonic Lipo or Vaser Lipo uses sound waves to help break up fat to make it easier to remove. Some of these devices are associated with high risk of skin burns.
Body Sculpting is not a device. The technique, knowledge and skills of our team are the main tool used to achieve and deliver great results. Body Sculpting is considered one of the safest methods of liposuction available in the field of cosmetic surgery. There is minimal blood loss, no risk of burns because it’s not associated to any device and it offers the possibility of harvesting fat that can be transferred to enhance other body parts.
Can multiple areas be treated at the same time?
Yes, most of the time it is possible. After your initial medical consultation, the doctor will advise you how to proceed with the treatment. Because we adhere to strict protocols of tumescent anesthesia, some patients may require more than one procedure, depending on the areas they want removed. Patient safety is our priority.
What is the postoperative period like?
Patients are able to walk and resume light activity immediately after the procedure. For the first 24 hours there is a tinged fluid that drains through the incisions. This fluid is the numbing solution. Leaking is a good. It stops about 24 to 36 hours after the procedure. The fluid that stays in your body is then absorbed by our lymphatics and drained in the urine. The swelling may last up to 6 months, but results are usually visible after 3 weeks. After the swelling is gone, then the skin starts the phase of retraction and tightening which may take a couple of months, depending on the health of the patient.
When can I go back to work and to the gym?
70% of our patients return to work 3 days after their procedure. The more areas that a patient has done, the more time they will need to recover. Patients can walk and move around the night of the surgery. Low impact exercise like walking, yoga and pilates can be resumed after one week. High impact exercise should be avoided for the first 3 weeks after the procedure.
Will fat grow in other areas if I gain weight after?
It all depends on the lifestyle and aging of that person. During liposuction the fat is removed permanently in that specific area, so yes, there is a chance that if the person gains too much weight, the fat will go to other (not treated) areas of the body. Also, if patient ages well and maintain skin elasticity, results will be long lasting. Patients with poor elasticity may experience loosening of the skin over time.
What if I’m taking medication for diabetes or blood pressure?
Patients with type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure might be candidates for Body Sculpting. It all depends on their current health status. Some medications need to be avoided prior to these procedures, but not ones for diabetes or high blood pressure. In fact, some patients need to get their medications adjusted after the procedure because they have seen a significant improvement in their blood sugar level and blood pressure.